5 million rubles fine for “defilement”: the State Duma of the Russian Federation equated the St. George ribbon with symbols of glory

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After the signing of the law, the tape can only be used for events related to “historical memory”.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted in the third reading a bill that provides for a fine of 5 million rubles [about UAH 2.7 million] and a prison term of up to five years for desecration of the ribbon of St. George. This was reported on the website of the lower house of the Russian parliament.

“The law adopted by the deputies in the third reading proposes to regulate the status of the St. George ribbon as one of the symbols of Russia's military glory,” in particular, the message says.

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The draft law was sponsored by Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party Andrey Turchak and Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society Olga Zanko.

As specified, an individual for “desecrating” the tape will face a fine of up to three mln rub. or imprisonment for a term of three to five years. A legal entity may receive a fine of three to five million rubles.

After the signing of the law, the tape can only be used for events and actions related to historical memory.