The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned this Sunday the activity of the Socialist Party of Ukraine (PSU), a currently marginal force but which was for a long time the fourth most important party in the country, due to its alleged pro-Russian links, with what that the list of illegal political formations in the country now amounts to twelve.
In a statement distributed through Telegram, the SBU explained that the ban on the activities of the socialist party is based on the evidence found by the police services of “destructive activities” and “threats to national security” that came developing, as they say, that formation. “Support for anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activities has been found to be proven both among rank and file members of the party and among its leaders,” the message states.
The Socialist Party of Ukraine is a platform founded by former members of the Communist Party in the early 1990s, after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, when that formation was banned in the country. He was part of the Ukrainian parliament from 1994 to 2007 and for many years represented the fourth most important political force in the country, although in recent years he had fallen into the margins.
Along with the PSU, the Ukrainian authorities had outlawed eleven other political formations such as the Opposition Bloc, Socialists, Justice and Development, Nashi, State, Volodímir Saldo’s Bloc, Left Opposition, the Sharia Party, the Union of Forces of the Left, the Opposition Platform-For Life, and the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine.
According to information from the SBU, the investigations into all these political formations revealed that their representatives had been part of or collaborated with the Russian maneuvers to occupy the Ukrainian territories in the east or to organize annexation referendums in those points. “Some of those under investigation are hiding from Justice and some are doing so even in the territory of the Russian Federation. The SBU warns of the inevitable punishment for these crimes against Ukraine’s national security and will continue to defend the interests of the state with processes like this,” the statement concludes.
The SBU measure is based on the guidelines of the National Security Council and on the decree signed at the beginning of the Russian invasion of the country signed by the president, Volodímir Zelenski, in which the activity of several political parties was suspended due to the alleged links with Russia.
“Given the large-scale war waged by the Russian Federation and the links of some political structures with this state, any activity of various political parties during martial law is suspended,” the Ukrainian president explained in a video released on March 20, 2019. 2022, one month after the war started. In that decree, the president instructed the Ministry of Justice to immediately take “comprehensive measures to prohibit the activities of these political parties in the prescribed manner.”