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Opposition Platform – For Life demands holding those zigging in the center of Kyiv accountable

The co-chair of the Opposition Platform - For Life political party Vadym Rabinovych submitted a an MP request to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov with an appeal to open criminal investigation and insert information into the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations upon the fact of the March 28 embroidery march in Kyiv to honor the creation of the SS division “Halychyna”, which was part of the SS troops and fought as part of the Nazi army in World War II.  

The organizer of this event was the “Holosiyivska Kryivka” community headed by the representative of the “Svoboda” all-Ukrainian union Ruslan Andriyko. They were joined by nationalists from the “C14” Ukrainian right-wing radical public association. The march was also attended by the nationalist organizations “Suspilstvo of the Maybutny”, "Right Sector", representatives of “Svoboda”. They chanted openly provocative slogans that, according to experts, could violate Ukrainian law, and some of the participants in the march publicly zigged and posed for cameras.  

Vadym Rabinovych called the march a “shameful phenomenon for a European democratic country” and drew attention to the fact that it happened on the eve of the Victory Day.

“Let me remind that Ukraine, not only among the former Soviet republics, but also from all countries of the world, suffered the greatest losses during the Second World War war. According to different estimates, from 8 million to 10 million people died in Ukraine, of which about 5 million civilians, 2.2 million were taken to forced labor in Nazi Germany, 10 million were deprived of shelter. More than 700 cities and urban-type settlements, almost 30 thousand villages were completely ruined,” the MP request of the co-chair of the Opposition Platform - For Life party says.

The actions of the organizers and participants of the “March of embroideries” in honor of the day of the creation of the SS division “Halychyna” have signs of a crime provided for by the Criminal Code of Ukraine, in particular, Article 436-1 "”Production, distribution of communist, Nazi symbols and propaganda of communist and national-socialist (Nazist) totalitarian regimes,” Vadym Rabinovych emphasized, stressing that the Embroidery March was condemned both in the Ukrainian and international communities.

In this regard, MP Vadym Rabinovych appealed to the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov with the demand to carefully check the facts set out in the request, take the case under personal control and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Опубликовано: 3 May 2021
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