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Oligarchs can unite in business, but no scheming to send state down the drain, - Zelensky

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The anti-oligarchic law will come into force in May 2022
17:50, 5 January 2022

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Oligarchs can unite in business without any conspiracies or schemes to send the state down the drain, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in an article for the Novoe Vremia December special issue.

"In May 2022, the anti-oligarchic law will come into force. This is the most powerful step to de-shadow economic and political relations in Ukraine. This step has already been taken, and it cannot be played back, no matter what the oligarchs try to do. You can unite in business, but no one will forgive you for any conspiracies and schemes to send the state down the drain. And you will no longer be able to buy politicians to gain economic privileges. The law is the same for everyone," Zelensky wrote.

As it was reported on September 22, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided to consider bill № 5599 on de-oligarchization without waiting for the Venice Commission to issue an opinion.

During consideration of the law on oligarchs Stefanchuk  promoted offers of Servants of the People as much as possible, including in consideration by abbreviated procedure - member of the parliament couldn't put the edits in a hall. Almost all factions and groups (except Servant of the People) voted against. They demanded that amendments be considered from each faction.

As a result, the law was passed, but a day later a collision was found in it. In the final text voted by the Verkhovna Rada, three amendments were adopted (№ 396, 398, 406), which have different versions of the fifth article of the law - the definition of an oligarch, and therefore contradict each other.

In particular, the amendment of the ex-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov was approved stating that a person will be included into the register of oligarchs by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NAPC) of Ukraine at the request of a special commission.

On November 3, the Parliament has eliminated the conflict in law on oligarchs and on November 5 Zelensky signed the law "on oligarchs" №5599.

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