Authored by Andrey Derkach, an MP with the Volya Narodu Party, the scandalous amendment to the 2016 budget was approved by the Ukrainian Parliament’s budget committee.

Ukrainian MP Victor Chumak revealed the identity of the scandalous amendment's author on his Facebook page. According to him, members of the budget committee approved the proposal put forward by the former member of the Party of Regions but it is not yet clear why they did so.