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Svoboda received 37 seats in Ukraine’s 450-seat parliament in last year’s election. Despite campaigning mostly on social issues, such as the status of the Ukrainian language, the only parliamentary committee the party sought vigorously was the one dealing with ecological policy, natural resources and ongoing problems stemming from the 1986 Chornobyl power plant explosion.

The person Svoboda got elected as head of the committee is Iryna Sekh, a 42-year-old native of Lviv Oblast, and a fierce campaigner against the extraction of shale gas in her home region, where international giant Chevron plans to work.

Just days before her appointment to the committee, Sekh made a series of statements against the shale gas extraction in Lviv Oblast.

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