Pro-Russian Ukrainian MPs Korolevska and her husband give up their MP mandates

29 January, 03:38 PM
Nataliya Korolevska, a pro-Russian People's Deputy, submitted a mandate (Photo:Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) party)

Nataliya Korolevska, a pro-Russian People's Deputy, submitted a mandate (Photo:Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) party)

Ukrainian MPs and former members of the outlawed Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) party Natalia Korolevska and her husband Yuriy Solod have given up their mandates as lawmakers, the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper reported on Jan. 29

Referring to its own sources, Ukrainska Pravda said journalists had established that both MPs moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian political movement Chesno, Korolevska, 47, missed all the government sessions after Feb. 24. She was an MP of the 5th, 6th (from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc), 8th (from Opposition Bloc) and 9th (from OPZZh) convocations of parliament.

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She took the post of Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine (2012—2014) in the government of runaway former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. She also ran for the presidency in 2014.

The Chesno movement wrote that Korolevska has also be the subject of several anti-corruption investigations.

Korolevska is known for her pro-Russian views – in particular she spread false Russian propaganda narratives about Ukraine's lack of political willingness to solve the "Donbas' conflict," and blamed Ukraine in the war in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that had lasted since 2014.

Korolevska’s husband, Yuriy Solod, and her son, Rostyslav Solod, both are politicians. The second became a regional lawmaker in Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast at the age of 19.

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine back in March suspended the activities of political forces associated with Russia for the war time, in particular the OPZZh, Opposition Bloc, Party of Shariy, and the Nashi Party.

In March, the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) party announced the suspension of its activities, declaring that "the war changes everything."

On April 14, the National Security and Defense Council also suspended the activities of the OPZZh faction in the current Ukrainian parliament. However, its MPs remained, and created a new group named Platform for Life and Peace headed by Yuriy Boyko. Other former MPs of the OPZZh faction formed a parliamentary group named Restoration of Ukraine.

Some former members of the OPZZh faction have been deprived from their mandates and Ukrainian citizenship as well, including Viktor Medvedchuk, a close friend of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Medvedchuk’s friend Taras Kozak, and MPs Renat Kuzmin and Andriy Derkach.

However, the majority of MPs from the banned OPZZh party are still Ukrainian parliamentarians.

Ukrainian parliament speaker Ruslan Stefanchuck has said that these MPs have not been deprived of the MP mandates yet because there are no legal grounds for this.

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