Lithuania bans Georgian ribbon, other symbols of Russia's war against Ukraine

  • 2022-04-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania has banned the public display of the black and orange ribbon of Saint George and other symbols of Russia's war against Ukraine. 

Anyone defying the ban will face fines. 

The parliament on Tuesday passed the respective amendments to the Law on Administrative Offences and the Law on Assemblies in a vote of 124 to one with two abstentions. 

The new legislation has yet to be signed into law by President Gitanas Nauseda.  

It prohibits the use of "symbols of totalitarian or authoritarian regimes, which were used or are being used by those regimes for their past or present military aggression and/or propaganda of crimes against humanity and war crimes that were committed or are being committed".

The amendments specify in particular that "the two-color (black and orange) St George's Ribbon shall be deemed” such a symbol "in all cases".

The ban also covers the letters "Z" and "V", which have become the symbols of Russia's war in Ukraine.

The public display of the symbols will be punishable by fines of 300 to 700 euros for individuals and up to 1,200 for legal entities. 

Currently, the Law on Assemblies prohibits the display of the flags, coats of arms and uniforms of Nazi Germany, the USSR, or the Lithuanian SSR, as well as the symbols of Nazi or Communist organizations.