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Russian athletes reprimanded for wearing Soviet symbols in Budapest
10:10, 21 July 2017
Russian athletes reprimanded for wearing Soviet symbols in Budapest

Swimmers wore T-shirts with red stars and ‘USSR’ abbreviations on them; police asked the swimmers to remove them

10:10, 21 July 2017

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Russian sport delegation violated the Hungarian law by showing up at a sport competition wearing clothes with the banned Soviet symbols. RIA Novosti news agency reported that on Friday.  

The incident took place during the world championship in water sports held in Budapest.

‘The police who performed inspection during the event forbade the sportsmen to wear the T-shirts. The law enforcers explained that the Soviet red stars are equated to fascist symbols in Hungary; thus, they are banned. A security guard apologized and told the athletes they would not be able to take part in the event while wearing Soviet symbols,’ the message said.

Under the current legislation, the perpetrators could be fined, deprived of their accreditation or even deported from the country.

Soviet symbols have been officially banned in Hungary since 1993.

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