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Ukrainian MP Brahar suspected of drug use, urges to restart National Police reform

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MP from the Servant of the People party said citizens could be protected from the police by Ukrainian parliamentarians
15:20, 13 July 2021

The Verkhovna Rada

MP from the Servant of the People party Yevheniy Brahar, who was suspected of driving drugged, said it was necessary to restart the reform of Ukraine's National Police. He stated this during his speech in Ukrainian Parliament Verkhovna Rada, the online broadcast can be watched HERE.

"The reform of the National Police did not end the way we would have liked. It started quite nicely with a solemn oath and glamorous photos on Sofiyivska Square. These people were young and dreamed of Ukraine without corruption, a new country where there will be no arbitrariness. But the reality we face is different. We were ready to forgive their unprofessionalism and lack of experience ... But after two or three years of new National Police, those young dreamers who took the oath on Sofiyivska Square began to write reports on dismissal leaving the Ministry of Internal Affairs system. Instead, they started recruiting anyone," Brahar said.

According to the MP, the National Police has a total problem of understaffing. The new police did not become professional but at the same time "very quickly absorbed all the vices that were in the old police."

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"They learned to steal, they learned to demand bribes, they learned to hide. So it happened to me a week and a half ago. They stopped me and demanded a bribe. After that, under the pretext of drug intoxication, I was taken to Kyiv City Narcological Hospital. There is a very serious problem: bribes are demanded everywhere. If this is happening in Kyiv, we can only imagine what is happening in our regions. It is very important to stop this total arbitrariness. Unfortunately, we can already say that the reform of the National Police has failed. The reform needs to be restarted, as it contained a number of mistakes that led to very serious consequences," the MP added.

Brahar also noted that the police have a problem of corruption as well as a problem of concealment.

"Therefore, dear citizens, if you have similar problems, address me as the MP, or to the MPs assigned to your districts, and we will protect you," Brahar concluded.

As it was reported earlier, on July 3, Yevheniy Brahar was stopped by patrol policemen. He was accused of driving drugged. However, Brahar noted that he had a drug test and it turned out to be negative.

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