Wednesday, 2 December

Electronic voting at the elections, the policy of “cultural, spiritual and civil”, unity of the Ukrainians, the president’s partners and friends in the top ten and no mention of Crimea, Donbas, the war or political prisoners in the program. Find out everything you should know about the party Servant of the People 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 the party’s program?

Power update:

– cancellation of MPs immunity;

– mechanism of MPs withdrawal;

– the people’s veto on new laws;

– influencing the decision of the authorities through referendums;

– returning the article on illicit enrichment;

– elections with open lists and with electronic voting;

– continuation of the decentralization;

– independence of journalists from media owners.

Fight against corruption:

– the online format of public services;

– reform of the Prosecutor’s Office;

– a restart of anti-corruption bodies;

– confiscation of corrupt officials’ property;

– monetary rewards to citizens for corruption detection;

– the restriction of the functions of the SSU, the PGU and the police in the matters of business;

Security and defence:

– at least 5% of GDP spent on defence;

– reform of the armed forces by NATO standards;

– a new system of “training and retraining” for soldiers and officers;

– tough penalties for corruption and plunder in the AFU and the Defense Ministry;

– decentralization and de-monopolization of the defence procurement.

Foreign policy:

– adoption of laws necessary for signing the Association Agreement with the EU;

– expansion of cooperation with the EU and NATO;

– reset of relations with the nearest Western neighbours;

– “commercial diplomacy” program to promote Ukrainian goods.

Judicial system:

– reset of the Supreme Council of Justice and the High Qualification Commission of Judges;

– public monitoring of the judicial system;

– virtue and professionalism as the main criteria in the selection of judges;

– launch of full-fledged institutions of magistrates and juries;

Law enforcement reform:

– reduction of the list of financial and economic crimes with a criminal liability;

– a new mechanism of protection of witnesses;

– the inevitability of punishment for abuse of authority for the police, Prosecutor’s Office and the SSU;

– legislative regulation of the right to own weapons.

Economics:

– national economic audit of the country;

– de-monopolization of key industries, reform of the Antimonopoly Committee;

– the regime of the most favourable conditions for foreign investors of the Ukrainian origin.

Business:

– reduction of state bodies after the audit;

– the possibility of one-time legalization of the capital of non-criminal origin at a reduced rate;

– a tax on the capital;

– reduction of the single social contribution;

– deprivation of the State Fiscal Service of law enforcement function;

– translation of tax and customs procedures into digital format.

Social sphere:

– population census and social security audit;

– introduction of “economic passport of the Ukrainians”;

– another level of state pension provision;

– transfer of social benefits into monetary form.

Energy and tariffs:

– optimization of housing and communal tariffs;

– increase in own production of energy resources;

– development of “green energy”;

– cancellation of formula pricing like “Rotterdam +”.

Infrastructure and environment:

– independent quality control of the construction of roads;

– creating conditions for the construction of concrete roads;

– de-monopolization of railway transportation;

– construction of waste recycling plants;

– electronic marking of trees to counteract logging;

– criminal liability for illegal logging and gross violations of waste management rules.

Education, science, medicine:

– reform of the scientific and educational infrastructure;

– basic material support for teachers at the level of three minimum wages;

– equality of public and private educational institutions;

– compulsory health insurance system;

– an electronic form of medical documentation;

– create conditions for the development of preventive medicine.

National identity:

– the policy of “cultural, civil and spiritual unity” of the Ukrainians;

– system of support of the Ukrainian language and culture;

– programs of system contacts with the Ukrainian diasporas;

– system of information reintegration of the residents of the occupied territories in Ukraine.

Who is in the top ten of the party?

Dmytro Razumkov – a political strategist, the head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s headquarter in the presidential elections of Ukraine. He has been engaged in political consulting and electoral processes since 2006. He specializes in information and analytical work in the fields of foreign and domestic policy. He is a managing partner of the Ukrainian Politconsulting Group.

In 2006-2010, he was a member of the “Party of Regions”. He left the party when Yanukovych came to power in 2010. In 2006-2007 he assisted the “regional” MP Valeriia Matiukha.

Ruslan Stefanchuk – Doctor of Law, professor, an honoured science and technology worker of Ukraine, a lawyer. Served as Zelensky’s ideologist in the current presidential campaign.

 

Iryna Venediktova – professor, Doctor of Law, the head of the department of civil law disciplines of the faculty of law of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

According to the movement “CHESNO”, Venediktova took part in the competition for the post of the judge of the civil court of cassation in the Supreme Court, but her exam score was lower than the minimum passing grade.

Davyd Arakhamia – the CEO of Template-Monster, a co-author of the volunteer initiative “People’s Project”. In 2014, he became the commissioner of the minister of defence for procurement and the chairman of the Council of Volunteers in the Ministry of Defence.

 

Halyna Yanchenko – a public figure, an expert on anti-corruption policy. A co-founder of Kyiv Anti-Corruption Headquarters, a former analyst of the public organization “Anti-Corruption Center”. Also, she used to be a member of the “Dem-alliance” party and a deputy of the Kyiv City Council from this party. As a deputy, she dealt with the issues of transparency of procedures of the City Council, combated corruption and abuse in the field of land use. She was the chairman of the Public Control Council of the previous convocation of NABU.

Mykhailo Fedorov is the head of the digital department of Zelensky’s and the Servant of the People party’s electoral campaigns. In the last elections to the Verkhovna Rada, he was a candidate from the “5.10” party. Earlier he noted in an interview to the “Ukrainska Pravda” that doesn’t plan to be engaged in politics.

Oleksandr Korniienko – the coordinator of the headquarters of Volodymyr Zelensky in the presidential election. A business coach and a co-founder of BizGames. Since 2006, he has been engaged in political consulting. In 2015, he worked in the headquarters of the candidate for the position of the mayor of Mykolaiv from the “Self-Reliance” party Oleksandr Senkevych.

Anastasiia Krasnosilska – a member of the board of the Anti-Corruption Center, the head of the advocacy department of the organization. Prior to this, she was an expert of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research. An ex-member of Kyiv “Dem-alliance”. She was the assistant to the MP Pavlo Rizanenko who now tries to get to the parliament with the “Voice” party.

Oleksandr Tkachenko – the director-general of the holding “1+1 Media” since 2008. Prior to that, he was the deputy director-general of the Russian TV channel “Ren-TV” and StarlightMedia holding, which includes STB, ICTV and Novy channels. During the presidential campaign, the “1+1” channel was the main platform for support of the candidate Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the estimates of the civil movement “CHESNO”, a week before the first round of the presidential elections Zelensky’s presence on the air of the TV channel was almost eight hours.

Zhan Beleniuk – a Greco-Roman wrestler, a world champion, an Olympic silver medalist. He says he goes to the parliament to be engaged in the development of the Ukrainian sports. He sees an opportunity to change something in this area only in the team of the Servant of the People. Beleniuk was criticized for the photos with the Russian propagandist Olga Skabeeva and for an already deleted post where the athlete complained about the ban to travel to the competition in Russia.

What is known about the Servant of the People party?

According to the Ministry of Justice, the party was registered in April 2016, however, under a different name – “Party of Decisive Changes”. Its first head was Yevhenii Yurdyha. The official registration under the new name took place on December 2017. Ivan Bakanov, a business partner of Volodymyr Zelensky from the “Kvartal 95”, was the head of the party for a long time. However, after the elections, Zelensky appointed Bakanov to a senior position in the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, the political force Servant of the People was headed by Dmytro Razumkov.

The party has the same name as the TV series of the studio “Kvartal 95”, in which Volodymyr Zelensky plays a school teacher who accidentally managed to win the presidential elections.

What’s in the party’s treasury?

According to the estimates of the civil movement “CHESNO” within the project “Gold of Parties”, the total amount of funds collected by the Servant of the People party is 97 461 796 UAH. While the spendings are slightly lower – 96 911 202 UAH.

Screenshot: Civil movement “CHESNO”

The political power’s biggest expense article is advertising on television: out of 96 million, the Servant of the People spent almost 77 million on TV. “1+1” studio, “Ze Media”, TV and radio company “Ukraina”,” “Inter Advertising Center” and TV Company “TET”. Billboards and city lights are the second expenses article. You can read more detailed information about the “gold of the party” on the website of the civil movement “CHESNO”.

Screenshot: Civil movement “CHESNO”

Is the party connected with any scandals?

Yes, it is. And these scandals are mostly connected with the majoritarians that run under the banner of the Servant of the People. For example, the well-known in Ukraine YouTube blogger Oleksandr Kunytsky, who participated in the elections in the 169th single-mandate constituency of Kharkiv, turned out to have the Israeli citizenship. Moreover, according to the Ukrainian media, the candidate for the MP repeatedly crossed the border of Ukraine with Russia with this passport.

Subsequently, the CEC cancelled Kunytsky’s registration, referring to the data of the State Border Service, according to which the blogger left Ukraine for 264 days, and, accordingly, did not adhere to the requirements of the law on permanent residence in the country for five years before the elections. However, the epic with Kunytsky didn’t end here: the Supreme Court recognized the decision of the CEC illegal and confirmed the registration of the candidate. At the same time, Zelensky assured that the person with two passports can’t be elected as the MP.

Also, Oleksandr Dubynsky, a scandalous journalist and blogger, who recently stressed in one of his videos that the slogan “Glory to Ukraine” is Nazi, is trying to get into the Verkhovna Rada with the Servant of the People as a majoritarian.

Text by Dmytro Zhuravel

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