Andriy Smoliy, politologist, on May 16, assessed the consideration of the Surkis brothers' lawsuit against the NBU for UNN:
The consideration of the Surkis brothers' lawsuit against the NBU in the case of PrivatBank is an extremely important "stage" in the entire judicial process, which continues not only in Ukrainian but also in international courts. And the position of government authorities in defense of Ukraine's positions is quite logical, in contrast to the public "demarches" organized by the judges of the Supreme Court the day before.
«In general, we have already seen that the judicial system in many cases is on the side of the Surkis, and not on the side of the Ukrainian state. It all started in April 2019, when there was the first decision of the Kyiv District Administrative Court regarding Privat. And we see a dependent judiciary from certain oligarchic structures, as well as a rather non-pluralistic position of our judges. And even now, when we talk about the Supreme Court, «he said.
Commenting on the statement of the Supreme Court judges about the "pressure" they saw in the words of Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, Smoliy explained: “Any state authorities must, first of all, stand on the side of the state. And that's logical. « When the office of the Prosecutor General or any other law enforcement agency says that it protects the interests of the state, it is a normal European practice, the practice of civilized countries" said Smoliy.
Otherwise, it would be very strange if the state and its representatives publicly declared the protection of the interests of the oligarch, or any private entity in a joint dispute.
“Ukrainian legislation clearly stipulates that the state must protect its interests and the interests of its citizens".
Accordingly, in the case of PrivatBank: back in 2016-2017, when the bank was nationalized, and when the NBU first appointed a temporary and then a permanent administration, the state protected citizens of Ukraine from losing their funds, salaries, fees and deposits.
That is why now, when the Supreme Court, some judges or representatives of the Surkis and those who are close to them say that there is some pressure from the state, I am just surprised” Smoliy said.