The President of Ukraine 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” (No. 2031-VIII), reports a press-service of the head of state on Monday.
The law supplements the Code of Ukraine on administrative offences with a new article establishing liability for the production and promotion of St. George ribbons.
According to the document, public use, display or wearing a St. George ribbon, or her image shall entail imposing a fine from 50 to 150 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens with confiscation of the St. George ribbon or items containing the images.
The same actions made repeatedly within year after imposing of an administrative penalty, as well as the manufacture or distribution of St. George ribbons or her image shall entail imposing a fine from 150 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or administrative arrest for up to 15 days with confiscation of the St. George ribbon or items containing the images in all cases.
This law was adopted by Parliament on 16 may. The document comes into force on the day following the day of its publication.
Earlier during the ceremony in memory of victims of political repression in the National historical memorial reserve “bykivnya graves” may 21, Poroshenko said he will sign this law as soon as the document will come from the Ukrainian Parliament.
“The law banning ribbons I will sign as soon as he received me in the Verkhovna Rada. Why? Because it is not the symbolism of the Second world war, this symbolism – a symbol of aggression against Ukraine 2014-2017. Because hung these ribbons militants kill our soldiers every day,” – said Poroshenko. The President added that “Russia’s policy towards Ukraine, she put the tape outside the law.”