Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning public equating of the goals and actions of the USSR with the goals and actions of Nazi Germany during World War II. The relevant document was published on the Russian portal of legal information.
Thus, this law prohibits the public equation of the goals, decisions and actions of the Soviet leadership, military command and military with the goals, decisions and actions of Nazi Germany and European Axis countries defined by the International (Nuremberg) tribunal and other courts during World War II.
In addition, public "denial of the decisive role of the Soviet people in the defeat of Nazi Germany and the humanitarian mission of the USSR during the liberation of European countries" is prohibited.
The adopted norms apply to public speeches, "works that are publicly displayed," media and the Internet.
Earlier, Russian President Putin signed a law banning the public humiliation of the honor and dignity of World War II veterans, when violators could face up to three years in prison. At the same time, the parliament is considering a bill to repeal the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a document that historiography sees as one of the main reasons that allowed Nazi Germany to start hostilities in 1939, according to Voice of America.