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Ukrainian lawmaker stripped of immunity not to seek asylum in Russia

June 03, 2014, 17:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Oleh Tsariov was on his way to Moscow to open an office of the Popular Front, a movement recently created in southeastern Ukraine
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Oleh Tsariov (center) with his guards

Oleh Tsariov (center) with his guards

© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin

MOSCOW, June 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian lawmaker Oleh Tsariov, leader of the South-East movement whom the Ukrainian parliament has stripped of immunity, has no plans to ask Moscow to grant him asylum and will continue his activity in Ukraine, his associate told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

He confirmed the media reports that Tsariov was on his way to Moscow to open an office of the Popular Front, a movement recently created in southeastern Ukraine.

"He won't ask for asylum. He will continue his current activity," the source said adding that the new threat of being taken to prison was nothing compared with the continuing risks to his life.

Oleh Tsariov had been running for the post of the Ukrainian president, but hewithdrew from the election campaignon his own free will. Tsariov also called on the other presidential candidates, whose basic electorate was concentrated in the south-east of Ukraine, to quit the presidential race. "The election being held amidst the civil war should be boycotted," Tsariov said then.

Tsariov in an interview with Rossiya24 TV channel on May 25 refused to recognize the presidential election in Ukraine as legitimate and called into question the organization of the elections. "There is no talk about the election being legitimate. Donbass, Luhansk and Donetsk had not voted for any presidential candidate. Poroshenko was supported by voters mostly in the west of Ukraine. Therefore, we insist that it was a choice only of half of Ukraine," Tsariov told Vesti 24 TV channel.

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