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Ukraine: New Restrictions on Smoking Introduced

(May 31, 2012) On May 24, 2012, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine adopted a law amending several previously passed laws regulating consumption of tobacco products (Text of the law [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada website (last visited May 25, 2012)). The law, which was introduced by a group of Rada members last November, expands the […]

Ukraine: New Rules for Legislative Elections

(Jan. 17, 2012) On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of majoritarian and proportional systems. (Sergei Sidorenko, Nazad, k Kuchme, GAZETA.RU (Nov. 18, 2011).) The mixed system […]

Ukraine: Electronic Turnover of Laws in the Legislature

(Dec. 15, 2011) On December 9, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the national legislature) passed a law amending its own rules of internal procedure. As soon as the law enters into force after being signed by the President of Ukraine, all paperwork will be minimized, and the members of the Verkhovna Rada will receive […]

Ukraine: Court Ruling on Evidence Makes Former President Immune from Prosecution

(Dec. 15, 2011) On October 20, 2011, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine interpreted constitutional provisions on due process and rules of evidence. This ruling was issued in response to a request sent to the Court by the Security Service of Ukraine last July, which insisted on the Court's reviewing article 62 of the Ukrainian Constitution. […]

Ukraine: Long Prison Sentence for a Former Prime Minister

(Oct. 19, 2011) On October 11, 2011, a district court in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv sentenced former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Timoshenko – who had been a leader of the Ukrainian opposition during the “Orange Revolution” of 2004-2005 against allegedly rigged elections – to a seven-year term of imprisonment. She was accused […]

Ukraine: Constitutional Court Bans Official Display of Red Flags

(July 1, 2011) On June 17, 2011, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that the red flag cannot have the same official status as a state symbol as the national flag. The Constitutional Court recognized that the red flag is the symbol of the Soviet armed forces and symbolizes the victory of Soviet people over […]

Ukraine: Amendments to Criminal Legislation

(Feb. 18, 2011) In January and February 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine adopted a number of amendments to the country's Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. The amendments provide for better guarantees of the rights of the accused persons, specify the role of jurors in criminal trials, regulate the process of studying […]

Ukraine: The 1996 Constitution Is Reinstated

(Oct. 8, 2010) On October 4, 2010, the coalition of ruling party factions in the Ukrainian Parliament was dissolved, and a unified parliamentary majority was formed. This move reflected Ukraine's Constitutional Court ruling of October 1, 2010, which repealed the 2004 constitutional amendments that had transformed Ukraine from a presidential republic into a mixed parliamentary-presidential […]

Ukraine: President’s Name and Portrait Cannot Be Used in Election

(Sept. 22, 2010) On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial and local councils, mayors of all municipalities, and representatives to other bodies of self-government. (Decree of […]

Ukraine: New Law on Foreign and Domestic Policy

(June 10, 2010) On June 2, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine submitted to the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) the Bill on Basic Principles of Foreign and Domestic Policy ( President of Ukraine official website, (last visited June 8, 2010)). Reportedly, this bill was introduced by the President to commemorate his first 100 days in […]