The former chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, and one of the closest previous allies to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Dmytro Razumkov, has made a new “inter-factional” association including 25 parliamentarians.
Following his ouster, former chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmytro Razumkov, has made a new party of sorts – at least a political alliance. The new faction consists primarily of members of the Servant of the People Party, which is the party of president Volodymyr Zelenskiy whom Razumkov supported until recently.
According to Interfax-Ukraine, the new members are: Volodymyr Kozak, Vasyl Mokan, Roman Sokha, Nelli Yakovleva, Oksana Dmytriyeva, Valeriy Bozhyk, Dmytro Mykysha, Artem Dmytruk, Olha Saladukha, Oleh Voronko, Oleksandr Bakumov, Olha Koval, Darya Volodina, Mykhailo Novikov, Roman Babiy, Alina Zahoruiko, Kostiantyn Kasai, Dmytro Hurin, Mykhailo Kriachko, Yevhen Petruniak, Ivan Yunakov from the Party of the President and Andriy Nikolayenko, Volodymyr Kabachenko from another party and independent Liudmyla Buimister.
Dmytro Razumkov was dismissed as he opposed the line of the president in the end of September this year. For long, he has been one of the driving forces behind the Servant of the People Party and the presidential campaign of Volodymyr Zelenskiy. However, the two of them had many disagreements, one of them being the way Zelenskiy has chosen to deal with the oligarchy.
When sanctions were put on the TV-channels of Viktor Medvedchuk, an oligarch, MP and political opponent of Zelenskiy, Razumkov was publicly against the decision. He has also questioned the law on De-oligarchisation. Some fear that the move to dismiss him was an attempt to centralize power around Zelenskiy and his ally Andriy Yermak.