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Tours of Ukrainian artists in Russia equated to a criminal offence

The national Council of Ukraine on television and radio broadcasting has proposed to punish the artists Square performing in Russia. According to members of the Council, to entertain the Russians at least not Patriotic. Now Ukrainian pop stars and movie can get big fines for a tour of Russia, and especially ardent violators face criminal liability.


photo: Natalia Muslinkina

The leader of the group “Okean Elzy” Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.

Originally discussed banning broadcasts of concerts of Ukrainian artists in Russia on television. However, the Council admitted their helplessness in this matter, as the legislation does not allow to implement their whim. However, the regulator has come up with how to get out of the situation. So, a proposal was prepared, according to which all Ukrainian artists performing in Russia will be punished by a fine or imprisonment. Through this “democratic” move, the national Council wants to get their hands on additional leverage on TV and radio in the country to limit speech is not Patriotic cultural figures in the air of the Ukrainian TV channels. Vice-Premier Square Vyacheslav Kyrylenko proposed another option. In his opinion, fine artists, and especially to put them, impossible. The official proposed to limit the creation of the registry, which will include guest performers. During their performances on TV the screen will display the caption – “the artist is touring the country-aggressor”. However, without monetary penalties, the artists still not enough. After each tour, they will have to pay an additional military camp, which the soldiers of the so-called ATO.

The proposal caused a public outcry in Ukraine, but was not the first controversial proposal in the area of censorship of the cultural sphere. Previously, the same national Council, made an unscheduled inspection of a number of Ukrainian TV channels for broadcasting to the Soviet movie “the Caucasian captive, or Shurik’s new adventures”, “Irony of fate or with light steam!” “Moscow does not believe in tears” and “Love and pigeons”. The reason is simple — in the film are the actors included in the list of persons posing a threat to national security the Square. It was new year’s broadcast prompted the members of the Council to the proposal to introduce criminal liability for tour in Russia. In addition, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in November, signed a decree that requires Russian artists to obtain permission to SBU to speak in the Square. Now, apparently, Kiev decided to take their artists.

The Director of Fund “Ukrainian policy” Konstantin BONDARENKO believes that the proposal of the national Council has strongly pronounced political character.

“This is nonsense, and unfortunately, not the first, which provokes the national Council on television and radio. The same absurd proposal was made by Deputy Prime Minister Kirilenko. In fact, it is the idiocy of the authorities, which already rolls over and passes all bounds,” says the analyst.

– And do not you think that this decision, if accepted by government, will lead to an outflow of Ukrainian celebrities in Russia? In Russia all the same more than the market, and the opportunity to earn.

“You do not even have to change your passport. Just enough to move to Russia, many Ukrainian artists in Moscow and other cities. The outflow of artists from Ukraine to Russia already have, and that decision only prostimulirujte departure of artists”, – concluded Konstantin Bondarenko.

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