Shot from before the Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin on a yacht in Sochi © Sergei Ilyin/Imago
The alleged misdemeanours of rich people are a constant source of excitement – but it is not only Russian oligarchs who are attracting anger in the Ukraine war.
Munich – Volodymyr Zelensky's government has once again extended martial law in the Ukraine war. Men between the ages of 18 and 60 are currently not allowed to leave Ukraine because of the situation at the front. Members of the political elite do it anyway - and vacation in Monaco or the Côte d'Azur in France. This was revealed by an investigative report by Ukrainska Pravda.
Prominent examples, according to the corresponding Youtube video: the ex-Ukrainian president (1994 - 2005) Leonid Kuchma. He was recently filmed on the French Riviera, according to Pravda. According to the article, Kuchma lived in the villa of his son-in-law, Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.
The news portal also named economist Serhiy Lyovochkin of the opposition Platform For Life and Ukrainian sports official Hryhory Surkis, both spotted "on a private jet from Vienna to Nice," according to the Kyiv Independent, which picked up the report.
Ukraine war: Exemption from martial law for "parliamentary reasons"?
Why does this possibly matter and is therefore more than tabloid gossip? Pravda, citing its sources, wrote that both had been given permission to leave their country for "parliamentary reasons" in the Ukraine war. The report left open the explanation for this. However, he accused other prominent Ukrainians of dishonest vacations in the Ukraine war, including:
- Oleksandr Honcharenko, Mayor of Kramatorsk
- Yuri Ivanyushchenko, journalist and confidant of ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
- Vladyslav Trubitsyn, a Kiev city council deputy
Pravda's list is much longer, and the article is probably also primarily concerned with the principle: why are these rich Ukrainians leaving their country shortly before the announced counteroffensive against Russia? The article did not give an explanation for this. However, with a view to a member of parliament, he notes with a bitter undertone: "During martial law, members of parliament do not have to submit online declarations of assets." Initially, the information could not be independently verified. (frs)