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Over 150 MPs Call for Dismissal of Ukraine PG Riaboshapka
3 March, 2020

A new bill registered in Parliament on March 3, ahead of an extraordinary session that will discuss personnel changes on March 4, calls for the dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Rouslan Riaboshapka. The bill, posted to the Parliament’s official website, lists both ruling party and opposition members as co-sponsors – 158 MPs in total.

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Riaboshapka, initially seen as an anti-corruption activist who had previously worked at Transparency International and had resigned from the heavily criticized anti-corruption agency NAPC (National Agency on Preventing Corruption), has come under fire from former and current prosecutors for introducing new written exams for prosecutors, resulting in the dismissal of prosecutors working on high profile cases, including into U.S. political operative Paul Manafort’s actions in Ukraine. 

Co-sponsors of his dismissal bill include Servant of the People MPs allegedly connected to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, such as Oleksandr Dubinsky, as well as recently indicted for assault opposition MP Ilya Kiva.

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The bill states that “there are enough reasons to prove Rouslan Riaboshapka’s ineffectiveness in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Prosecutor General…” adding that the authors of the bill believe that slow or non-investigations into high profile cases showcase that the current Prosecutor General is unfit for his role.