The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ban some forms of Russian entertainment in public spaces and the media. The ban has a specific effect on the distribution of Russian books and music by post-Soviet era musicians.
Volodymyr Zelensky must still sign the bills into official law, although both accounts have received tremendous support from lawmakers across the political board of Ukraine. The approval was received by 303 out of 450 deputies in Ukrainian law. There is also no indication from Zelensky that he does not support either of these laws.
The laws are described as prohibiting Russian-language music in entertainment forms. On the other hand, they enhanced national quotas for Ukrainian-language entertainment to be amplified. The ban does not take place on all Russian music, just that created by or performed by people who were still Russian citizens after 1991. The works of famous composers such as Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich will remain legal in the media and public. This bill also bans touring with Russian artists and increases radio and television music from 35% to 40%.
Russian artists against the war in Ukraine can apply for an exemption by submitting an application to Ukraine’s security service. The application must state that they “support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, call on Russia to immediately stop its aggression against Ukraine, and undertake to refrain from any steps that contradict these written statements,” as reported by the BBC’s Ukrainian Service report.
The other law bans the printing of books written by Russian citizens, except if the author gives up their Russian passport and becomes a citizen of Ukraine. The import of books will be prohibited from Russia, Belarus, and occupied Ukrainian territory. Also, translations of texts will now only be printed in Ukrainian, official EU languages, or indigenous Ukrainian languages, taking Russian off that list.
A tweet from the Ukrainian Parliament stated, “Administrative liability for the import and distribution of publishing products from Russia and Belarus, as well as literature included in the Register of anti-Ukrainian publishing products, has been established.” On Sunday evening.
Citizens in the southern and eastern Ukraine areas have previously reported feeling a vital connection to Russia and continuously speaking Russian as their first language. Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine has led to an alienation from Russian culture being yearned for by many Ukrainians across the country.
Ukraine has made previous language control efforts in the past; this current one is just the latest. In 2019, the government made Ukrainian the mandatory language in most aspects of public life, including education. Before the Russian invasion, Russia pointed this effort out to claim that Ukrainian Russian speakers were under attack by their own country.
Ukraine’s dominance of Russian speakers stems from centuries of eminence by their more powerful and much larger neighbor. Since the invasion, many Russian-speaking Ukrainians have been switching their language strictly to Ukrainian as a form of defiance.
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