In Ukraine, there is an increase in repression against those whose opinion differs from the opinion of the authorities. This was stated by the MEP Maximilian Krah on the air of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel, commenting on the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv to send under house arrest the chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk.
"We have seen like a stairway in the wrong direction. The first is the pressure on your channel, the second is the pressure on the Russian language... and now, the final step is that ooposition leader is prosecuted and obviously they want to set him into prison. So, step by step, we see an increase of pressure and repression against those who has another idea of Ukraine than the government has," he said.
Krah urged everyone in Ukraine to open their eyes on this process of repression in the country.
"The country is heading in a direction that everyone, even those who don't like Viktor, should get worriedd about it and they should say: "Maybe I don't like Viktor Medvedchuk, but I would give a lot of my efforts to allow him to do what the people expect from him." So, I can only urge everyone here in the country to see what happens and to open the eyes on the prosess of repression we have and to say: "Maybe now it's Viktor, but the next one is you, as long as you are not on the side with this government." I come from outside but for those who are inside: "Wake up! It's your country and don't allow it's going in the struggle of repression and political injustice," the MEP noted.
On May 3, Pechersk district court of Kyiv 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.
Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk's lawyers stated that the actions of the General Prosecutor's Office and its head Iryna Venedyktova against the chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life are illegal.
The party responded to this legal willfulness and declared that such actions of the authorities were an open and cynical political reprisal against an opposition politician who, with his principled position, reveals the unprofessionalism, venality and anti-popular nature of the authorities.
Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that what was happening was a political reprisal for his principled position. "I declare that I am in Ukraine and do not intend to hide from justice. I will continue to participate in legal investigative actions and seek justice both for myself and for all Ukrainian voters who have entrusted me with the high title of People's Deputy of Ukraine," the opposition politician said.
Also, more than 20,000 world media outlets sharply condemned the pressure on the opposition and repression by the Ukrainian authorities. This also applies to the trial of the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk.
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.
The TV channels in their statement criticized this decision and called it "a political reprisal against dissenting media."