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Translated by Ollie Richardson


Deputy of the faction “Popular Front” Igor Lapin suggests the Verkhovna Rada recognize the names “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic” as propaganda of criminal organizations. The corresponding bill No. 5086 under the authorship of Lapin was registered in Parliament.

“I want us, at the legislative level, to ban the promotion of “DPR”, “LPR” and to stop calling them in this way. It turns out that it is us calling them Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic. This is nonsense,” Lapin said to the agency “Interfax-Ukraine”.

“I think we should call them illegal armed groups or criminal organizations of Donetsk and Lugansk regions or the Russian Federation for all I care… But we must ban on the legislative level the concept of “LPR”, “DPR”, he added.

As was reported on the parliamentary website, the draft bill has already been submitted to the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada, and the Profile Committee determined the Freedom of Speech and Information Committee. The text of the document on the website is missing.

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