The Verkhovna Rada intends to simplify the procedure for granting citizenship to foreigners who protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The adoption of the relevant bill No. 5630 at the first reading was supported by 302 MPs at an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday.
The bill proposes to simplify the procedure for obtaining Ukrainian citizenship by citizens of a state recognized by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as an aggressor or occupier who have been persecuted for political reasons, by foreigners and stateless persons who are doing military service under contract in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and are also directly involved in measures to ensure national security and defense of Ukraine, the containment of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In addition, the final and transitional provisions of the draft law provide for the possibility of submitting a declaration of renunciation of foreign citizenship by persons who received Ukrainian citizenship before the entry into force of this draft law.
The Verkhovna Rada has adopted at the first reading the draft law on the state budget for 2022.
The corresponding decision at a plenary session on Tuesday was supported by 273 deputies with the required 226 votes.
As reported, on October 20, the Verkhovna Rada began to consider the draft state budget for 2022 and adopted it as a basis, after which the parliament began discussing separate amendments of deputies.
As many as 153 members of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada have endorsed the initiative of Vladlen Nekliudov of the parliamentary faction of the Servant of the People party requesting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky impose sanctions on the enterprises of the Roshen confectionery corporation for “financing the budget of the aggressor state Russian Federation.”
The relevant decision was made at a parliamentary session on Friday.
Roshen, a leading confectionary producer in Ukraine, operates confectionery factories in Kyiv, Mariupol, Kremenchuk, Boryspil, Vinnytsia, Klaipeda (Lithuania), and Bonbonetti Choco in Hungary. The operations of the factory in Lipetsk, Russia, were halted on April 1, 2017.
According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs, Roshen’s end beneficiary is Poroshenko’s son Oleksiy.
In December 2016, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow froze the assets of Roshen’s Lipetsk factory as part of a criminal case of embezzlement from the Russian budget.
The Verkhovna Rada has supported the appointment of Ruslan Stefanchuk, who previously held the post of First Deputy Speaker, to the post of Chairman of the Parliament.
The corresponding decision was supported by 261 MPs at a plenary session on Thursday.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has dismissed Chairman of the Parliament Dmytro Razumkov.
The relevant decision was supported by 284 MPs at the Thursday plenary session.
In particular, some 215 votes in support of this decision were given by the Servant of the People faction, while 20 ones by the Batkivschyna faction, six votes by Holos, the For the Future and Dovira factions gave 19 and 18 votes, respectively, six votes from non-factional MPs […]. The European Solidarity and Opposition Platform – For Life factions did not give a single vote for Razumkov’s resignation.
However, the Opposition Platform – For Life and European Solidarity factions gave 23 and 27 votes, respectively, against such a decision. Seven MPs from the Servant of the People faction, eight MPs from the Holos faction, one MP from the Batkivschyna faction and eight MPs from non-factional ones voted against.
From May to November 2019, Razumkov headed the Servant of the People political party, the first number on the list of which was in the early parliamentary elections in 2019. He held the post of the Ukrainian parliament’s chairman from August 29, 2019.
As reported, on September 30, head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia sent a letter on behalf of the deputy faction to recall Razumkov from the post of chairman.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has suspended Chairman Dmytro Razumkov from conducting plenary sessions of parliament for two plenary sessions.
The relevant decision at the Tuesda meeting was supported by 240 MPs, of which 200 MPs were from the Servant of the People faction. The For the Future and Dovira factions gave 16 and 18 votes in favor, respectively, the Holos faction and the non-factional deputies gave three votes each.
However, ten MPs from Holos, one MP from Dovira, six MPs from Servant of the People, some 18 MPs from Batkivschyna, some 24 MPs from the Opposition Platform – For Life, all 27 MPs from European Solidarity and nine non-factional parliamentarians voted against such a decision.
First deputy head of the Servant of the People faction Oleksandr Korniyenko said during the consideration of this issue that this is due to Razumkov’s refusal to put to the vote of the conciliatory council on Monday proposals on the agenda of the plenary sessions of October 5 to October 8.
“We believe that by such actions, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, neglected the right of parliamentary factions to submit proposals to the weekly agenda of plenary sessions, which is a gross violation of the rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The deputy faction of Servant of the People, For the Future and Dovira […] make a proposal to remove the Verkhovna Rada chairman from the holding plenary sessions for two plenary days,” Korniyenko said.
Razumkov declared a conflict of interest and instructed First Deputy Chairmna Ruslan Stefanchuk to conduct the plenary session when considering this issue.
“For two years in this room, we worked so that the law was the same for everyone. You can move in two ways: follow the law or according to political expediency. Today I see what is happening in the room. And if there is a desire to follow the second [way] rather than by law, is the right of MPs. I will not convince anyone, everyone in this room is adults, smart people,” Razumkov said.
“If there is a desire to change the Verkhovna Rada chairman, I said that I would not delay this process. As soon as the application was received, we issued signature lists, in the evenings we received an application for the launch of the procedure, immediately, according to the Regulations, it was launched, but I think that not everyone is happy with this. You need to quickly. So, you can do whatever you want in this room,” he said.
Razumkov also said the position does not matter to him: “This is a tool. Even without a position I will be able to implement everything that we promised in 2019.”
The Holos party called the dismissal of Razumkov another violation of the rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada and an attempt to take parliament under the control of the President’s Office.
“The chairman was dismissed from his post while the issue of his resignation was being considered, for two days. This happened with a gross violation of the law. There was no argumentation regarding the chairman’s resignation, as well as all opposition factions. But, unfortunately, we have some colleagues cooperating with the President’s Office, and they gave votes for the dismissal of Razumkov,” leader of Holos Kira Rudyk said.
According to her, despite the fact that Razumkov started his political life as a representative of the pro-government team, the party opposes his resignation, as he follows the rules.
“If the chairman is replaced, the opposition will have half or even three times less opportunities to defend its position not only from the rostrum, but also directly with journalists. Since the so-called law on oligarchs is to be signed soon, which is unconstitutional, this is another reason why they want to replace the chairman so quickly,” Rudyk said.
As reported, Head of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction David Arakhamia sent a letter on behalf of the parliamentary faction recalling the chairman of the parliament. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the issue of Razumkov’s tenure as chairman of the Verkhovna Rada “intra-factional.”