Mr. Kolesnichenko was elected to the Verkhovna Rada from the Crimea for the District No.225 (Sevastopol) and is famous for its pro-Russian policy. One of the most controversial laws written by Mr. Kolesnichenko is the so-called law on languages. Besides, it is particularly Mr. Kolesnichenko who submitted draft law prohibiting “propaganda of homosexuality” for consideration in Rada. Its official title – “On the Prohibition of Propaganda of Homosexuality Aimed at Children” (was originally registered in the Parliament under No.1155). For this initiative the Coalition to Combat Discrimination in Ukraine gave Mr. Kolesnichenko anti-Award “The Discriminator the year – 2013” in nomination “Discrimination in Law”.
In particular, the last phase of passing the Draft Law No.0945 (former 8711) entitled “On the Introduction of Changes to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (regarding the protection of the right of children to a safe information environment)” will be soon held. It will include the presentation of profile Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information, headed by Mykola Tomenko, on withdrawal of this draft law from further consideration.