On October 17, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved amendments to Resolution No. 328, which allows starting payments to families of political prisoners, Yusuf Kurkchi, First Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, said on air of Radio Hayat.
“We have certain progress in starting payments to political prisoners and their families. At a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers [October 17 - Ed.], amendments were made to Cabinet Decree No. 328,” Kurkchi said.
For each political prisoner 100 thousand UAH is provided.
According to Kurkchi, payments were supposed to start as early as August of this year, but they were slowed down due to the absence of criteria in Ukrainian legislation to determine who is a political prisoner. Draft law No. 6,700 regulating this issue was registered in the Verkhovna Rada in July 2017, but was not considered.
Moreover, the government resolution incorrectly indicated a reference to the relevant annex to the law on the state budget for 2018.
The Cabinet of Ministers resolved the problem by creating a special commission of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Social Policy, to determine who is a political student and who is not.
“We hope that in the near future we will be able to start the work of the commission, which should consider the cases and appeals of these families and begin the payments that the state should have started two or three years ago,” Kurkchi said.
At the same time, the official noted that amendments to the resolution solve only part of the problem.
“We cannot spend money in relation to people who were imprisoned and are now at liberty. These funds are intended for people who today have difficult relations with the occupation authorities. In order for us to take into account those people who have been somehow deprived of their liberty since the beginning of the occupation, suffered from torture and so forth over their civil or political position, we need a law. But, unfortunately, some political players use this topic more to maintain their political tone rather than to practically solve this problem,” Kurkchi says.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov submitted a proposal to the Budget Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on allocation of more than 90 million hryvnias from the state budget of Ukraine for 2019 to finance projects related to the reintegration of Crimea.
Funds are proposed to be allocated in the framework of the government program "The resettlement and settlement of deported Crimean Tatars and people of other nationalities who were deported from the territory of Ukraine."