From 2014 to 2019, in close cooperation with international partners and the civil society our team did create a new anti-corruption infrastructure ….
The most perfect detailed electronic public declaring of assets of officials – the one being the toughest all over the world …
The National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the Anti-Corruption Court, the new Supreme Court. These all were of necessity for reforming the country. These all have become of an integral part of our European integration and a prerequisite for obtaining the visa-free regime.
I have never complained, but I should say it for the first time: it was not easy to create this system. Frantic was the resistance to all these innovations, and only by means of a strong political will that one could ever overpower this resistance. It is true that these newborn structures are not impeccable, each of them has experienced its own growing pains. Still, the system went operational, and our team handed it over to our successors in full operative condition.
And now, when the authorities are completing its dismantlement, even my opponents acknowledge that to build this kind of infrastructure has been a great achievement. Just like in that saying: “The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.»
Now what? The State Bureau of Investigations and other law enforcement agencies have been handed over to Portnov and other advocates of Yanukovych. Upon Zelenskiy’s request, these institutions were turned into an instrument of political persecution against opponents of the authorities.
The Office of the President has undermined the independence of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. So that Bankova could form the commission on electing a new head of SAPO exclusively from the loyal people.
By means of its recent ruling on the head of NABU, the Bankova-controlled Kyiv District Administrative Court has effectively blocked the activities of the key anti-corruption institution.
Earlier, instead of continuing judicial reform at the middle and lower levels, Zelenskiy tried to eliminate the independence of the successfully established Supreme Court.
What happened yesterday really deserves a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council. In form, everything is correct. But in substance – it is a flout, because the co-authors of the appeal to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine are the members of the parliamentary group «For the Future», which is informally led by Mr Kolomoiskiy, who is a close political and business partner of Zelenskiy.
Therefore, we have more than enough reasons to believe that Volodymyr Zelenskiy is personally responsible for the destruction of the anti-corruption infrastructure.
Why is all this happening? The first answer lies on the surface. This is Zelenskiy’s attempt to protect the “Servants” from attention of the anti-corruption institutions, which should not be independent.
The other answer is much deeper. It is clear that the key decisions in this direction are taken with involvement of openly pro-Russian political party «Opposition Platform – For Life», with which the “Servants” are planning to form a coalition on the ground in the local councils, and the oligarchic party “For the Future”. Kolomoiskiy has repeatedly said that Ukraine should return to the sphere of Russian influence. Thus, it is clear why their representatives are the authors of appeals to the Constitutional Court. This is geopolitics.
The demolition of anti-corruption bodies and anti-corruption legislation undermines Ukraine’s relations with the West, the European Union, the United States. In fact, it undermines our European choice. It provokes a deep crisis in relations with international partners. It contradicts the Association Agreement and undermines trust.
Such actions do not correspond to the Constitution of Ukraine, its provisions on Ukraine’s strategic course towards membership in the European Union and NATO.
It is clear that visa-free travel is now under greater threat. Even Ukrainian diplomats raise the alarm in their closed correspondence. I should remind that Zelenskiy personally assured that visa-free travel is secure. Either he deliberately expressed deceit, or he was not even able to understand the depth of the problem.
I call on our European partners not to punish Ukrainian people with visa-free travel for the failures of the authorities. Those should be punished who are involved in the destruction of the anti-corruption infrastructure, the winding down of reforms, and the slowdown of Ukraine on its way to Europe. Let them travel freely not to Courchevel, Monaco or Salzburg, but to Rostov, Moscow and Magadan.
In order to rectify the situation as soon as possible, I instructed MPs from our faction to immediately prepare a bill that will close all the gaps in anti-corruption legislation over the past year and a half and prevent the crisis in Ukraine’s relations with the European Union that is provoked by organizationally and intellectually incapable Ukrainian authorities.