National Guard officers' parade with Soviet symbols: police opens criminal case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Organizers say these were the flags are museum exhibits, which are not regulated by the “decommunization” law
18:08, 26 February 2018

Yuliana Berezutska

Kryvyi Rih police initiated a criminal proceeding concerning servicemen Ukraine's National Guard using red Soviet banners during the event dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the emancipation of the city from German occupation. Kryvyi Rih City Police informed Radio Svoboda about this on February 26.

According to the police, they initiated a criminal case on production, distribution, public use of communist, national and socialist totalitarian regimes’ symbols, which is stated in the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

City Police Department is conducting the investigation.

Related: Decommunization in Ukraine has actually been completed, - Director of Institute of National Memory

As we reported earlier, red flags were used during the 74th anniversary of the emancipation of the city from German occupation in Kryvyi Rih on February 22. According to the organizers, these were originals of the military colours – museum exhibits, which fall under the “decommunization” law.

Public use of Soviet marks contradicts the law of Ukraine 'On condemnation of the communist, national and socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and ban of the propaganda of its marks'.

Related: Decommunization law in its current form should be repealed, — Amnesty International

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