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Deputy Zheleznyak: the Rada plans to dismiss Shufrych as chair of the Freedom of Speech Committee

18.09.2023, 17:24
Photo: Channel 24
Photo: Channel 24

This week, the Verkhovna Rada plans to dismiss deputy Nestor Shufrych, who has been accused of high treason, as chairman of the Verkhovna Rada's Freedom of Speech Committee.

Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak announced this on September 18 on his Telegram channel.

"Well, they say that this week the position of the Freedom of Speech Committee chair, which is currently held by Nestor Shufrych, will be made vacant. We are waiting for a resolution on the website (although there already have been several from the last session)," Zheleznyak wrote.

We remind you that on September 15, 2023, the police issued a suspicion notice for high treason to deputy Nestor Shufrych. On the same day, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv took Shufrych into custody for 60 days without bail.

On March 4, 2022, the Kyiv security services detained Nestor Shufrych while he was filming a checkpoint. According to an officer, Shufrych explained his own actions as follows: "I went out to take a selfie next to the local landmark."

On November 14, 2022, multiple human rights organizations and media demanded the dismissal of People's Deputy Nestor Shufrych from the position of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Freedom of Speech; they also demanded that a unified policy regarding deputies of pro-Russian parties be developed.

The organizations noted that Shufrych was elected in 2019 as member of the outlawed OPFL party. "It is inadmissible for the Freedom of Speech Committee in the Parliament to be headed by a representative of a party which has been outlawed in the country, who, like other OPFL deputies, still has the clearance to access state secrets," the statement reads.

Shufrych himself said that he was not going to resign as head of the committee voluntarily.

On July 10, 2023, deputies from the "European Solidarity" faction registered the Resolution No. 9469, proposing to the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Nestor Shufrych from the post of chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech.

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