State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin called on Europe to condemn the march of nationalists, which took place in Kiev. Russia will fight the revival of fascism in Ukraine. Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma for CIS Affairs, announced this on the air of the Ekho Moskvy radio station:
“The proposal of Viacheslav Volodin is certainly inspired by the post-New Year’s Eve Bandera in Kiev and other cities of Ukraine. We in Russia will never accept the fact that someone is trying to let the fraternal people go down the wrong path. It is not so much a matter of persecution of nationalists as of persecution of those who are reviving fascism in Ukraine today. In Ukrainian, fascism, collaboration, and nationalism are in one bottle. Of course, we will, earlier, both today and in the future, fight this evil in all possible ways, ”he said.
The deputy noted that Russia protects the rights of the Russian-speaking population.
“First of all, of course, we defend the rights of the Russian and Russian-speaking population of Ukraine, which is trying to infringe upon today. Defending these rights, we are faced with the evil will of an aggressive minority, today we are trying to revise the history of the second half of the 20th century. We will never accept this, and this struggle will continue as long as such tendencies exist, ”he concluded.
State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin called on Europe to condemn the march of nationalists, which took place in Kiev. The head of the lower house approved that “it is unacceptable when in the 21st century the leaders of Nazism are again glorified, who organized atrocities, were accomplices of the Nazis, burned villages to the ground,” and also killed the elderly, women and children. According to V. Volodin, the person responsible for the action should be punished. The Speaker of the State Duma will note that the European Parliament, PACE and OSCE should condemn what happened, the sanctions in the Ukrainian leadership and do everything to prevent the revival of nationalism in Europe.
The procession in honor of Stepan Bandera’s birthday, which was reacted by V. Volodin, took place yesterday in Ukraine. According to the Euronews TV channel, according to the Ukrainian police, about three and a half thousand people took part in the actions across the country. The most numerous march was organized in Kiev – people marched through the capital with torches and portraits of Bandera.
The Ukrainian authorities recognized Bandera’s birthday as an official holiday in 2018. Torchlight processions in his memory annually.