KIEV, April 7. /TASS/. Ukraine’s ‘de-communization’ bill is sheer ignorance and a path to widen the gap in Ukrainian society and continue the war, leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party Pyotr Simonenko told a news conference on Tuesday.
"First, the Verkhovna Rada /parliament/ website had no mention of this bill already in the morning although it was to be discussed today. Having looked through the text, I’d say such bills are sheer ignorance. The bill bans using quotes from /Bolshevik leader Vladimir/ Lenin, hence, nearly half of scholarly papers are to be disposed of. The bill bans the use of any communist symbols and attributes, hence a veteran cannot put on his Order of the Red Star he had shed his blood for. All this is a path to a bigger split in Ukrainian society and continuation of the war," he said.
Simonenko said the bill was obviously geared to put an equal mark between communism and Nazism, which was absurd. "The Nazi ideology and symbols were outlawed by the Nuremberg Tribunal across the globe. The world history knows nothing of the kind in respect of communism," he noted.
The de-communization bill was initiated by the Ukrainian government last week. Minister of Justive Pavel Petrenko said earlier the Verkhovna Rada would pass a package of de-communization laws by May 9.