Zelensky criminalizes cooperation with Russia

15 March 2022, 08:03 PM

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a bill criminalizing cooperation with Russia into law, the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament Oleksandr Korniyenko announced during an interview with Ukrainian TV on March 15.

“As far as I am aware, the law on collaborationism has already been signed by the president and will be published,” he said.

The bill was initially adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on March 3, in full.

The adoption of the law means that Ukraine’s Criminal Code will now be supplemented with Article 111-1, “Collaborative activity”. It introduces criminal liability for cooperation with the aggressor state, its occupational administration, or its armed or paramilitary formations in the military, political, informational, administrative, economic, and labor spheres.

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Collaborative activity in Ukraine will be punishable by 15 years in prison, and will also restrict access to positions related to the performance of state or local government functions.

Political parties whose authorized persons have been convicted of collaborationism can be disbanded. This also applies to legal entities.

Persons convicted of collaborationism are prohibited from being members of electoral commissions, official observers, being representatives for a candidate for the presidency of Ukraine in the Central Election Commission, being proxies of a candidate for the presidency of Ukraine, standing as candidates in local elections, etc.

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