15:05 Sep. 8, 2016
Kyiv says it has appealed against the order
A Kyiv court has reinstated Ukraine's former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's pension, which was halted in early 2015, almost a year after Azarov fled to Russia in the wake of the Maidan Revolution. This is according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko.
The decision has caused a storm in the capital, and the country's high-ranking officials have slammed the court order.
‘I report, the court has forced the Pension Fund to reinstate Azarov's pension. Should we expect the same decisions for Yanukovych and Pshonka (former Ukrainian Prosecutor General - UT)?', Rozenko posted on Facebook.
According to Rozenko, the government has already appealed and the country's media should pay ‘special attention' to the court sessions on the matter.
Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy Andriy Reva, in turn, said Azarov should get his pension in Russia.
‘Under the terms of the 1992 deal between the CIS countries, if a Ukrainian citizen moves to Russia, then it is up to Russia to provide social payments', Reva said.
Former Ukrainian leadership, including Yanukovych, Azarov and others, have repeatedly said the sanctions, imposed against them by Kyiv and the EU, were ‘unfair and unwarranted'.