Mar. 12, 2013: Serhiy Vlasenko - MP or not MP?

featured a discussion with Toronto lawyer Ihor Bardyn
about embattled Ukrainian opposition MP Serhiy Vlasenko.

Without reasonable cause, Serhiy was stripped of his status as People's Deputy of Ukraine by a Higher Administrative Court and has been prevented from performing his duties in the Verkhovna Rada parliament as an elected official.  Ihor offers his insight and analysis, with an interesting comparison to former MP Stepan Khmara's plight a couple of decades ago.

More about Ihor …

Ihor Walter Bardyn is a founder and director of Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program.

Mr. Bardyn has found great satisfaction volunteering his time in various capacities. In the past he was the Ontario Director of the Council for Canadian Unity, a representative for Amnesty International and the President of the Ukranian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Toronto. Currently, Ihor is a member of the Council of Administration of Saint Paul University, a member for the Atlantic Council of Canada. Among his many awards, Ihor has received the Commitment to Voluntarism Award, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of the Province of Ontario and was recently awarded the Commemorative Medal on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. 

Ihor completed his B.A. at McMaster University in 1964 and received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1967. He was called to Bar for the Province of Ontario in 1969.

Also, here is a link to an in-depth exclusive interview (in Ukrainian) conducted last week with Serhiy Vlasenko by Artem Shevchenko of TVi's "Znak Oklyku!" program ...

"Знак оклику!" ... 13.03.2013 ...

Захисник Юлії Тимошенко Сергій Власенко розповідає про позбавлення його депутатського мандату та заборону виїзду за кордон.

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