Medvedchuk: Zelensky leads country to ruin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tariffs are rising, prices are rising, number of jobs is shrinking.
18:15, 3 December 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the current government are leading the country to collapse. This opinion was expressed by Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk in an interview with UkrLive.

"Yesterday the budget was adopted, which is a budget that cannot be talked about in any context on the positive side. That is, it is simply a detrimental budget for the economy and social sphere. Tariffs are rising, prices are rising, the number of jobs is shrinking. It is all happening, it is all critical for the country and is leading it on the path of ruin," the politician said.

Viktor Medvedchuk clarified that the team of the "Opposition Platform - For Life" political party knows how to overcome the crisis and what needs to be done.

"[Opposition Platform For Life] believes that we must restore our state as a legal one in the first place. Ensure the implementation of legal rights, responsibilities and freedoms. We must build a pragmatic economy, restore relations with the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. We must restore social justice and fill social programs with real meaning. We know how to do it, we know where to get the money, what needs to be done for the economy, we are ready for this and at the same time we say that the government has neither political will nor professional training," he said.

As it was reported, the leading European lawyer Bertrand Malmendier joined the team of legal protection of Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk. He signed an agreement on the legal protection of the opposition leader.

On October 12, Pechersk district court decided to choose the house arrest as a restrictive measure in the new case against Viktor Medvedchuk. The judges ruled that he is to remain under house arrest until December 7. Medvedchuk said that he would continue to fight the current government, no matter how much the repression against him intensifies. He stressed that together with the Opposition Platform - For Life they will continue to protect the interests of the Ukrainian people.

"Let the prosecutors not worry. I have everything, I am ready for everything, I will do everything as it is established by the law, but at the same time, I will continue to fight against this power, as I fought. In fact, this is how the party is fighting and will continue to fight," Medvedchuk stressed.

Earlier, MP from Opposition Platform - For Life  Renat Kuzmin claimed that the State Bureau of Investigations summoned Medvedchuk - allegedly for him to look into materials of the already closed case on the state treason and violation of the rules and customs of war. At the same time, Kuzmin said, representatives of the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine attempted to hand the politician a new suspicion of state treason and aiding terrorism. However, Medvedchuk's lawyers did not let the prosecutors do that, breaking the law.

On October 8, the Office of Prosecutor General and SBU pressed new charges against Viktor Medvedchuk suspecting him in state treason and aiding terrorism. The new charges relate to the disruption of coal supplies to Ukraine from South Africa and the facilitation of fuel supplies from the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014.

As it was reported, in the first criminal case, Pechersk District Court decided to extend the house arrest for another 2 months, until October 31.

On February 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions against 8 individuals and 19 legal entities. Among them are three Ukrainian citizens - the politician Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko.

On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. On July 9, the court extended the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk until September 7. The lawyers of the politician stated about the recusal of the judge Serhiy Vovk right after the end of the court session. However, the court declined the appeal on recusal of the judge and prosecutor. On July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal refused to satisfy the appeal op the lawyers of Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk against the extension of the politician's house arrest until September 7.

The Opposition Platform - For Life responded to this legal arbitrariness, stressing that the political persecution of MP Taras Kozak has only one purpose: reprisals against independent media, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, and the destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine. 

Commenting on the situation, Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized that his lawyers were fully prepared to appeal against the measure of restraint and they have evidence that refutes the prosecution's accusation and prove the illegality of applying house arrest to him.

Thus, the defense filed an appeal against the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on extension of the measure of restraint for the politician. However, on July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal denied it, despite the defeat of all the arguments of the prosecution.

Over the past four months, the world media, European politicians, and experts have published 114,853 materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.


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