Sharia's party has become the eighth opposition political force banned in Ukraine. Anatoly Shariy himself was detained in Spain in May, Kyiv demands his extradition alt=”The court in Ukraine banned the activities of the Party of Shariy” />
The Eighth Administrative Court of Appeal of Lviv ruled to ban the activities of the Party of Anatoly Shariy in Ukraine, UNIAN reports with reference to the civil organization “Opora”.
The party was banned at the suit of the Ministry of Justice with the participation of a third party— Security Services of Ukraine (SBU). The property and assets of the party must become the property of the state. But, as the agency notes, the decision of the Lviv court can be appealed to the Supreme Court.
In March, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that during the martial law imposed due to Russia's special operation, the National Security Council (NSDC) Republic will suspend the activities of 11 political parties, as they have ties with Russia.
This list also includes the Sharia Party, which was established in 2015. Its founder Anatoly Shariy maintains a blog on YouTube, where he has over 3 million subscribers. He is known for his criticism of the Ukrainian authorities and his regular collaboration with Russian state TV channels. His party participated in the elections in 2019 and managed to get seats in several city councils. Shariy himself was denied registration as a candidate for deputy on the grounds that he does not live on the territory of Ukraine, which he left in 2012. In 2021, the National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions against Shariy and his wife Olga.
In May 2022, Shariy was detained in Spain at the request of the SBU, since two criminal cases were opened against him in Ukraine— on treason and inciting national, racial or religious hatred and hatred (Articles 111 and 116 of the country's Criminal Code). According to the investigation, Shariy “carried out illegal activities to the detriment of the national security of Ukraine in the information sphere.” and acted “by order of foreign structures”, namely Russian ones. He faces 12 to 15 years in prison.
A court in Spain released Sharia on bail. “Ukrainian News” reported that Kyiv sent a request to Madrid for the extradition of the detainee, but this process could take up to a year, indicated in the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.
In June, the Court of Appeal banned the activities of seven more parties: Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Volodymyr Saldo Bloc, Derzhava, Socialists, Socialist Party of Ukraine, Justice and Development Party. All of them were included in the list of 11 parties whose activities were suspended by the National Security and Defense Council in March. The Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to ban parties from this list on May 22, until a decision has been made on the fate of four of them— this is the “Opposition Platform” For Life”, “Left Opposition”, “Union of Left Forces” and the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine.
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