President Zelensky signs 'de-Sovietization of legislation bill' into law. Here is what it means
6 May, 2022

President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed the bill on de-Sovietization of Ukrainian legislation into law. This comes after the Parliament adopted the document on April 21. This is stated on the website of the Verkhovna Rada and reported by the Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk.

From now on Ukrainian legislation no longer contains:

  • mentions of the "victories of the Great October Socialist Revolution";
  • the desire to implement "Lenin's ideas of building a communist society";
  • links to programs developed by the Communist Party;
  • priority in the rights of Komsomol members, communists and other "comrades".

The law also repealed 1,200 acts of state authorities and administration of the USSR and the Ukrainian SSR.

In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to de-Sovietize within three months its own legal documents, as well as to develop a new Labor, Housing Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses.