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"11 Political Parties in [Ukraine] That Are Linked to Russia Will Be Banned"


The Hill (Olafimihan Oshin) reports, citing the Washington Post:

"Given the full-scale war waged by the Russian Federation and the ties of some political structures with this state, any activity of a number of political parties during the martial law is suspended," Zelensky said during his address….

The 11 banned parties included the Opposition Platform-For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left Opposition, Union of Left Forces, State, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialists Party and Volodymyr Saldo Bloc, according to Axios.

I hadn't mentioned it earlier, because it was so widely reported at the time, but of course Russia has imposed broad speech restrictions, including up to 15 years in prison for calling the invasion of Ukraine a "war" or an "invasion."