Polish law banning 'Bandera ideology' is stab in back, - Ukrainian Parliament's Speaker

Source : 112 Ukraine

Amendments to the bill also provide for criminal liability for the denial of the Volyn tragedy and propaganda of 'Bandera ideology'
12:34, 6 February 2018

Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine claimed that the law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland is the unfriendly step towards Ukraine and the stab in the back as ICTV broadcasted.

'This law is the stab in the back of warring Ukraine. Neither Warsaw nor Kyiv benefits from it. There can be the only beneficiary party and it is Kremlin. I think that it is the unfriendly step.

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It hurts that this law was adopted when Ukraine and the Ukrainians protect the whole free world from the Russian aggression', he said.

Paruby claimed on February 5 that the Ukrainian parliament can consider the statement prepared by the specialized committee on the Polish law that bans the 'Bandera ideology'. He urged all MPs to familiarize with the statement.

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As we reported the Senate of Poland adopted a law on the National Memory Institute of Poland, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles. Polish Sejm on January 26 adopted the bill, providing the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

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Amendments to the bill also provide for criminal liability for the denial of the Volyn tragedy and propaganda of "Bandera ideology". The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the adoption of this document. The international community criticized him as "denying the Holocaust and depicting Ukrainians in an unattractive light." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was categorically against the adoption of this law.

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