Today, liquidation of discredited DACK is the responsibility of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi. After all, it is possible to disestablish the court only by submitting the regarding draft law to the Verkhovna Rada by the head of the state.
"In general, I do not need anyone handy. I am ready to deal with this issue. I am ready to sign the decree that will help to make justice regarding District Administrative Court ... Deal!"

Volodymyr Zelenskyi at the press marathon on October 10, 2019
July 26, 2019
Searches of the PGO and the NABU at DACK
August 2, 2019
Chairman of DACK and three other judges were announced the suspicion
August 20, 2019
The High Council of Justice refused to dismiss the judge Pavlo Vovk and Igor Pogrebnichenko from position according to request of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine
Beginning of 2020
The pre-trial investigation is over. Case materials were disclosed to parties for review. The case will be transferred to the court after review
July 17, 2020
The NABU handed over new suspicions to DACK head and 6 other judges. The head of the State Judicial Administration Zenoviy Kholodnyuk also received suspicion. The number of searches took place that day
August 11, 2020
Vovk and 6 other suspects are announced in the wanted list
September 1, 2020
The High Council of Justice once again refused to remove DACK judges from office following the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukrainе
September 17, 2020
Investigating DACK judge extended the term of pre-trial investigation in the case until January 17, 2021
October 1, 2020
HACC removed the head of the State Judicial Administration Zenoviy Kholodnyuk from office for the period of two months
October 29, 2020
The HCJ dismissed Zenoviy Kholodnyuk according to the statement at his own volition
November 3, 2020
The NABU announced Vovk wanted again
January 15, 2021
Investigating judge of the HACC again extended the pre-trial investigation in the case until March 17, 2021
17 березня 2021 року
Дисциплінарна палата ВРП притягнула слідчого суддю ВАКС до відповідальності
17 березня 2021 року
слідчий суддя ВАКС відмовив у продовженні строків розслідування
17 березня 2021 року
прокурори завершили слідство та відкрили захисту і потерпілим матеріали для ознайомлення
District administrative court of Kyiv is the court of the first instance: it considers cases appealing against decisions of state and local authorities, decisions regarding state service and electoral process. However, its location in Kyiv significantly raises importance of this institution, as it considers all cases concerning the CEC, the Cabinet of Ministers, all ministries, the National Bank, the NACP and the NABU.
In 2019, the scandalous institution has repeatedly become the newsmaker due to the invasion of resonant court decisions. For instance, DACK returned Privatbank to the oligarch Igor Kolomoyskyi or banned the renaming of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The media stressed that such actions of judges questioned the work of Ukrainian authorities in general.


At the end of July 2019, searches regarding Maydan cases were held at the building of District administrative court of Kyiv (DACK). At the same time, representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) released audio recordings of conversations between judges, namely: chairman of the institution Pavlo Vovk, as well as Yevgeniy Ablov and Igor Pogrebnichenko.

It turned out that artificial conditions were created under the leadership of Vovk in order to interfere with the work of then High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ). This body evaluates judges and determines whether they can do justice.
In particular, judges created the scheme to make deliberately unjust decisions involving controlled attorneys and NGOs. Ivan Shepitko, the judge of Suvorovskyi court of Odessa, assisted these three persons.

They tried not to allow planned evaluation of judges of the entire DACK (headed by Vovk) by the HQCJ. It is obvious that they were afraid of dismissals that could have been initiated by the HQCJ according to results of evaluation.
Article 351² of the CC
interference with activities of the HQCJ
Article 375 of the CC
adoption of deliberately unjust decisions
Article 376 of the CC
interference with activities of the judiciary
On August 2, 2019, Pavlo Vovk, Yevgeniy Ablov, Igor Pogrebnichenko, as well as the judge from Odesa Ivan Shepitko were presented suspicion of committing crimes. In the same month the HCJ received petition regarding temporary withdrawal of Vovk due to bringing him to criminal responsibility and risks of destruction evidence in the case and his ability to influence on other judges and attorneys.

However, the HCJ refused to withdraw Vovk: according to its members, the Prosecutor's Office did not prove that his tenure as DACK judge could have negative consequences. In fact, the HCJ completely ignored released audio recordings of conversations where Pavlo Vovk himself had given clear instructions to other judges and attorneys regarding paralyzing activities of the HQCJ.
Moreover, the investigation received evidence regarding the number of crimes that are not related to the HQCJ. According to the NABU, Vovk and Co also made influence on other decisions in the state with the help of pressure on top officials, for instance, judges of the Constitutional Court, members of the High Council of Justice, Members of Parliament, judges who reviewed DACK decisions.


On July 17, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau handed over suspicions to DACK officials: head of the court Pavlo Vovk, his deputy Yevgen Ablov, and five other judges. Moreover, head of the State Judicial Administration Zenoviy Kholodnyuk also received suspicion notices.

On the same day, the NABU published new episodes of conversations between Vovk and other DACK judges. They showed that judges created their own order in the High Council of Justice, the High Qualification Commission of Judges and the State Judicial Administration, influenced on decisions of the Constitutional Court, discussed legalization of illegal assets, interfered in the work of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention and even illegally tried to obtain confidential information about journalists by using their connections in law enforcement bodies.

Influence on the HCJ. According to the investigation, in first half of March 2019 Pavlo Vovk together with DACK judges interfered in the competition to the HCJ in order to establish their own control over this body and do not allow people who are disloyal to them to get there.

In March, Poroshenko announced competition for positions to the HCJ, and in May he appointed winners. According to the investigation, DACK "autocrats" decided to influence on this process. According to law enforcement bodies, Vovk instructed one of his subordinates to study the competition procedure, find errors in actions of authorities and prepare the appeal in his own court from fictitious persons.

In the end, DACK judge Igor Pogribnichenko signed the decision which, in fact, blocked the competition. However, this did not stop Poroshenko. Then head of the state still appointed his proteges in the HCJ.

Also Vovk tried to block the appointment to the Supreme Court of disloyal to him candidates. To do this he suggested that member of the HCJ Pavlo Grechkivskyi "organize coalition in the HCJ" against such candidates.

They planned to negotiate first of all with member of the HCJ Pavlo Grechkivskyi.
Influence on the Constitutional Court. The investigation states that Vovk could solve his own issues there and stand up for those who asked for help. According to the NABU, he was concerned with several important cases, which had been considered by the Constitutional Court, and worked on "correct" outcome. In particular, DACK head hinted at his involvement in declaring the article, which foresaw punishment for illicit enrichment of civil servants, unconstitutional. This decision was made by the Constitutional Court in early 2019.

There was also the case under such article against Vovk and his deputy. In one of tape-recordings judges are probably discussing how to legalize assets that had been hidden for years now.

Vovk also worked on resolving the issue of judicial assessment with the Constitutional Court. He wanted to remove from the law possibility of dismissing judges who did not pass this assessment.

Influence of the NACP. According to the investigation, he allegedly had to buy some documents from the Agency to control the selection to the Supreme Court. The NACP had to establish the conflict of interest in actions of the head of the Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice which conducts the selection. Later, such documents were indeed issued. There is another episode on tape-recordings of the NACP, where DACK head is probably already acting as mediator to solve other people's problems.

Pressure on journalists. In March 2019, investigators filmed the party in honor of the birthday of Vovk's deputy, judge Yevgen Ablov. There were other servants of Themis, politicians, law enforcement officials and judicial "examiners".

Few days later DACK judges were concerned about those who "leaked" information to journalists. And to find out this, they decided to "get" phone number of the author of material in order to check where she was and who she was talking to.


On September 1, the High Council of Justice considered the appeal of the Prosecutor General on temporary suspension of the DACK head Pavlo Vovk, deputies Yevgen Ablov and Volodymyr Keleberda, judges Igor Kachur, Oleksiy Ogurtsov, and Igor Pogribnichenko due to bringing to criminal responsibility.

Prosecutors of the SAPO on the basis of materials obtained by NABU detectives that confirm "off-duty relationship" of DACK judges with separate members of the HCJ, stated about their withdrawal.

Materials of investigation show that DACK head has unprecedented influence on separate members of the HCJ.

According to the NABU, Pavlo Vovk could organize submission of artificial complaints to the HCJ against DACK judges who are not controlled by him. Vovk also spoke about the need to refuse to initiate disciplinary proceedings according to the appeal against DACK judge Anna Kuzmenko.

Later, the High Council of Justice did refuse to open proceedings against her. Vovk also asked to open disciplinary proceeding and bring to justice another DACK judge Yaroslava Dobryanska.

Appeals to the HCJ could be filed against judges of all instances who made "inconvenient" decisions for Vovk. In particular, appeals initiated by Vovk were filed against judges of the Supreme Court.

Detectives of the NABU recorded how Vovk boasted that he had agreed not to bring some DACK judges to disciplinary responsibility for banning rallies during the Revolution of Dignity, including the judge Bogdan Sanin. Also, according to the version of official investigation, Vovk agreed on the appeal against his deputy Yevgen Ablov.
Finally, the High Council of Justice returned without consideration to the Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova the appeal on suspension of Vovk on grounds that the Prosecutor's Office had allegedly failed to prove that it had announced suspicion to Vovk properly. The HCJ also did not support the suspension of DACK judges Volodymyr Keleberda, Yevgeniy Ablov, Igor Kachur, Oleksiy Ogurtsov, and Igor Pogribnichenko. As for judges Pogribnichenko, Ogurtsov and Keleberda it returned the appeal to the Prosecutor General, and as for Ablov and Kachur it denied to satisfy it and stated that appeals were not substantiated by proper and admissible evidence. Despite the fact that three members of the HCJ could not consider the suspension of judges, the HCJ refused the suspension regarding Pavlo Grechkivskyi.

However, such decision was expected. Before that the HCJ had already given its assessment to "Vovk's tape-recordings" by accusing the NABU of "information campaign against the authority of justice". Yes, this is as if the NABU but not DACK judges are harming the authority of judiciary.

The Plenum of the Supreme Court, in contrast to the HCJ, stated that the content of records had caused significant damage to the judiciary.

On November 26, the NABU initiated the re-granting of permission regarding detention of suspected DACK judges.
Pavlo Vovk
Yevgeniy Ablov
Igor Pogrenichenko
Despite released tape recordings and announced suspicions against three representatives of DACK, the court continues to function and make doubtful decisions
Banned peaceful protests during the Maydan
In 2013-2014, during the Revolution of Dignity more than half a dozen judges of District administrative court of Kyiv made the number of decisions which had banned peaceful protests on Independence Square in Kyiv.

On November 30, 2013, at 11:55 pm DACK judge Bogdan Sanin made the decision to ban peaceful protests on the Maydan and adjacent streets from December 1, 2013 till January 7, 2014. By this decision he made millions of people offenders, who went to the Maydan, in particular, during the most massive days of the protest, namely on December 1 and December 8. And also he untied hands of Berkut. It is interesting that in the meantime his father-in-law Volodymyr Yatsuba was sending trains full of thugs "titushky" from Sevastopol to Antimaydan protest.

On December 9, 2013, another judge of Kyiv District Administrative Court Yevhen Ablov quickly considered the appeal of the citizen to whom protesters had allegedly prevented walking along Khreshchatyk. At first, Ablov made the decision to secure the appeal, by which he ordered Berkut to clear the Maydan and disperse protesters in fact. On the same day he satisfied the appeal. The unsuccessful attempt to storm the Maydan on the night of December 11 is connected with this decision.

DACK judges Viktor Danylyshyn, Anna and Valeriy Kuzmenko, and Olena Sokolova also satisfied the decision to ban protests.

Today, all "Maydan judges" continue to work in DACK. Despite the fact that Bogdan Sanin did not confirm his ability to administer justice in April 2018, he has not been dismissed yet. Moreover, Bogdan Sanin is the judge-speaker of DACK. Yevhen Ablov is currently suspended from administering justice, but he has not been dismissed and, according to the NABU tape recordings, continues to participate in the discussion of cases.
Massively resumed positions to police officers dismissed according to result of certification of the police
DACK considered appeals of dismissed, according to result of certification, employees of Kyiv police and the Central Apparatus, in particular, odious departments that fight against drug crime and economic protection. According to DACK head Pavlo Vovk, about 90% of dismissed police officers were resumed to positions.

Policemen from Kyiv and Central Apparatus of the National Police were among first who went through the certification process of the police. According to the result of certification, 771 police officers were dismissed in Kyiv. And the Central Apparatus of the National Police had to be reduced by 1,090 persons. In particular, more than 50% of employees fell under dismissal according to the result of certification in odious Department of Economic Protection.

However, police officers began to massively send appeals with the demand to resume their positions in District administrative court of Kyiv, where DACK judges had satisfied almost all appeals regarding resuming to positions. Police officers were not only resumed to positions, but they were also given considerable compensation for the time they were not able to execute their powers.

In particular, the judge Yevhen Ablov resumed position to deputy head of the Main Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Grygoriy Mamka (now Member of Parliament of the Opposition Platform - For Life), however, then head of the National Police Khatiya Dekonoidze and Mikhail Saakashvili had accused him in corruption and pressure on business. The judge Dmytro Kostenko resumed position to Volodymyr Petrovets, who is currently one of suspects in the murder of 5-year-old boy Kyrylko in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi.
Suspended Ulana Suprun from office
DACK judges suspended from office acting Minister of Health Ulyana Suprun and forbade her to take any action as the head of department. As the result, large consignment of essential medicines to regions was under the threat.

In February 2019, DACK judge Sergiy Karakashyan forbade first deputy to the Minister of Health of Ukraine Ulana Suprun, who was acting head of the department at that time, to take any action aimed at exercising powers of the Minister of Health of Ukraine. Simply put, he suspended her. It is interesting that after significant public response the judge Karakashyan cancelled this decision himself.

The complainant in the case is former Member of Parliament Igor Mosiychuk. The appeal itself is absurd and far-fetched, but it is still being considered by District administrative court of Kyiv.
Resumed position to the head of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov
District administrative court of Kyiv resumed position to Roman Nasirov, the head of the State Fiscal Service, who is the subject of the NABU case. The court also ordered to pay Nasirov's salary for "forced absence".

In March 2017, the NABU detectives handed the announcement of suspicion to then head of the SFS Roman Nasirov. Law enforcement officers suspected him of abuse of office. During 2015-2016 he has been acting in interests of Oleksandr Onyschenko. He gave unfounded and illegal, according to investigation, instructions to subordinates regarding installment of tax debt to companies of the fugitive former Member of Parliament. Thus, the state budget did not receive about 2 billion UAH. The investigation also found that Roman Nasirov has British citizenship, despite the fact that dual citizenship is prohibited in Ukraine.

In March 2017, according to suggestion of Oleksandr Danylyuk, the government unanimously supported Nasirov's withdrawal from office, and in 2018, it fired him.

However, in December 2018, judges of District administrative court of Kyiv found Nasirov's dismissal illegal and resumed him to the position of the head of the SFS. The court also questioned the credibility of information regarding British citizenship of Roman Nasirov, although this information was confirmed by British Embassy in Ukraine.

Moreover, in November 2017, the panel of judges including Ablov Y.V., Grygorovych P.O., Smoliy I.V. made resolution by which they had recognized that actions of Nasirov, for which he was charged, were legal. In this way, they wanted to influence on the investigation. This resolution was so blatantly illegal that the NABU detectives had launched investigation regarding deliberately unjust decision. Finally, in September 2019, the Supreme Court cancelled this resolution and found that the court should not have considered this case at all, as it was "not subject of any jurisdiction".
"Buried" investigation regarding Avakov's backpacks
DACK judges practically made it impossible by their decision to further investigate the case regarding embezzlement of 14 million UAH of state funds by the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov during procurement of backpacks for the National Guard.

In 2015, the video from security camera appeared on the Internet, where person who looked like Avakov's deputy Sergiy Chebotar made the agreement with the person who looked like Avakov's son Oleksandr regarding supply of large consignment of backpacks for the National Guard. Prior to the announcement of tender the deputy Minister promised that backpacks would be purchased through the company which had offered Avakov-Junior.

The NABU launched investigation regarding this fact. Suddenly, two and a half years after tender completion one of participants of tender decided to appeal. In 2017, the panel of judges of DACK, including Yevhen Ablov, Igor Smoliy and Pavlo Grygorovych, considered the case very quickly (within 1 month), and refused to cancel the decision of competitive tender, according to results of which "Avakov's backpacks" were procured. At the same time, the court assessed tender and did not see any illegal actions on the part of the MIA officials during the procurement.

The decision was not appealed and came into force. It is obvious that this decision was planned to be used to "bury" the NABU criminal case regarding embezzlement of 14 million UAH of state funds during this procurement.
Declared actions of the NABU in the case of "amber" MP Boryslav Rozenblat illegal
District administrative court of Kyiv made the decision that the NABU and the PGO were not allowed to conduct investigative actions against MP Boryslav Rozenblat. In fact, it recognized the entire special operation of the NABU illegal.

In September 2018, DACK judge Ruslan Arsiriy made the decision in favor of former MP Boryslav Rozenblat in dispute against the NABU and the PGO regarding the legality of wiretapping by the latter.

We should remind that Boryslav Rozenblat along with accomplices are suspected of receiving the bribe in the amount of more than 300.000 USD for lobbying certain draft laws in the Verkhovna Rada and for influencing on state bodies.

To show up "amber MP" in his true colours, the NABU organized special operation, which resulted in audio and video where MP Rozenblat had "solved" the question regarding issuing permits for amber mining. The NABU detectives took the court's permission to wiretap assistants of MP and other subjects of the scheme. Boryslav Rozenblat himself came under such covert control unplanned.

The text of decision is closed, but comments of this decision show that in opinion of the court in the person of the judge Arsiriy, law enforcement officers had no right to conduct covert investigative actions against MP, as the latter is protected by immunity. And when they found Boryslav Rozenblat in the case, they had to interrupt investigation.

The inconsistency of decision of District administrative court of Kyiv is that this body should not consider the above-mentioned case at all, as the legality of actions of agents and operatives should be determined by the court in the criminal case, but not by administrative one. Why DACK took such function on is the mystery.
DACK judge cancelled the decision of the Supreme Court
DACK judge Igor Pogribnichenko allowed the developer to build 72-meter-high house in the center of Kyiv, although courts of all instances, including the Supreme Court, had previously made the decision that the house could not be higher than 27 meters.

In August 2019, the Supreme Court forbade the construction company to build 72-meter-high house almost in the center of the capital. Before that all authorities agreed that the height of the object could be only 27 meters.

However, it turned out that this was not the final point in the above-mentioned dispute. The case was sent to Kyiv District Administrative Court to the judge Igor Pogrebnichenko. The servant of Themis paraphrased the decision of the Supreme Court in the motivating part of the decision, and decided that they meant not 27 meters, but 72 meters.

Thus, Pogribnichenko in fact cancelled the decision of the cassation instance and played up to business interests of the developer against interests of the community. The giant building will significantly stand out among the architectural style of the historic part of Kyiv.
Organized the scheme of privatization of corporate apartments
DACK judges organized the scheme according to which they had received corporate apartments. Then, they removed the status of corporate apartments and privatized them. For instance, the judge Yevhen Ablov sold privatized corporate apartment for 9 million UAH.

According to the law, the corporate apartment can be provided only for the time while the person works in the department without the right of privatization. However, judges of District administrative court of Kyiv Ablov Y.V., Pogribnichenko I.M., Amelokhin V.V., Fedorchuk A.B., Vlasenkova O.O., Kachur I.A., Katyushchenko V.P., Mazur A.S. found interesting loophole for the appropriation of corporate apartments without any responsibility.

The essence of scheme is that they send the request through the Assembly of Judges to the chairman of the court regarding removal of corporate status from their apartments. However, Pavlo Vovk does not do this and judges send the appeal to the court, which makes the decision very quickly. Namely, to oblige the chairman of the court to begin the process of removing corporate status from apartments. Pavlo Vovk does not appeal this decision, but immediately implements it. As the result, these apartments cease to be corporate and are appropriated by judges through privatization, which is directly prohibited by the law.

This scheme was created solely in order to legalize the appropriation of expensive apartments in the capital and release the chairman of the court from responsibility for their illegal removal of corporate status.

By the way, most judges who had received and then had privatized corporate apartments did not need improval of their living conditions. They received apartments due to fictitious registration of relatives in these apartments. For instance, in order to receive corporate apartment the judge Pogribnichenko, who had the house near Kyiv, stated that he lived in one-room apartment with his sister, mother, father, and even grandfather. When he received corporate apartment, he did not live there at all. There was similar situation with the judge Fedorchuk, who has large estate near Kyiv.

It is also interesting that in 2016 the judge Pogribnichenko ordered Pechersk District Administration to provide free of charge luxury apartment in the center of Kyiv to the member of the HQCJ Tetyana Veselska. She also quickly privatized it and registered on her daughter.
Helped to avoid punishment for MPs for lying in declarations
The court is massively cancelling the decision of the NACP to detect lies in declarations of top officials. Thus, for instance, the MP Vadym Novinskyi and Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova avoided responsibility.

According to the law, the NACP has maximum 90 days to examine officials' declarations. But according to experts, 96% of all examinations were conducted in violation of these deadlines. For instance, declarations of the judge of the Supreme Court have been examined for more than 20 months.

This is obvious violation. But courts also have deadlines for consideration of cases that are usually violated. In most cases the High Council of Justice also violates terms of consideration of complaints against judges. However, this was never the reason to cancel such decisions. Instead, District Administrative Court began to massively cancel NACP's decisions that had been made beyond these deadlines.

Thus, the court satisfied appeals regarding annulment of the NACP's decision, which had established violations in declarations of the well-known MP Vadym Novinskyi and the Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova. By the way, due to consideration of this case Pavlo Vovk told the well-known phrase from "the NABU tape-recordings" that "he holds this Commissioner by the throat".

We should remind that according to the NACP, Vadym Novynskyi submitted false declaration regarding his property in 2015 and 2016 for the amount of more than 8.6 million UAH in each declaration. And Lyudmyla Denisova forgot to submit in the declaration income for the amount of more than 23 million UAH.

We should note that this scheme is used selectively in the court. For instance, when considering the case according to the appeal of Automaydan against member of the High Qualification Commission of Judges Tetyana Veselska, the judge Kachur I. decided that the NACP had been legally examining her declarations for more than 1.5 years.
Covered dishonest judges
The court cancelled without reason negative conclusions of the Public Integrity Council regarding almost 50 judges. Cases were considered despite the fact that the PIC is not the subject of power and cannot be the defendant in the court at all.

Almost 50 judges, who had received opinions on their dishonesty during the competition to the Supreme Court or qualification assessment, sent appeals to District administrative court of Kyiv, whose chairman Pavlo Vovk also had received such opinion.

According to the law, the Public Integrity Council is not the subject of power authority and cannot be the defendant in courts. The PIC does not even have address to which it would be possible to send summonses. It does not make final decisions regarding the judge. The Public Council of International Experts, which was involved in selection of judges to the Anti-Corruption Court, has similar status. They also tried to appeal its actions, but the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court finally decided that such cases should be closed.

Instead, DACK judges consider such cases and, without the participation of the PIC, cancel its conclusions, cover judges. At the same time, they use simply absurd arguments. For instance, the PIC does not have the right to examine declarations of judges. As for the case of well-known judge Malvina Danylova, who was even twice declared dishonest by the HQCJ, District administrative court of Kyiv rejected video recording of the judge's dishonest behavior because the PIC did not conduct proper expert examination of the video. In particular, the court stated that "opinion of the PIC as of February 9, 2017, does not contain reference to any linguistic examination that would indicate that the statement "Are you journalist? Please leave" is unethical appeal to journalists".
Helped the Prosecutor in Kyiv Valendyuk to avoid lustration, and resumed positions to lustrated officials
Thanks to District administrative court of Kyiv acting prosecutor in Kyiv Oleg Valendyuk managed to pull interesting scheme in 2014, which allowed him to avoid lustration and dismissal.

Oleg Valendyuk received letter from the PGO stating that he was subject to lustration. He immediately sent the appeal to the court with request "to declare actions of the PGO aimed at his dismissal illegal".

The judge Danylyshyn V., who was the first who had banned peaceful meetings on Maydan, very quickly satisfied the prosecutor's appeal and ordered the PGO to "stand down on dismissing Valendyuk O.". Usually the consideration of cases in DACK lasts from 6 months. Valendyuk's case was considered during 40 days. But it appeared in the Register of Court Decisions only 6 months after its adoption.

Many cases of lustrated prosecutors are currently considered in the court, they are paused before the decision of the Constitutional Court's regarding constitutionality of the law. But some were more lucky. In August 2019, the court resumed position to Mykola Golomsha, former Deputy Prosecutor General Pshonka. The judge Amelokhin decided that the prosecutor could not be lustrated because the PGO had not provided evidence that Golomsha had contributed to usurpation of power by the President Viktor Yanukovych or that he had been involved in undermining national security and defense or violation of rights and freedoms.
Decided to "play" big geopolitics
DACK judge decided that former MP Sergiy Leshchenko and the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk had disclosed information about relationship between Paul Manafort and Viktor Yanukovych... interfered in election process of the USA in 2016. This decision was made by the judge on the ground of analysis of news from various online publications.

On December 11, 2018, the judge Katyushchenko V. satisfied the appeal of MP Boryslav Rozenblat against MP Sergiy Leshchenko and the NABU director Artem Sytnyk. The court made the decision that defendants interfered in the election process in the USA in 2016.

It was about the publication of data regarding the so-called "black accounting of the Party of Regions", which mentioned last name of former head of Donald Trump's election headquarters Paul Manafort. The court, based on analysis of news from various online publications, made the decision that Sytnyk and Leshchenko were interfering in the US elections. Then, Pavlo Vovk boasted on Channel 112 that Donald Trump and his lawyer Giuliani had referred to this decision as evidence of such interfering. After this interview, there was strong feeling that Pavlo Vovk was personally interested in such decision.

However, this decision was obviously illegal and absurd. It was made by Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal, which had completely cancelled it as illegal and unfounded on July 16, 2019. But such decisions can have catastrophic consequences for the authority of the state.
Blocked the dismissal of the head of the State Judicial Administration Kholodnyuk
Despite the competition of the new head of the State Judicial Administration, the winner cannot take his position from February 2019 due to blocking of this process according to DACK decision.

On January 17, 2019, the High Council of Justice announced competition for the position of the head of the State Judicial Administration. In February, Sergiy Pushkar was recognized as the winner.

However, current head of the SJA Zenoviy Kholodnyuk was not going to give up the position he had received in 2014, despite the fact that he was subject of lustration. He sent the appeal regarding results of the competition to District Administrative Court and filed the lawsuit to secure the appeal. At first, the judge Keleberda V. had refused him, but one month later he radically changed his mind and suspended the decision of the Competition Commission regarding winner of the competition. Thanks to this, Zenoviy Kholodnyuk still heads the SJA.

This is exactly about the case on released by the NABU "Vovk's tape recordings". Before suspending the appointment of the new head of the SJA, Pavlo Vovk and Zenoviy Kholodnyuk had discussed this case and what to do with securing the appeal. DACK head also stated that he had talked about the head of the SJA with Oleksandr Granovskyi, and the latter talked with the President Poroshenko. And everyone agreed that Kholodnyuk should be left in his position. That means that Pavlo Vovk completely controlled the course of consideration of Kholodnyuk's appeal.

In his turn, Zenoviy Kholodnyuk unreasonably announced competition to positions of members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges at Vovk's request. It was won by people appointed by Vovk in advance, including Sergiy Ostapets.
Satisfied the lawsuit of Portnov by declaring illegal the celebration of anniversaries of the number of figures of the UIA and the OUN in 2020
Kyiv District Administrative Court satisfied the appeal of former deputy head of the Presidential Administration during Yanukovych presidency Andriy Portnov and retroactively forbade the celebration of anniversaries of the number of Ukrainian figures, including head of the OUN Andriy Melnyk. This is stated in court decision as of January 19, 2021.

Portnov asked the court in his lawsuit to declare illegal and cancel the decision of Kyiv City Council as of February 27, 2020 regarding celebration of memorable dates and anniversaries in Kyiv in 2020.

It is about celebrating anniversaries of eight figures. Namely: head of the OUN Andriy Melnyk; Colonel of the Army of Ukrainian State, Adjutant of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi - Ivan Poltavets-Ostryanytsya; colonels of the UIA Vasyl Levkovych, Vasyl Sydor and Vasyl Galasa; writers Ulas Samchuk and Yuriy Lypa; Ukrainian scientist and editor of the "Encyclopedia of Ukrainian Studies" Volodymyr Kubiyovych.

Portnov in his appeal stated that celebration of anniversaries of these figures contradicted the law "On Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regime".

Portnov believes that intention to honor the above-mentioned figures "distorts essence of the national idea and casts shameful shadow on Ukraine in eyes of international community".

DACK judge Lyubov Marulina made the decision to satisfy the appeal of Portnov in full force. Decision of Kyiv City Council as of 2020 to celebrate memorable dates and anniversaries in the capital in 2020 was declared illegal and canceled.
DACK made the Ministry of Education and Science to review the description of events of the Revolution of Dignity in the History of Ukraine textbooks
On January 21, DACK judge Arsiriy made the Ministry of Education to ensure the review of History textbooks which mention events of the Revolution of Dignity, according to the appeal of Andriy Portnov, former head of the Presidential Administration during Yanukovych presidency. Arsiriy believes that historical facts about actions of Berkut on the Maydan have not been confirmed by regarding court decisions, and, therefore, they should be reconsidered.

Thus, Andriy Portnov demands to remove the stamp "Recommended" and review content of several school textbooks, which describe events of the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014. These are seven textbooks on the History of Ukraine for the 11th grades in 2019 and one History textbook for the 5th grade, which was published in 2018.

At first, on March 25, 2020, Portnov addressed the Ministry of Education and Science with the demand to review information in textbooks regarding events of the Revolution of Dignity. Portnov stated that authors of textbooks manipulated facts and scores, distorted information and fabricated facts.

As example of false information Portnov cites textbook on the History of Ukraine for the 11th grade of the profile level: "…on January 22, 2014, on the Day of Unity of Ukraine, Berkut snipers shot dead five Euromaydan activists on Grushevskogo street". Portnov emphasizes that authors "unequivocally and categorically" state that five activists were killed by law enforcement officers. Portnov believes that it is impossible to write like that, and refers to the Unified State Register of Court Decisions where there is no decision according to which Berkut officers were found guilty of murders as of the January 22, 2014.

According to Portnov, the Ministry of Education and Science allegedly did not consider his appeal, in fact, and provided only formal answer. Then, Portnov went to the DACK. The court found that the Ministry of Education and Science did not respond to the appeal properly and illegally refused to examine textbooks.
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