My lawyers have enough evidence to refute all ungrounded accusations brought by the prosecutor’s office. We also have enough arguments to fight, considering our legal system, considering current legislation. Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk expressed such opinion before the session of Kyiv Appeal Court that had to consider the appeal against the decision of Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on the extension of the restrictive measure for MP until September 7 as Pershiy Nezalezhnyi broadcasted.
“We believe that we have enough evidence to refute all ungrounded accusations brought by the prosecutor’s office and in this case, provided in the decision of the judge of Pechersk district. We have enough arguments to fight, considering our legal system, considering current legislation,” Viktor Medvedchuk noted.
Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party also noted that his lawyers, his colleagues in the party count only on their efforts, power, and authority of the party, power of arguments provided in the form of the legal defense.
“We understand that today the complete outrage is held against me from the side of Zelensky and his team. It is necessary to fight against it and we will fight, so we believe only in our power,” Viktor Medvedchuk underlined.
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. On July 9, the court extended the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk until September 7. The lawyers of the politician stated about the recusal of the judge Serhiy Vovk right after the end of the court session. However, the court declined the appeal on recusal of the judge and prosecutor.
During the last months, world media, European politicians and experts published over 55,000 materials dedicated to the targeting of the opposition by the Ukrainian authorities.