Ukraine Bans “Non-Medicinal” Pornography


The Ukrainian government has passed a law banning all possession of pornography, “except for medicinal purposes,” with possession of identical images taken as evidence of the even more egregious offence of trafficking in pornography.

Just what is considered pornography and what constitutes medical necessity are not clear…

The bill passed into law on June 11th, after being submitted by the ruling party, comprised of supposedly liberal pro-western elements.

The Ukrainian President, Viktor Yushenko, famously disfigured by poison in a probable assassination attempt by pro-Russian political opponents, denied an appeal by human rights supporters for him to veto the proposal.

Criminal sanction includes up to three years imprisonment. The definition of medical necessity and pornography are both left vague, so it is not clear how the law will be applied, which is perhaps intended.

Via MosNews.

The Ukraine of course, or at least parts of it, has expressed the intention of pursuing EU membership, so it will be interesting to see their (non-)reaction to this grotesque assault on freedom of expression and healthy sexuality…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Removes 'The Ukraine', where ever that is, from future visit or move to locations*. Well couldn't spell it anyway so it wasn't on the list to begin with......

    Comment by Falos
    02:57 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's simple. Instead of interpreting this as the kind of law that's enforced for the good of the people, this is probably the type that is used as a tool, enforced when those with power/authority want it as a weapon. Let it apply almost anywhere and it's a fucking politician-activated cudgel, to pummel those that would oppose you. If the general population is anxious and irritated over the ambiguity and the potential prosecution of such wide-angle rules it's just a side effect.

    Very common to see sets of laws with both. Long live abuse of office.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF! NO F###en PORN?! I feel sorry for the people over there. I guess they will go on a killing spree instead of staying home and masturbating.

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    Comment by WiseRooster
    01:49 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Why just why?

    Comment by Fonzer
    04:20 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First sings of male becoming an endangered species in the uk?
    So now they decide to ban pr0n so more people will probably have sex and increase the chance of male births.

    Comment by Ayu
    06:17 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I should note that it was in tv news today that the ukrainian government suggests that ban now to the EU...

    Comment by FoolyDooly
    06:54 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mother russia wants more raep porn. It's educational for the comraeds.

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    Comment by Narcotic-Nightmares
    06:07 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i first read medical pornography i first thought they mean pornography of a medical genre... not medical purposes xD

    Comment by M
    06:07 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess people could legally own their loli material there now by saying they have a "disease" called "loliconism" >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that it matters or anything.

    Afterall, it's only a matter of time before the USSR arises from the ashes.

    ( ´,_ゝ`)クックック・・・( ´∀`)フハハハハ・・・(  ゚∀゚)ハァーハッハッハッハ!!

    Comment by krolik
    05:29 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, cool I'm Ukranian. This seems too preposterous to be true, and I haven't heard of anything like this from friends and family who still live there. It's still the number one country on the European continent for prostitution and the sex industry. I went there just last year to fuck some young ones (not loli young).

    Comment by Anony
    00:42 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But, porn keeps me stiff for hours just like viagra. Would that be medical purpose?

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    Comment by Ray
    23:09 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I support this law. Pornography, sexuality and human body in general is something awful and unnatural...

    ...wait wut?

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    Comment by ManaYagami
    23:16 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They will force the EU into adopting this ban on porn, just for the lulz.

    Comment by Meidoganekko
    23:04 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Medicinal pr0n... Used for medicinal purpose..

    Hmmm.. Guro pr0n..?

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    Comment by MidnightTide
    22:48 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To hell with censorship. If you ban porn your going to see a massive increase in sexual assults.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Medical Pornography" -

    In the United States, the YMCA tried to ban women from accessing information about contraceptives and female hygiene by lobbying to have it declared "obscene" - e.g. pornographic. (The YMCA believed women would act promiscuous if they knew about their bodies. Forget sex-ed in schools, the YMCA didn't even want *adult* women to be allowed to buy a book and read about it on their own). Allowing "medical pornography" assures women have access sexual education materials.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it YWCA for Women or YMCA for men?

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    23:29 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh goodness, in before the fools here blame feminists.

    Comment by Fonzer
    00:04 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it prolongs my life,trains my healt as in heart rate arm strenght and other qualities.
    How is pr0n non-medicinal at all?

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    Comment by muteKi
    23:43 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it's for my prostate!

    Comment by Schrodinger
    07:02 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Medical eh?

    "Doctor! Doctor! My erection won't subside!"

    "Hmmm.... This is serious. I'm prescribing you a 12 month subscription to 'Hot Ukrainian Housewives'. See me again after the subscription expires for a refill."

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    Comment by Aeromax
    07:29 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm assuming "medical uses" doesn't refer to pornography, it means nudity for reference purposes. A picture of a nekkid woman is not permitted, unless it's being used to diagnose a problem.

    Or at least that's the way it sounded to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was porn ever allowed in Ukraine in the first place? I see same pixelated crap on tv at night, I don't see any sex shops closing, dating sites are still full of prostitutes... And why medical? In the news they said it was for "personal use".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the US tried this once, only with alcohol instead of porn. Anyone know how that turned out?

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    Comment by HentaiKamen
    09:06 04/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be a good few years for Ukranian mafia...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    rape cases will number the entire unmarried population of ukraine

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 11/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! MEDICINAL DRAWINGS ARENT PORN TECHNICALLY. So... Doctors and nurses can have porn, and everyone else needs porn with doctors and nurses? I could get used to that! Now what are they gunna say? PORN FOR SCHOOL USE ONLY! HAHAHAHAHA.... I wish... >> << Im just still ramblin on. does anyone actually scroll down this much? w.e

    Comment by Lurlerrr
    19:15 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's the hell!!!?!!! FTW!
    i'm gonna move to ukraine next month (work :( )!
    and so, I need to delete all porno from my PC?! what the hell!!!

    Comment by Metalbunny
    00:36 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by sanimej2
    19:42 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank GOD!!! I live in the states!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excuse me officers, you see, I have this medical issue, pornography medically helps me get off.

    Comment by Cerenado
    08:49 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Medical"? Isn't it "Educational"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The EU will probably follow suit.

    Porn is the root of evil

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    Comment by WiseRooster
    15:21 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Odd thought it was money.

    Comment by mi
    17:19 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that pic ishikei's?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm from Ukraine, and i don't give a shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't spell Ukraine without UK. This is a sign of the future. A future where only perverts prosper... for no one will ever suspect those 200-some odd images of a girl standing near her car with a troubled look(perhaps she is lost or it broke down), her hand resting on her vehicle(a powerful, muscular machine she clings to as her only source of protection from violation) as the most vile and naughty of pornography. -to say nothing of people with things like foot fetish or sleeping people or the like.

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    Comment by maderlulz
    18:34 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think when Viktor Yushenko was poisoned it messed with his brain. Were going backwards with all these ban chain reactions spurring all over the globe. What the fuck is going on?

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    Comment by LunarSD
    00:05 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Countries are getting away with this escalating Mad Hatter party because it's been so long since we last had a healthy revolution (a "reset", if you will) to keep our ancestor's primitive political systems from redundantly over-managing their people. (here is a place to brainstorm political systems that are intrinsically protected from these and many other problems)

    I guess if anything is to blame for the world heading toward criminalizing completely harmless human expression (in addition to our unwillingness to rebuild modern politics), it's too much investment in military strength and anti-riot technology.

    People always laugh and turn their heads at the thought of something big actually happening modern times, but what else can stop this kind of thing? My ears are always open to suggestions, even if they may never hear functional ones.

    Culture, both national cultures and the one international culture we're all a part of, are living, growing entities. What all of us have been watching occur is the spreading of an infection. An infection that uses the weaknesses of today's political structures against their people.

    It's not just Japan, or the UK, or Australia, or Canada, or India, or countries under religious & military rule, or Korea, or the Ukraine.

    Global communication is gradually converting us into an international, inter-connected organism. As such, the infection has unrestricted mobility, and uses the people's fear of their own country's excessive political and military might (fear to take action and treat this infection) to its advantage.

    Anti-expression is everyone's problem, and is only one initial symptom of an intensifying illness.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm from ukraine and sadly is isn't... bloody idiots actually passed the law and it is alredy working...

    though i'm quite curious how it will be used during elections later this year :)

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    Comment by Hexa
    19:10 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, I feel for you. Seriously, I thought Ukraine was doing alright, but this move just set you back to Soviet times... *shakes head*

    As for Ukraine entering the EU, I'll be interested to see whether this action will have any effects. Probably not many Politicians in Strasbourg are willing to stand up for a man's right to bear pr0ns.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The same EU that took no action against the UK's censorship laws? I doubt it.

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    Comment by onitake
    10:01 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the very same eu that is actively pursuing internet censorship right now...

    sadly, i'm pretty sure these circumstances aren't going to change soon. just look at the recent eu parliament elections.
    as a well-known blogger put it: it's a political problem with a biological solution. but that solution will not manifest itself in the next few years.

    Comment by Suishieroll
    20:19 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, better be careful when you surf SanCom~

    Comment by xatm092
    21:32 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm confused. What counts as porn? Sex? Vaginas? Nipples???

    In any case it's a stupid law.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And this from a country whose main exports are stolen russian gas and prostitutes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forget about Holodomor monuments and children's organs.

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    Comment by Artefact

    And cheap copies of Russian weapons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They gonna export lots of hardcore porn in nearest future. Banning porn usually create underground market, which quickly go extreme (cause gov. have no control over it). Just like Russia in 90's.

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