Soboliev: People’s Deputies should be an example and should be the first to face the law under any circumstances

The Verkhovna Rada failed to vote for the deprivation of immunity and prosecution of Stanislav Berezkin, a deputy from the “Volia Narodu” faction. He and his son had been accused of organizing the theft of $20 million from “Oshchadbank”. Only 160 deputies supported the initiative.

Samopomich supported this petition of the Prosecutor’s Office. However, as it turned out, not all deputies are actually fighting corruption. Yehor Soboliev notes that with this vote the Verkhovna Rada showed that it was not going to do away with deputies’ immunity:

“If the parliament supported the bill we had been working on, it would have been able to deprive the entire deputy corps of immunity in one voting. And with its another voting the parliament could have supported the law that would automatically block foreign passports and other possibilities of people’s deputies to get away from the law.”

Soboliev draws attention to the fact that the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office must investigate corruption – primarily in the Verkhovna Rada, in the Presidential Administration, in the government. After all, this is why they were created in the first place. Yehor Soboliev also asked voters to closely monitor who voted how in the Berezkin case.

“This voting is the answer to whether everyone is equal before the law or there are those who want to be above the law. We believe that people’s deputies should be an example, be the first to face the law under any circumstances in order to demonstrate to people, to demonstrate to society that the law is really the same for all.”

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