: Ex-militant leader launches movement on 'Ukraine and Belarus returning to Russia'

11:29 May. 30, 2016

Ex-militant leader launches movement on 'Ukraine and Belarus returning to Russia'

Igor Strelkov, a former chief of pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, holds a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 30, 2014 (AP Photo)

Igor Strelkov announces the creation of Russian National Movement

Former 'defence minister' of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Igor Girkin aka Strelkov announced the creation of 'Russian National Movement'. This is reported by Girkin's organization Novorossiya (New Russia).

The newly set-up union held its congress in Moscow on Saturday, 28 May and published its political declaration. According to the document, the movement is striving to "revive Russia as a Russian national state, serving interests of the Russian nation."

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The declaration states that "the lands where Russian people live and which are watered with blood of Russian people, have the right to become part of Russia."

The members of the new movement are in favour of "uniting the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and other Russian lands into a single all-Russian state and transforming the entire territory of the former USSR in the unconditional Russian zone of influence."

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Members of the Russian National Movement also suggest introducing a point system for migrant workers, abolishing "all norms that violate human rights and freedoms", releasing political prisoners, "returning freedom of political life to citizens" and cancelling laws on internet control.

"We refuse to support the current political regime," say the movement members in their declaration.

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Igor Strelkov, who calls himself an FSB (Russian Security Service) officer, was a leader of Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine for several months in 2014. From May to August 2014 he 'defence minister' of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. After resigning from his post, he left the Donbas region.

In October Girkin said that he could create a party in Russia which would oppose President Vladimir Putin. It must respond to such "challenges" as the "influx of migrants" and "fascist threat", he noted in his statement.

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