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Does Verkhovna Rada really want to hear the voice of the people?

The Parliament Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information has approved the draft regulation No. 8007 regarding the public discussion of draft laws online, on the website of Verkhovna Rada. The project is aimed at encouraging citizens to express their opinions on different draft laws for deputies to take into consideration. It is suggested that every citizen willing to participate will have to register. Oleksandr Feldman, a member of the Party of Regions faction in parliament and author of the initiative, believes that broader opportunities for the discussion of draft laws are indicative of the general democratisation of society.

The majority of Ukrainians believe that the government does not work in the people’s interests.

Meanwhile, research carried out by GfK Ukraine demonstrates that the majority of Ukrainians believe that the government does not work in the people’s interests. According to 84 percent of respondents, those in power do not care about the lives of those beneath them, while 80 percent of respondents are certain that their opinion is worth nothing and 78 percent believe strongly that they have zero influence on what is happening in Ukraine.

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