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Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky stripped four pro-Russian politicians of citizenship

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Four pro-Russian politicians have been deprived of Ukrainian citizenship by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The leader announced his decision on Tuesday in an evening address.

“On the basis of materials prepared by the Ukrainian security and migration services of the state, and in accordance with the constitution of our country, I decided to deprive four people of citizenship. These include: Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, Renat Kuzmin and Andriy Derkach,” said the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyquoted by Ukrinform.

All four represented the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – For Life party, which was banned after the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Viktor Medvedchuk was a member of the pro-Russian party “Opposition Platform – For Life” (photo from May 2021)SERGEY DOLZHENKO/PAP/EPA

The president also stressed that when, instead of the Ukrainian people, the deputies decide to serve the murderers who came to Ukraineappropriate measures will be taken.

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Ukrinform noted that according to the president, these are not the last such decisions, and the services are working.

Kremlin lobbyist in Ukraine

Medvedchuk has been considered a Kremlin lobbyist in Ukraine for the past two decades. He was supposed to have close contacts with the president of Russia Vladimir Putin. In 2003, Putin became the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.

Viktor Medvedchuk after being detained by the SBU (photo from April 2022)facebook.com/zelenskiy.official

When the war broke out in February 2022, Medvedchuk – accused by Kyiv of high treason – escaped from house arrest, but was captured. He then appealed to the authorities Russiato agree to exchange him for the defenders of Mariupol and the civilians in the city, but the Kremlin initially did not respond to his appeal. The oligarch was released only after a few months.

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As part of a prisoner exchange in September last year, Medvedchuk was handed over to the Russian side at the airport in Ankara.


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