Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ukraine MPs back ban on Nazi and Communist propaganda

April 9, 2015 (BBC News Europe) The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ban propaganda and symbols for "totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes" in the former Soviet republic. The list of prohibited items includes street names, flags and monuments commemorating Communist leaders. A total of 254 members of Kiev's 450-member parliament voted in favour of the propaganda ban.

The legislation, which still needs to be signed into law by President Petro Poroshenko, makes it illegal to deny the "criminal" character of Nazi and Communist regimes. Items prohibited under the bill include the Soviet flag and hymn as well as monuments and historical plaques commemorating Communist leaders.