Ukrainian parliament votes to ban performances and broadcasts of some Russian music

Posted on: June 22, 2022

“Ukraine’s parliament has voted in favor of banning some Russian music in media and public spaces,” writes Alys Davies in Monday’s (6/20) BBC News (U.K). “The ban will not apply to all Russian music, but rather relates to music created or performed by those who are or were Russian citizens after 1991 [the year Ukraine declared independence]. Artists who have condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine can apply for an exemption from the ban. The import of books from Russia and Belarus will also be prohibited under the legislation. Many of those living in areas of east and south Ukraine have historically felt a strong connection to Russia…. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led many Ukrainians to want to separate themselves from Russian culture. The bill … bans some Russian music from being played or performed on television, radio, schools, public transport, hotels, restaurants, cinemas and other public spaces…. The document says the ban will ‘minimise the risks of possible hostile propaganda through music in Ukraine and will increase the volume of national music products in the cultural space.’ … This means the works of long-dead Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich can still be performed.”