Polish Sejm bans "Bandera ideology"
The Polish Sejm on Friday voted for the bill submitted by the Kukiz'15 party setting a ban on promoting the so-called "Bandera ideology", with its historic roots stemming from Ukraine.
"The Sejm has just voted for the law submitted by the Kukiz'15 party, which prohibits the propaganda of Banderism in Poland! We were waiting from July 6, 2016! Finally!" the leader of the party Pawel Kukiz wrote on Twitter, as reported by Radio Poland.
The bill was backed by 279 Polish deputies. In total, 414 MPs out of 450 voted in the parliamentary hall. Only five deputies voted against the new legislation, another 130 parliamentarians abstained, and 45 MPs did not vote.
The bill defines "the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists and Ukrainian units who collaborated with the III Reich", introducing a possibility of launching criminal probes against deniers of such crimes.
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