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Prosecutor General's Office opens case against Viktor Medvedchuk

The leader of pro-Russian political force 'Ukrainian Choice' faces prosecution for state treason and actions, aimed against Ukraine's territorial integrity
17:45, 5 February 2019

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Viktor Medvedchuk, the politician and the head of 'Ukrainsky Vybir' (Ukrainian Choice) political party faces prosecution in Ukraine. Prosecutor General's Office has opened the case against him under two charges. Larysa Sargan, the spokeswoman of the authority posted that on Facebook.

'On February 5, Prosecutor General's Office submitted the information about criminal violations committed by Viktor Medvedchuk, as filed by MP Andriy Teteruk (...). Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the pro-Russian organization 'Ukrainian Choice - The Right of the People' and the Head of the Political Board of 'Opposition Platform-For Life' party made a loud statement during the party convention in Kyiv on January 29. He claimed that there's a need to create the so-called 'autonomous region of Donbas', including the creation of its own parliament and government - and the following legalization of such status in the Constitution of Ukraine. His plan foresees that the autonomous region of Donbas is created in the composition of Ukraine. He believes that such agreements on the status of Donbas may be reached within the Kyiv-Donetsk-Luhansk-Moscow format', Sargan wrote.

'Considering that, in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine Article 1, Ukraine is a unitary state, the territorial system is envisioned in Article 133 of this Law, as well as the fact that Russian Federation, by providing self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DNR, LNR) with live force, armament and other materials is carrying out aggressive actions against Ukraine, the proclamation of the concept of the formation of an autonomous region in Donbas promotes the legalization of the temporarily occupied territory contrary to the Constitution and assists a foreign state in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine, including information support.
Under such circumstances, in the actions of Medvedchuk V. there are signs of crimes provided for in Part 1, Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, - encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, and Part 1, Article 11 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, - state treason. The Constitution of Ukraine legislatively enshrines the territorial system of Ukraine (art.133), which provides that Donetsk and Luhansk regions are administrative and territorial units within the state', she added.

The case materials will be handed over to the SBU, the State Security Service of Ukraine.

Viktor Medvedchuk, considered a major figure in the political life of Ukraine is well known for his pro-Russian stance and close ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In 2018, he acted as the negotiator during the talks on the exchange of captives in Donbas. 

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