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The Commission of the Saeima of Latvia approved a bill banning the wearing Soviet military uniforms, and the use of Soviet symbols. About it reports news Agency LETA.
The ban on the wearing gets the form of the red army, NKVD and other security agencies of the USSR and also the military uniform of Nazi Germany. In addition, the use of the image of the red star in conjunction with the hammer and sickle, the Nazi swastika, emblems, flags and anthems of the Nazi and Soviet regimes also fall under the ban.
The Chairman of the Commission Artus’sh commenting on the bill said that “people need to understand that wearing of Nazi or Soviet uniforms and symbolism at public events in our country is unacceptable”. Now the bill must be approved by the Saeima in the third reading, and then get signed by the President.
If the Parliament and President will approve the bill, it will come into force on 1 January 2020. From this point on for the use of Soviet and Nazi symbols will be imposed a fine of 140 euros for individuals and up to 1420 euros for legal.
In Latvia ban on Soviet and Nazi symbols began to act almost since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but its performance is not always strictly observed. In particular, the Soviet symbols that you can use at celebrations in honor of Victory Day.
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