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Ukraine Live Day 423
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukrainian Constitutional Court to Review Lustration Law Today
6 years
Russian-Backed Forces Attacking Peski

Today the Ukrainian Constitutional Court will review the constitutionality of the "Law on Lustration," Radio Svoboda reported.

Yesterday, the Court issued a press statement saying that a rally to support the law to be held outside the building today was undue pressure. But Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was a conflict of interest in the Constitutional Court's review.

The Ukrainian Supreme Court as well as 47 members of parliament appealed to the court to determine whether the law was in compliance with the constitution. Under the law, top officials who served under deposed president Viktor Yanukovych will be barred from public office for 10 years.

Translation: The Constitutional Court is reviewing the constitutionality of lustration.
Translation: The Constitutional Court is surrounded by security. Nearby buses with law-enforcers are on duty.

Translation: Lyashko has also come to the Constitutional Court to support lustration.

Translation: Lyashko is the only people's deputy who has come with his personal security to the Constitutional Court.

Oleh Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and a member of parliament, has been a controversial figure due to his group's vigilantism. Last year he claimed responsibility for the storming of the government building in Torez, in which one pro-Russian separatist was killed and another wounded.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick