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Ukraine’s radical leader Yarosh officially registered as presidential candidate

April 01, 2014, 21:36 UTC+3 KIEV

Thus, twenty people have been officially registered as candidates for the Ukrainian president by now

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KIEV, April 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has finally registered the leader of the radical organization Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, as a presidential candidate in Ukraine’s snap presidential election, scheduled for May 25. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the election commission put off the consideration of Yarosh’s registration documents to have time to clarify some financial aspects of the procedure. Thus, some of the commission members voiced doubts that the sum of 2.5 million hryvnias (about 227,000 U.S. dollars) needed for the participation in the polls had been deposited by Yarosh personally. According to Zhanna Usenko-Chernaya, a member of the Central Election Commission, Yarosh and his family members had declared no incomes in their tax returns for 2013.

After Ukraine’s Oshchadbank had confirmed that the above some was deposited by Yarosh personally, the Central Election Commission registered him as presidential contender.

Also on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission officially registered: Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) party, Anatoly Gritsenko, a member of the national parliament, Natalia Korolevskaya, the former minister of social policy, Olga Bogomolets, a public figure, and Vasily Tsushko, the ex-head of the Antimonopoly Committee.

Thus, twenty people have been officially registered as candidates for the Ukrainian president by now.

Dmitry Yarosh, the leader of the extremist group Right Sector that was transformed into a political party on the basis of the Ukrainian National Assembly on March 22, was earlier put on the international wanted list. On March 12, Moscow’s Basmanny district court ruled to arrest Yarosh in absentia on charges of public calls to terrorist and extremist activities done with the use of the mass media. The investigators found that Yarosh incited anti-Russian forces to carry out extremist and terrorist actions in Russia.

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