The team, led by Volodymyr Zelensky, has taken the path and course of destroying one of the branches of government - judicial. This statement was made by the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk.
“I want to draw your attention - and on this occasion we made a statement yesterday on behalf of the party - regarding pressure on the judiciary. This is a very important argument, because, in our opinion, the team in power, led by Mr. Zelensky, took the path and course of destroying one of the branches of government - the judicial branch of government. I want to recall a number of events. First, a bill is introduced and pressure is put on the Verkhovna Rada to dissolve and terminate the powers of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine; then, under the influence of the Venice Commission and other international organizations, this bill is withdrawn; then a bill is introduced to dissolve the Kyiv Administrative District Court, then they are released by illegal decrees, and the powers of the members of the Constitutional Court are terminated. And when the Supreme Court a few days ago declared illegal the decree of President Zelensky and substantiated this illegality by the contradiction of the Constitution and current legislation, a criminal case was initiated against this fact. That is, in this case, the assessment of these actions is that the government sinks below the floor in pressure on the court, in pressure on the judicial branch of government, in order, first of all, to completely subordinate it to external control," Medvedchuk said.
At the same time, he stressed that the Opposition Platform - For Life will do everything to ensure that "firstly, the judiciary does not become tame in our country, secondly, so that it does not fall under the format and external control."
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.