The OPPOSITION BLOC filed an appeal to the Constitutional Court with a demand to abolish the norms of the law on cinematography, allowing to prohibit Soviet movies or cartoons because of participation of artists there, who are in the “black lists”. This was stated at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction Yuriy Boyko.
“We are against political obscurantism, which is embedded in the so-called law on cinematography, when virtually any movie or cartoon can be artificially banned. According to this law, you can even ban the cartoon “Bremen Musicians” or a cartoon “Prostokvashino”. Therefore, on July 9, we filed an appeal to the Constitutional Court,” Yuriy Boyko said.
“We believe that such actions are a violation of the Constitution and the rights of citizens to watch the movies they want. We will defend this right of citizens and we are categorically against political obscurantism when, having engendered a crisis, corruption, impoverishment of the people, the authorities try to divert attention by such actions. We will defend the rights of citizens to freedom of the press and freedom of television,” the opposition politician said.
Recall, February 5, 2015 the State Agency of Ukraine on Cinema on the basis of the law “On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Protection of the Information Broadcasting in Ukraine” complied a list of films forbidden in Ukraine. It includes any audiovisual works (films, serials, etc.),” which contain popularization, agitation, propaganda, any actions of law enforcement bodies, armed forces, other armed, military or force formations of the state-occupier”.
At the end of 2017, 646 works were on the list, including such films as “Seventeen Moments of Spring”, “DMB”, “Office Romance. Our Time”, “Taras Bulba”, “Brother-2”; serials: “White Guard”, “Bandit Petersburg”, “Slaughter Force”, “Streets of Broken Lights”, “Liquidation”, “Kamenskaya”, “Glukhar”, “Brigade”, “Master and Margarita”, “Matchmakers”, cartoons: “Three from Prostokvashino”, “Bremen Musicians” and others.