Svyatoslav Piskun

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Svyatoslav Piskun
Святослав Піскун
Svyatoslav Piskun.jpg
Piskun in December 2004
Prosecutor General of Ukraine
In office
April 26, 2007 – May 24, 2007
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Oleksandr Medvedko
Succeeded by Viktor Shemchuk (acting)
In office
December 10, 2004 – October 14, 2005
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Hennadiy Vasylyev
Succeeded by Oleksandr Medvedko
In office
July 06, 2002 – October 29, 2003
President Leonid Kuchma
Preceded by Mykhailo Potebenko
Succeeded by Hennadiy Vasylyev
Personal details
Born (1959-03-08) March 8, 1959 (age 58)
Soviet Union Berdychiv, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Party of Regions (2006-2007)
Spouse(s) Svitlana Sevast'yanivna (1962)
Children Tetyana (1983), Svyatoslav (2000)
Residence Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
Alma mater Lviv University

Svyatoslav Mykhaylovych Piskun (Ukrainian: Святослав Михайлович Піскун, born March 8, 1959) was the 3 times Prosecutor General of Ukraine in 2002-2003, 2005 and 2007 till President Viktor Yushchenko's dismissed Piskun on May 24, 2007.[1] He worked as a prosecutor in several important cases, including murder of Georgiy Gongadze and investigation of United Energy Systems of Ukraine.

Career[edit]

On March, 2006 he was elected as a people's deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from Party of Regions list as №96 - but he was not a party member.[2] Piskun was elected in parliament for Party of Regions again in 2007.[3] He became a full member of Party of Regions in October 2008.[3] Piskun did not return to parliament after the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election after losing in single-member districts number 63 (first-past-the-post wins a parliament seat) located in Zhytomyr Oblast.[4] In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Khoroshkovskyi tried to return to national politics this time from the party of Strong Ukraine (placing 16th on the parties election list).[5][6] But in the election the party failed to clear the 5% election threshold (it got 3.11% of the votes) and thus Piskun was not elected into parliament.[7] Piskun was only allowed to take part in the election after a court decision validated his entrance in the election, at first the Central Election Commission of Ukraine had refused to register him because in the last 5 years leading up to the election he had not lived in Ukraine.[8]

Dismissals[edit]

Piskun is the only statesman in Ukraine whose dismissals by two Presidents have been overturned as unlawful by courts.[9] The latest being an April 24, 2009 Kyiv Court of Appeals passing of a ruling saying President Yushchenko's decree dated May 24, 2007, dismissing Sviatoslav Piskun from the post of the prosecutor general was unlawful,[1][10] but Piskun did not submit any application for his reinstating on the post of Prosecutor General.[10]

According to Piskun, his dismissal by President Yushchenko in October 2005 came because he stopped criminal proceedings against Tymoshenko and refused to drop proceedings against Petro Poroshenko.[11] He was criticized for closing the criminal case related to the United Energy Systems of Ukraine while serving under Viktor Yushchenko's government in 2005.[12] and dropping criminal cases regarding back-then Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.[13]

Crimean crisis[edit]

On 30 March 2014 during the interview with Inter TV channel he called for criminal prosecution of Ukrainian officials who are responsible for giving up Crimea to Russia [14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Court Finds Illegal Dismissal Of Piskun from Post of Prosecutor General in May 2007". Kyiv Post. Ukrainian News Agency. April 24, 2009. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Information about people deputy Svyatoslav Piskun". Official website of Verkhovna Rada (in Ukrainian). Retrieved May 28, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Пискун и Кинах решили заткнуть собой брешь в рядах ПР, пробитую Чорновилом и Богатыревой [Piskun and Kinakh decided to plug a gap in the ranks of PR, and punched Chornovil and Bogatyryova] (in Russian). Обком. October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Підсумки виборів-2012: Депутати, яким доведеться скласти повноваження Підсумки виборів-2012: Депутати, яким доведеться скласти повноваження Підсумки виборів-2012: Депутати, яким доведеться скласти повноваження [Results of the 2012 elections: MPs who will resign] (in Ukrainian). RBC Ukraine. October 30, 2012. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ukraine Votes On Oct. 26 To Elect New Parliament". Kyiv Post. October 24, 2014. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Election list of Strong Ukraine". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). September 9, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament". Ukrainian Television and Radio. November 8, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
    "People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC". Interfax-Ukraine. November 8, 2014. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
    "Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC". Interfax-Ukraine. November 8, 2014. Archived from the original on November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ ВАСУ заставил ЦИК зарегистрировать Пискуна [SACU forced CEC to register Piskun]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). October 3, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Laws of Ukraine. Presidential Decree No. 357/2007: Question of S. Piskun. Adopted on April 26, 2007. (Ukrainian)
  10. ^ a b "Piskun says he won't return on post of Prosecutor General so far". UNIAN. April 24, 2009. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Independent standpoint on Ukraine:Dismissal of Prosecutor-General, Closure of Poroshenko Case Create New". ForUm. October 28, 2005. Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Пшонка из-за Тимошенко может открыть дело на Пискуна [Because of Tymoshenko, Pshonka can open a case on Piskun] (in Russian). May 31, 2012. Archived from the original on May 2, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Бывший руководитель Генпрокуратуры открестился от обвинений в том, будто на решение повлиял экс-президент Виктор Ющенко (in Russian). TSN. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Экс-генпрокурор Святослав Пискун рассказал, где скрывается окружение Януковича" [Former Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun told where Yanukovych's government officials are hiding]. Lenta.ua. March 31, 2014. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Пискун вважає, що прокуратура Криму має почати кримінальне провадження стосовно командування ЧФ РФ [Piskun said that Crimean prosecutors should start criminal proceedings regarding the Black Sea Fleet Command] (in Ukrainian). UNIAN. March 5, 2014. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 

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