Former pro-Russian party candidates in Ukraine should be subject to 10-year ban from political life

Yuriy Boyko should not even dream of presidential elections, Oleksiy Koshel emphasized
Yuriy Boyko should not even dream of presidential elections, Oleksiy Koshel emphasized

Individuals who ran for office on behalf of pro-Russian parties since 2014 should face at least a 10-year ban from political life, political analyst Oleksiy Koshel said in an interview with Radio NV on Nov. 19 as he discussed his ideas for sweeping political reform.

“In my opinion, Yuriy Boyko should not be allowed to campaign at all and should not even dream of the presidential elections,” said Koshel.

“The parliament should carry out lustration of those individuals who were leaders of pro-Russian parties or activists of such parties.”

“I am convinced that everyone who ran in any election, starting from 2014, representing pro-Russian parties, should undergo lustration and be excluded from political life for at least 10 years, so that they do not have the right to run for office,” Koshel told Radio NV.

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This action is necessary for informational and overall state security, “because these individuals cannot be allowed into the processes of state governance,” said Koshel.

“This work has not been done so far, and unfortunately, this issue is not even being raised within the walls of parliament today,” he added.

The Opposition Platform — For Life party announced the suspension of its activities on March 28, 2022.

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Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) declared the suspension of the Opposition Platform — For Life faction in parliament on April 14.

Ukraine’s parliament announced the creation of the parliamentary group Platform for Life and Peace on April 21, which included representatives of the banned Opposition Platform — For Life. Yuriy Boyko led the group. Some former members of the Opposition Platform — For Life formed the parliamentary group Restoration of Ukraine.

The parliament adopted a law on May 3, which banned the activities of political parties cooperating with Russia on the territory of Ukraine.

The Supreme Court ruled to ban the activities of the Opposition Platform — For Life party, rejecting the appeal of the pro-Russian political force on Sept. 15. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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