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Dnipropetrovsk vs Dnipro case taken to Constitutional Court

The CC secretariat to scrutinize the query.

Dnipropetrovsk vs Dnipro case taken to Constitutional Court
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A number of people's deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have asked the Constitutional Court to rule unconstitutional the parliament resolution about Dnipropetrovsk renaming, the press service of the Constitutional Court said on Thursday, the court said in a 16 June statement.

The constitutional query states that the constitutional proceedings will involve the authors of the query by Dmytro Shpenov, Vasyl Nimchenko and Dmytro Kolesnikov (all the Opposition Bloc faction).

The claimants point to some procedural violations durin the adoption of the law.

The document notes that the city's renaming without amending the Constitution is a violation of the Basic Law. In addition, the authors of the constitutional query believe that the will of the local community was ignored.

Last May, President Petro Poroshenko signed the so called law on decommunization: 'On the condemnation of the communist and national socialist regimes and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols'. This law prohibits the Soviet and Nazi symbols, including the geographical names.

On February 15, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government supported the initiative to rename the city of Dnipropetrovsk into Dnipro to execute the decommunization law.