Re­former of the week

Ye­gor Sobolev

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

Ye­gor Sobolev, chair­man of the Verkhovna Rada’s anti-cor­rup­tion com­mit­tee, is one of the lead­ers of the protest move­ment that is seek­ing to cre­ate an anti-cor­rup­tion court, lift law­mak­ers’ im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion, and in­tro­duce a more fair elec­toral law that will re­duce oli­garchs’ in­flu­ence on pol­i­tics.

From Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, thou­sands of pro­test­ers ral­lied for these de­mands and set up more than 50 tents near the build­ing of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s par­lia­ment. On Oct. 19, par­lia­ment par­tially sat­is­fied one of the de­mands, send­ing two bills on lift­ing law­mak­ers’ im­mu­nity to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The protests were or­ga­nized by nu­mer­ous po­lit­i­cal forces and civil so­ci­ety groups: Sobolev’s Samopomich, ex-Ge­or­gian Pres­i­dent Mikheil Saakashvil­i’s Move­ment of New Forces, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yu­lia Ty­moshenko’s Batkivshch­yna Party, the na­tion­al­ist Svo­boda Party, the Na­tional Corps, Samopomich, Au­toMaidan, Rean­i­ma­tion Pack­age of Re­forms, and oth­ers.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion for Democ­racy through Law, bet­ter known as the Venice Com­mis­sion, on Oct. 9 sup­ported leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate in­de­pen­dent anti-cor­rup­tion courts and urged Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko to sub­mit a rel­e­vant bill. How­ever, Poroshenko has re­sisted the idea for more than a year and has failed to sub­mit a bill on such courts so far.

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