KIEV, February 13 – RIA Novosti. The head of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmitry Razumkov, said that the deputy, against whom the first criminal case was initiated for “pushing buttons”, will be deprived of his mandate if his guilt is proven in court.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova said on Friday that law enforcement officers suspect one of the parliament members of non-personal voting. The name of the parliamentarian was not specified, but a number of Ukrainian media outlets reported that they were talking about MP Vladislav Polyak from the Doverie group.
“A people's deputy will lose his mandate if the court finds him guilty of non-personal voting. Button-pushing is a criminal offense, therefore the decision will be made within the framework of the current Criminal Procedure Code. If a court decision comes into force, the people's deputy ceases to be a people's deputy of Ukraine. . Almost automatically, “the website of the Verkhovna Rada quotes Razumkov as saying.
In January 2020, a law entered into force in Ukraine, which introduces criminal liability for deliberate voting by a parliamentarian at a plenary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada instead of another people's deputy (non-personal voting). Such an action is punishable by a fine from 3 thousand to 5 thousand non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens (about 51-85 thousand hryvnia or 2.04-3.4 thousand dollars).