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26.06.2019 (17:15)

Russian Defence Minister: people involved in destruction of monuments of soldiers-liberators abroad must not be allowed to do business in Russia

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu expects that the State Duma will endorse the bill which imposes sanctions on those who demolish and desecrate monuments to defenders of the Fatherland abroad. The bill was drafted by the Russian Defence Ministry.

“This is our second attempt, I hope it will be successful,” Sergei Shoigu said when opening the “Actual issues of information counteraction” conference, which was held in the framework of the ARMY 2019 International Military and Technical Forum.

At the same time, the Minister of Defence stressed that, along with an expert discussion of issues related to the distortion of historical facts, acts of vandalism, "we must proceed to very specific steps and real actions."

“Therefore, we have introduced the bill - I hope it will be supported by our colleagues,” which speaks of responsibility for the destruction of our monuments, the distortion of history. Such actions must have consequences", the Minister of Defence declared.

According to him, the person who made the decision, and the one who condoned the destruction of the monument, did not take any measures to protect it must take responsibility for it."

“At least under our laws,” Shoigu continued. - Such people should not have the right to do business in this country. They must not be allowed to enter the Russian Federation. And if they managed to, they should be subjected to our law for their actions. ”

A few days ago, a bill was published on the federal portal of regulatory legal acts, by which the RF Ministry of Defence proposes to ban entry to Russia and seize the assets of persons involved in the destruction of monuments to Russian military leaders and significant events in Russian history.

Another bill, which was also published on the Federal portal of draft regulatory legal acts for public discussion, suggests that the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation should add an article on the destruction of military monuments to the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on damage to cultural heritage.

On June 2, Ukrainian nationalists in Kharkiv torn down a towering bust of Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov near the Palace of sports. Russia reacted strongly against such barbarism.

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