Poroshenko Tried to Outfox the West by Abolishing Punishment for Illegal Enrichment

The “G7” and World Bank hypocritically criticised the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to recognise the articles of the Criminal Code on illegal enrichment as unconstitutional – i.e., the nullification of all the West’s efforts to have the monopoly on corruption in Ukraine. According to the joint statement, the recent cancellation of responsibility for illegal enrichment in the Criminal Code “is a serious setback in the fight against corruption in Ukraine”.

The political strategist Andrey Zolotarev spoke about this topic on March 4th during a press conference in the press center of the “golos.ua” agency.

Western countries, the expert explained, hoped to create forces out of this corrupted system. But having repealed this article, the Constitutional Court made the existence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office senseless, he also noted.

Regardless of what president Petro Poroshenko might say later on – that he is ready to introduce a draft law on the correctly formulated article in parliament, he won’t be forgiven (by the West) for his deception

According to the expert, the fact that the odious deputy Mustafa Nayyem, who is the protege of the George Soros Fund, left the ranks of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” party already demonstrates the discontent of the West.

In addition, Zolotarev said that representatives of the “Atlantic Council” think tank already wrote an article in which they argued that Poroshenko doesn’t stand a chance of having a second term.

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As a reminder, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine repealed article 368-2 of the Criminal Code, which stipulated severe punishment for illegal enrichment: imprisonment for a period of 2 to 10 years with the confiscation of property and a ban on holding certain positions for a period of up to 3 years.

According to representatives of the Constitutional Court, the provision of the article did not correspond to the principles of the rule of law and the presumption of innocence (as if there are any “innocent” politicians in post-Maidan Ukraine…). The cancellation of this article will lead to many of the criminal cases that were earlier initiated in relation to high-ranking officials being closed.

Presidential candidates used this decision as an additional reason to carry out political PR work. In particular, the leader of the “Batkivshchyna” party Yuliya Tymoshenko registered a draft law in the Verkhovna Rada for the modification of the Criminal Code of Ukraine by returning responsibility for the illegal enrichment of officials, despite the fact that she risks shooting herself in the foot. Poroshenko also tried to play the “I’m innocent” game, having signed a similar draft law and ordered to immediately register it in parliament.

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