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Ukraine: Dozens rally against political violence and xenophobia in Kiev01:17

Ukraine: Dozens rally against political violence and xenophobia in Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
January 19, 2017 at 21:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Left-wing activists gathered in St. Michael's square in Kiev, Thursday, to protest against xenophobia and in commemoration of victims of political violence.

Activists held banners reading "To remember means to fight" with images of Human Rights Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, who were shot dead on 19 January 2009 in central Moscow. They chanted "Stas and Nastya died for the truth" and "Less fear, more freedom."

A former member of the State Duma, Ilya Ponomarev, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in Kiev, stated "I am here because the rally is held in commemoration of my friends, with whom I socialised, to share memories with like-minded people. I think this is important because of the problem of the confrontation between the left and right, anti-fascists and fascists, which is currently not only a problem in Russia, but also in Ukrainian society."

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Left-wing activists gathered in St. Michael's square in Kiev, Thursday, to protest against xenophobia and in commemoration of victims of political violence.

Activists held banners reading "To remember means to fight" with images of Human Rights Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, who were shot dead on 19 January 2009 in central Moscow. They chanted "Stas and Nastya died for the truth" and "Less fear, more freedom."

A former member of the State Duma, Ilya Ponomarev, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in Kiev, stated "I am here because the rally is held in commemoration of my friends, with whom I socialised, to share memories with like-minded people. I think this is important because of the problem of the confrontation between the left and right, anti-fascists and fascists, which is currently not only a problem in Russia, but also in Ukrainian society."

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