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Russian democratic leader urges West not to ignore Ukraine’s pro-nationalist policy

March 24, 2014, 18:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Sergei Mitrokhin said the events in Ukraine have shown once again that violence, when applied for the sake of regime changes, leads to disastrous consequences
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Sergei Mitrokhin

Sergei Mitrokhin

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MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leader of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko (Apple), Sergei Mitrokhin, urges the West to refrain from double standards and take note of some unacceptable aspects of Ukraine’s domestic policy, such as discrimination against ethnic minorities, Mitrokhin said in an official speech published on Monday. The speech was prepared for a panel meeting on the prospects for Russia, Ukraine, Europe today and tomorrow, which was held in Vienna on March 29.

Despite the fact that Russian authorities criticized the statement, Mitrokhin claimed that a violent regime change was extremely dangerous.

“The events in Ukraine have shown once again that violence, when applied for the sake of regime changes, leads to disastrous consequences. What is more, the example of the Russian revolution of 1917 demonstrated that violence can even lead to the establishment of a far harsher regime than the previous one”, he said.

Mitrokhin is sure that, when it comes to regime changes, they should be performed without either left- or right-wing radical members, as their aim is to involve the democratic forces into different risky adventures, undermine the democrats’ reputation and weaken their activity.

“So it is crucial to separate the democrats from all the nationalist and radical parties beforehand”, he said.

As far as the Western countries are concerned, Mitrokhin expects them to consider the situation with utmost honesty, based on European values and free from double standards. He added that the West should not ignore Ukraine’s government alliance with nationalist groups and their discriminating policy regarding ethnic minorities.

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