Belarusian tourists fined for St. George Ribbon in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

They were punished with the maximal fine
18:25, 11 January 2018

The court of Ivano-Frankivsk region fined the tourists from Belarus for use of St. George Ribbon forbidden in Ukraine as the local edition Kurs reported.

It is noted that they were punished with the maximal fine in the sum of 79 dollars.

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The incident took place at the ski resort 'Bukovel' where the tourists took rest.

'Five tourists fastened the St. George Ribbon to the windscreen of their Mercedes car. The local citizens asked them to take it away but the Belarusians refused. Then the locals called to the police and activists who are the veterans of the Donbas war', Andry Maryichyna, the local MP claimed to the edition.

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The law of Ukraine, which bans the public use, demonstration, production and promotion of the Saint George’s ribbon, came into force in June 2017. Previously, President Poroshenko signed the respective bill and sent it to the Parliament. 238 Ukrainian MPs supported the document. It foresees the fine of approximately USD 100 (first time of violating the law), maximum USD 200 (for the repeated violations). Trespassers may also face 15 days-long imprisonment.

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