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Ukraine Bans Communist and Nazi Symbols, Parties

• http://news.antiwar.com, Jason Ditz

The Ukrainian parliament today approved a law banning "Communist and Nazi regimes," outlawing all such political parties and the symbols related to them. It also criminalizes any denial of the "criminal character" of such regimes.

The move will primarily ban old Soviet-era flags and monuments in the country, though the ruling will also effectively ban Ukraine's existing Communist Party, an opposition party that is generally pro-Russian and critical of the new government. The party has no seats in the national parliament, but has 112 seats in regional parliaments.

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