Kiev protest over Rus­sian elec­tion

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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

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