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Scoop of the weekend: Constitutional Court may torpedo bank nationalisation - Koshkina

Scoop of the weekend: Constitutional Court may torpedo bank nationalisation - Koshkina

Constitutional Court

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that there are "Russian puppets" and certain influential Ukrainian oligarchs behind the Constitutional Court decision on the anticorruption legislation. In an article for The Financial Times, he expressed concern that the Constitutional Court plans to consider a number of motions filed by "pro-Russian MPs and others supported by oligarchs", which may cancel the achievements in key reforms, from the banking system to the High Anticorruption Court.

According to Zelenskyy, "the demarche by the Constitutional Court is a public manifestation of a conspiracy against the president and the country by its elites".

On 30 October, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Savik Shuster's Freedom of Speech TV shows that Russia was behind the Constitutional Court's decision to invalidate some provisions of the anticorruption legislation.

Exclusive: At its meeting on 3 November, the Constitutional Court will discuss the agenda that is "not incidental and is aimed at antagonizing society", LB.ua editor in chief Sonya Koshkina has said on Telegram. According to her, the court plans to discuss in camera the language law and the law on the system for guaranteeing individuals' deposits, which may pave the way for overriding the nationalization of bankrupt banks since 2014.

On Zelensky's instruction, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry plans to engage foreign partners in efforts to renew the fairness of constitutional judicial processes in Ukraine, according to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Airspace

Ukraine plans to sign a treaty about joint airspace with the EU in 2021, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said in an interview with NV.ua. He added that Ukrainian diplomats were working with their British counterparts on the liberalization of visa regulations. However, full visa-free travel to the UK is "not on the agenda".

Human rights

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov was beaten in a Russian where he is held, his relative Lyudmyla Shumkova has said on Facebook. She suggested that was an act of provocation due to his looming release. She asked the Ukrainian authorities, including ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova, to do their best "for the Ukrainian citizen to get home on time instead of serving another term". Shumkov was abducted in Ukraine and moved to Russia on 6 September 2017. He was convicted to four years in prison for membership of the far-right group Right Sector.

Coronavirus

On the morning of 1 November, Ukraine reported the latest daily increase of 7,959 new coronavirus cases, 110 fatalities and 2,513 recoveries. Currently, there are 226,693 active cases.

On 31 October, the daily increase included 8,752 cases, a record-high figure so far.

The occupancy rate in first-tier coronavirus hospitals reaches 67.2%, according to the Health Ministry.

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