The OPPOSITION BLOC introduced a draft law to parliament proposing to criminalize Nazi propaganda and the use of Nazi symbols. In addition, the draft law provides for the abolition of the current law on decommunization of April 9, 2015. Draft Law No. 10464 “On Condemnation of the National Socialist (Nazi) Regime and Banning the Propaganda of Its Symbols” was registered in the Verkhovna Rada by MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC Vadym Novynskyi, Yevhen Muraiev, Oleksandr Vilkul and Oleksandr Dolzhenkov.
According to the text of the document, the purpose of the draft law is to prevent the repetition of crimes of the national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regime, its condemnation at the legislative level in Ukraine.
It is also supposed to ban public denial of the criminal nature of the Nazi regime, public use and propaganda of its symbols.
For the use of Nazi symbols in the slogans of political parties, names, legal entities or in the case of propaganda of Nazism, it is proposed to impose criminal liability in the form of imprisonment for a period of 5 years with the confiscation of property. For offenses committed repeatedly – 10 years in prison.
“Our draft law is a mirror reflection of the law on de-communization, of all the policies that the previous power has been pursuing over the past five years. The law on decommunization has not made Ukraine better – on the contrary, because of the policy of decommunization we see the flourishing of national-socialist organizations in Ukraine, which are considered criminal in the entire civilized world. In order for Nazism not to become a new ideology in Ukraine, the OPPOSITION BLOC proposes to adopt a draft law banning the propaganda of Nazism and its symbolism. This will preserve stability in the state and warn those dangerous processes of radicalization of the Ukrainian society that are taking place today,” said co-author of the draft law, opposition leader Yevhen Muraiev.
In addition, the document proposes to introduce the obligation of the state to investigate and make public information about crimes committed by representatives of the Nazi regime in order to prevent the recurrence of such crimes in the future to eliminate the threat to sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security of Ukraine, as well as to establish historical justice.