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Poroshenko fires 30 district administration chiefs under lustration law

October 30, 2014, 21:44 UTC+3 KIEV
Most of the dismissed officials are from the south-eastern regions of Ukraine
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KIEV, October 30 /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dismissed 30 district administration heads as part of implementation of Ukraine’s recently-adopted lustration law, the presidential press service reported on Thursday.

The list of dismissed district bosses include eight district administration chiefs in the Donetsk region, seven in Dnipropetrovsk region, seven in Zaporizhye region; four in the Odessa region, two in the Sumy region; one in the Rivne region and one in the Kharkiv regions.

A day earlier, on Wednesday, Poroshenko dismissed Valery Baranov, the governor of the Zaporizhye region, and Roman Vanzuryak, the head of the Chernivtsy region.

Previously, Ukraine’s Justice Ministry published a list of 179 former officials to whom the lustration law had already been applied on its website.

Lustration law

The law on purge of power, or lustration, was passed by the Ukrainian parliament on September 16 and came into force a month ago. Under the law, subject to lustration are all state officials and members of local governments who were in office during the period from February 25, 2010 to February 22, 2014 (under the rule of president Viktor Yanukovich) and officials and law-enforcement personnel who have done “harm to life, health or property of ‘EU-Maidan’ protest participants (activists who gathered at Kiev’s central square Maidan for rallies in support of EU integration). The law is also applied to former Soviet Union Communist Party and Communist Youth League members and former officials and security service officers involved in political persecution against Ukrainian nationalist activists during WWII and post-war time.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said earlier that one million officials of various levels, including all cabinet members, were subject to lustration.

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