Poroshenko signed a law banning the production and promotion of St. George ribbons in Ukraine
The law was adopted by Parliament on may 16 this year.
KIEV, June 12. /TASS/. The law banning the production and promotion of St. George’s ribbons signed by the head of the Ukrainian state. On Monday was announced by his press service.
President Petro Poroshenko has signed the Law of Ukraine “On amendments to the Code of Ukraine on administrative offences regarding the prohibition of production and promotion of St. George (guards) ribbon”. The law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 16 may 2017.The press service of the head of state
Poroshenko said that the tapes, in his opinion, are not “symbols of the Second world war.”
According to the law, for any public display St. George ribbons in Ukraine is expected 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 dollars) or administrative arrest for up to 15 days with confiscation of the tape.
This penalty would not apply to veterans of the great Patriotic war, in awards where there are elements of ribbons, as well as museums.
The ribbon of alternating strips of black and orange colors appeared in the Russian Empire, where he was decorated with the George cross — the highest award for soldiers and non-commissioned officers for bravery and merit on the battlefield. During the Soviet era, it appeared in the block order of Glory holders which were equal to heroes of the Soviet Union. St. George ribbon is also present in the medals “For the capture of Berlin” and “For victory over Germany in the great Patriotic war.” It has become one of the major symbols of the celebration of Victory Day.
In Ukraine after the coup in the winter of 2014 has unleashed a campaign to destroy the memory of the Russian and Soviet past in the country. To do this, Parliament in may 2015, adopted a separate law on decommunization. It involves the renaming of topographic objects, named in honor of Soviet statesmen. In practice, the new authorities are doing everything to not just give up on the whole “Soviet”, but also from the entire, reminiscent of the centuries-old ties between Ukraine and Russia.