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 Cabinet urges Rada to repeal all Soviet-era laws, - Minister Petrenko

The Cabinet of Ministers invites the Verkhovna Rada to abrogate all normative legal acts adopted in the Soviet Union, including in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The government has approved on Wednesday a corresponding draft law developed by the Ministry of Justice, Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrainski Novyny.

Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko said the bill stipulates the abolition of all normative legal acts passed in the Soviet times.

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"The Ukrainian legislation still contains a lot of Soviet-era elements, there are a lot of those acts adopted by the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian SSR ... they breed bureaucracy and corruption," he said.

The minister hopes the Verkhovna Rada will adopt the bill as early as this May.

According to the document, all by-laws of all ministries and departments of the Ukrainian SSR and the Soviet Union that had been adopted prior to the proclamation of Ukraine's independence will be null and void within six months of the effective date of the law.

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All Soviet laws will lose their validity in one year, all codified normative legal acts - in three years.

Petrenko added the current Labor Code will also lose its force and expressed hope the parliament will be able to adopt its new version within the next three years.
 
 
 
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