Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities introduce Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers

Summary

Ukrainian authorities intend to oppress Russian speakers, to start selection, to introduce purely Nazi laws.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia and Nazism in Ukraine that have been repeated since the outbreak of the Euromaidan pro-democratic and anti-corruption protests.

There are no Nazis in Ukraine’s government or parliament. Moreover, all manifestations of Nazism are banned in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada, at its meeting on 9 April 2015, adopted the law “On the Condemnation of the Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”. The document recognises that communist and national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine are criminal and prohibits the public use and propaganda of their symbols. The Nazi totalitarian regime at legislative level is recognised in Ukraine as pursuing a policy of state terror.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 51
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian language, Ethnic Russians, Nazi/Fascist
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