Polish leader signs law, which foresees punishment for denial of 'crimes of Ukrainian nationalists'

19:31, 7 February 2018

The Polish law, which bans the so-called Banderite ideology may become the beginning of the international isolation of this country. Ukrainian historian Volodymyr Vyatrovych said this commenting on the controversial bill, approved by the Polish parliament and signed by President Andrzej Duda. According to the scientist, Russia is the only country that approved this bill, apart from Poland itself.

‘This law makes any further discussions on this issue impossible – at least in Poland. Thus, the Polish authorities provided their own political evaluation of these events’, he said.

On Wednesday, Polish leader Andrzej Duda signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland. They stipulate criminal responsibility for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology'.

The Banderites are the far-right Ukrainian nationalists and those who follow the ideas of Stepan Bandera, the founder of this movement in western Ukraine in the first half of the 20th century.

Ukraine, Israel and the United States decisively condemned the bill.