Journalist Shuster is forbidden to work in Ukraine: all the details

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Source : 112 Ukraine

April 26, the journalist Savik Shuster, a citizen of Canada and Italy, was canceled the permission to work in Ukraine
11:13, 27 April 2016

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April 26, the journalist Savik Shuster, a citizen of Canada and Italy, was canceled the permission to work in Ukraine. Let us look on this situation in more details.

Related: Shuster goes on hunger strike until he gets his work back


At the beginning of 2016, journalist Savik Shuster on the air of "Shuster Live" said that criminal proceedings for alleged tax evasion were opened against him, and he was invited for questioning. "Tax authorities accuses us of violations of more than 13 million hryvnia," said presenter.

Subsequently, the Prosecutor General explained that the case is opened not by the fact of tax evasion, and Schuster was called as a witness.

April 25 evening, some media reported that the Kyiv City Employment Center annulled Savik Shuster permission to work in Ukraine.

Related: OSCE: Shuster should be allowed to get back to work

The problem with the documents

TV presenter, accompanied by journalists and deputies left for explanations in the Kyiv city employment center.

Head of the department of permits of the use of the foreigners’ labor said that Shuster first got the resolution, but 2 weeks later it was annulled. The corresponding order came from the management of employment services.

In order to get to the truth, the journalist and his supporters went to the leadership of the employment service. They explained that they have sent a recommendation, not a service order.

In accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet, if the foreigner is serving a sentence for a crime or the investigation conducted against him, he may be refused to renew a work permit. Initially Schuster filed a package of documents with the help of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which stated that he has no criminal records and no investigation is conducted against him. TV presenter issued a permit, but after that, on April 22, the employment service has received a letter that criminal proceedings in connection with tax evasion are opened against Shuster.

Officials believed that Schuster had concealed the fact of the investigation, submitting documents, and therefore extended his permit revoked. And it cannot be re-issued, because the investigation is still underway.

Related: Shuster’s case: Reaction of Ukraine’s political leaders

Work without the permit

After long discussions, the parties nevertheless agree that Shuster would write a statement on the management of the State Service of Employment with a request to suspend the order canceling its resolution to work in Ukraine, to ascertain all the circumstances.

Recalling his work in Russia, Shuster said he was treated in a similar way, but there he was also deprived of the residence permit. Shuster also accused the Ukrainian authorities of intolerance to criticism and said that nowhere is not going to leave.

"What shall we do now? We would work without a work permit," he said, admitting that he might also lose the residence permits.

At a special press conference, Shuster announced that he is starting a hunger strike until he is not returned the work permit. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hopes that the incident will be settled as soon as possible, and Prime Groisman instructed to deal with the situation.

Related: Political talk show Shuster LIVE was "asked" to be taken off the air

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