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Ukraine passes laws to restrict Russian music and books

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Imagem de arquivo do Conselho Supremo da Ucrânia, o Legislativo local
Archive image of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, the Local Legislature| Photo: EFE/EPA/LESZEK SZYMANSKI

The parliament of Ukraine approved on Sunday (10) two laws to impose restrictions on cultural products from Russia , who invaded the country in 19 of February.

According to information from the Reuters agency, one of the laws stipulates that the printing of books by Russian citizens is prohibited unless they renounce the citizenship of the country presided over by Vladimir Putin and assume the Ukrainian one. The restriction will apply to those who retained Russian citizenship after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 960.

Also according to the agency, the matter will also prohibit the commercial import of printed books in Russia, Belarus and Ukrainian territories occupied by Moscow, such as Crimea, in addition to requiring special permission for importing books in Russian from any other country.

The other law will prohibit the broadcasting of songs written or performed by citizens who maintained Russian citizenship after 1991 in the media and public transport and will increase the quotas for content in Ukrainian in the TV and on the radio. The laws were sent for sanction by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkachenko, stated in a publication on a government website that the Ukrainian public, “after the Russian invasion, does not accept no Russian creative product on physical level.”

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