Vladimir Bidyovka: It is important not to make hollow promises

The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka expressed his position on the imposition of martial law in Ukraine, shared the interim results of work under the exchange of experience with colleagues from the Russian Federation, and also described how the work of the deputies of the II Convocation would affect legislative processes.

You headed the People’s Council not so long ago. How did you perceive the vote? What a load of responsibility does a person, who heads the Legislative Assembly of the country, bear?

– I felt excitement until the last moment. After all, a degree of responsibility is increased with an appointment. However, it does not scare me, because we used to work flat out since 2014 and always ready for fruitful work. We have strength, desire and enthusiasm for it and, as for me, this is all that matters.

– You are not new to parliamentary work. As a deputy of the People’s Council of the I Convocation, you headed the Committee on Constitutional Law and State Building. There is more authority in a new post. Do you consider necessary to make any changes in the People’s Council’s work?

– Perhaps, someone would like to hear that we are going to change the parliament’s work drastically. But, to my thinking, the work is organized quite well. The Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, when he used to be the Head of the People’s Council, made enough efforts to build a structure for legislators’ work. Of course, you cannot say that there were no changes.

Is the new convocation fundamentally different from the former one? How will the emergence of new people affect the process of law-making?

– The parliament has been renewed, but I note that about 45% of deputies are from the first convocation. I think it is important that people, who already have considerable work experience, hold their positions. The main thing is to ensure a peculiar succession. In addition, the deputies of the People’s Council of the I Convocation will assist newcomers in some matters.

– Were there any difficulties in forming committees of the parliament?

– Currently, all working bodies are formed and functioning. There are no global problems. We have formed 16 committees and four provisional commissions. I think that it is possible to positively evaluate their work at this stage. A good example is a high presence of the deputies at plenary meetings. Thus, 99 deputies were present at the previous meeting, only one deputy was absent due to a reasonable excuse.

– What qualities should a deputy in Donbass have?

– I would single out three qualities. First of all, deputies should be professionals. Everyone is within their respective area. There is an opinion that legal education would allow deputies to work better in law-making. I do not think so. Someone is knowledgeable in medicine, someone – in agriculture or construction. The second quality, no matter how it is opposed to the first one, is universality. The deputies have to work with people, and they, in turn, address them with completely different issues, from personal to global ones, the solution of which is possible only at the state level. The third one is being honest with voters, colleagues and themselves. The main thing is not to make hollow promises.

– How many draft bills are planned to be considered before the end of the current session and in what areas?

– All deputies without exception actively work and cooperate. We have adopted six laws in a short time: “On amending the articles 204 and 435 of the law of the DPR ‘On customs regulation’”, “On amending the article 21 of the law of the DPR ‘Consular regulations’”, “On amending articles 43 of the law of the DPR ‘On the framework of state regulation of trade activity, foodservice sector and consumer services’”, laws “On Victory Banner”, “On the Government of the Donetsk People’s Republic” and “On amending the Constitution of the Donetsk People’s Republic”.

Now deputies are engaged in laws on notarial system and state service. This work will be continued in the next session, which will start in February 2019. The current one will end in the end of December, the parliament will have a vocation in January. I note that deputies are ready to gather during holidays in case of urgent necessity.

– How is the work on the synchronization of legislations of the Republics with colleagues from the LPR going?

– We continue to work on joint draft bills. We have created a working group that meets together through a videoconference in case of necessity. Currently, we are working closely in the development of the Civil Code. It is often referred to as the second Constitution, so work on it must be done carefully. Another result of our joint activity and close cooperation is the law “On Victory Banner”, which was adopted at the last meeting.

– Does the integration with Russia, about which people are constantly talking about in Donetsk, implies the synchronization of legislations? If so, in what areas this has been achieved?

– The Russian parliament has a rich history, wealth of experience, and we try to adopt it. I believe that it would be totally wrong if we did not pay attention to the experience of the country that supports us in the integration that our people aspire to. We used the experience of the Russian Federation while working on the formation of a judicial system. Of course, we use as a basis that the Russian Federation has already been tested at both federal and regional levels in the development of our legislation.

– I would like to touch upon the issue of the imposition of sanctions by EU for holding the elections in Donbass. You are in a sanction list.

– I see no point in these sanctions. I have no accounts in the EU countries and Ukraine. Politically speaking, this is nonsense when the EU is trying to scare and punish for the fact that people held and organized elections, which are, in fact, one of the pillars of democracy in every modern society. On the contrary, if the European Union advocated a peaceful resolution of the conflict, it would welcome the elections in Donbass.

How do you assess the martial law imposed on November 26 in Ukraine?

– Martial law has been imposed in regions with a large number of Russia-speaking population and low support of the current government. Thus, Petro Poroshenko and his team decided to get rid of those, who were not part of his electorate. Power intimidates people.

– In your opinion, how may the martial law affect the settlement of the conflict in Donbass?

– Negatively, considering that the western countries, including the United States, encourage Ukraine to conduct aggressive actions. Think, for instance, of the resumption of deliveries of lethal weapons to Kiev. To date, Ukraine is seeking its salvation in confrontation. The martial law exacerbates the situation at the line of demarcation, but we are ready for any eventuality.

– How do you see the future of the Donetsk People’s Republic?

– I see certainly prosperous future. I see the DPR being economically stable state. The integration with Russia will help us in this. We will not get off this path.

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