Kyiv bans public use of Russian-language songs

The Kyiv city council has imposed a moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural product on the territory of the capital of Ukraine. This is stated in the message of the press service of the Kyiv City Council.

The ban includes books, art albums, audiovisual works, musical sound recordings, handicrafts, theater and circus performances, concerts and cultural and educational services.

“Russian is the language of the aggressor country, and it has no place in the heart of our capital,” the head of the Kyiv council’s standing commission for education and science, youth and sports, Vadym Vasylchuk, said.

He added that the moratorium also applies to objects of material and spiritual culture that have artistic, historical, ethnographic and scientific significance and are subject to preservation, reproduction and protection in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.

In June 2022, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved a bill banning the performance of Russian music in public places and in the media. The ban applies to the public performance, as well as the use of phonograms and video recordings of works by Russian performers and those who publicly supported the Russian aggression against Ukraine. We are talking specifically about works by Russian authors, not those written in the Russian language.

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