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Influence of oligarchs on politics can be limited by judicial reform, strengthening of AMCU – Shmyhal

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The influence of business on politics and political corruption can be eliminated by reforming the justice system and strengthening antitrust laws, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.

"Business should be separated from politics, this is a requirement of the Ukrainian society. And this also needs to be implemented in our country … There is some kind of political corruption, all these things must be cleaned up at the level of justice reform, and reform of market relations in various areas, and create a stock market, strengthen the influence of the Antimonopoly Committee," he said during a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

The prime minister considers the fight against oligarchs a demand of the Ukrainian society. "This is not someone’s idea, this is the Ukrainian society that demands to eliminate such a concept and such a phenomenon as political and business barons or an oligarch," added Shmyhal.

The prime minister called the tightening of antimonopoly regulation a key element in the fight against oligarchs.

"Here we should rather talk about the fight against anticompetitive approaches in the economy, the fight against trusts and corporations in terms of their abuse of monopoly position. This is an important point," the head of government summed up.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted bill by 275 votes No. 5599 "On the prevention of threats to national security associated with the excessive influence of persons with significant economic or political weight in public life (oligarchs)" at an extraordinary meeting on July 1.

On September 2, Ombudswoman of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova addressed Speaker of the Parliament Dmytro Razumkov with an official letter, in which she noted the inconsistencies with the Constitution of Ukraine of draft law No. 5599 and suggested sending it to the European Commission "For Democracy through Law" (Venice Commission).