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Ukraine suspecting Russian politicians of financing separatism

July 25, 2014, 14:31 UTC+3 KIEV
The Interior Ministry instituted a criminal case against the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu
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KIEV, July 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has instituted criminal cases against two Russian politicians, Vladimir Zhirinovsky who leads the conservative traditionalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), Zorian Shkiryak, an advisor to the Interior Minister told reporters Friday.

Zhirinovsky and Zyuganov are suspected of financing “separatist activities aimed at changing the boundaries of territories and the state border of Ukraine.”

Still earlier, the Interior Ministry instituted a criminal case against the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, citing a clause over “the setting up of paramilitary or armed units not envisioned by law.

CPRF officials and activists reacted to the report from Kiev with a good deal of sarcasm, saying the institution of criminal cases against the two widely popular politicians was like a shot of water for an elephant.

“While you read this story, you inadvertently recall a phrase from a Russian classic, And who are the judges?,” Ivan Melnikov, first deputy chairman of the CPRF, told reporters. “And the judges are punitive mercenaries whose arms are tainted with their fellow-countrymen’s blood up to the elbow,” he said. “In the future, when the Ukrainian people wake up, they will be brought to a tribunal and they should think about it before falling asleep.” “Before this happens, they will have every opportunity to play these games, which are like shots of water for an elephant,” Melnikov said.

Unlike the incumbent authorities in Kiev, Gennady Zyuganov feels Ukraine with his heart and he is really distressed for it, he said. “They’ve gone off the rails,” Duma deputy Yaroslav Nilov who is deputy chairman of the LDPR caucus in the lower house told ITAR-TASS as he described the opening of the criminal cases. “Such moves defy the boundaries of commons sense,” he added. “If they think the aid that the LDPR consigned to refugees who had fled Eastern Ukraine was tantamount to a criminal offense, they should be told to go study the fundamental postulations of law once again,” Nilov said. “I personally wouldn’t recommend anyone to stir Zhirinovsky,” he said.

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