Limitation of the president’s power, reforms in the Armed Forces and expanding capacities, a new conception of the relationship with Russia, Samopomich party and politicians of the Yanukovych’s term on the list. Find out everything you should know about the party Strength and Honor in our Elections sections.

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.

What is in the party’s program?

Democracy:

– Poverty reduction trough fighting against corruption and decreasing tariffs;

– Struggling with oligarchs, monopolies, off-shores;

– Creating conditions for switching from “raw material to post-industrial model of the economic development” with investments in IT and creative industries;

– The land reform and opening of a land market;

– Energetic independency based on modernized nuclear power engineering industry, renewable and ecological energy resources;

– Modernisation of the infrastructure;

– Restoration of loans system and trust of business to the banking system;

Security and defence:

– Reforms of the Armed Forces, expanding fighting and operative capacities;

– Rapprochement with NATO, receiving a plan on the membership;

– Rejection of the mixed principle of the Armed Forces staffing, switch to the professional national army, strategical reserve based on the territorial defence;

Anticorruption efforts:

– Irreversible punishments for corruption crimes;

– Control of “clean judges” by the state and civil institutions;

– Transparency of political parties’ financial resources;

– Changes in the legislation on “destroying economical bases of corruption” (exact bases are not mentioned, of course).

Domestic Policy:

– Consolidation of the society, equal conditions for all nationalities;

– Modern independent TV and radio broadcasting;

– Providing of “the single healthcare space”;

– State support of displaced persons from the annexed Crimea and occupied Donbas territories.

Foreign Policy:

– Returning of the annexed Crimea and de-occupation of Donbas through diplomatic and economic tools of international clout;

– Implementation of European and Euro-Atlantic integration courses;

– Partnership with the USA;

– A new concept of the relationship with Russia directed at a cease-fire, returning of the occupied territories and boosting of international support to fight Russian aggression;

– International ecological program on restoration of the Donbas, Crimea, and Azov Sea territories.

The party identifies god, freedom, family, and Ukraine as the highest spiritual values. As for what should feed our country, Smeshko believes these are culture, science, land and property, whatever it means.

Who is in the top ten on the party list?

Ihor Smeshko – retired Colonel-General of the Security Service of Ukraine during Kuchma’s time. In 2002, he was a deputy head of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, and the next year, he became the head of the Security Service. He was fired by the President Viktor Yushchenko. In October 2014, he became a counsellor of the President Petro Poroshenko. However, he resigned in 2015.

Olena Sotnyk – an MP, member of Samopomich faction, secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on European integration, head of the Sub-committee on Approximation of Ukrainian Legislation to the EU Law. Since 2014, she has been a member of a group of lawyers to protect the rights and interests of family members of the Heavenly Hundred. Before coming to politics, she was a lawyer of the Solodko & Partners group.

Refat Chubarov – an MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. He has been an MP of Ukraine four times, of Crimea – two times.

 

Ivan Miroshnichenko – an MP, member of the Samopomich faction. He is considered a figurant of anti-corruption investigations. Before becoming an MP, he had an agrarian business. In the XIII Parliament, he is a member of the Agrarian Committee. Journalists highlight a possible conflict of interests in the committee as Miroshnichenko’s wife owns several agrarian firms.

 

Volodymyr Zamana – a Colonel-General, a former head of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during Yanukovych’s term. According to unofficial information, Yanukovych dismissed Zamana for refusing to use troops to disperse the Maidan protesters. A former Deputy Secretary of the Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, a former parliamentary commissioner in control of the Ministry of Defence. In February 2019 Zamana was arrested on charges of high treason. However, on May 24, he was released.

Olha Romaniuk – a former deputy minister for housing and communal services during the times of Yanukovych (2010-2011). Then she worked as a member of the National Commission, implementing state regulation in the field of public services (2012-2014). Candidate of economic sciences.

 

Andrii Haidutsky – PhD, an expert in migrating, banking and financial systems issues, a former deputy chairman of the State Property Fund (2015-2017).

 

Iryna Sysoienko – an MP, Samopomich party, a Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Healthcare. A co-founder and head of the Charity Fund for protection of the Rights of Medical Staff. She initiated the launching of the Coordination Centre for Help to the ATO Veterans. She has been involved in anti-corruption journalistic investigations.

Volodymyr Tymoshenko – a Lieutenant-General. He used to work in the KGB of the Ukrainian SSR. After Ukraine had gained independence, he started to work in the Security Service of Ukraine. He was a head of the Anti-Terrorist Center (2005-2007). One of the co-founders of the anti-corruption administration of the Security Service. He headed the State Service on Control of Drugs Trafficking. He was lustrated in 2014.

Anatolii Makarenko – a former Chairman of the State Customs Service of Ukraine (2009-2010), a former deputy head of the State Fiscal Service (2014-2015). In 2010, he was detained in a criminal case on the illegal customs clearance of natural gas owned by RosUkrEnergo. Makarenko was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment on probation. But in 2014, the Court released him from criminal responsibility and acquited.

What do we know about the party Strength and Honor?

The party was registered in December 2004. According to the civil movement CHESNO, a former head of the Security Council Ihor Smeshko headed it in 2009. In 2012, the party didn’t take part in the Parliamentarian Election because of the lack of financing.

However, Smeshko’s party took part in the 2014 early elections. They didn’t get any seats because received only 0.08% of votes. Interestingly, Smeshko wasn’t in the list that year because he had recently been appointed a head of the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine.

Ihor Smeshko took part in the 2019 Presidential Election and even received an unexpected result by taking the sixth place out of ten. A big role in this success is played by a famous Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Hordon who did his best to promote “his” candidate. Moreover, Hordon claims it was him who persuaded Smeshko to take part in the Presidential Election. By the way, Hordon headed the headquarters of the party on May 2019. He keeps on supporting Smeshko and his party.

Is the party involved in any scandals?

Yes, it is. For example, Anatolii Hrytsenko, a leader of the Civil Position party, promised to beat Ihor Smeshko. According to Hrytsenko, Smeshko set his bodyguard against him. As Dmytro Dobrodomov, an MP, a candidate form Hrytsenko’s party, explained, he asked Smeshko on the phone why some former Yanukovych party’s representatives are now in his party. After that, the break was announced in the studio.

“I was having a smoke outside when Smeshko came up and shirtfronted me. He said that he would now explain to me the third Newton’s law for such questions. As he is not a young person I didn’t get tough with him but tried to take away his hands, after that his bodyguard attacked me. I didn’t get what a bodyguard was doing in the studio of the program,” Dobrodomov said.

Also, Oleksandr Kikhtenko, a deputy head of the party, made a public statement. He said that it is Smeshko who is responsible for the party-list candidates. So, it was unclear how real party candidates didn’t find themselves at the top of the list, but people not from the party did.

“We had to announce this problem in public. As we saw not only old politicians but those who are strange to our political force. For example, number 15 – Vadym Denysenko, an MP from Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc. How did it happen?” Kikhtenko stated.

Text by Dmytro Zhuravel

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