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Russian-friendly oligarch Vadim Novinsky was confident and brash when Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced in early November that prosecutors wanted to strip him of his parliament immunity, so as to press criminal charges against him.

Now it’s clear that the 53-year-old oligarch, the owner of the Smart Holding group and a partner of Ukraine’s richest man Rinat Akhmetov, had good reason to behave in this way: Even the first step toward stripping him of parliamentary immunity has now been blocked by parliament.

The members of the procedural committee of parliament said on Nov. 17 that they hadn’t found enough evidence of Novinsky’s wrongdoing. That was after three hours of discussions between the committee, Novinsky and Lutsenko.

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