Four Ukrainian MPs to be deprived of deputy’s seats for holding Russian passports

23 January, 04:49 PM
According to the media, four MPs from the former OPZZh will be ejected from parliament (Photo:NV)

According to the media, four MPs from the former OPZZh will be ejected from parliament (Photo:NV)

Four members of the outlawed Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) parliamentary faction will be ejected from parliament due to having Russian citizenship, Ukrainian media outlet LB.ua reported on Jan. 23, referring to sources in parliament.

The MPs are Oleksandr Ponomarov, Natalia Korolevska, Yuriy Solod, and Oleg Voloshyn.

According to the source, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to sign a decree on the deprivation of Ukrainian citizenship of several members of parliament from the former OPZZh faction in the near future.

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“(It will be) on the basis of their having Russian passports,” one of the sources said.

After that, the source said, parliament is expected to vote for the early termination of their powers, as was done to four other pro-Russian MPs in January.

On Jan. 13, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted to deprive four MPs from the former OPZZh faction, namely Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, Renat Kuzmin, and Andriy Derkach, of their deputy’s seats.

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