Authorities say the use of the letter could in some cases be an endorsement of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said that individuals who display the letter “Z” in Germany to symbolize support for Russia’s war in Ukraine could be prosecuted.
Berlin’s interior minister earlier said on Monday that the city government would handle cases where the Z symbol was used to endorse Russian aggression, following the announcement by Bavaria and Lower Saxony that they will also punish such behavior.
A spokesman for the federal government’s Department of the Interior told reporters: “Such a letter Z is of course not prohibited, but its use in individual cases could constitute an endorsement of a life. Russia’s war of aggression.”
After the February 24 invasion, government supporters inside and outside Russia used the letter, which does not exist in the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia, to show solidarity with the forces. Russian armed forces are fighting in the neighboring country. This symbol is also seen on Russian military tanks deployed in Ukraine.
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a criminal act and anyone who openly approves of this war of aggression can be prosecuted,” said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
“Federal security agencies have been keeping an eye on this and in this respect we welcome the announcement that some federal states will also be checking on a case-by-case basis whether this is a criminal act. or not and take appropriate action,” he said.
Had different theories was introduced since the Z symbol was first fitted on military equipment, along with other letters, including V and O. representing the areas where the soldiers operating them would normally be located. army.
A post on Instagram by the Department of Defense suggests that the Z symbol stands for “za pobedu”, or “for victory”.