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Verkhovna Rada bans russian music and books

20.06.2022, 11:12
Photo: Suspilne
Photo: Suspilne

The Verkhovna Rada has banned the use of russian songs on radio and TV, as well as performing them publicly. It has also banned the import of publishing products from russia and Belarus, the publication and sale of books by eussian citizens in Ukraine, and supported the stimulation of the development of Ukrainian book publishing and distribution.

The according bills №7273-d, №7459, and №6287 were passed by the Parliament at a sitting on June 19, according to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

Namely, bill №7273-d prohibits the public performance, display, and demonstration of phonograms, videograms and music videos of artists who are or have been citizens of the aggressor state at any time since 1991.

At the same time, the ban will not apply to russian singers who condemn russia's aggression against Ukraine. The according list of performers will be maintained and updated by the Office of the National Security and Defense Council.

It is also musicians who are citizens of the aggressor state have also been forbidden from touring, except for those who were included in the "white list."

Among other things, the bill envisages an up to 40% increase in the share of songs in the state language on the radio, as well as a 75% increase in the daily quantity of programs, including ones from the informational and analytical segment and entertainment programs, presented in the state language (announcers, radio hosts).

Bill №7459 bans the import of publishing products from russia, the territories temporarily occupied by it, and from Belarus, as well as the publication and sale of books by russian citizens. This ban will not apply to books published in Ukraine before January 1, 2023.

Bill №6287 on stimulating the development of Ukrainian book publishing and book distribution provides, in particular, for paying compensation to Ukrainian bookstores for renting rooms or buildings, and for issuing special certificates for the purchase of books.

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