Criminal complaint filed with State Investigation Bureau against Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Danylov for obstructing Medvedchuk’s lawful activities to provide Ukrainians with a coronavirus vaccine
Renat Kuzmin, MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life party, addressed to the State Investigation Bureau a statement to initiate prosecution of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksii Danylov for illegally obstructing the activities of MP chairing the political council of the party Viktor Medvedchuk.
In October-December 2020, MP Viktor Medvedchuk while exercising his parliamentary powers, taking care of the interests of Ukrainian citizens amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, visited the Russian Federation to establish contacts with a coronavirus vaccine manufacturers and solve issues with authorized officials of the Russian Federation towards providing the population of Ukraine with the vaccine.
On December 11, 2020, Oleksii Danylov when speaking live on the Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster program on the Ukraina TV channel, said that the visit of Viktor Medvedchuk to Moscow posed a threat to the national security of our state.
The statement emphasizes that Article 17 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Status of a Member of Parliament of Ukraine” establishes: an MP who does not have special powers to represent the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has the right to enter into relations with officials and state bodies of foreign states on his own behalf. In relations with officials, state bodies and citizens of foreign states, an MP has the right to defend the independence and sovereignty, the interests of Ukraine and its citizens. An MP acts on behalf of his voters and in their interests.
In this context, such actions of the NSDC Secretary constitute a restriction of powers of the member of parliament, which is directly prohibited by Article 26 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Status of a Member of Parliament of Ukraine”, and also create artificial obstacles in the activities of MPs, distorting and negating the results of their work in the interests of Ukrainian citizens.
The actions of Oleksii Danylov contain signs of criminal offenses provided for in the first part of Article 351 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (obstruction of the activities of a Member of Parliament of Ukraine).