To build a parliamentary state, to start a dialogue with Russia and residents of the occupied territories, to move on to civilized land use, to decriminalize soft drugs and to adopt a law on weapons. The main theses of Roman Bezsmertnyi’s program, official and real biography, the declared property and the ability of the politician to tell the truth – about this and more in the section “Candidates” from Opinion.

We have created this section for you to have an opportunity to make conscious, objective and most importantly – your own decision in the presidential election this spring. Telling about each candidate, we turn to the official biography, open sources, emotionlessly scrutinize the program promises and the reality of their fulfillment. 

We have planned materials about 12 candidates who have the highest chances according to the data of sociological companies. To avoid manipulation, the texts order has been defined alphabetically.  

What is the program for this candidate?

Roman Bezsmertnyi named his program a manifesto “About the future”. At the very beginning, the politician assures that the cause of all problems that our country is experiencing is “the absence of a Human, his or her expectations and aspirations in the values of the state.”

State building:

– re-establishment of the state and new constitution;
– territorial reform;
– shift to the parliamentary model, transition to a bicameral system;
– the majoritarian electoral system of an absolute majority in two rounds;
– construction of a parliamentary state;
– a concentration of executive power in the government of Ukraine.

The end of the war and security:

– dialogue with Russia for the release of prisoners and handling other issues;
– dialogue with inhabitants of the occupied territory;
– re-integration of the occupied territories without granting of special statuses;
– modern and strong Ukrainian army;
– territorial defense system;
– adoption of the law on weapons;
– creation of a military-political alliance of the states of the Baltic-Black Sea region.

Overcoming corruption:
– removing the monopoly from power;
– creation of a competitive environment;
– the inevitability of punishment and the prohibition of state service for corrupt officials;

Economy:

– more liberal tax legislation for business;
– the transition from taxation of income to the taxation of transactions;
– reduction of regulatory functions of the state;
– development of the military-industrial complex;
– formation of a strategic reserve from the goods of own production;
– stimulation of organic farming development;
– removal of restrictions on currency circulation;
– legalization of operations with cryptocurrency;
– the limit of duty-free purchases on foreign websites – 1000 euros
– the severance of economic relations with Russia.

Land issue:

– abolition of the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land;
– transition to the civilized land circulation;
– control of these issues by specialized non-governmental organizations.

Social sphere:

– the state’s guardianship for those who still or already can’t work;
– support for motherhood and childhood;
– support for disabled persons and veterans;
– insurance medicine and social insurance.

Education and science:
– modern knowledge in schools;
– mastering of a profession by each graduate;
– priority financing for research for the military-industrial complex.

Spiritual life:

 – construction of a secular state;
– non-interference in the affairs of the church by the state;
– support for the dialogue of Christian churches.

Ecology:

 – protection of forests and water resources;
– new land usage standards;
– refusal of plastic in everyday life;
– the transition to deep processing of solid industrial wastes.

Personal life:

– change of laws that are contrary to human rights;
– non-interference of the state in private life;
– de-criminalization of soft drugs.

What can we know about him from the CEC and his official biography?

From the website of the Central Election Commission, as always, we can find a little. The candidate was born in Kyiv region, has a higher degree. He runs for the presidency as a self-nominee.

According to his major Bezsmertnyi is a history teacher, while studying he was working in one of the schools in the Kyiv region. In 1997 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the topic “Socio-political structure of Ukrainian society (Dontsov’s conception)”.

For the first time he got to the Verkhovna Rada in 1994 as a member of the Ukrainian Republican Party. He is one of the main authors of the Constitution of Ukraine and co-author of the Constitutional Treaty between the Verkhovna Rada and the president.

From 1998 to 2002 he was a people’s deputy of Ukraine of the 3rd convocation. In 1997, he became a permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada and held this office until April 2002.

In the 2002 parliamentary elections, he was the deputy head of the election headquarters of Viktor Yushchenko’s bloc Nasha Ukraina. In 2004 he became the head of the electoral headquarters of the presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.

From February 4 to November 29, 2005, he served as Vice Prime Minister for administrative and territorial reform in the governments of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Yekhanurov.

In 2005-2006 he was the chairman of the party Narodnyi Soyuz Nasha Ukraina. People’s Deputy of the fifth convocation from the bloc Nasha Ukraina since April 2006. He headed the Executive Committee of NSNU.

From April 2007 to May 2009 he was a Deputy Chief of Staff of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine.

In 2010-2011 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Belarus.

In 2015-2016 – the representative of Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group on Conflict Resolution in the East of Ukraine (Minsk Process).

From March 2016 to December 2017 he was the head of the Central apparatus of the Agrarian Party.

What was not mentioned in the official biography?

In July 2005 Roman Bezsmertnyi resigned while being a vice prime minister. This was stated in the Makarov of the Kiev region during public hearings on the implementation of administrative reform. Back then the candidate was met by locals, who were aggressive against the reform. The then president did not accept the statement of Bezsmertnyi. The politician himself, according to journalists, assured that the socialists were involved in the state of Makarov.

It is also not mentioned in the biography that Bezsmertnyi before heading the Central apparatus of the Agrarian Party had been the head of the Third Ukrainian Republic, a party created together with Yuriy Lutsenko. This party advocated resistance to Russian aggression and European integration of Ukraine.

The decree on the appointment of Bezsmertnyi as an Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus came on the last day of the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, one day before the inauguration of Yanukovych. However, despite all the rules, work of a diplomat lasted only for 15 months, after it, Viktor Yanukovych withdrew him to Kyiv. While being in the office, Bezsmertnyi ignored the inauguration of Lukashenko.

What does the candidate own?

From the infographic, presented by the team of Slovo i Dilo resource and created on the basis of the official declaration of the candidate, we find that the entire income of Bezsmertnyi is 400 thousand UAH and it is his salary. The banking account of the politician is relatively small: almost 150 thousand UAH and 34 thousand USD.

Source: analytical portal Slovo i Dilo – slovoidilo.ua

Are there any scandals with the candidate?

Yes. Opponents of Bezsmertnyi often reproach him for working on Leonid Kuchma. After all the politician had been the president’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada for five years. Obviously, the criticism of the opponents is connected to the hard period for the then president: the “cassette scandal” and the accusation on the Gongadze case.

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In October 2017, on the air of one of the TV channels the head of the volunteer center of support for aerial reconaisanse, Maria Berlinska criticized the initiatives of Bezsmertnyi as for a contact group on Donbas. Berlinska was outraged by the words about the need for negotiations with representatives of the so-called “LDPR”.  Roman Bezsmertnyi responded by saying that out of the 2.8 million people in the Donbas, we can directly blame only 46 thousand for the fact that they are fighting against Ukraine. In addition, according to the politician, not all of them took up arms voluntarily. Moreover, the candidate proposed that only those who wasn’t fighting against Ukraine could participated in the negotiations

By Dmytro Zhuravel

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