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Russia: 'We made the right choice' - Crimean militiaman on referendum anniversary02:59

Russia: 'We made the right choice' - Crimean militiaman on referendum anniversary

Russian Federation, Simferopol
March 16, 2019 at 22:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Leonid Lebedev, a member of the People's Militia of the Crimea, believes that the Crimeans, who voted in a 2014 referendum to join Russia, made the right choice.

He also recalled the events at the building of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea five years ago in an interview from the region's de facto capital Simferopol on Saturday.

"I do not doubt for a moment that we made the right choice," said Leonid.

It was his recollection that "the whole of Crimea did not support the movement that was in Kiev."

In 2014, demonstrations forced the overthrow of the Viktor Yanukovych's government and led indirectly to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine.

That belief is unwavering, even with the passage of time.

"No matter what they say here, over these five years, the fact that they have already come to Russia, about the terrible bureaucratic machine in Russia, the fact that there are high taxes there, about something else here and there, about that utility payments are growing - all of this is nonsense compared to what is happening in Donbass," Leonid noted.

While re-enacting the night of February 26, 2014, when two people were killed and more than 70 people injured in clashes near the State Council building, Leonid said that the Maidan supporters used knives wrapped in scotch tape to psychologically intimidate their opponents.

A series of events marking the five-year anniversary since Crimea joined Russia will take place between March 15 and 18.

Russia: 'We made the right choice' - Crimean militiaman on referendum anniversary02:59
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Leonid Lebedev, a member of the People's Militia of the Crimea, believes that the Crimeans, who voted in a 2014 referendum to join Russia, made the right choice.

He also recalled the events at the building of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea five years ago in an interview from the region's de facto capital Simferopol on Saturday.

"I do not doubt for a moment that we made the right choice," said Leonid.

It was his recollection that "the whole of Crimea did not support the movement that was in Kiev."

In 2014, demonstrations forced the overthrow of the Viktor Yanukovych's government and led indirectly to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine.

That belief is unwavering, even with the passage of time.

"No matter what they say here, over these five years, the fact that they have already come to Russia, about the terrible bureaucratic machine in Russia, the fact that there are high taxes there, about something else here and there, about that utility payments are growing - all of this is nonsense compared to what is happening in Donbass," Leonid noted.

While re-enacting the night of February 26, 2014, when two people were killed and more than 70 people injured in clashes near the State Council building, Leonid said that the Maidan supporters used knives wrapped in scotch tape to psychologically intimidate their opponents.

A series of events marking the five-year anniversary since Crimea joined Russia will take place between March 15 and 18.