The activity of the party was suspended by the Ukrainian authorities in March, the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk, is under arrest, and its co-founder Vadim Rabinovich left for Israel
Vadim Rabinovich and Viktor Medvedchuk
A group of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine submitted a draft resolution on the deprivation of deputy mandates of four representatives of the Opposition Platform— For life» (OPPL), including the head of its political council Viktor Medvedchuk and co-founder of the party Vadym Rabinovich, Interfax Ukraine reports.
The draft resolution was posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on April 26, but the text of the document is not in the legislative framework . As one of the authors of the resolution told the agency, a deputy from the Servant of the People Oleg Dunda, in addition to Medvedchuk and Rabinovich, it is proposed to deprive the mandates of the deputies of the Opposition Platform for Life, Taras Kozak and Alexander Kachny.
“The main and most important purpose of the decree” terminate the deputy mandate of people's deputies who have long supported the ideology of the “Russian world”,— said Dunda.
In mid-April, the activities of the Opposition Platform for Life faction in the Verkhovna Rada were suspended. A month earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, amid martial law, decided to suspend the activities of 11 parties, including the Opposition Platform for Life. The latter has repeatedly advocated friendly relations with Russia and criticized the Ukrainian authorities for external control by the United States. Co-founder of the party— Vadim Rabinovich, as Radio Hromadske wrote, left for Israel in February.
Against Medvedchuk in Ukraine, cases of treason and violation of the rules of war were initiated, under which he faces a life sentence. Since May 2021, the politician has been under house arrest, but in February 2022, as reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, he escaped. In March, he was arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list.
On April 12, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the SBU announced the detention of Medvedchuk. A few days after that, the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform for Life was arrested without the right to bail.
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Zelensky, Medvedchuk himself in a video message, as well as his wife, TV presenter Oksana Marchenko, offered to exchange politics for prisoners of war. At first it was about Ukrainian servicemen, later— about two Britons who, according to Marchenko, were captured by the military of Russia and the DPR.
The Kremlin stated that Medvedchuk is not a Russian citizen and has nothing to do with Russia's military operation in Ukraine. At the end of April, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov again stated that there was no talk of an exchange of Mevedchuk.
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