Ukrainian MP Tyshchenko expelled from ruling party over visit to Thailand

26 January, 07:11 PM
Mykola Tyshchenko (Photo:Микола Тищенко/Facebook)

Mykola Tyshchenko (Photo:Микола Тищенко/Facebook)

Ukrainian MP Mykola Tyshchenko has been dismissed as the deputy head of the ruling Servant of the People parliamentary faction and expelled from the eponymous party after his trip to Thailand on Jan. 26.

Earlier the faction’s head, David Arakhamia, announced the consideration of Tyshchenko’s dismissal. He announced an urgent meeting over the MP’s expulsion and addressed the party’s head, Olena Shuliak, with a similar request.

A few minutes later, the spokeswoman of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Yulia Paliychuk, announced Tymchenko’s dismissal, while Shuliak announced his expulsion from the party.

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On Jan. 26, the Embassy of Ukraine announced Tyshchenko’s trip to Thailand that he allegedly has a meeting on Jan. 27 “to discuss issues of improving interaction with representatives of the Ukrainian community.” This outraged netizens, journalists, public figures.

Tyshchenko himself has not yet commented on the trip and did not respond to the expulsion from the faction and party.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, said he had not greenlighted Tyshchenko’s trip abroad and business trip to Thailand.

Tyshchenko was involved in scandals many times. In July 2022, he was dismissed as the head of the party’s Zakarpattia regional organization. His powers were prematurely terminated after the appeal of MP Maryana Bezuhla, which, in particular, referred to his violation of the Servant of the People’s statute.

Other loudest scandals involving Tyshchenko include the work of his Velur restaurant during the COVID-19 lockdown, celebration of his wife’s birthday during the lockdown, as well as a fight with MP Geo Leros.

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