From anti-swearing to anti-condomize law: Ukraine's most awkward initiatives

Author : Natalia Lebed

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian MP Olha Bogomolets took the initiative to ban obscenities in Ukraine in a legal way
09:27, 8 July 2019


Ukrainian MP Olha Bogomolets took the initiative to ban obscenities in Ukraine in a legal way. Acting Minister of Health Uliana Suprun tried to troll her, hinting that this awkward offer of Bogomolets was caused by her envy of more successful and popular colleagues.

 “Sometimes it happens that some MPs feel completely forgotten. Therefore, in order to somehow draw attention to themselves, they elaborate bills that are more suitable for North Korea than for the modern European state. For example, obscenities ban," Suprun wrote ironically.

And then she added abusive words in general are ... good for people’s health! Simply put, just let off your steam and feel relieved. Besides, abusive words are also a means of socialization. “The use of abusive words in communication in some cases indicates the closeness of people and good emotional contact between them. When colleagues use swearwords when talking with each other, it means they became a team, as studies have shown,” Suprun assured.

Bogomolets notes: swearwords are a manifestation of weakness, and yet the victory of the dark unconscious over the light conscious.

Ban on swearwords is the pinnacle of parliamentary "wisdom" and the pearl in our top-3 most ridiculous bills. But the primacy could be also claimed by ideas of MP Oksana Bilozir and Oleh Barna. Bilozir, MP from Poroshenko’s Bloc, suggested starting every parliamentary meeting with Lord's Prayer. The idea of orthodox worshipping within the walls of the Rada was supported by other MPs, with different factions and political convictions: Pavlo Unguryan, Oleh Berezyuk, Valeriy Dubil, Yuriy Miroshnychenko, Andriy Shypko, Mykola Lavryk, Yuriy Solovey.


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But the main expert department of the Verkhovna Rada drew attention to the signs of the unconstitutionality of this bill because Ukraine is a secular state. So the initiative was rejected. And this is probably good because then the Verkhovna Rada would have to be relocated. The ascetic court of some abandoned monastery would be suitable for the cleared by prayer parliament, rather than a complex of luxurious buildings in the center of the capital, where the deadly sins tempt the MPs.

In particular, sin number 5 is lust. Last year, MP from Poroshenko’s faction Oleg Barna submitted a bill introducing fines for public manifestations of any sexual orientation. Any - that is, heterosexual, as well. If Barna's bill had been passed, then the opposite-sex couples, who stroll around Khreshchatyk or kiss in the subway, would have been hunted by the police, of course.

At one time, everyone also laughed at the proposal of fugitive MP Oleksandr Onishchenko to legislate a psychiatric check of candidates that run to the Verkhovna Rada, but, taking into account all the above, this idea does not look so worthless now.


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In the Rada of the current convocation, ex-Minister of Health Oleh Musiy registered to stop calling kopecks and rename them into rubles. It was in 2015 when another congenial idea was born: to embroider a map of Ukraine and place it in the session hall. Oleksiy Poroshenko, Yuriy Makedon, Ivan Melnychuk, Volodymyr Parasiuk, Iryna Suslova, and Yuriy Derevyanko elaborated and submitted it.

MPs from Batkivshchyna faction Andriy Senchenko and Lyudmyla Denisova suggested introducing criminal liability for ... “political pimping” and “engaging in political prostitution.” These words meant "a change in political views or a retreat from the electoral program under pressure from the authorities, for money or other preferences." The punishment to political prostitutes was up to 10 years in prison. But, fortunately, everything turned out okay.

MP Vasyl Pazyniak seems to be disturbed by the condoms, more precisely, their advertising, calling for the use of contraceptives and thus protect themselves from serious diseases, such as AIDS. Pazyniak registered amendments to the law on advertising, proposing to promote contraception exclusively in pharmacies. Thus, in his opinion, Ukrainians could be distracted "from thoughts of death, disability, and suicide."

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Thinking about the future of the nation, current Minister of Education Liliya Hrynevych has elaborated her own bill. She proposed to create a Commission of the Future, which would write out the strategy and tactics of the development of the state. MP from far-right Svoboda party Iryna Fahrion. “I don’t know what will happen to me tomorrow. What future commission can we talk about? Who can we invite into it? Mages and paranormals?!” she asked.

It is estimated that during the entire existence of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation, the MPs have written more than 12,000 bills. At the same time, only 8-10% of them became laws, therefore we cannot call such work productive. Interestingly, the Europeans have created special fuses so that the parliament does not overwhelm similar nonsense.

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Usually, the government is the main legislator in Western countries, it justifies the expediency of the document, assesses the risks and the impact on the situation in case of its adoption. And MPs have a limited right to legislative initiative. For example, in Estonia, Slovakia, and Hungary, only committees can submit the bills. And in Germany - a fraction or 5% of the Bundestag.

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