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Ukrainian parliament votes for lustration bill

September 16, 2014, 19:20 UTC+3

The bill provides for scrutinizing “persons empowered to perform state or local self-government functions”

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KIEV, September 16. /ITAR-TASS/. After three attempts the Ukrainian parliament has voted for the lustration bill. It was approved by a 235-majority vote.

The first two attempts failed, as the bill fell short of the required support. Each time the parliamentary speaker Aleksandr Turchinov ordered the bill should be put to the vote again, although it was against the rules of procedure.

In addition, he urged the legislators to “mobilize their supporters.”

“Give them a phone call, urge them into the conference hall. We shall not leave for home until the bill has been adopted,” Turchinov said.

While the voting was still in progress, activists of the Right Sector, Volya and Avtomaidan staged an act of intimidation in front of the parliament building. They set hundreds of car tires on fire to press for the adoption of the law.

Traffic in the street was partially obstructed. The activists were throwing firecrackers to calm down only when the news arrived the bill had been passed.

The act requires special scrutiny of “persons empowered to perform state or local self-government functions,” including the president, parliamentary speaker, prime minister, deputy prime ministers, chief of national security service, national bank, all people’s deputies, and also military, judges and members of the Central Election Commission.

Lustration procedures will be applicable to all candidates for such positions, too.

A group of persons will never be unable to get such clearance. It includes those who on February 25, 2010 through February 22, 2014 held the posts of the president, prime minister, first deputy prime minister, government minister, national bank, security service, Kiev’s prosecutor or regional prosecutor.

The same restriction applies to all senior officials who were taking their posts between February 25, 2010 and February 22, 2014, in other words, during the Viktor Yanukovich presidency, law enforcers, civil servants and local self-government officials who caused harm to the life health or property of Euromaidan participants, as well as those who before August 19, 1991 took commanding positions in the Soviet Communist Party or the Young Communist League, political commissars of the Soviet Armed Forces and the Soviet Interior Ministry, former secret service officials and persons “involved in the political persecution of Ukrainian national-liberation movement during World War II or post-war years.

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