Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky banned 11 opposition political parties and nationalized media. Any activities supporting the parties labeled "pro-Russian" are now illegal.
Axios reports the list of parties now banned include: Platform For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left Opposition, Union of Left Forces, State, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialists Party, and Volodymyr Saldo Bloc.
Platform for Life is Ukraine’s largest opposition party and currently holds 44 seats in parliament. Last year, The party’s leader, Viktor Medvedchuk, was accused of treason and placed under house arrest.
Another targeted party, Nashi, is led by Yevhen Murayev. The UK previously accused Murayev of working with Moscow to overthrow the Ukrainian government. However, Murayev was sanctioned by Russia in 2018.
Ukraine’s Russian minority has faced increased discrimination since the 2014 coup. The opposition parties largely represent the 17% of the Ukrainian people who are ethnic Russians. Language and cultural laws have targeted Russian movies, including one starring Zelensky.
The new presidential order is a part of Zelensky’s effort to create a unified political narrative in Ukraine. He has announced an information policy that combines "all national TV channels…[into] a single information platform of strategic communication.”
Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of Antiwar.com, news editor of the Libertarian Institute, and co-host of Conflicts of Interest.
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Medvedchuk has allegedly escaped house arrest and may now be with the Russians. As a pro-Russian politician, it’s possible he may become the government after Zelensky, who clearly will NOT be retained by any deal struck with the Russians, is removed from office.
I think it would be much smarter to keep Zelensky in office. Having the West’s favorite hero continue to serve after negotiating peace would be much better PR/optics than popping in a replacement, which would just give the US/NATO and the noble scribblers of the Free Press ammunition for the guaranteed campaign to convince the world that the new government is a Russian puppet.
And Zelensky’s quite skilled at role playing.
I just love watching highly moral, democratic nations’ governments hard at work, reflecting the will of the citizens and letting all voices be heard.
Just like the USA! The worlds elites don’t like troublemakers.
Also don’t like opposing opinions.
Russia will have the final say.
That’s ok the days of the Kiev Nazi Regime are almost over!
Sounds like they were already pretty much banned.
Banned today and shot at dawn.
Well, shoot, I thought “we” we’re supporting Thomas Jefferson here … what happened?
He got cancelled… Where ya been, mac – RUSSIA?
Sometimes the founding fathers were really wise.
Unfortunately banning political opponents and opposition media often is very effective. It also is indicative that those in power believe they can’’t maintain the status without doing so. So comes down to whether there will be cracks in the dissent or not.
My,my, my……………who would have thought????
Zelensky prefers parties like Kira Rudyk’s Holo (Voice) party.
Her own words “… but right now it’s a critical time because we know that we not only fight for ukraine we fight for this new world order for the democratic countries wen knew that we are the shield for the Europe”
New World Order, New Normal, Reset, etc.. Nutty bloody minded elitist cultists armed with political power.
What the F!?
Yeah, she’s for real, not fake news.
Also worked in the US for a short time, but is Ukrainian, an information tech by trade.
She pushed the theme again in anther interview as the ‘New Security Order’, but was quickly cut off by Sean Hannity.
Hurry… the USA must send billions of dollars in economic and military aid to this model democracy.
His (Zelensky) time is up.
It’s completely his fault all about invasion because his obsession to joining the NATO.
He become useful for Americans to seduced him with his obsession with NATO and he was sure what he was getting into it, namely bloody war for many victims.
If he is not hunted down with his own people then he must be very lucky man.
Well,I hope I am wrong on this one,but I don’t think so.
So it’s about freedom and democracy in supporting Ukraine?
I will bet that this news does not make it into main stream media in Europe and America.
I haven’t seen anything. More war crimes by Russia and who got the latest $100 million in baseball.
Let’s Go Brandon
And it’s happening here. For two days now I’ve been unable to access Consortium News.
Go to their Twitter account there is some info regarding the issue.
I’m having trouble getting through too … is it a denial of service attack?
I don’t think so and, if it is, it’s a pretty amateurish attempt at denial of service. To me it looks more like constrained bandwidth or server/server farm issues. I don’t think Joe and CN have an abundance of cash to pay for high-end hosting and they may be getting quite a lot more traffic than usual. They’re certainly getting more comments.
I think you’re right … I’m getting through now this morning but spotty … not all the time.
I succeeded with my Kindle, so maybe it’s just Google.
On both sides it is mainly working class men doing the fighting and dying. That needed the banning of leftist parties? Who is the Czar here? Putin or Zelensky? Both.
Putin is a powerful leader in Russia, but does not have anything like the power and authority of a czar or dictator. And Zelensky? Between Igor Kolomoisky, the US, the Banderites and 137 antagonists and co-conspirators to be named later, Zelensky is basically a tempest-tossed tool, an actor who can’t decide which script to follow.
I keep seeing him as a young Peter Lorre lookalike…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bb43877c1fc97e472ee48346b5d7a4ec18d1e5e6937ee1322bc628cf10855ed.jpg
That’s bad but I’ve got worse. I think the fanatical ukranian Nazi regime even got their own Mengele: Dr. Gennady Druzenko, a lawyer, Maidan activist, veteran of the War against Donbass and current head of the “Mobile Hospital” project, just ordered Russian prisoners to be castrated because “they’re cockroaches, not humans”.
Sounds familiar. One of our other “allies” calls the Palestinians the same. We keep such good company.
Wars, I’d rather be a cockroach than a Zio 😉
Yup, and that’s not even the worst of Druzenko’s unhinged claims, threats and just generally vile spewing.
For those who can access RT despite the blockages established by the various champions of democracy and freedom in the West, here’s a rather detailed story:
Ukrainian frontline medic claims he’s ordered castration of all Russian POWs
Just read it on RT; thanks for the link.
Even if it fails to occur, the very mention is beyond sick. I’m so goddamned glad that Bye-Done is bestowing my tax dollars on such maniacs.
And they call Putin a dictator!… The chutzpah!
Anything really new? The opposition parties ade in ecfect banned as anyone saying anything that Zensmi government does not like — risks prison.
And it is worse thsn that — silenced are also Orthodox Ukrainians, who with Russians contitute over 70% of population. Zelennski won their vote, 73% of voters, on his prromise to reach peace with Russa on Donbas region. It is the Christian Orthodox that lut him in office. Particularly as he is Jewish from Russian speaking area, with a Russin wife. Who voted against him? Mostly nationalistic, Catholic West Ukraine. The very people in his vovernment in charge of security agencies and military (including Right Sector and Azov).
His better bet would be to ask for exile in Russia. Anywhere else, long arm of nationalist nuts will get him for loosing the war. Banning parties, media and controlling the narrative —- all done before, As RT has returned now to all areas under Russian control, people will find the way to share.
The more they control the more prolle tbink Government lies.
Maybe try spell check before posting?
That’s just Bianca. Her message always comes through loud and clear though.
American Democracy at work , this is why they engineered the COUP for fear of another PRO Russian leader being elected , now it seems Levenskys master in Washington are not going to take any morre chances , the Ukrainians are as thick as planks not to see whatwas going on.
Another pile of dead mercenaries and a chemical attack provocation by the Ukrainians…
Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry
Ukrainian Foreign Legion recruiters are gonna have to offer larger enlistment bonuses and really cool medals and ribbons.
Novaya Lyubomirka is a couple hundred miles west of Kiev. That strike is probably intended as an example for the benefit of any Ukrainians or US/NATO puppeteers who still think there will be safe places where insurgencies can be nurtured.
Thanks for the debrief RSH
He did not ban the self described Nazis of Right Sector.
Nazi’s gonna be Nazi’s
“Zelensky Bans Political Opposition, Nationalizes Media to Create ‘Unified’ Information”
Democracy in work
Glad Tucker covered this story. It’s big.
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