Ribbons and Stalin. How the power struggle with the past

Ленточки и Сталин. Как власти борются с прошлым

This week the authorities took a number of high profile decisions.

Still only Thursday and this week Ukrainian politicians and so it was extremely busy on controversial decisions.

First came a decree banning Russian social networking sites in Ukraine, but did not society to “experience” it, as the government continued to throw up topics for discussion.

Still, the Verkhovna Rada managed to establish responsibility for the use of St. George ribbons, and then came to the forefront of the Crimean Prosecutor’s office.

Tape banned

May 16, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill on the prohibition of ribbons.

Ukraine introduced administrative liability for the public use, display, or wearing a St. George ribbon, or images.

The sanction for the violation of this norm is established at the level of a penalty from 850 to 2550 UAH. Repeated violation within a year will entail a heavier punishment – a fine of 2550 to 5100 UAH, or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.

The very St. George ribbon or items with her image, in any case withdraw.

Will not be punished for using the St. George ribbon or its image: for documents adopted or published up to 1991, in the collections of museums, thematic exhibitions, the Museum Fund of Ukraine, as well as library collections in different media, works of art, in the process of scientific activities, including during research and dissemination is not prohibited by the legislation of Ukraine way on the original battle flags.

Also not prohibited image of St. George ribbons at the state awards, commemorative medals, funerary structures located on the territory of places of burial, private collections and private archival collections, manuals and textbooks.

Comments on the draft law there was even the Chief scientific expert Department of the Verkhovna Rada, the deputies but they did not pay attention.

Although lawyers argued that even if St. George ribbon today very often used as a symbol of ideas aimed at the overthrow of the constitutional system and infringement of territorial integrity of Ukraine, we cannot exclude cases of wearing it or showing people who are absolutely loyal citizens of Ukraine and do not have any illegal intentions, for example, war veterans during their meeting.

The Prosecutor’s office for fun

The Crimean Prosecutor’s office decided to make the Crimean Tatars a gift to the anniversary of the deportation.

The authority had signed a notice of suspicion to Joseph Stalin and Lavrenti Beria in the forced resettlement in 1944 of the Crimean Tatar people and representatives of other ethnic groups from the territory of the Crimean ASSR.

In December 2015, the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, was allegedly under investigation in the relevant criminal proceedings.

“For a year and a half in pre-trial investigation in the state archives sent a request 53, 52 – in higher educational institutions and 67 in the scientific library. Information was collected for all institutions on the territory of Ukraine. The information received is processed and compiled 103 Protocol inspection of these documents”, – said in a statement.

Well done to the prosecutors of the Crimea, are not sitting idle. They even installed to date, more than 250 families of potential victims and as witnesses and victims interviewed 63 people, of which 45 residents of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

Head of Department of the procedural management in criminal proceedings the Prosecutor’s office and the state prosecution of Crimea Svetlana bludova signed a notification on suspicion of the crime of deportation of the Crimean Tatars and other nationalities from the territory of the Crimean ASSR.

I wonder who this presentation will present?

Investigation of criminal proceedings on the deportation by the Soviet authorities of the Crimean Tatars in may 1944, the Crimean Prosecutor’s office plans to complete this year.

Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko considers that crimes such as the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, there is no Statute of limitations.

To justify its existence?

Of course, not entirely clear what’s doing now in Ukraine, the Crimean Prosecutor’s office. Previously, their most high-profile case was the prosecution of the former people’s Deputy Andrey Artemenko for his peace plan on settling the military conflict in Ukraine.

But Affairs without obvious result of the Prosecutor’s office of Crimea enough.

So, the Crimean Prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings due to violations of environmental safety of subjects of economic activities in the construction of the Kerch bridge.

“According to the Prosecutor’s office to experts, large-scale work can turn the sea of Azov in the black sea Bay. A sharp change in water chemistry will lead to the death of many living organisms, including dolphins, which are listed in the Red book. Thus, the construction of a bridge in the Strait could lead to a regional ecological catastrophe”, – stated in the message of Prosecutor’s office.

According to prosecutors, the ecology of the Black and Azov seas threatened by pollution, disturbance of natural reproduction of aquatic bioresources and destruction.

Prosecutors say that according to the Institute of water problems and melioration of national Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, estimated the losses caused to the environment of the Black and Azov seas during the construction of the Kerch bridge, if necessary, the fastening of the coasts, will amount to at least 10 billion hryvnia.