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The Ukrainian parliament moved Sunday to additional rid its nation of Russian tradition and affect, in a course of referred to by some as “derussification,” by voting to cross a legislation that restricts sure Russian books and music within the nation.
The legislation stops the printing of books by Russian residents. There may be an exception, nevertheless, if the Russian citizen is keen to surrender their Russian passport and change into a Ukraine citizen, then their books can nonetheless be printed. The ban additionally solely applies to authors who held Russian citizenship after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
The legislation additionally restricts books from being imported into Ukraine. Now, books printed in Russia and Belarus can now not be imported, and particular permission is required for the importation of books in Russian from some other international locations.
The Ukrainian parliament didn’t cease at simply books – the parliament additionally handed a legislation that stops all music by post-1991 Russian residents from being performed by media shops and on public transportation. The legislation additionally requires TV and radio stations to play extra Ukrainian-language speech and music content material.
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“The legal guidelines are designed to assist Ukrainian authors share high quality content material with the widest doable viewers, which after the Russian invasion don’t settle for any Russian inventive product on a bodily stage,” Ukraine Tradition Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko stated.
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Ukraine says the legal guidelines are essential to fight Russia’s efforts to erase Ukraine tradition, whereas Russia says such measures oppress Russian audio system in Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is anticipated to signal the legal guidelines.