It is “disappointing” to see an anti-fascist march in Kyiv being cancelled following death threats to the organisers, Ilya Ponomarev, a prominent Russian opposition politician in exile tells Hromadske. Ponomarev was invited to join the event by the organisers of the march, that takes place every year as a tribute to murdered Russian human rights activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova.
Ponomarev states that the situation reflects “the general right wing turn of Ukrainian society” that has “happened after Maidan 2014” and yet despite the “right wing inclination of the authorities”, does not believe that “anyone in the Ukrainian administration would organise neo-nazis” to turn up at the march.
Ilya Ponomarev, Member of the Russian Parliament, was interviewed by Hromadske in Kyiv on January 22nd, 2016. The interview was filmed by Alexandra Azarkhina and Paul Gogo.