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 Head of Security Service of Ukraine in Chernihiv region Dovzhenko, who falls under lustration, promoted, - media

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Head of the SBU in the Chernihiv region Oleksandr Dovzhenko, pursuant to the lustration law, was promoted. He was awarded the rank of Major General on March 25.

Oleh Kukharenko wrote in an article for ZN.ua, Censor.NET reports.

"Head of the SBU in the Chernihiv region Oleksandr Dovzhenko, who falls under lustration criteria, was not discharged, although he was head of the regional administration under Yanukovych. He was appointed to the post with supply of the then head of the Security Service Oleksandr Yakymenko. However, instead of being discharged, Dovzhenko received promotion... On March 25, he was promoted to Major-General," the article reads.

"According to some sources, he was promoted due to Ihor Kononenko and Serhii Berezenko. And now he can hardly worry about his fate, despite the fact that the community of the Chernihiv region continues to demand his lustration. The fact is that only persons with a general's rank can receive indulgence from the president who has the power to safeguard the officials of particular value to the national security of the state. The newly appointed General Dovzhenko, we should presume, is such a particularly valuable official," Kukharenko wrote.

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"The appointment and discharge of such officials is the competence of the president. They can obtain indulgence through a president' decree. However, the law does not provide for deferment. The law has to be applied, while the rest is the right of the president. What are the reasons for the president to grant indulgence? It is applied exclusively to high-ranking officers, starting from General, and is explained by the need to ensure the state's defense capability. The SBU participates in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), so it can be considered if the document is designed appropriately. However, there is a condition - a necessary recommendation, a petition of the profile committee of the Verkhovna Rada," the author stressed.

"To date, the president granted indulgence to seven persons," he added.

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