19:01 Jun. 3, 2016
Official claims the poem endagers Russian sovereignity and territorial integrity
Ukrainian national anthem may be recognized extremist in Russia. The deputy of Russia's State Duma Roman Hudyakov insists the poem, written by Pavlo Chubynsky in 1862 and serving currently as a text for Ukraine's national anthem, encroaches upon Russia's territorial integrity.
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The deputy's indignations concerns mainly the second strophe of the poem, in particular the lines "We'll stand, brothers, in bloody battle, from the Syan to the Don". According to Hudyakov, this is a genuine call to the Ukrainians to invade the indigenously Russian territories.
According to the law on the Ukraine's state anthem passed on March 6th, 2003, the state anthem of Ukraine consists of musical piece by Mykhailo Verbytsky and the first verse and refrain of the poem by Pavlo Chubynsky.