15 mar 2022 7:33 p.m
Ukraine has added a new article to its Criminal Code. Accordingly, a collaboration with Russia is up to 15 years in prison. Now MPs who have displayed an “unpatriotic” attitude can face criminal prosecution.
Vice-Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Korniyenko broadcast on March 15 Ukraine 24 said President Vladimir Zelensky signed a law criminalizing any collaboration with an aggressor state. Since January 2015, Russia has been considered as such in Ukraine. According to Korniyenko, the document on the relevant amendment to the Ukrainian criminal code should be published soon and come into force.
The deputy from the ruling Servant of the People party added that the law carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Korniyenko threatened those parliamentarians who had left the country or who had displayed an “unpatriotic” attitude. According to him, more than 20 Rada deputies are now outside the country. An exception applies only to those parliamentarians who are involved in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about Russia’s stance on the law. However, he could not answer this question: the Kremlin has not yet known anything about it.
The bill was tabled in the Supreme Rada on February 23 by MPs from the parties Servant of the People and European Solidarity. Accordingly, any “everyday, administrative, economic, military, political, military-political and other cooperation with an aggressor state” should be punished with up to 15 years in prison. The Ukrainian parliament passed the law on March 3. In addition, the authorities should be given the right to ban political parties and organizations run by “collaborators”.
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