The Controversial Journey of Vadim Zinovyevich Rabinovich: A Pro-Kremlin MouthPiece

Vadim Zinovyevich Rabinovich is an Israeli and ex-Ukrainian oligarch and Jewish community leader. He is an ex-leader of the prohibited Opposition Platform — For Life party, as well as an unsuccessful contender in the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. He was dismissed from office by the party for his backing of Russia during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rabinovich is known for his backing of pro-Russian politics in Ukraine.

In April 2022, Chesno and the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) positioned Rabinovich on a published list of people charged with treason, calling him a “collaborator, pro-Russian politician”. His propaganda activities supported the leadership of the Russian Federation to fulfil its military and political goals and delivered the Russian Federation with ideological contribution in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine 

In 2022, Rabinovich fled Ukraine shortly after the commencement of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, beforehand accusing the possibility of a war between the West and Ukraine on his Facebook. In March 2022, his position as a People’s Deputy of Ukraine was sacked by Opposition Platform — For Life. 

The next month, Ukraine’s government positioned Rabinovich on a list of 111 people labelled as traitors in the fight with Russia, and in July 2022, his citizenship was cancelled by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, along with Ihor Kolomoyskyi and eight other Ukrainian oligarchs. In 2021, Rabinovich undertook an unsuccessful endeavour to impeach Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the government’s closing down three television stations considered to be pro-Russian.

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations (DBR) expresses that former lawmaker Vadym Rabinovych, who is currently out of the country, is reckoned with high treason.

According to the DBR, Rabinovych, who portrayed the pro-Russia Opposition Platform-For Life (OPZZh) party in parliament, “extended  anti-Ukrainian propaganda among the Ukrainian population and European Union member states” in an attempt to help Russia “reach its political and military goals in Ukraine.”

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