Ukraine wants to bar Ukrainian officials, politicians from visiting Russia

14:41, 10 October 2017
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Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine propose imposing temporary restrictions on trips to Russia for Ukrainian state employees, officials and politicians, according to draft law No. 7187 on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine (concerning the introduction of temporary restrictions on the rights of Ukrainian citizens to travel from Ukraine to the aggressor state). 

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The bill was tabled on Tuesday, October 10, by MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Andriy Nemyrovsky and Andriy Shynkovych, and nonaligned MP Andriy Denysenko.

The document also proposes that Cabinet should be disbanded if its ministers violate the rules.

The rules are also applicable to the President of Ukraine; the head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and his deputies; the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and his deputies; members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, first deputies and deputy ministers; the chairman and members of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting; the chairman and members of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine; the chairman and members of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption; the chairman and members of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine; the chairman and members of the Central Election Commission, chairmen and members of other state collegial bodies.

In addition, the norms of the draft law concern the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and his deputies; the chairman of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee of Ukraine and his deputies, the chairman of the State Property Fund of Ukraine and his deputies; members of parliament of Ukraine.

Read alsoRada offers to restrict rights of citizens to travel to RussiaFurthermore, subject to the ban on travel to Russia will be employees of the National Bank of Ukraine; deputies of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine), the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and his deputies; ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; deputies of local councils, officials of local self-government; judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. It also concerns the permanent representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine; judges and prosecutors.

Exceptions are those officials who need medical assistance in Russia or are going to visit Russia to attend a relative's funeral. In this case, they need documents confirming the purpose of their visit.

The bill proposes changes to the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses under which the violation of the temporary restrictions entails a fine worth from 100 to 200 nontaxable minimum incomes of citizens with the deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or engage in certain activities for a period of one year.

The rules will not be applicable to employees of diplomatic services. 

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