Lutsenko: MP Skoryk to be stripped of parliamentary privilege

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lawmaker from Opposition Bloc is suspected to be behind civil unrests in Odesa in February 2014, - Ukraine’s Prosecutor General
21:14, 22 September 2016

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A request to strip MP Mykola Skoryk of his parliamentary privilege will be sent to the Parliament next week. Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, said this at a meeting in Odesa region, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

According to Lutsenko, Skoryk is suspected to be involved in organizing the mass disturbances in Odesa in February 2014.

‘I am to submit this paper in the Parliament… The-then head of Odesa regional administration, Mr. Skoryk, is suspected to be behind these tragic events. The only way to put the end to this story is to punish the organizers’, he said.

Mykola Skoryk, the former MP of the now disbanded Party of Regions, is the lawmaker of the Opposition Bloc; this is the pro-Russian political force that joined the line-up of the Ukrainian Parliament at the autumn 2014 election. Many MPs in the Bloc, like Skoryk, used to serve with the Party of Regions – the party of the ousted Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.  

Since November 2013 till March 2014, Skoryk was Odesa governor. In spring 2014, he left that post and stuck to his work within the Opposition Bloc.

In February 2015, MP from pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc Olexiy Honcharenko stated that Skoryk was the one who orchestrated the attack on Euromaidan protesters in Odesa on February 19, 2014. Back then, a group of unarmed activists came to his administration’s buidling, protesting against Yanukovych regime’s actions in Kyiv. Skoryk approached the crowd but they booed him and he came back inside. Immediately after that, about 200 thugs with anti-Euromaidan symbols appeared at the entrance and attacked the activists. They tried to hide behind the backs of the police, but the law enforcers never provided them enough protection, so the thugs kept beating the activists and the reporters who reached the site. Back then, Skoryk suffered no consequences, as there was not enough evidence of his guilt. After Yanukovych fled the country, Skoryk left the Party of Regions and later merged with the newly-minted Opposition Bloc.

In October 2014, Skoryk ran for MP’s post in the Ukrainian Parliament. He made it, and since then has been promoting the idea to restore Ukraine-Russia economic and business relations.   

On September 20, outlet reported that the investigation collected enough evidence that Skoryk might be involved in the February 2014 attack in Odesa.

Olexiy Honcharenko also asked Ukraine’s Security Service and the Prosecutor General’s Office to look into any possible cooperation between Skoryk and Russia, the aggressor country.  

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