Pro-Russian association in Ukraine preparing Slavic March in Kiev on Nov 4

A Slavic March cleared by Ukrainian authorities will be held in Kiev on November 4 as part of the traditional Russian March, says Dmitry Dyomushkin, the leader of the nationalist association Russkiye (Russians).

"A Slavic March will be held on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] in Kiev at noon on November 4 as a sign of solidarity with the Russian March in Russia. The action's organizer is the political party SPAS. One thousand participants has been declared," Dyomushkin told Interfax.

The event has received clearance from the authorities, Dyomushkin said. "It is given to anyone in Ukraine in three days, because it's in fact notification rather than clearance there," he said.

"The main motto of the action will be 'Slavs are united'. The action organizers intend to stand up against war between brotherly nations," Dyomushkin said. The participants will also speak in support for Alexander Potkin (Belov), a leader of Russkiye, who has been arrested in Russia on suspicion of committing an economic crime.

The SPAS party is "considered pro-Russian, and therefore they are certainly having hard times in Kiev these days," Dyomushkin said. "SPAS was in a coalition with the currently banned Slavic Union in 2005. Russkiye is also cooperating with them today. This political force is anti-Bolshevik in its essence. In fact, the action was renamed Slavic March because so that it's not associated with the Communists, who conducted their Russian March in the southeast," he said.

The Slavic March organizers are currently holding negotiations with a number of parties and organizations in Kiev and with a representative of the Azov volunteer battalion concerning their participation in the march, he said.


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