The first deputy head of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, has confirmed statements by MP Roman Zabzaliuk that the latter quit the BYT-Batkivschyna faction in parliament at the end of 2011 in order to investigate the facts of the repurchase by the pro-government majority of MPs from other factions.
"We knew about the activities of Roman Zabzaliuk. I think that it was a very bold step, which fully cleared up all the talk by the parliamentary pro-presidential majority that they are acting in line with law and within the constitution. Unfortunately, total corruption and blackmail are currently a standard for the parliamentary majority," Turchynov told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Earlier Zabzaliuk said that he had never left the BYT-Batkivschyna faction, and his formal transfer to the Reforms for Future deputy's group was planned by the leadership of his faction to discover how much they pay MPs in the group.
"They offer $500,000 for a transfer [to the parliamentary group], and then they pay a monthly salary of $20,000-25,000, and if someone proposes a fake initiative to the Batkivschyna Party they pay him additional funds. At the end of the cadence they pay additional $500,000, probably, to improve the life today," he said.
The Reform for Future group rebuffed Zabzaliuk's statement about bribery.
"I would like to explain. Two months ago Roman Zabzaliuk addressed the group's leader [Ihor Rybakov] tête-à-tête and said that he was suffering a disease. He showed documents confirming that he was suffering a very serious disease... as far as I remember, he was asked a question: you are a member of another faction, why don't you settle the problem with them? I don't know how he explained that. But they never assisted him," according to the deputy leader of the Reforms for Future group, Volodymyr Kapliyenko.
He added that the group had raised some $100,000 for Zabzaliuk to undergo surgery in Israel.
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