10:49 09.02.2012

Chornovil leaves Reforms for Future group

Ukrainian MP Taras Chornovil has left the Reforms for Future parliamentary group.

Ukrainian Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn read Chornovil's relevant statement at the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday.

As reported, in 2007 Chornovil was elected to the Verkhovna Rada of the sixth convocation on the list of the Party of Regions, however in October 2008 he wrote a letter of his resignation from the party and in June 2009 was excluded from the party's parliamentary faction. After a long period of being an independent MP, he joined the Reforms for Future parliamentary group formed by lawmakers who left their parliamentary factions.

Earlier Zabzaliuk said that he had never left the BYT-Batkivschyna faction, and his formal transfer to the Reforms for Future deputy's group was planned by the leadership of his faction to discover how much they pay MPs in the group.

"They offer $500,000 for a transfer [to the parliamentary group], and then they pay a monthly salary of $20,000-25,000, and if someone proposes a fake initiative to the Batkivschyna Party they pay him additional funds. At the end of the cadence they pay additional $500,000, probably, to improve the life today," he said.

Zabzaliuk made public the records of his conversation with leader of the Reforms for Future faction, Ihor Rybakov.

The Reforms for Future group denied Zabzaliuk's claims. They said they had collected $100,000 so that he could have an operation in Israel, the member of the group said.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine said that in the case of the official appeal of Zabzaliuk on the bribing of MPs in the Verkhovna Rada, his appeal will be considered according to the law.

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