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Kyiv court reschedules session to consider Medvedchuk's lawsuit against MP Hopko

The politician and the chairman of Political Board of 'Opposition Platform - For Life' sues Hanna Hopko, as she claimed that he was 'the executioner who tortured poet Vasyl Stus'
18:15, 19 February 2019

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Pechersk district court in Kyiv has delayed the preliminary session, at which it is to consider the lawsuit of Viktor Medvedchuk against Hanna Hopko. The latter, who serves as the MP of the Ukrainian Parliament faced the lawsuit by the well-known pro-Russian politician, the chairman of Political Board of 'Opposition Platform - For Life'.

Medvedchuk claimed that Hopko's charges against him were unreasoned.

'I'd like to add the decision of Solomyansky district court made in August 2012, which denied and confirmed the inadequate information. This decision took effect and was duly executed', Ihor Kyrylenko, Medvedchuk's lawyer said. 

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According to Kyrylenko, the court rescheduled the session until April 10; this is due to the fact that he, as the newly appointed lawyer had no time to look into the case materials. Previously, MP Vasyl Nimchenko, another politician from Opposition Bloc party, represented Medvedchuk's interests in court; however, he did not enjoy the lawyer's official status and left.  

Viktor Medvedchuk demands that Hanna Hopko rebuke her own statement, in which she described him as the 'executioner' who tortured poet Vasyl Stus, the Ukrainian poet and Soviet political prisoner. If the court decides in Medvedchuk's favor, Hopko will have to pay him 1,000,000 hryvnas of material damage (almost USD 37,000, - 112 International). 

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Medvedchuk, who was the state-appointed lawyer during the trial over Stus in 1980, eventually admitted that the defendant was guilty and 'deserved punishment for his crimes'. On the other hand, he asked the jury to take into account Stus's health conditions as by that time, he underwent a tough surgery on his stomach. Stus was sentenced to five years in detention; he died in the Russian prison in 1985.

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