Porn in Ukraine

    Porn is Illegal in Ukraine

    In 2009, Ukraine amended the criminal code, making pornography illegal the country, unless it’s prescribed for medical use.

    Pornography is a huge industry that flourished exponentially since the dawn of the internet, thanks to its accessibility and anonymity - and you can be sure that porn will be near the top of Google's most search terms.

    It seems that around the world, porn is perceived differently. For example: porn is legal in America and most of Europe, but in many Islamic countries, porn is outright banned with harsh punishments for merely possessing it. Although, the conservative laws that most interpretations of the Islamic religion impose on society does indeed make it somewhat understandable for those countries.

    The Ukraine, however, is not necessarily a religiously conservative country, but the law there states that selling, advertising, distributing, importing pornography is a criminal act. Law amendments put forward in 2009 mean that now, even possessing pornography can land you in hot water with a fine or up to 3 years in jail, unless it's for medical purposes.

    It's noted that one of the problems with Ukrainian law is that there's a lack of definition for pornography. The only definition dates back to legislation from 2003:

    Pornography is vulgar, candid, cynical, obscene depiction of sexual acts, pursuing no other goal, the explicit demonstration of genitals, unethical elements of the sexual act, sexual perversions, realistic sketches that do not meet moral criteria and offend honour and dignity of the human by inciting low instincts.

    It reads more like a parental lecture more than a definition of law, but it means that it can be stretched to fit when it suits authorities.

    The Kyiv Post notes that internet users should be extra vigilant when receiving and downloading files, as even unintentional possession of porngraphy can be intepreted as a criminal offense.

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