|Ruslan Knyazevich, representative of the united|
opposition in the Central Election Commission
The united oppositional power Batkivshyna (Homeland) will appeal in the European Court for Human Rights the decisions of Ukrainian courts which confirmed the legality of the refusal of Central Election Commission to register the candidacies of opposition figures, Ukrainian ex Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko and ex Minister of Interior Yury Lutsenko for the upcoming parliamentary election.
The representative of the United Opposition in the Central Election Commission Ruslan Knyazevich stated that there is no trust in the state’s procedures anymore, so the political party will take the appropriate decision and will refer to the European Court for Human Rights seeking help in this situation.
Ruslan Knyazevish stressed that this decision of the Court was not surprising for him. “It’s obvious, that some decisions were already made, so we didn’t expect something new in this case”, Knyazevich said. But he said it was surprising and strange that the Court used the political reasons in their arguments for the decision taken by the judicial body.
Some of the aspects indicated in the Court’s decision are absolutely political, such as the passage, that the law about the parliamentary election was adopted with the participation of the oppositional forces, while the opposition appeals one of the parts of this law now. Such an argument is political and doesn’t have anything in common with the judiciary.
Knyazevich stated that it’s nothing new for him in this situation, but it is very worrying and depressing sign, that Ukrainian highest Court is more likely keen to take rather the political-judicial decision than the only judicial ones. Under such circumstances the united Ukrainian opposition decided to address the European Court for Human Rights to appeal such a decision.