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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on amendments to Art. 297 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine with respect to responsibility for the desecration or destruction of monuments erected in memory of those, who fought against Nazism during the Second World War - the Soviet soldiers, members of the guerrilla movement, the victims of Nazi persecution, as well as soldiers-internationalists and peacekeepers.
As ForUm correspondent reports, the first deputy speaker of Ihor Kaletnyk said that the adoption of the law toughens penalties for desecration and destruction of the military shrines.
MPs also approved the law on amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine with respect to responsibility for denial or justification of the crimes of fascism. According to Kaletnyk, adoption of the document is dictated by numerous facts of public endorsement of Nazism and fascism, with attempts to deny or justify the crimes of fascism against humanity, committed during the Second World War.
Both laws were voted for 235 votes.