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Cabinet approves bill on termination of Soviet laws in Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft law on invalidation of acts of state authority and administration of the Ukrainian SSR and the Soviet Union, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

The relevant bill was presented by Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko at a government meeting on Wednesday.

"As requested by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Ministry of Justice has developed a draft law I want to submit on invalidation of acts of state authority and administration of the Ukrainian SSR and the Soviet Union," he said.

According to Petrenko, the document sets clear rules halting the action of a large array of normative acts of the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian SSR, "that we have now as baggage."

Groysman jokes: If Gazprom wins gas dispute, Ukraine might as well turn in Tymoshenko instead of paying"We are talking about hundreds of such acts... It is proposed to introduce a rule that specifies that all of those regulations, which were adopted prior to the day of independence of Ukraine, lose their effect. We propose to set the following steps: within six months from the date of entry into force of this law, all the regulations of the ministries, departments, commissions, presidiums, which were adopted prior [to the declaration of] Ukraine's independence, shall cease to be effective. The second provision of the bill is that all the laws of the USSR and the Soviet Union, which now operate on the territory of Ukraine, shall lose their effect within one year from the entry into force of the law. And the third provision is that within three years after the entry into force of this act, all codified Ukrainian SSR acts that are currently still active on the territory of Ukraine shall cease to be effective," Petrenko said.

The Minister of Justice urged MPs to adopt this law in May.

Tags: Ukraine, Groysman, SovietUnion

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