Kiev protest over Russian election
Dozens of right-wing activists blocked the entrance to Russia’s embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, where a polling station was set up for Russian citizens wishing to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections. One demonstrator was detained in a scuffle with police and another carried an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A leader of the nationalist Svoboda party, Igor Miroshnichenko, was among the demonstrators yesterday. He said Ukraine should “not allow the enemy and state aggressor that stole Crimea to conduct illegal elections in Ukraine”. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 following the months of unrest that drove out Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president. Russia’s weekend parliament elections took place under new rules that in principle could bring genuine opposition into the national legislature.
DEMONSTRATOR: An activist in Kiev holds a mock figure of Russian President Vladimir Putin