US imposes new sanctions on Syria over suspected chemical attackWorld April 24, 21:23
Russian businessman plans to build sailplane to fly around the globe nonstop in 5 daysScience & Space April 24, 19:50
Roscosmos excludes three cosmonauts from space teamScience & Space April 24, 19:34
Russian Foreign Ministry: Terrorists in Syria may get chemical weapons from Libya, IraqRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 19:05
US not ready yet to restart arms control dialog, Russian diplomat saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 18:57
Court recognizes Russia’s Sports Ministry as affected party in WADA whistleblower caseSport April 24, 18:48
Elephant, giraffe and wildcats found among Muscovites’ house petsSociety & Culture April 24, 17:48
Putin calls for setting apart real anti-corruption crusaders from political show-offsRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 16:34
Moscow court turns down Jehovah’s Witnesses bid to fight Justice Ministry’s banWorld April 24, 16:08
KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. A session of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) has been disrupted as deputies refused to vote on a number of bills, including on nationalization of assets of the Russian Federation and its residents in Ukraine.
Deputies have accused President Petro Poroshenko of attempts to usurp power.
The factions of the Radical Party, Self-Help Party and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc initiated suspension of the session, parliament Speaker Volodymyr Groysman said.
Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko believes "a purposeful policy to discredit Verkhovna Rada is under way". "Today, Poroshenko repeats at a quickened pace the path of [his predecessor Viktor] Yanukovych and tries to usurp power," he said.
"He is using the General Prosecutor’s Office to manage the courts, to prosecute the deputies whom he sees as unwanted. That is why, the lineup of the Constitutional Court has not been changed yet, because ‘pocket courts’ are advantageous for the president. As for jailing those responsible for Maidan shooting - he does not have the guts," Lyashko said.
Only 260 deputies could be seen in the hall of the 450-seat Rada when the session opened on Wednesday morning.