A Judge in Odessa Refused to Prosecute Someone For Exhibiting a Soviet World War II Flag

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The Malinovsky regional court of Odessa the judge Dmitry Perederko withdrew himself during the process of defining the measure of restraint to the inhabitant of Odessa who on May 9th drove around the city in a car with a flag featuring the order of the Great Patriotic War. This became known from the register of court decisions. The date of the publication of the decision is May 12th, 2017.

As is said in the text of the decision, the person involved in criminal proceedings on the eve of a public holiday – Victory Day – showed a flag with the image of the order of Great Patriotic War.

Further, the document contains an explanation why the judge can’t consider the demonstration of a flag with the order of Great Patriotic War on the day of a public holiday on May 9th as propaganda of a totalitarian regime.

“I am the grandson of someone who heroically died during the Great Patriotic War, and the grandson of a Cavalier of the Order the ‘Patriotic war’ and an invalid of the Great Patriotic War of the 1st category. Owing to these circumstances, and also in connection of my education in the spirit of respect for soldiers who by their heroic feats and courage defended in heavy battles the right of the people of Ukraine to live and in the spirit of respect for the heroism of our people during the Great Patriotic War (World War II), and their inflexible firmness in the fight against Nazism, I can’t regard the fact of demonstrating an image of the order of the ‘Patriotic war’ during the days of celebrating the ‘Victory Day’ national and public holiday as propaganda of a totalitarian regime. Therefore I consider it to be impossible because of personal, moral, and ethical reasons to carry out consideration of the specified claim,” it is said in the judgment.

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