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[email protected] | 19Aug2015 | Will Zuzak
Oksana Syroyid on proposed
changes to Constitution of Ukraine
The short 3-minute video by Oksana
Syroyid that I just archived on my
website recalls my own writings on
Theoretically, a constitution is drawn up by the citizens of a country
defining the institutions and rules by which the politicians that they
elect are to govern the country. By definition, politicians must never
be allowed to change the constitution unilaterally. Only citizens may
initiate constitutional changes to be ratified by a referendum.
The reality in Ukraine is completely different. The recent and proposed
constitutional changes reflect a power struggle amongst existing
(corrupt?) politicians and institutions representing Oligarchs and
organized crime. To make matters worse, the governments of the Russian
Federation, Europe and the United States (also influenced and
infiltrated by Oligarchs and organized crime) are attempting to dictate
questionable constitutional changes to the detriment of the Ukrainian
people. And these changes are to be ratified by a (corrupt?)
In my opinion, the first priority should be to eliminate corruption
within the Verkhovna Rada by imposing very stringent oversight on
- All Verkhovna Rada Deputies are to be placed on a PEP (Politically
Exposed Person) list both inside and outside of Ukraine.
- Deputies would not be allowed to own foreign assets (such as bank
accounts, equities, real estate, etc.). Non-declared assets would be
- Spouses and dependent children would not be allowed to live or study
outside of Ukraine.
- Deputies would be required to submit daily written reports of their
activities to an Oversight Committee.
- All foreign travel of Deputies must be approved by and reported to
the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, who would submit such information to
the Oversight Committee.
- The Oversight Committee would be responsible for monitoring all
activities in the Verkhovna Rada via video, audio and electronic
surveillance. Any infringements would result in immediate arrest and
incarceration of the perpetrator.
- Such stringent oversight of elected officials could/should be
extended to the Oblast and Raion levels.
The second priority would be to set up such oversight committees in the
legal field -- prosecutors and judges.
Any comments and suggestions by subscribers to Infoukes?
Will Zuzak; 2015.08.19
[This article shall be archived at http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/wllzzk/zuzak20150819SyroyidConstitution.html
2015.08.22 -- Surprisingly, no Infoukes subscribers have as yet made
comments or suggestions on this issue. Should any readers wish to make
serious proposals as how to enforce stringent oversight on the Deputies
of the Verkhovna Rada, send them to me at [email protected] and I
will be pleased to append them to the bottom of this article.]
2015.09.01: In response to the controversy surrounding the
proposed constitutional changes raised by Ms. Syroyid and other
Ukrainian intellectuals, a demonstration in front of the Vekhovna Rada
was organized for 31Aug2015. The demonstration turned violent, a
grenade was thrown, presumably gunshots were fired -- resulting in 3
deaths and 150 people wounded including 130 law enforcement officers, 3
journalists and 11 other civilians. There have been many
interrogations, detentions and arrests. Investigation into the incident
In response to my
02Sep2015 GRC Report, W.K. made the following comment:
Thanks for this latest
information, Will. I just wonder who is going to oversee the
“over-seers” and who will control the over-seers themselves?
The whole situation appears to be a total disaster and a tragedy of the
most disappointing and dreadful consequences -- with the potential for
unimagined further consequences for the world at large.
to which I responded:
would suggest that the “over-seers” (members of the Oversight
Committee) be volunteer citizens serving as individuals or as
representatives of various organizations and institutions that
are not connected to the government, the various political parties or
the Oligarchs. They would be selected by scientific polls conducted by
3 independent polling organizations (such as the Razumkov Centre). (The
top 5 from a list of 15?) They would be appointed for a period of 2
years on a rotating basis. They would be responsible for disseminating
information to the public and to receiving information from the public
of perceived violations. The Oversight Committee must have the right of
ordering detention and arrest, although it is not clear which security
organization would be best suited for this function.
with you that the political situation in Ukraine is a disaster, but
until Ukrainian citizens can exercise control over their elected
representatives, there is little hope for improvement.