Ukraine adopts a new set of bans on Russian culture. What they forbade

Ukraine adopts a new set of bans on Russian culture.  What they forbade

One of the laws will ban the printing of books by Russian citizens, unless they give up their Russian passport and take Ukrainian citizenship. The ban will apply only to those who held Russian citizenship after the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.

It will also ban the commercial import of printed books into Russia, Belarus and the occupied Ukrainian territory, and a special authorization for the import of Russian-language books from any other country is also required.

Another law will ban the broadcasting of music by Russian citizens since 1991 in the media and on public transport, while increasing the share of Ukrainian-language speech and music content on TV and radio.

The laws must be signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to enter into force, and there is no indication that he would oppose any of them. Both have received widespread support from the Legislature, including from parliamentarians who have traditionally been considered pro-Kremlin by most Ukrainian media and civil society.

Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkashenko said he was “happy to welcome” the new restrictions.

“The laws are designed to help Ukrainian authors share quality content with the widest possible audience, which, after the Russian invasion, does not accept any Russian creative product on a physical level,” he was quoted as saying. Ukrainian, according to Reuters.

The new rules are the latest chapter in Ukraine’s long journey to get rid of the legacy of hundreds of years of Moscow rule. Ukraine claims that this process, which it calls “derusification”.

Moscow disagrees that Kiev’s policies to strengthen the Ukrainian language in everyday life oppress the large number of Russian-speaking speakers in Ukraine, whose rights it claims to defend in what it calls “its special military operation.”

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