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Draft law on mobilization: Restrictions for dodgers revealed

Draft law on mobilization: Restrictions for dodgers revealed Photo: Fedir Venislavskyi (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence rejected the provision on the seizure of bank accounts of men who violate the law on mobilization, but supported the deprivation of the right to drive, according to the Committee member Fedir Venislavskyi.

The Committee is currently reviewing 4,000 amendments to the draft law for the second reading, and the provisions restricting constitutional rights and freedoms were the most controversial. These include restrictions on an individual's right to travel outside Ukraine, restrictions on the right to drive a vehicle, and the seizure of bank accounts and valuables kept in banks.

"We decided that the restriction on the right to travel outside Ukraine for people liable for military service, men aged 18 to 60, is already stipulated in the law on the legal regime of martial law. In our opinion, there is no need to regulate this further in the new law. We have already regulated this in the law of Ukraine on approving the decree of the President of Ukraine on the introduction of martial law," he says.

At the same time, the provision prohibiting a man from driving a vehicle if he "does not update his military registration data, does not register, ignores draft notices, etc." was supported.

"As for the blocking of funds in accounts, monetary assets, etc., we rejected this provision in the committee," the MP says.

Venislavskyi says that the Committee's decision was preliminary. "But conceptually, the committee did not support it, so it is unlikely that the provision on the seizure of accounts will be included in the final version of the law," he says.

In addition, the existing fines for dodging mobilization may be increased, the MP says. "But this is a question for the Law Enforcement Committee, how it will consider toughening sanctions in the Code of Administrative Offenses in terms of liability for failure to fulfill one's duty to mobilize and mobilization training. And this will be in the complex after we come up with the final version of this draft law," Venislavskyi says.

Draft law on mobilization

At the end of January, the Cabinet of Ministers submitted a draft law on mobilization to the Verkhovna Rada, which proposes to change the procedure for its implementation.

In particular, the Rada was proposed to lower the draft age to 25, toughen penalties for dodgers, and introduce online delivery of draft notices.

Parliament has already passed the draft law in the first reading. The law may be finally adopted at the end of March.

Earlier, First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Kateryna Rozhkova said that the legislation on banking secrecy does not allow restricting financial transactions of those who have not reported to the military commissariat, as provided for in the draft law on mobilization. The NBU hopes that it will not come to this.