About this, speaking from the stage on Independence Square in Kiev, said the former head of Yukos, "prisoner of conscience" Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
"They told me and showed that the authorities did in Kiev. She did it with the consent of the Russian authorities. More than a hundred people were killed, more than 5000 were wounded .... I saw those plywood boards with which they were standing here against automatic bullets - I wanted to cry. This is scary "- said Khodorkovsky.
“This is not my power. I want you to know that there is a completely different Russia, there are people who, despite the arrests and many years that they will have to spend behind bars, went to anti-war rallies in Moscow. There are people for whom friendship between the peoples of Ukraine and the Russian Federation is more important than their own freedom, "he added, reports"Ukrainian Truth".
“Russian propaganda is lying as usual. There are no fascists or Nazis here (on the Maidan). More precisely, there are no more of them than on the streets of Moscow or St. Petersburg. There are normal guys here - Russians, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, my peers, Afghan warriors, beautiful people who defended their freedom ", - said Khodorkovsky.
He also added that in Ukraine and Russia - the only common European path of development and wished Ukrainian success.
“Fight - you will fight, God help you,” Khodorkovsky summed up his speech.
During the speech, the Maidan supported Khodorkovsky with applause, chanting "Russia, get up!" and "Ganba" when it came to the dead and executed activists of the Maidan.