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Ukraine’s Communist Party faces ban

July 24, 2014, 17:19 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, July 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The Communist Party of Ukraine faces ban after its faction in the Verkhovna Rada, the country's parliament, was dissolved on Thursday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree ousting Communists from the parliament.

Attempts to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine have already been made this year. In March, several corresponding draft laws were submitted to the parliament. The party has been accused of supporting anti-Ukrainian policies and separatism, including the organization of the referendum in the Donetsk Region on May 11. According to the Ukrainian Security Service, the party’s leaders allegedly requested Moscow to deploy Russian troops in Ukraine.

The party's leader, Petro Symonenko, said “attempts by the political opponents to remove the Communist Party from the political scene have no prospects.” “They will not intimidate us, and these statements (on banning the party) once again prove that they don’t want to see a different point of view,” Symonenko said.

The Communist Party founded in 1918 is the oldest party in modern Ukraine.

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