The Verkhovna Rada has banned the use of St. George ribbons in Ukraine
KIEV, may 16. /TASS/. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has banned the use of the ribbons, setting for this administrative punishment. For a decision voted 238 deputies from 226 necessary.
“This law provides for administrative fines for wearing the so-called St. George ribbons during mass events”, — said the author of the bill, MP from the faction “people’s front” Anton Gerashchenko, speaking from the rostrum of Parliament.
He explained that the way the Ukrainian Parliament opposes “the Russian aggression on Ukraine”, as it believes the St. George’s ribbon its symbol.
Administrative punishment would not apply to veterans of the great Patriotic war, in awards where there are elements of ribbons, as well as museums.
Under the new law, the punishment for a public demonstration of the St. George ribbon on Ukraine will include a fine from UAH 850 to 2550 UAH (from $32 to $96) with confiscation of the tape. For repeated during the year, the violation of this law can be applied to a fine up to 5,100 UAH ($192) or administrative arrest for up to 15 days with confiscation of ribbon.
During the discussion of the bill people’s Deputy Yuri Birch (party “national front”) said that he would like to take a gun and “put on” those who wear St. George ribbon. However, he turned in the direction of the deputies of the faction “Opposition bloc”.