18:53 04.04.2014

Yarosh promises nuclear rearmament, smashing of Russian spy network, right to bear arms if elected president

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The leader of the Right Sector party and Ukrainian presidential candidate Dmytro Yarosh has published his election program, in which he promises to stop Russian aggression, to restore order in the country, to hold accelerated economic modernization and make changes to Ukraine's foreign policy.

"We must complete the Ukrainian national revolution. Our main goal is to destroy criminal oligarchic models and establish a socially oriented state with an efficient market economy and a brand new efficient power structure. We are making a European civilizational choice, and will fend off the Kremlin's neocolonialism," reads Yarosh's election program, which is published on the Web site of the Central Election Commission.

If elected, the Right Sector leader promises to stop Russian aggression, triple spending on the army, modernize the army, restore the nuclear status of Ukraine, and improve cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom - the guarantors of security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Other objectives of the presidential hopeful are the full mobilization, establishing a professional army, the National Guard, a territorial militia, the prohibition of the broadcast of anti-Ukrainian media, proper assistance to the Crimean Tatars, state support for refugees, the protection of rights of Ukrainian citizens on occupied territory, the destruction of the Russian intelligence network on the territory of Ukraine, and the elimination of all manifestations of separatism.

Yarosh also said he intends to hold reshuffles in law enforcement agencies, ensure the genuine independence of the judiciary, introduce trial by jury, deprive the prosecutor's office of the right to conduct pre-trial investigations, create municipal police forces, introduce the office of elected sheriffs, and to allow citizens to carry firearms.

The politician also promises to streamline the state apparatus through its transparent organization, lustration and competence assessment of officials, and cutting by two-thirds the number of government employees, as well as to introduce e-governance and democratic procedures.

In order to achieve "the accelerated economic modernization of Ukraine," Yarosh suggests limiting government intervention in economic processes, stopping the capital outflow, reducing the number of taxes to three - individual income tax (10%), corporate tax (7%), and tax on investment activities (5%), and organizing the energy independence of the country through introducing energy saving technologies, using alternative energy and diversifying energy sources .

The presidential candidate also proposes introducing new principles in Ukraine's foreign policy: mutually beneficial cooperation with the European Union in the framework of the Association Agreement, ensuring visa-free entry for Ukraine's citizens into the European Union and their official employment in the EU, cooperation with NATO and other international security structures in order to prevent external threats, the priority of the full-fledged cooperation with the countries of the Baltic and Black Sea regions of Europe, deepening of trade and economic cooperation with the United States, China, South-East Asia and the Arab world as well as the completion of border demarcation and delimitation of Ukraine.

A total of 23 presidential candidates are to participate in the presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled for May 25, 2014.

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