The Verkhovna Rada will consider a bill to rename Russia to Muscovy


The Verkhovna Rada will consider a bill that bans the use of the word “Russia” in the Russian Federation, follows from published on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament data. The report was included in the agenda of the Rada.

The bill assumes that “name “Rus” or “Russia” is a historical name of the territory of Ukraine. Therefore, the document proposes the prohibition of “the use of the historical name of the territory of Ukraine as a title or synonym of the Russian Federation”. Instead of the word “Russia” to refer to the Russian Federation the project requires the use of the word “Muscovy”.

The document proposes to amend a number of laws — in particular, the amendments to the criminal code of Ukraine stipulate a penalty to fifty free minima of the income of citizens. The recurring violation or a violation committed by a representative of the authorities, is liable to a fine in the amount from fifty to hundred free minima of the income. The bill also envisages changes in the law on information agencies, on television and radio broadcasting, on advertisement and geographical names.

The bill was introduced to Parliament in July 2015. The initiators were two deputies from the Radical party of Oleh Liashko. One of them Oksana Korchinsky — the wife of the head of the party “Brotherhood” and the former leader of the Ukrainian nationalist party UNA-UNSO, Dmytro Korchinsky.

Dmytro Korchinsky (also there are options Dmitry Korchinsky, Korchinski) — Ukrainian public figure, journalist and politician who was a candidate for President of Ukraine in 2004. According to TFR, Korchinsky was an active participant of prohibited in Russia organizations of the UNA-UNSO, against him and other members of the organization in March 2014, a criminal case was opened.

RCDS believes that Korchinsky together with Dmitry Yarosh created a member of the UNA-UNSO group for participation in combat actions against Federal forces on the side of Chechen separatists from 1994 to 1995. In this case Korchinsky was arrested in absentia by a Russian court.

In March 2014 the TFR was accused in public calls “for terrorist activity and waging a war of aggression on the territory of Crimea and other regions of the Russian Federation”. 17 November 2014 Russia’s Supreme court declared extremist party Korchinsky’s “Brotherhood” and banned its activities in Russia.

In October 2015, the court sent under house arrest of the Director of the Library of Ukrainian literature Natalia Sharina. Investigators accused her in the dissemination of extremist materials, including books Korchinsky.