Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman
commissioned the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Business Ombudsman, the
Investment Promotion Office UkraineInvest to analyze
cases of carrying out searches at enterprises that had taken place the previous
week and to prepare a meeting of a special commission established in the
framework of monitoring the implementation of the law on business protection
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representatives of Ukrainian business were subjected to a series of searches. I want to
reiterate that I will defend legal businesses. It
is vital for us to look into what is happening", the Head of Government
that it is necessary to draw conclusions regarding each particular case. "In
the coming weeks, we will summon a meeting to check whether pressure took place", said Volodymyr Groysman.
On March 16, a
team of the Prosecutor General's Office conducted about 15 searches of the
warehouses and offices of the Nova Poshta Ltd in
Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv
and Dnipro. Apart from that, a number of IT companies
were affected by searches.
At the end of
2017, with the constitutional majority a government bill aimed to limit abuses
committed against businesses was passed. It had been drafted jointly by the
Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Secretariat of the
Cabinet of Ministers, the Office of the Business Ombudsman and other agencies.
of the document are the inadmissibility and invalidity of the evidence obtained
during the execution of a search decision avoiding video and audio recording.
Similarly, the evidence obtained during a search when advocate was not allowed
is considered invalid.
In March 2018, a
special commission was set up to meet the requirements of this law. The
commission comprised representatives of the business community in the first