High treason: Criminal proceedings against pro-Putin politician in Ukraine

Viktor Medvedchuk. Photo - Dmitry Nikanorov / Correspondent

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has launched criminal proceedings against Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of organization Ukrainian Choice – People’s Right over his allegedly trespassing against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine and committing high treason.

According to prosecutors, Mr Medvedchuk made a bold statement at the party congress in late January, stressing the need to establish the so-called ‘autonomous Donbas region’ that would have its own parliament and government.

“On February 5, 2019, the PGO of Ukraine, following a request from MP Andriy Teteruk, has recorded in the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations information on crimes being committed by Medvedchuk, which are described in Part 1 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the Prosecutor General’s press secretary Larysa Sarhan said on Facebook.

Medvedchuk’s plan reportedly provides for holding negotiations on the conflict in the format ‘Kyiv-Donetsk-Luhansk-Moscow’.

5 лютого 2019 року Генеральною прокуратурою України за зверненням народного депутата Тетерук Андрій до ЄРДР внесені…

Publiée par Лариса Сарган sur Mardi 5 février 2019

“Taking into account the fact that Ukraine is a unitary state in accordance with Article 1 of the Constitution of Ukraine and its territorial division is enshrined in Article 133, as well as the fact that the Russian Federation provides the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (‘DPR’, LPR) with personnel, weapons and other equipment and carries out aggressive actions against Ukraine, the proclamation of the concept of formation of an autonomous region Donbas promotes the idea of legislative enshrinement of the temporarily occupied territory contrary to the Constitution and provides assistance to a foreign state in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine, including information support,” Ukrinform quotes the spokersperson.

On January 14, Medvedchuk visited Minsk and met with Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka. They were talking about the conflict in Ukraine.

“You are in the know about the political developments that are taking shape right now. This information is very important for Belarus from the point of view of our further actions. You should inform me about this situation,” the president said.

Viktor Medvedchuk, a chief of staff to former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, currently chairs a pro-Russian political organization. Being a harsh critic of pro-European choice of Ukraine, the oligarch is believed to be one of Vladimir Putin’s cronies. In turn, the Russian leader is rumoured to be the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.


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