In Russia, New Law Permits Only “Negative” Use of National Socialist Symbols
Under the new law, public display of National Socialist symbols in works of science, literature and art will not be considered as extremism when it is done to form negative attitude to the ideology of National Socialism.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing to use NS symbols in works of science, literature and art on condition of condemning National Socialism, as follows from a press statement posted on the official website of legal information.
The law amends article 6 of the law on the immortalization of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War (the Eastern Front during WWII where Russia fought against Germany) and article 1 of the law on countering "extremist activities", under which public display of NS symbols, as well as symbols and emblems of "extremist" organizations is branded as "extremist" activities.
Under the new law, public display of NS symbols in works of science, literature and art, as well as in educational and information purposes will not be considered as "extremism" when it is done to form negative attitude to the ideology of National Socialism and on condition of the absence of signs of its propaganda or justification.