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Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of […]

International Criminal Court; Ukraine: Indefinite Jurisdiction over War Crimes

(Sept. 14, 2015) On September 8, 2015, Ukraine gave wider jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to handle any crimes that occurred in the eastern part of Ukraine since February of 2014 in the conflict there between Russian and Ukrainian loyalists. On April 17, 2014, Ukraine had accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC for […]

Ukraine: Movies About Russian Police and Military Banned

(Apr. 6, 2015) On April 2, 2015, the President of Ukraine signed into law the Bill on Amending Legislative Acts Concerning Protection of Ukrainian TV and Radio Media Space. (Law No. 159-VIII (Feb. 5, 2015), Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (legislature) website (in Ukrainian).) According to the Law, distribution and showing of motion pictures, TV programs, […]

Ukraine: Foreign Citizens Admitted to Cabinet Level Positions

(Dec. 24, 2014) On December 2, 2014, the President of Ukraine announced that he had granted Ukrainian citizenship to three foreign individuals who were offered positions in the newly formed Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Citizens of the United States, Lithuania, and Georgia were offered positions as the Ministers of Finance, Economics, and Healthcare, respectively. […]

Ukraine: Demarcation of Border with Russia

(Dec. 2, 2014) On November 19, 2014, the Government of Ukraine announced that it will approve the draft of the President’s Executive Order that provides for the beginning of work on delimitation of the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. (Government Approved President’s Decree on Unilateral Demarcation of Borderline Between Ukraine and Russia, GOVERNMENT […]

Ukraine: New Law on State Attorneys

(Nov. 4, 2014) On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The procuracy system is the main law enforcement institution in the post-Soviet countries; the office was inherited from […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]

Ukraine: Judges Will Be Subjected to Lustration

(May 9, 2014) On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in revolutionary street protests in the capital city, Kyiv, during the period of November 2013-February 2014. The […]

Ukraine: Verkhovna Rada Acts to Save the Economy

(Apr. 25, 2014) On March, 27, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s legislature) passed an act entitled the Law on Preventing Financial Catastrophe and Creating Pre-Conditions for Economic Growth in Ukraine (Law of Ukraine No. 1166-VII [in Ukranian] (Mar. 27, 2014), Verkhovna Rada website.) The Law entered into force on April 1, 2014, immediately after its […]

Ukraine: National Guard Restored

(Apr. 4, 2014) On March 13, 2014, 262 out of 330 registered members of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s legislature) voted to pass the Law on the National Guard of Ukraine (Law of Ukraine No. 876-VII on the National Guard of Ukraine [in Ukrainian] (Mar. 13, 2014), Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine website). The National Guard, which […]