Ukraine: Citizens of Belarus fined for St. George ribbon

On January 11, a Ukrainian court fined tourists from Belarus who were staying at Bukovel ski resort In Ivano-Frankivsk region.

A day earlier, the Belarusians who has a St. George ribbon, which is banned in Ukraine, in their car, were stopped by local deputy Andriy Mariychyn and ex-servicemen.

According to Ukrainian media, there were five persons in the car – three men and two women. The y were asked to remove the symbol, but they refused to do so. Then the Ukrainian deputy called the police.

A fine of UAH 2,550 was imposed on the citizens of Belarus (about 180 Belarusian rubles).

Publié par Володимир Мандина sur jeudi 11 Janvier 2018

Last year Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada passed the bill on banning the production and public use of Saint George ribbons. According to the bill, a fine will be imposed public use, demonstration or wearing of such ribbons or their images. In case of further violation, an offender may be fined again or even sentenced to up to 15 days in jail.

Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, St. George ribbon has been the symbol of the occupation of Crimea, as well as pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas. Until recently, it was used in Belarus at the official level during the celebration of Victory Day, but later it was replaced with a ribbon in the national flag colours.

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