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Yehor Soboliev: Authorities’ cleansing should start with the voluntary or forced resignations of top officials

The International Monetary Fund has promised the Ukrainian National Agency for Corruption Prevention its assistance in verifying the information in the electronic declarations regarding foreign financial assets.

Commenting on this statement, MP from the Samopomich union faction, Yehor Soboliev, emphasizes that despite the comprehensive assistance of international organizations, we should not expect that someone will come and do our job on authorities’ cleansing in Ukraine instead of us.

“I am sure that many international financial organizations are ready to provide information, to block the accounts, to prevent the removal of the property, but it is the Ukrainian society that has to carry out the work on clearing the Ukrainian Parliament, Presidential Administration, Government, prosecutors, judges. Everybody is ready to help us, but the head of the IMF cannot come and make top officials resign,” says Yehor Soboliev.

MP believes that the cleansing is to start with voluntary or forced resignations of top officials who cannot explain their property.

“Then they are supposed to become the clients of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, and if they cannot explain the origin of their property during criminal proceedings, they will have to be imprisoned,” says Yehor Soboliev.

Another mandatory procedure, which the declarants who are unable to explain the origin of their states must undergo, is special confiscation.

“My position is very simple: if an official cannot explain the origin of his property, then whole 100% of the money should go back to the taxpayers, because, after all, this money had been stolen from them or from business,” sums up Yehor Soboliev.

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