In particular, the farmers are appealing to the Members of Parliament over the loss of 30,000 jobs created by the holding. It has already led to significant shortfalls for Ukraine’s national budget. Moreover, the employees ask MPs to address Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova to enforce the court rulings and transfer the cases initiated against the holding with violations of the procedures to impartial law enforcement agencies for further investigation.
Thus, Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court, by its ruling dated January 21, 2021, obliged Prosecutor General Venediktova to consider the motion to change the investigative jurisdiction of the case, recognizing the conflict of interest of officials and groundlessness of suspicions. However, she has not yet complied with the court ruling.
“We ask you, as Member of Parliament, to pay attention to the problem that threatens not only our company but also the entire agricultural sector of our country, as well as jeopardizing Ukraine’s economic stability and food security. We ask you to address Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova as regards the transfer of the cases initiated with violations of the procedural norms, which are contrary to the interests of the state and just common sense, to impartial law enforcement agencies for investigation,” the farmers said in the letters addressed to the lawmakers.
UkrLandFarming is one of the largest Ukrainian agro-industrial holdings whose enterprises are located in 22 Ukrainian regions. They work with 298,000 owners of plots of land and provide social assistance to 706 villages. A year ago, the company had about 30,000 employees. As of 2021, some 13,000 of them lost their jobs since 37 companies of the agricultural holding had been shut down over NABU’s persecution.