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People protest next to the Verkhovna Rada demanding that the parliament strips six lawmakers of immunity from prosecution on July 11.
Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk

Dozens of activists gathered in front of the Verkhovna Rada building on the morning of July 11 as parliament is expected to consider stripping six of its members of immunity from prosecution.

On June 21, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko filed motions to prosecute Boryslav Rozenblat from President Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc, Oles Dovhiy from the People’s Will faction, Andriy Lozovoy from the Radical Party, and Yevhen Deidei and Maxim Polyakov from the People’s Front.

Rozenblat and Polyakov are suspected by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine of taking bribes worth $311,000 for illegally allowing amber production. Deidei is suspected by the NABU of unlawful enrichment – based on his electronic asset declaration.

Two other cases – against Dovhiy and Lozovoy – were initiated by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Dovhiy is suspected of abuse of power in the allegedly illegal allocation of land, while Lozovoy is suspected of tax evasion.

The lawmakers deny accusations of wrongdoing.

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