The draft law ‘On Prevention of Threats to National
Security Related to Excessive Influence of Persons Who Have Significant
Economic or Political Weight in Public Life (Oligarchs)’, introduced by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has been adopted in general.
According to Ruslan Stefanchuk, First
Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, “the first but crucial step has been taken
to dismantle the influence of the oligarchic system on the life, politics and
future of Ukraine.”
“What happened today in the parliament hall
during the consideration of this bill made it clear: who is helping the oligarchs
and who is helping society to limit the oligarchic influence on politics, the
economy and the media. But, despite considerable opposition, we were able to
pass this significant bill. It is extremely important for us that the mechanism
proposed by the draft law changes the realities of Ukrainian politics,” Ruslan Stefanchuk stressed.
According to him, “political parties, mass
media, civil servants of all levels, judges, law enforcement officers,
supervisory boards of state-owned enterprises must function in accordance with
the law without the influence of large oligarchic capital.
business should be in Ukraine, but it should be engaged in business, pay taxes
honestly, create jobs, and not shape Ukraine's political future,” said the First Vice Speaker of the
Parliament of Ukraine.