The President of Ukraine noted that the law in terms of provisions does not comply with the country's constitution and instructed parliamentarians to consider it again, taking into account the amendments made
Vladimir Zelensky returned the law on the confiscation of Russian assets to the Verkhovna Rada, introducing him edits. This was reported on the website of the Ukrainian President.
The law introduces a new type of sanctions— collection of assets belonging to an individual or legal entity, as well as assets that it can directly or indirectly dispose of, to the state's income.
“The law does not establish clear criteria by which a person can be classified as one of those who are subject to such a sanction. This does not meet the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine»,— The message says.
Zelensky also drew attention to the fact that the provisions of this law contradict the norm “On the Prevention of Corruption”. In particular, the new law requires the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption to search for and identify assets subject to blocking, which goes beyond its powers described in the anti-corruption law.
The President also pointed out the need to eliminate the inconsistency of the document with the law “On the High Anti-Corruption Court” by making appropriate changes to it regulating the work of such a court.
The law “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Improving the Effectiveness of Sanctions associated with the assets of individuals” was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 21. It simplifies the procedure for seizing the property of individuals and legal entities, including Russians, if they support the Russian special operation in Ukraine.
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In Ukraine, early in March, a law was passed on the forced confiscation of Russian property “without any compensation for its value.” Before that, on March 1, Polish authorities began to confiscate Russian real estate. The Ukrainian law was submitted to parliament on March 2, among its co-authors were former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the head of the Servant of the People faction and a member of the country's delegation to the Russian-Ukrainian settlement talks, David Arakhamia. The document concerned only the property of legal entities.
Then in early April, parliamentarians extended the law to individuals. It separately mentioned, in particular:
- citizens of Russia,
- persons closely associated with Russia (for example, having a place of residence in the country or engaged in the main activity there),
- companies that operate in Ukraine and whose beneficiary is Russia, or in which Russia directly or indirectly owns a share in the capital.
On April 21, the Verkhovna Rada simplified the procedure for confiscation of property Zelensky returned the law to parliament.
Decisions on the confiscation of property are made by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the proposal of the government.
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