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People's deputies propose to deprive Ukrainian performers of "National Artist" title

The list of the artists has seven names
18:27, 8 October 2018

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Fourteen people’s deputies propose the Verkhovna Rada to offer the National Security Council to deprive seven people of the title “National Artist of Ukraine,” in particular, Ani Lorak, Taisia Povaliy, Vitaliy Kozlovskiy, Filipp Kirkorov, and Mykola Baskov, as the text of the statement says

The draft bill proposes to appeal to the National Security and Defence Council offering to deprive the Ani Lorak, Taisia Povaliy, Vitaliy Kozlovskiy, Fillip Kirkorov, Mykola Baskov, Svitlana Loboda, Volodymyr Bortko of state honors.

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The explanatory note says that “Ukraine is in a state of a military conflict with the aggressor state – the Russian Federation. At the same time, not all the citizens can evaluate the true picture of the situation. The behavior of some representatives of Ukraine’s culture and show business causes outrage, in particular, those who have Ukraine’s honorary titles. Therefore, they have to understand their responsibility and remain loyal to the Ukrainian nation.”

The authors of the initiative stress that the “performers go to Russia and thank Russians for welcoming them gladly.” It was stated that such actions attest to “the coincidences of the point of views of these artists with the separatists.”

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The note says that the deprivation of the honorary titles is a logical continuation of the fight against separatism on all the levels.

“Some Russia’s national artists have found a courage to remain loyal to common sense despite of the indignation of the pro-Russian propaganda and did not “bend to the changeable world”, and our national artists did bend and are bending, like plastic puppets in the hands of the Kremlin’s propaganda,” the note says.

Earlier, in November 2017, a law, which obliges the managers of the tours to discuss the program with the Security Service concerning the participants from Russia, came into force in Ukraine.

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