Penalties for collaborators

31 March 2023
Penalties for collaborators
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Draft bill #9137 of March 22, 2023

Cosponsors: a group of MPs from the Servant of the People faction.

Who is affected: MPs of the VI and VII convocations, voters, and government bodies.

Summary of the bill:

  • MPs of the VI and VII convocations will be prohibited from taking positions in government bodies if they supported:
    • the Kharkiv agreements
    • “dictatorship laws” of January 16, 2014
  • candidates for public service and other positions in government bodies will have to submit a statement that they have not supported the Kharkiv agreements and dictatorship laws
  • the bill will come into force on June 1, 2023.

What’s right: MPs who supported harmful draft bills will not be eligible to serve in government bodies.

What’s wrong: the bill does not provide a justification for why the proposed restrictions are introduced now. The Kharkiv agreements and dictatorship laws were adopted 13 and 9 years ago. If the bill is adopted, it will be challenged in court.

Alternative solution: collaborators and traitors should be punished for the crimes they committed. Lustration is not the appropriate alternative.