Verkhovna Rada to react to adopting Russian citizenship by Aksyonov, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine has to verify Andriy Aksyonov’s involvement in the organization of "referendum" in Dobropillya on self-proclaiming of the Donetsk People's Republic; Earlier, Aksyonov won parliamentary by-elections in Donetsk region
14:05, 31 March 2021

Ruslan Stefanchuk

The Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) and the Verkhovna Rada will have to react if the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) confirms the information about the citizenship of the Russian Federation of Andriy Aksyonov, who won the by-elections to the Ukrainian parliament in the district №50 in the Donetsk region. Interfax-Ukraine cited the First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk as saying.

The SBU should also check the fact of his involvement in the organization of the "referendum" on the self-proclaiming of the Donetsk People's Republic in Dobropillya.

"I am convinced that everything in Ukraine should take place within the regulations provided by the Constitution. If such facts about Aksyonov have legal value, then the Central Election Commission and the Verkhovna Rada should respond," Stefanchuk said.

Stefanchuk noted that a person who has confirmed dual citizenship cannot hold one of the highest positions in the country and be an MP.  

According to Stefanchuk, the person who organized the pseudo-referendum should be restricted in his rights.

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But the relevant facts must be confirmed by the Security Service of Ukraine.

Earlier, Andriy Aksyonov won parliamentary by-elections in Donetsk region.

In 2017, an investigation was conducted into how Aksyonov received a Russian passport. MP Dmytro Lubinets provided documentary evidence of how in the summer of 2014 Andriy Aksyonov left for the annexed Crimea, where he applied to the occupation administration for Russian citizenship. 

Aksyonov was accused of supporting a so-called referendum on separation from Ukraine. There was a tent for collecting signatures on the territory of Novodonetske village, not far from the building of the village council in May 2014. In response to the accusations, Aksyonov only said that it was the SBU's authority to obstruct the referendum.

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