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We are building a country without oligarchs, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

"A country for 40 million, not for a hundred of Forbes," Ukrainian president added
13:31, 20 May 2021

Press conference of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, May 20, 2021
Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the main priority for the government is a country without oligarchs. He stated this during a press conference.

“What are the priorities? Number one: we are building a country without oligarchs ... I think you are already feeling our first steps, which I have been preparing for a long time, and now you see the result. A country for 40 million, not for a hundred of Forbes. The state should help business, instead of big business living at the expense of the state budget,” Zelensky told.

He added that Ukraine would not rely only on the sanctions policy of other states, but will pursue “a strong sanctions policy against propagandists, smugglers, criminal authorities, thieves in law.”

Related: US imposes sanctions against oligarch Kolomoysky due to "involvement in significant corruption"

Also, according to the president, the bill on the status of oligarchs is almost ready.

As previously reported, there are 13 oligarchs in Ukraine who have a very large influence on the economy, domestic and foreign policy.

According to Zelensky, judicial reform will also be built from scratch.

Earlier, it was reported that a draft law on oligarchs would soon be submitted to Verkhovna Rada.

Related: EU supports U.S. sanctions against oligarch Kolomoysky

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