The fight against 'separatism' in Ukraine is taking a grotesque form, the inhabitants of the country sometimes call the police in a cafe where a drunken guest sings a Russian song. This is reported by the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti.
"For example, guests at the bar are watching Russian channels, or neighbours sing and switched on Russian music. We react to all cases. If this is prohibited, then we take measures, according to the law," Nikolay Zhukovich, a police representative in the Kiev region, said. According to him, if there are signs of "separatism" in the actions of a person, the information is transferred to the SBU. The law enforcer noted that "a drunken person will not be imprisoned for Russian songs."
As Zhukovich told the publication, often the motive for such appeals to law enforcement agencies is the human factor, the desire to take revenge.
"People, for example, quarreled and in revenge came up with the idea that the rival is a separatist, and we should also check this information," he explained.
For example, a resident of Poltava managed to obtain deprivation of the father of her child's parental rights, since he visited the territory of Donbass that is not controlled by Kiev, the newspaper writes.
Artist of the Lvov Opera Nikolay Sanzharevsky because of 'unpatriotic' posts in VKontakte made it to the database of the scandalous Mirotvorets site (Peacemaker). He himself stated that his page in the social network, now banned in Ukraine, was hacked four years ago.
According to lawyer Vitaly Naum, there is a clear line between discontent with the authorities and calls for crimes against the state.
"From the point of view of the law, no one can prohibit criticizing state bodies. But if one says that they will change this power, they will separate, and "in the Soviet Union sausage cost 16 kopecks", it already falls under the article" Public calls for a violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or for the seizure of state power," the lawyer explains.
DONi News Agency