The Verkhovna Rada rejected a bill that would prohibit or restrict performances of Russian artists who support the aggression of Russia against Ukraine and officially condemned it.
Bill No. 4303 on amendments to some laws of Ukraine regarding limitation of the use of media production and the aggressor state did not receive the necessary votes in the first reading.
Based on the restriction of the use of media production and the aggressor state was supported only by 174 deputies, for return to the Committee for revision – 205 deputies, three attempts to return the bill for revision to the subject of legislative initiative – Nicholas Knyazhytsky – also failed (220 votes 222 votes, 215 votes).
The bill proposed to demand from the Russian musicians, artists of theatre and cinema written statements condemning the aggression of Russia against Ukraine, particularly the occupation of its territories.
In particular, it was assumed:
— set a limit for touring artists from the aggressor state, in particular to prohibit tour events individuals from Russia, if they are to start the appropriate tour events not submitted to the organizers of the touring event «a written statement condemning the occupation of the territory of Ukraine, except for cases provided for by the bill cases»;
— provide that for the touring activities of artists associated with the aggressor state, you must obtain a certificate of tour activities;
for theater to provide that a creative worker, a member of the arts, artistic staff of the theatre who is a citizen of the aggressor state may participate in performances, theatrical performances in Ukraine only after they sign a statement condemning the occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the aggressor state;
— set additional terms of issuing of licences for the films with the participation of natural persons – residents of the state-aggressor, namely the filing of such persons statements condemning the occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the aggressor state;
to ban broadcasting by radio and television of musical works first published after January 1, 2014 with the participation of the persons included to the List of persons constituting a threat to national security, and/or at least one of the authors (authors) and performers (associates) whom is a citizen of the aggressor state, provided that there is no available data that public statements condemning the occupation of the territory of Ukraine;
— set additional conditions retransmission on the territory of Ukraine, programs of broadcasting organizations, which fall under the jurisdiction of the aggressor state.
Knyazhitsky before the vote, called «save the culture from the yoke Baluevsky decrees».
The Deputy Olga Chervakova said that this bill «how to jail Grebenshchikov or Makarevich, «because «in Russia similar things are equated with extremism» — so «conscious» artists, if you publicly speak out against the annexation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine may in a Russian prison.
She also emphasized that the movie won’t get a rental certificate, if any of the participants in this film come from the aggressor state — and it may be a technical worker, and not only in the Russian tapes.
Cermakova also said that this bill went through the Committee of freedom of speech. «I am categorically opposed to such manipulative things have happened,» she said.
MP Andriy Ilyenko said Chervakova: «If they (Russian artists — ed.) can’t do what them to come here, let it sit at… Those Russian actors who at least once said in the press about the support of Ukraine, this law does not apply».
But the Vice-speaker Irina Gerashchenko said that Ukraine can’t fight in the cultural field restrictions like in Russia.
«You should listen to the industry… This bill violates human rights of the spectator — we can not, as a legal state, spodoblyayutsya Russia to ban… Ukraine is not Russia. Not through bans to go, and through the education of patriotism,» she said.
According to Gerashchenko, the Committee Knyazhytskyy «trying to split the session hall».
Instead, she thanked the Ukrainian actors who refused to play the Russian series, and citizens who stopped to watch the films and performances with the participation of the Russians.
«Let us not because of bans will show it (our position), but just stopped going…» — called the Deputy speaker.
After the failed vote knyazhytskyy said indignantly that he would not participate in the meetings of Parliament, and called for colleagues.
We will note, in June, Lviv regional Council has supported the banning of the concerts of those artists who have performed or participated in television programs on the territory of Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories.
Rada refused to prohibit tour for the Russians, did not condemn the aggression of Russia 06.10.2016