The course of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on deoligarchization may force the head of state to seek asylum in Russia. This assumption was made by a Verkhovna Rada MP from the European Solidarity party, Oleksiy Goncharenko, on 24 September.
He saw in the president’s chosen policy an attempt to turn Ukraine “into a monarchy under the leadership of Vladimir the First”. Commenting on the adoption of the bill “On Oligarchs,” the parliamentarian drew attention to the fact that it took place without the approval of the Venice Commission because the office of the Ukrainian leader understood that in Europe would not support this initiative.
“This is a great corruption. The CNBO, and in fact – Zelensky himself – will decide who is bad and who is good. And immediately it will start: you do not want to be bad, then take a suitcase of money and bring it to Bankova (to the office of the President. – Ed.),” Goncharenko wrote in Telegram.
He suggested that with the help of the law the current government will also suppress attempts to cover its actions in the media. According to the deputy, the discontent of citizens may reach such a level that the president will be forced to flee Ukraine to Russia.
“Vladimir Aleksandrovich, I want to remind you of one thing, that all this in Ukraine will not pass and will end with one thing – Rostov,” concluded the deputy.
According to the text of the law, which was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on the initiative of Zelensky the day before, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) will decide on the recognition of a citizen as an oligarch and include him in a special register.
A citizen will be considered an oligarch if he or she has at least one of the four characteristics. Among them there are participation in political life, a considerable influence on the mass media, the confirmed value of assets which exceeds one million living wages established for able-bodied people as of January 1 of the corresponding year.
In addition, an oligarch is a person who is the ultimate beneficial owner of an enterprise with a monopoly position on the market.
Those who were included in the NSDC list as an oligarch will not be allowed to make contributions to support political parties and candidates’ funds or to finance political campaigns.
The document must now be signed by the head of state.
The bill on oligarchs Zelenskyy submitted to the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada on 2 June. It was said that it was aimed at preventing a threat to national security related to the excessive influence of those who have economic or political weight in society (oligarchs).
Later in June, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the bill was an instrument of reprisal against those undesirable to Kiev. According to her, authoritarian methods of governance are rapidly gaining momentum in the country, and the authorities are persistently sliding “into the abyss of legal nihilism and dictatorship.