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Articles | 130 | 16.01.2017

To Victor Fedorovich Poroshenko

“The laws of January 16”, which were demonized and almost immediately abolished by “democratic forces,” have returned by the same “democratic forces”. There will be not enough fingers to list all the initiatives of the current Rada aimed at tightening the nuts.

If someone have doubts that the Maidan in its “peaceful” form is impossible, they can open the Criminal Code, namely, articles 109 to 114 (forceful change or overthrow of the constitutional order or take-over of government, terrorist acts, etc.). It has been significantly toughened. During the “Yanukovych regime”, it was much more liberal in matter of terms of imprisonment.

However, during the last 3 years, the investigation has become so politicized that there is almost no border between the articles: nowadays, the actions of protesters, who enter the state building and block its operation can be qualified under a much more difficult article – ” overthrow of the constitutional order”. As they say in Odesa, it is two big differences.

There is a recent instance, when the miners from Donbas and Western Ukraine, who entered the building of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine to carry out a civil disobedience action. They had to leave after the police had promised to qualify their actions under the “state” article.

 “Extremism” in the resonant laws was simply replaced by “separatism”. This is the call of the times: the authorities have very convenient pretext, namely, the war in Donbas. Anyone, who is unhappy and attempts to protest (using any mean), will be brought to justice under “convenient” articles. The Ministry of Internal Affairs offers to extremely extend the rights of the police. Meanwhile, the freedom of speech and assembly has been already closing.

The Internet is under control. There is a whole list of banned websites, groups in social networks, correspondence in messengers is under the control of the State Security Service. At the same time, unwanted content – books, films, video – was prohibited at the legislative level.

There is one demonstrative moment: one of the “laws on January 16” introduced a restriction on the purchase of Sim-cards of mobile operators. The current government will also sell cards in accordance to passports soon.

Petro Poroshenko is desperately attempting to save his position. However, he is on a slippery slope.

We have already had draftlaws on defamation, special confiscation, restriction of rallies (“paid” ones. There is nothing easier than to prove that the participation was paid. For instance, you can make a publication in social network on “extras” casting).

It even reached the point of absurdity. The laws, which were cancelled in February 2014, included the punishment for public denying the crimes of fascism.

A symmetrical draftlaw offered to cross out the “fascism” and include the Holodomor, the Holocaust and the genocide of the Crimean Tatars. Moreover, it was increased the fine by10 times (upper limit – UAH 170 thousand): “they should know that insubordination is expensive”!

We will get to the barbed wire for Donbas soon.

  The nuts are twisted, people are intimidated, prisons are full of enemies of the regime. I am confident that Viktor Yanukovich bites his elbows: “Could I do the same?!”

However, Petro Poroshenko did not take into account one thing. Nowadays, it is not the 37th year. If he represses one, he will alienate hundreds.

Thus, society that is full of weapons beyond any measure, will not peacefully ask him to leave. Poroshenko has collected the burning coals on his head by himself.

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