Zelensky: Lustration Should be Enhanced, Expanded
The President expressed his opinion that lustration should be enhanced
Photo President Zelensky Press Office
The team of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky worked out a bill aimed at enhancing lustration. It was stated by the President in a video address on July 11, 2019.
According to Zelensky, lustration should be related to persons holding office of President of Ukraine, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada, Prosecutor General, Head of the Security Service, Chairs of the Antimonopoly Committee and the State Property Fund, Heads of the State Fiscal Service and the Customs Service, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council and heads of defense enterprises from February 23, 2014 to May 19, 2019.
Lustration should also cover members of Parliament and other government members during the same period.
“We have been accused that we want to abolish lustration. To make everyone understand, we are not going to abolish lustration; we offer to enhance it,” Zelensky said.
According to him, the bill only provides a public assessment of the work of the mentioned individuals. He also expressed confidence that they will receive a fair legal assessment in the future.
Zelensky said that he had been moved into such a decision by the things he had seen in the course of his presidency.
“I communicate with officials of different levels on a daily basis and realize: it is a hopeless diagnosis. White and blue, red and white, orange, burgundy, pink – in fact, they are all the same. All of them do not care,” he said.
“I think the least we can do now is to permanently deprive them all of the opportunities to participate in state governance,” Zelensky added.