Hungarians and Rusyns want regional autonomy in Transcarpathia

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Photo: RIA Novosti

Tranacarpathian Hungarians want regional autonomy in Ukraine. One of their goals is to choose their own representatives that represent their interests in the Verkhovna Rada.

Hungarians and Rusyns have already picked a name for their autonomous region, which can be called Hungarian - Rusyn peoples Transcarpathian Regional Confederacy.

Ethnic Hungarians are recognized as a national minority in Ukraine, but Rusyns have no such rights remarked Genyis Kirjuhin Ukrainian political scientist.

There is an ongoing tension between the Ukrainian government and Rusyns, which can be traced back to Rusyn autonomy demands. Rusyn is the only national minority in Ukraine, which hasn't been recognized by Kiev officially. The relationship between Rusyns and Ukrainians has never been easy said the political scientist.

Besides the Hungarian - Rusyn autonomy demands, Transcarpathian Hungarians also would like to secure a designated Hungarian electoral district where Hungarian candidates can run in the Ukrainian parliamentary elections.

Budapest supports these legitimate autonomy demands. Mihály Bayer, Hungary's ambassador to Kiev confirmed that indeed, ethnic Hungarians would like to control their own destinies.

The ambassador has recalled that ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia also want Hungarian citizenship, despite the fact that Ukraine is not recognizing dual citizenship.

(Oroszország Hangja – hungarianambiance.com)

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