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    Ukrainian Interior Minister Adviser Calls for Ban on St. George Ribbons

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    People in Russia and over 220 other countries wear orange ribbons with three black stripes prior to and during Victory Day events as a reminder of the Soviet people's victory in the Great Patriotic War and of the appreciation felt for the veterans who defeated Nazism.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister is planning to introduce a bill calling for a ban on wearing St. George ribbons, a symbol of Soviet victory over Nazism in WWII.

    “Next week, I will introduce a bill on banning public use of St. George ribbon as a symbol of Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Anton Gerashchenko wrote on his Facebook page.

    Gerashchenko suggested introducing a 5,000-Ukrainian hryvnia ($240) fine as a punishment for all those who violate the law. For the second violation a perpetrator will be detained for 15 days, according to the adviser.

    In early April, the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill to ban propaganda and symbols of Soviet and Nazi regimes.

    Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said that Kiev is mistakenly equating Soviet Communism with Nazism.

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