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Hundreds of authoritative international media sharply criticize Zelensky for another act of repression against leader of Ukrainian opposition Viktor Medvedchuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

Many of these publications actually characterized the current Zelensky regime as dictatorial and authoritarian
14:39, 21 October 2021

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Hundreds of authoritative international media have sharply criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for another act of repression against Chairman of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk.

Thus, for example, ReutersBloomberg, and France Presse, as well as numerous mass media of Switzerland, Canada, USA, Germany, Spain, France, and Great Britain, referring to the illegal actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine to increase pressure on Viktor Medvedchuk, by another intensification of the illegal investigation against the leader of the Ukrainian opposition indicated that the new illegal investigation and formal suspicion of high treason against the Ukrainian politician only increase the tension in bilateral relations between Kyiv and Moscow and nullifies the stabilization of the situation in the region.

Reuters wrote that new accusations against Viktor Medvedchuk in Ukraine have been called a smokescreen to divert attention from the violations of the government itself.

“Medvedchuk's Opposition Platform — For Life party on Friday said the latest accusations showed the "complete helplessness" of prosecutors in failing to substantiate earlier accusations against him. In a statement, the party accused President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's government of trying to "divert people's attention from their catastrophic failures,” Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg noted that the ex-head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva called the joint statements of the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venedyktova regarding the alleged new evidence in the case of Viktor Medvedchuk - "nonsense."

"I have never had anything to do with Medvedchuk, whom I have never seen in my life, neither with the financing of terrorism, nor with the purchase of coal or electricity," the newspaper quoted Gontareva.

According to France Presse, Viktor Medvedchuk called the provision of another suspicion to him a legally insignificant fact, which was accidentally typed to "blind" the accusation. He also noted that in the next criminal case against him, not only the corpus delicti is missing, but also the event of the crime.

"If I were not a lawyer, I would say that this (the report of a new suspicion - ed.) Is complete absurdity. And given that I still have something to do with jurisprudence, I would like to say that these accusations, which incriminate me under these two articles, they, firstly, and I emphasize this, relate to November 2014 and January 2015. I am focusing on this because I believe that the groundlessness, which today underlies the so-called validity of the so-called suspicion report to me, is nothing more than legally insignificant facts that were accidentally collected in order to "blind" this accusation and talk about him today," the publication reminded of the words of the politician.

Many of these publications actually characterized the current Zelensky regime as dictatorial and authoritarian, in which it is the order of things to make illegal decisions by the power structures and establish total restrictions on freedom of speech in the country.

In its turn, Forbes drew the attention of its multi-million audience to the fact that President Zelensky, who took the chair of the head of state thanks to his acting skills, seeks to strengthen his power exclusively by reprisals against his political opponents, in particular, with Chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For life, MP Viktor Medvedchuk.

At the same time, the publication notes that Ukraine is mired in corruption scandals.

"Pandora's documents do not bode well for Ukraine and will have a bad effect on Zelensky," Forbes writes.

Spanish media openly called Zelensky a dictator. Thus, Spanish newspaper La Razón stated in the article "Recent "successes of" Zelensky in Ukraine" how Zelensky has recently been increasingly showing signs of dictatorial rule of the country. The publication emphasizes that the head of state has seriously tightened control over all processes in the country, which cannot but cause concern among the European public.

Teller Report wrote that the Zelensky's statement about the possibility of Medvedchuk's exchange indicates that he fears for his rating, and the opposition politician has become a political prisoner of the current government.

It is worth noting that in October the number of positive references to Medvedchuk in foreign media increased sharply, due to new attempts by the Ukrainian authorities to restrict his political activities by all available, including illegal, methods. The foreign media paid attention to three key events:

- on October 8, representatives of the State Investigation Bureau summoned Medvedchuk to get acquainted with the materials of a long-ended criminal case on high treason and violation of the rules of war. At the same time, representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office attempted, in violation of the legislative procedure, to hand over to the opposition politician a new suspicion of high treason and aiding in terrorism, but Medvedchuk's lawyers did not allow this;

- on October 8, the General Prosecutor's Office and the Security Service of Ukraine nevertheless announced a new suspicion of treason and assistance to terrorism to Viktor Medvedchuk;

- on October 12, the Pechersk District Court decided on a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest for Medvedchuk on a new suspicion until December 7. Medvedchuk himself said that he would continue to fight the current government, regardless of 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.

Earlier, 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.

"Don't the prosecutors be alarmed. I'm ready for everything, I'll do whatever the law says to, but at that, I'll be still fighting this government, just like I did before - actually, just the way our party used to fight and will ckeep on fighting", 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 Prosecutor General's Office and the Security Service of Ukraine announced a new suspicion against Medvedchuk, charging him with state treason and aiding terrorism. The new charges are related to the breach of coal supplies from South Africa to Ukraine, and the assistance with coal supplies from the occupied Donbas in 2014.

As we reported, in the first criminal case, Pechersk district court decided to extend the house arrest for Viktor Medvedchuk 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 and the common-law wife of the owner of the NewsOne, ZIK, and 112 Ukraine channels, Taras Kozak, Natalya Lavreniuk.

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.

During the past months, the world mass media, European politicians and experts published 96,900 materials dedicated to the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.

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