11:14 10.12.2013

Some Russian liberal opposition members attend Kyiv rallies

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Several members of the St. Petersburg branch of Russia's RPR-Parnas opposition party have taken part in pro-European Union protests on Independence Square in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Andrei Pivovarov, co-chairman of the RPR-PARNAS branch in St. Petersburg, told Interfax on Monday that four regional branch representatives "felt the emotional impulse to go there and back supporters of Ukraine's association agreement with the EU."

"The guys went there last weekend. This trip was their personal initiative, prompted by their strong interest in the ongoing events in Kyiv," he said.

Andrei Dmitriyev, head of The Other Russia Party's regional branch, for his part, disagreed with the liberal opposition's stance, adding that The Other Russia members had not attended the rallies in Kyiv.

"We did not go to Maidan. But if we had done so, we would have protested against integration [with the EU]. We would have protested against those who wipe their feet on the Soviet flag and topple Lenin monuments," he said.

Dmitriyev believes that the current demonstrations in Ukraine are directed against Russia.

"Both Russians and most Ukrainians do not like that. I think that Ukraine is heading toward a split," he added.

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