Roman Khudyakov, the MP of the lower house of the Russian Parliament, turned to the Justice Ministry asking to consider “extremist” all versions of Ukraine’s national anthem “Sche Ne Vmerla Ukrainy” (Ukraine’s Glory Has Not Yet Perished).
There are five versions of the lyrics, all of them belonging to Pavlo Chubynsky, the Ukrainian poet of the 19th century.
The reason to ban the lyrics is the poet’s anti-Russian views, Khudyakov said. “This man always hated citizens of the Russian Federation (there was no such state in the late 19th century, when Chubynsky died, - 112 International)”, the MP claimed in an interview with Russian media.
Khudyakov added that with this poem, Ukraine states territorial claims towards Russia. “It says “we will come and conquer territories up to Don River”, he underlined, adding that there are two options to solve the problem; either Ukraine changes lyrics in the national anthem, or the song should be banned in Russia.