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In the Russian Federation will be deprived of liberty for “desecration” of St. George’s ribbon

In Russia, it will be possible to get up to 5 years in prison for “desecrating” the St. George ribbon. The corresponding bill in the third, final, reading accepted State Duma.

According to the text of the draft of the new law, for the “public desecration” of the St. George ribbon as one of the symbols of the Great Patriotic War, a fine of up to 5 million rubles or a criminal penalty in the form of imprisonment for up to five years will be threatened. Also, any activity using the symbols of the St. George ribbon for purposes “not related to historical memory” will be suppressed.

The following types of responsibilities are assumed:

– a fine of 3 to 5 million rubles for legal entities;
– a fine of up to 3 million rubles or imprisonment for up to 3 years for individuals;
– a fine from 2 to 5 million rubles or imprisonment for up to 5 years for an act committed by a group of persons by prior agreement or on the Internet.

A bill on equating the St. George ribbon with symbols of military glory was submitted to the State Duma in April. The authors of the initiative are Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Andrei Turchak and Deputy Head of the Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society Olga Zanko (United Russia). The draft passed its first reading in September. The head of the parliamentary committee, Andrey Kartapolov, explained the need for this law by the fact that in Ukraine they allegedly “torture and even kill” for wearing a ribbon.

The St. George Ribbon is a ribbon of three black (meaning smoke) and two orange (meaning flame) stripes, which was established in 1769 in the Russian Empire as a reward for achievements in military service. It was named in honor of the Christian Saint George the Victorious. After the revolution, the White Guards began to use the ribbon in their system of awards, as well as Russian emigrants who opposed Bolshevism. The ribbon returned to the USSR at the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, in the Russian Federation it is used as a symbol of memory in the Second World War and as an element of the Battle Banners of the guards units.

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