The Constitutional Court has ruled that the St. George ribbon can be worn but cannot be used to justify war crimes and Russian aggression


“The provisions of Article 365/5 of the Criminal Code and the provisions of Article 1 of the Law on Combating Extremist Activity, insofar as they refer to the justification or glorification of military aggression, war crimes or crimes against humanity, are considered constitutional,” he said Miss Manole.

The judges of the Constitutional Court partially accepted the request of the socialist deputies, finding unconstitutional only the phrase “as well as those similar to them to the extent that they can be confused” from the definition of “notorious attributes or symbols used in the context of acts of military aggression”

We remind you that on April 20, 2022, the law prohibiting the display and use of symbols used in acts of war in Ukraine was published in the Official Gazette. Thus, the symbols “Z”, “V” and the “Saint George” ribbon are prohibited on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

According to the draft law to amend the Contravention Code, for the manufacture, sale and possession of the respective symbols, natural persons risk a fine from 4,500 to 9,000 lei or unpaid work for the benefit of the community from 30 to 60 hours, and legal persons and those who hold public positions, if they violate these prohibitions, risk a fine from 9,000 to 18,000 lei.

We remind you that the deputies from the parliamentary majority, with 53 votes “for” approved the amendment to the Criminal Code, which prohibits the use, on the territory of our country, of the symbols “Z”, “V” and the “Saint George” ribbon.

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And although the law entered into force on May 9, 2022, the two former presidents of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon and Vladimir Voronin, were observed during the May 9 event wearing the ribbon of Saint George. The first mentioned that every citizen has the right to an opinion, including the right to wear the ribbon. The second one declared that with this gesture he shows political maturity.

On May 11, 2022, the police announced that 17 deputies, members of the Bloc of Communists and Socialists, could be sanctioned for wearing the two-color “Saint George” ribbon at the event on May 9, prohibited by law in the Republic of Moldova. They were documented by the police, but for sanctions, the procedure provides for the lifting of parliamentary immunity.


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