Rada asked to introduce criminal liability for denying Holodomor as genocide
A group of independent parliamentarians, who are members of Svoboda faction, have registered a draft law that suggests criminal liability for denying admitting Holodomor as genocide.
According to information on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, relevant bill (No. 7343) on amending some legislative acts regarding criminal responsibility for the denial of the Holodomor was proposed by MPs Yuriy Levchenko, Andriy Illenko, Mykhailo Holovko, and Oleh Osukhovsky.
It is suggested in the document to complement the Criminal Code of Ukraine Article 4421, according to which it is proposed to punish by a fine of 3,000-10,000 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or imprisonment of up to five years for public denial of the Holodomor in Ukraine of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
Authors of the initiative suggest punishing for repeated such actions or if they are committed by officials by imprisonment for up to five years without an alternative to fine.
As reported, on anniversary of Holodomor, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the adoption of a law introducing accountability for the non-recognition of the Holodomor and the Holocaust as genocide.
"I think it's time for us to adopt a law on accountability for not recognizing these two unprecedentedly horrible tragedies [the Holodomor and the Holocaust]. Why? Because those who live after us should observe the law of Ukraine on recognizing the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people," he said in Kyiv on Saturday during an event in memory of the victims of famines in Ukraine.