Zelensky bans pro-Russian opposition party as Zoolander actor fawns over him

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President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government has officially banned the pro-Russian opposition party, Opposition Platform — For Life, citing its very close ties with Putin and the Kremlin.

While this was taking place, Zelensky found time to meet with Hollywood celebrity Ben Stiller, who appeared exuberant at the meeting with the olive green t-shirt clad actor-turned-president.

According to RadioFreeEurope, the Administrative Court of Appeals No. 8 ruled on Wednesday that the Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) would be banned from Ukraine, and that all its property and assets would be taken by the State Treasury.

The move is the final step in a sequence that began with the suspension of pro-Russian parties on March 20. OPZZh was by far the largest, holding 44 out of 450 seats in parliament.

The party’s leader, Viktor Medvedchuk, was one of the richest men in Ukraine, and openly advocated for closer ties with Russia. As RFE reports, Medvedchuk had vacationed with Putin, and even made the Russian leader his daughter’s godfather.

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