Rada dismisses anti-corruption committee chairman Yegor Sobolev

Samopomich Party lawmaker Yegor Sobolev talks with protesters near the Presidential Administration in Kyiv oon Oct. 19.

Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted to dismiss Yegor Sobolev, a lawmaker with the opposition 26-member Samopomich Party, as chairman of the anti-corruption committee on Dec. 7.

This was seen by many critics of the pro-presidential ruling coalition as an attempt to destroy the only institution that blocked President Petro Poroshenko’s attempts to appoint a politically pliable auditor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

If a loyal auditor is appointed, reformers fear that Artem Sytnyk, the NABU leader seen as independent and effective, will be fired. A dozen members of the anti-corruption committee on Dec. 6 voted to recommend that the parliament dismiss Sobolev from his post as they were unsatisfied with his work in the committee.

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