The Lviv court banned the activities of the Socialist Party of Ukraine
On Wednesday, June 15, the Eighth Court of Appeal of Lviv banned the activities of the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU). It was founded in 1991 and was led by Oleksandr Moroz until 2010, but in recent years its activities have been linked to the scandalous Ilya Kiva.
According to the Chesno movement, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Justice have appealed to the court to ban the activities of the Socialist Party of Ukraine. Their arguments were anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activities and statements by recent party leaders, including the odious Elijah Kiwi, against whom a criminal case has been opened for treason.
Ilya Kiva has not been the party’s official leader since 2019, but according to the SBU, he still influences its activities. In particular, in the publications on the party’s website, Ilya Kiva’s entry into the OPZZ was presented as a delegation from the SPU. In addition, the Socialist Party is currently headed by Viktor Zaika, director of the Ilya Kiva Liberation Charitable Foundation.
Given the evidence, on June 15, the Eighth Court of Appeal of Lviv banned the activities of the Socialist Party of Ukraine and confiscated all party property in favor of the state. This decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court.
It should be noted that the Socialist Party of Ukraine was founded in 1991. From then until 2010 it was headed by Alexander Moroz. In 2000, it was the SPU that released Melnychenko’s films about the assassination of journalist Georgy Gongadze.
In 2010, the party was led by then-Economy Minister Vasyl Tsushko. During the Revolution of Dignity, Mykola Rudkovsky, a People’s Deputy from the Party of Regions, was elected chairman of the party. In 2017-2019, the party was headed by Ilya Kiva. Now, according to the state register, the party’s authorized representative is Viktor Zaika.
It will be recalled that the SPU has become the seventh banned political force that the Ministry of Justice considers pro-Russian. Prior to that, the court has already banned the parties OPZZH, “Socialists”, “Justice and Development”, “Our”, “State” and “Vladimir Saldo Bloc”. Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council suspended the activities of these and other pro-Russian parties.