“The Methods of the Junta”: Onishchenko Revealed How Poroshenko Blackmails Ukrainian Deputies into Voting “Correctly”

Translated by Ollie Richardson



To push through the draft bills lobbied by him, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko isn’t ashamed of even directly blackmailing deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. The former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov commented on the statements of the “fugitive people’s deputy” Aleksandr Onishchenko, who claims that he was threatened by the President.

As a reminder, in interviews with Ukrainian publications Onishchenko – fleeing from Ukraine and put on a wanted list – said that Poroshenko demanded from him to ensure a vote for “certain laws” — and, according to him, he hasn’t published the recordings of this conversation before.

“Methods of the junta,” commented Azarov on the topic of the situation with threats being made towards Rada’s deputies. “The people’s deputy Aleksandr Onishchenko published a recording of a conversation with Poroshenko in which he threatened to open criminal cases against deputies if they don’t vote for the draft laws pushed forward by him. Such is the democracy that there now is in Ukraine”.

According to Onishchenko, during a telephone conversation Poroshenko stated to him that “in one hand he has draft bills that needed to receive votes, and in the another hand there is a criminal case” against the interlocutor.

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