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Criminal Code of Ukraine

(No. 2341-III, 2001.04.05)

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Article 67. Circumstances aggravating punishment.

1. For the purposes of imposing a punishment, the following circumstances shall be deemed to be aggravating :>

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(3) the commission of an offense based on racial, national or religious enmity and hostility;

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SPECIAL PART

Chapter I. CRIMES AGAINST NATIONAL SECURITY OF UKRAINE

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Article 110. Trespass against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine

1. Willful actions committed to change the territorial boundaries or national borders of Ukraine in violation of the order provided for in the Constitution of Ukraine, and also public appeals or distribution of materials with appeals to commit any such actions, -

shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term up to three years, or imprisonment for the same term.

2. Any such actions, as provided for by paragraph 1 of this Article, if committed by a member of public authorities or repeated by any person, or committed by an organized group, or combined with inflaming national or religious enmity, -

shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term of three to five years, or imprisonment for the same term.

3. Any such actions, as provided for by paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article, if they caused the killing of people or any other grave consequences, -

shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven to twelve years.

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Chapter V. CRIMINAL OFFENSES AGAINST ELECTORAL, LABOR AND OTHER PERSONAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF THE HUMAN BEING AND THE CITIZEN

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Article 161. Violation of citizens' equality based on their race, nationality or religious preferences

1. Willful actions inciting national, racial or religious enmity and hatred, humiliation of national honor and dignity, or the insult of citizens' feelings in respect to their religious convictions, and also any direct or indirect restriction of rights, or granting direct or indirect privileges to citizens based on race, color of skin, political, religious and other convictions, sex, ethnic and social origin, property status, place of residence, linguistic or other characteristics, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 50 tax-free minimum incomes, or correctional labor for a term up to two years, or restraint of liberty for a term up to five years, with or without the deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years.

2. The same actions accompanied with violence, deception or threats, and also committed by an official, -

shall be punishable by correctional labor for a term up to two years, or imprisonment for a term up to five years.

3. Any such actions as provided for by paragraph 1 or 2 of this Article, if committed by an organized group of persons, or where they caused death of people or other grave consequences, -

shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of two to five years.

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Article 178. Damage of religious architecture or houses of worship

Damage or destruction of a religious architecture or a house of worship, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 300 tax-free minimum incomes, or imprisonment for a term of one to three years.

Article 179. Illegal retention, desecration or destruction of religious sanctities

Illegal retention, desecration or destruction of religious sanctities, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 200 tax-free minimum incomes, or imprisonment for a term up to three years.

Article 180. Preclusion of religious ceremonies

1. Illegal preclusion of religious ceremonies, where it frustrated or was likely to frustrate a religious ceremony, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 50 tax-free minimum incomes, or arrest for a term up to six months, or restraint of liberty for a term up to two years.

2. Forcing a clergyman, by violence or psychological pressure, into officiation, -

shall be punishable by a fine up to 50 tax-free minimum incomes, or arrest for a term up to six months, or restraint of liberty for a term up to two years.

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