Communists banned from elections / Photo from UNIAN

“I signed the instructions, which will result inexcluding this political force and other communist parties from the election process,” said Petrenko at a briefing on Friday.

The total of three communist parties will be barred from the October elections.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov calls this decision an act of historical justice.

The Communist party has been an important force in Ukraine, polling 13 percent in the 2012 parliamentary election, but its popularity plummeted over its support for ex-President Viktor Yunukovych. In last year's parliamentary election the Communist Party of Ukraine garnered less than 4 percent of the vote, according to ABCNews.

Ukraine passed several laws in April banning the use of symbols from the Soviet years and denouncing Communist ideology.