Cancellation of a military draft, the movement towards NATO and the EU, the fight against the oligarchs, the Ministry of Health reform, proven and well-known people on the list, and promises well-known to everybody. All you should know about Civil Position party – in the section Elections from Opinion.

We have created this section so that you have the opportunity to make a conscious, objective, and most importantly – your own decision in the parliamentary elections this summer. Talking about each of the parties, we turn to the official sites and public sources. Emotions aside, we figure out program promises and the reality of their performance.

We have planned materials about 10 political parties, which, according to sociological companies, have the highest chances. To avoid manipulation, the order of the texts was alphabetized.

What’s in the party program this time?

Peace plan and return of Crimea and Donbas

Economy. Hrytsenko’s party considers it the main key to the security of the country, therefore they are convinced that “economic advantage over the aggressor” will help bring Crimea and Donbas back.

Diplomacy. The Civil Position promises to strengthen Ukraine’s international support and build alliances with the United States and Britain for the period before joining NATO.

Army. The party is in favor of cancellation of the military draft and creation of a professional army equipped and trained according to the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Fight against corruption

Anatoliy Hrytsenko’s party is going to fight corruption with the help of anti-corruption and judicial reforms. In addition, political force suggests that the term of the sentence should be directly proportional to the “height” of the office. Also, the Civil Position promises to deprive the SBU of “economic” powers.

Diplomacy

The party is openly in favor of the European vector of Ukraine’s movement and is trying to convince that only reforms, prepared by their team can make our country a “desirable ally” for NATO and the EU.

Fight against oligarchs

Like many other political forces, the party promises to fight oligarchs who “monopolized justice” and “privatized law enforcement and security structures.”

Economy

Political force promises to turn Ukraine into a “prosperous European state” and solve all social problems. Among the key promises are the reduction of utility tariffs, the increase of pensions and wages, infrastructure restoration, low wage taxation, support for entrepreneurs, open contests for State Fiscal Service and customs as well as “final liquidation of tax police”.

Parliament

Civil Position assures that “Verkhovna Rada will work under the new rules”. It means that a deputy will be responsible for his decisions, and for more than 10% of missed plenary meetings of Parliament, MP will be deprived of his mandate. At the same time, the party plans to cancel parliamentary immunity.

Healthcare

The program emphasizes the introduction of compulsory state health insurance and the radical reform of the Ministry of Health. The team of Hrytsenko believes that the Ministry of Health must get rid of many functions (such as hospital management) and focus on healthcare policy.

Ecology

“European Ecological Oasis”, stringent emission standards for industry and transport, stop of deforestation, a moratorium on the export of wood and a program for the restoration of the environment in the east of the country – these are the main theses of this section.

Education and culture

In short, the Civil Position promises to increase wages for academics and educators, to introduce a new cultural policy, in the result of which “Ukraine will be united by language, spirituality, and folk traditions” as well as to establish the amount of state funding for cultural development not less than 1% of GDP.

Land resource and a village

The party supports the introduction of the agricultural land market. However, only after two following conditions are met – the normalization of all land relations and the creation of a system for preventing land raiding. The same political force promises to turn a village into a “truly European one” as well as to provide cheap loans to farmers.

Who is in the party’s top ten?

Anatoliy Hrytsenko – a former Minister of Defense (2005-2007), twice people’s deputy, in the past – Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, Colonel of the Reserve. Three times he was running for president of Ukraine. Read more about this politician in our material.

Screenshot: Analytical portal “Slovo i Dilo” (slovoidilo.ua)

Dmytro Dobrodomov – a journalist and media manager in the past, an acting MP, leader of the party People’s Control.  He was also running for president of Ukraine this year. In 2012, Dobrodomov became the general director of ZIK Media Holding.

Screenshot: Analytical portal “Slovo i Dilo” (slovoidilo.ua)

Mykola Tomenko – a leader of the Native Land political party, experienced people’s deputy. In case of entering the parliament after these elections, Tomenko will receive the mandate of the People’s Deputy for the sixth time. Currently, he holds the position of Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on environmental policy, natural resources and elimination of consequences of Chornobyl Disaster.

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Mykola Katerynchuk – also a People’s Deputy with experience, the head of the European Party of Ukraine, a lawyer. He was a trustee of a candidate for President Viktor Yushchenko in 2004-2005, challenging in the Supreme Court falsified results of the run-off. In 2005, he was the first deputy chairman of the State Tax Administration.

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Maryna Solovyova – a lawyer and civil activist. In 2014, she was running for the Verkhovna Rada on the lists of Civil Position. Since 2013 – a consultant of Anatoliy Hrytsenko on a voluntary basis. Was a member of the Public Integrity Council.

 

Anatoliy Zabarylo – a secretary of the Lviv City Council, a member of the Lviv City Council from Hrytsenko’s party.  From 2014 – the chairman of Civil Position’s Lviv regional branch. Vice-Consul of the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Lviv.

 

Petro Landyak – a member of the Civic Position Coordination Council, chairman of party’s Ternopil regional branch. He was trying to obtain the mandate of the People’s Deputy.

 


Mykola Ladovskyi – a chairman of the party’s Ivano-Frankivsk regional branch. He was running to the parliament of 7 (on the lists of Batkivshchyna) and 8 (on the lists of Civil Position) convocations. Since 2017 – a member of the council of Zabolotiv United territorial community.

 

Yehor Firsov – the youngest people’s deputy of Ukraine of the 7th convocation (UDAR party), an MP of the 8th convocation of the parliament on the list of the party Petro Poroshenko Bloc. On March 29, 2016, an announcement of the early termination of the deputies’ powers of Firsov was made. Active participant of EuroMaidan. In 2014, he was an advisor to the head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

 

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Viktor Trepak – Major General, participant of the war in the east. In 2011-2012 – the head of the Department of Homeland Security, from 2012 to 2014 was at the command of SBU’s leadership.  During 2016-2018 he was a professor at the National Academy of the SBU. In 2014-2016 he served as the Chief of the Main Department for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the SBU.

 

What is known about the Civil Position party?

The history of the political force has begun as early as 2008 when ex-Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko decided to create a civil movement. Subsequently, he stressed that this would be only NGO, not the political party. Later, on the basis of the organization, the party with the same name was created. However, Hrytsenko took the political force Mighty Ukraine, registered in 2005, as the basis.

In March 2012, the leader of the Ukrainian Party Ihor Nasalyk joined the party and was elected as Hrytsenko’s deputy. June of the same year – the party joins the “united opposition” together with Batkivshchyna and Front for Changes in order to participate in the elections.

During the previous parliamentary elections, Anatoliy Hrytsenko’s political force took the tenth place without overcoming the five percent barrier, thus it didn’t enter the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation.

What did the party promise in the last elections?

In 2014, Civil Position placed a bet on the middle class and planned to implement all the reforms side by side with the activists. The program clearly articulated the course towards NATO and the EU promised to develop armed forces and establish bilateral relations with the United States and Great Britain by making them key partners.

In addition, the party of the former defense minister advocated for the energy security of the country and the use of alternative energy sources. They were going to bring politicians and officials to justice for illicit enrichment, to reduce the number of universities that “pumps” a weak personnel reserve and introduce an annual guaranteed package of medical care.

What’s in the treasury of the party?

According to the data of CHESNO Civil Movement provided in the framework of the “Gold of the Parties” project, the contributions to the budget of the party according to the data of 2018 amounted to 2 578 195 UAH, while the expenditures are somewhat higher – 2 655 121 UAH. The vast majority of the contributions are from individuals, the other – legal entities, the party did not have state funding in 2018.

Screenshot: CHESNO Civil Movement (chesno.org)

As for expenditures, the party of Hrytsenko spends the biggest part of it on campaign materials – about half of the total amount of money spent.

Screenshot: CHESNO Civil Movement (chesno.org)

Does the party have ties to any scandals?

Yes. For example, in 2016, the Party of Hrytsenko placed an advertising billboard in Kherson with photographs of the deceased soldiers along with the logo of the political force. The photo depicted the commander of Kherson battalion Ruslan Storcheus and his colleague Vladyslav Kovalev who died at the frontline. Next to them, there was a photo of volunteer Valentyna Krytsak, who died of a serious illness.

Also, in March 2019, Civil Position concealed where it took and on what it spent more than 20 million – this was reported on the webpage of CHESNO public movement. According to the article, the annual financial report and the fourth quarter report of last year, Anatoliy Hrytsenko’s party did not indicate information on who received financial contributions and the amount of it.

Hrytsenko’s advertising during this year’s early parliamentary elections was also criticized. Thus, in one of the videos, the leader of Civil Position is trying to help “Volodymyr Zelensky” to win a game of chess with “Vladimir Putin”, by catching the hand of Ukrainian President and changing his move at the last moment.

By Dmytro Zhuravel

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