Today, since early morning, the prosecutors and investigators came with more searches to Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk as MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life Renat Kuzmin reported on Telegram.
“This time, they search not only the party’s office, cabinets and homes of closest allies and it became the tradition for the current authorities. This time, they search the mother of the wife of Medvedchuk and they seriously try to find evidence of state treason of the son-in-law. It is obvious that under the guise of searches, the prosecutor’s office hold some sort of intimidation campaigns aiming to intimidate and demoralize Medvedchuk and members of his family, instead of finding new evidence in the case. In fact, the authorities commit new crimes against Medvedchuk and act with special sadistic pleasure,” the MP reported.
On February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE and ZiK TV channels. By this decree, he enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions on the cancellation of the broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to Taras Kozak (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree that is eligible since the moment of signature, the TV channels faced sanctions that will be active for five years. These sanctions make the broadcasting impossible.
On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel – Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK. However, only an hour after the start of the broadcast, the authorities illegally disconnected the channel’s broadcasting.
Earlier, on February 19, the National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions on eight people (three of them Ukrainians), including Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Opposition Platform for Life Political Council, and his wife, Oksana Marchenko.
On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. The lawmaker will remain under house arrest until July 9, 2021.
During the last months, world media, European politicians and experts published over 37,000 materials dedicated to the targeting of the opposition by the Ukrainian authorities.