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Ukraine warns another 17 political parties could be banned

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Ukrainian authorities reported Tuesday that there are another 17 calls at the Justice Ministry offices to ban political parties for their alleged cooperation and justification of the invasion launched by Russia nearly four months ago.

“Currently there are 17 lawsuits by the Ministry of Justice in the Ukrainian courts to ban certain parties. Eleven of them in accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defense Council,” while the rest relate to alleged “criminal activities of these forces,” said Deputy Justice Minister Valeria Kolomiets.

According to Kolomiets, the Ukrainian authorities suspect that these political groups are helping the “invader” in the context of the ongoing war, and he is therefore confident that the current legislation will speed up court proceedings for any bans.

Also among the parties targeted by Kiev is United Russia, a party led by Russian President Vladimir Putin who, despite not having representation in Ukrainian institutions, has been treating his case “for a year” with the same consideration as the others treated, reports the Ukrinform agency.

Kolomiets also recalled that in March, a month after the start of the Russian invasion, the National Security and Defense Council issued a rule to suspend the activities of 11 parties as they are considered pro-Russian. A measure ratified by Presidential Decree by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

This measure has also forced the Justice Department to file the relevant lawsuits prohibiting the activities of these parties, which have been approved by the courts in recent weeks.

The latest party to see its assets and property confiscated by the Ukrainian state following the court ruling is the opposition Platform for Life, the only political force of the eleven previously banned with any real meaningful representation in the institutions.

His deputies Vadim Rabinovich and Viktor Medvedchuk are accused of high treason. The first of them fled abroad, the second is arrested and his property confiscated. In the past few weeks, it has been considered whether he could be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners.

On May 14, Zelenskyy sealed a new amendment to the said party law, expanding the list of reasons why a political formation might see its activities suspended, either by justifying or denying the Russian invasion, or by presenting it as an internal conflict or civil war.

Specifically, the formations whose activities have been suspended are the Opposition Platform for Life, Shari’s Party, Nashi (Our) Party, Opposition Bloc, Left Opposition, Union of Left Forces, State, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialist Party of Ukraine Ukraine, Socialists and Vladimir Saldo Bloc.

Source europapress.es

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