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07 December 2018

Torture Used Against Illegally Arrested MP of Several Convocations Aleksandr Efremov

During a hypertensive crisis, doctors were denied access to him and his life was put at threat.

The European Court of Human Rights recognized this as torture in the Lutsenko vs. Ukraine case.

Starobelskiy Court did not establish a single criminal episode, but extended Efremov's arrest for the fourteenth time, in violation of the law.

By now, Aleksandr Efremov has been in his cell for more than 800 days without any court verdict. Unfortunately, political repressions against opponents and those otherwise-minded are a stable attribute of the current authorities.

We appealed to diplomatic missions and international human rights organizations with a request to influence the situation. I consider Petro Poroshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko personally to blame for this. And such outrageous situation is a direct result of the so-called presidential “reforms” of justice and the judicial system.

Now the authorities are preparing the next step in usurping the judiciary and the next step in restricting the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens. 
04 December 2018

Opposition Bloc Faction Urges Parliament to Focus on Protection of Citizens’ Constitutional Rights and Freedoms

Yesterday at the conciliation board’s meeting I, as the head of the Opposition Bloc faction, raised a question about the responsibility of those in power and president Poroshenko personally for the economic consequences from imposing the martial law.

First of all, it is necessary to find out what price Ukrainian people and the economy of Ukraine will pay for the martial law. Traditionally, the authorities did not estimate the consequences of their actions and did nothing to protect citizens from possible deepening of the economic recession and from failure to fulfil social obligations, in particular, due to the budget under-performance, possible default or devaluation of Ukrainian hryvnia.

I want to ask the president, the National Security and Defence Council and those who voted for this shameful decision in the Verkhovna Rada: did they consider the losses that would be incurred by the national budget from imposing the martial law, how much less revenue would the state receive? I have no doubt that the martial law will affect every Ukrainian family, especially the population of the regions where it was introduced.
30 November 2018

President Poroshenko Reinforces Onset on Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Today, at 8 a.m., the Security Service of Ukraine and the prosecutor's office, supported by special police forces, began searches in an out-of-town household of Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Pressure is being put on the vicar of Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel. Investigative activities are carried out into a completely void and obviously fabricated case. Moreover, His Grace Pavel is not the only one who is being persecuted. In recent weeks, we have witnessed unprecedented pressure from law enforcement officers on representatives of the hierarchy and priesthood of our Mother Church — for the sole purpose of committing treason and moving from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church (SLUOC) newly created by Poroshenko’s administration. “Conversations” are under way, criminal cases are opened. I am sure that all these cases will fall apart completely at the pre-trial stage, as well as hundreds, if not thousands, of other cases fabricated by the authorities against unwanted people and people opposing the authorities.
28 November 2018

Novynskyi Demanded Immediate Settlement of Situation with Captured Ukrainian Sailors from the President

Until the Ukrainian sailors return home, it is too early to believe that the incident near the Kerch Strait has been completely settled. We call on the authorities to hold direct negotiations with the Russian Federation about immediate release of detained and convicted Ukrainian seamen on the basis of mutual legal assistance agreements between the two states. Instead of making excuses and finding those to blame, we need to find compromise with the Russian side on the existing problem. This is the only way to return our guys, and President Poroshenko is personally responsible for their fate.

It is important to say that the hysteria with the imposition of martial law without sufficient legal grounds, which followed the incident, is a disgrace and a desperate attempt by the President to remain in power at any cost. The one who, in fact, sent our sailors into captivity, is now giving interviews here and there, having forgotten about the main task that is the return of the crews of Ukrainian ships. Well, it is no wonder. Poroshenko’s regime needs a never-ending flow of “Kremlin's prisoners” to remain on the agenda of anti-Russian sanctions and to be in the focus of world media's attention. However, this is a completely unacceptable and immoral price of his being in power.
27 November 2018

Vadym Novynskyi's Comment on Results of Voting on Martial Law in Ukraine

Yesterday’s voting in the Verkhovna Rada on imposing the martial law showed the utter defeat of Petro Poroshenko. He failed to implement his original plan and establish a dictatorship in the country, to limit the effect of the Constitution and cancel or postpone the presidential elections. Judging by how the issue was voted, the very idea of ​​martial law becomes nonsense and mockery of the “strategic genius” of people from the President’s closest circle.

Instead of 60 days of martial law country-wide (which would lead to an automatic postponement of presidential elections for an indefinite period), the Verkhovna Rada approved martial law in the “soft” format – for 30 days in 10 regions with a clear prescription to hold the presidential elections on 31 March. The presidential team was so sure that its version would be resignedly accepted by MPs that even before the vote they had given the original text of the Presidential Decree for publishing. Today the country could see in surprise how “Uryadovyi Kuryer” was released with the document that was not amended. Petro Poroshenko suffered the largest political setback.
22 November 2018

Vadym Novynskyi Elected Head of Opposition Bloc Party’s Faction

Last Tuesday, I was highly honoured to be elected as the head of the Opposition Bloc party's faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

I want to assure both my colleagues and our fellow party members and supporters that I will do everything to justify this high credit of confidence.

I would also like to comment on the events that accompanied my election, namely, the expulsion of two MPs from the faction.

I would like to say that the Opposition Bloc is not just two or even forty-three MPs. The Opposition Bloc, first, means thousands of people's deputies at all levels across the country. These are tens of thousands of party members and millions of our voters and supporters. Therefore, the departure of several deputies from the faction is not a tragedy for the political force.

Indeed, it is very difficult to part with people with whom a certain stage of your life has passed, especially the one that is as challenging as the last four years. However, I reiterate that no tragedy has happened for the Opposition Bloc political party.

There is no crisis and no split in the party. All the reasons that could lead to a crisis were eliminated on Tuesday.