An eventful few days for Oleg TsarovJune 4, 2014
Yesterday was Oleg Tsarov’s birthday.
I’ve just had one of those electronic reminders that today is Oleg Tsarov’s birthday. I could wish him a happy birthday – but I won’t.
— Nikolai Holmov (@OdessaBlogger) June 1, 2014
Today, 235 RADA MPs voted to strip him of his deputies mandate – thus removing his immunity from prosecution – sanctioning his arrest and detention for “calls to commit violent regime change and overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine” at the request of the out-going Prosecutor General. (Let’s see how that comes into play in the future.)
His Facebook page is an interesting read – and something to keep an eye over the coming days if his apprehension is less than swift. Perhaps he will join what is a growing enclave of ex-Presidents in Rostov? (Yanukovych and Ankvab.)
It is interesting that 235 RADA Mps voted to do so – for it is far more in number than Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda have amongst their number – and much less than the number of MPs present in the RADA today. (Also today 300 voted to inaugurate persistent-elect Poroshenko at 10.00 on 7th June for example.)
One wonders just how much another 20 MPs leaving the Party of Regions today affected any voting.
Anyway, an incredibly rare occasion whereby the RADA strips one of its own of immunity – but these are extraordinary times.