Will Azarov’s government in exile save Ukraine?


Nikolai Azarov, ex-PM of Ukraine

July 31, 2015

National News Service

Translated by Kristina Rus

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolai Azarov wants to create a “government in exile”.

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolai Azarov announced that on August 3 he will present in Moscow the so-called “Committee for the salvation of Ukraine”, which is, in fact, a “government in exile”. It will include former people’s deputies of Ukraine from the Party of Regions: Igor Markov, Vladimir Oleynik and Oleg Tsarev. The head of the government in exile will become Nikolai Azarov.

In addition, the committee will present an alternative candidate for President — according to media reports, it will be Vladimir Oleynik.

The speaker of the Parliament of Novorossia Oleg Tsarev told NSN, that it is too early to speak about his participation in the “government in exile”.

“I support this idea, but I can not say if I will take part in that committee. I have been on “the front line” for too long, I want to pass the opportunity to prove themselves to other politicians. But I am ready to help them with advice and support. I have great respect both for Mr. Azarov personally, and to other politicians, who are considered for the project. Now they are considering establishing such a committee, choosing a place and the participants,” ― said the politician.

According to him, the people of Ukraine need to hear an alternative point of view on the events that are happening in the country.

“Enough time has passed, but in Ukraine there is still no possibility for opposition politicians to express their opinion. The presence of opposition is an integral part of a democratic society. In Ukraine today it is impossible. My colleagues, friends, journalists and politicians, even those who have left politics, are murdered. Politicians who express their point of view, are beaten, put in trash cans,” – says Oleg Tsarev.

The politician is convinced that Ukraine has become a dictatorship, where the expression of views different from the authorities is impossible. The alternative, according to Tsarev, can be a “government in exile”.

“I think that the idea to create an institution that would criticize the actions of the authorities and to share their point of view through the Internet and mass media with the citizens of Ukraine is a good thing. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, every citizen has the right to receive information. Now they are deprived of this right and receive only one-sided information,” – stated Oleg Tsarev.

Additionally, according to media reports, Nikolai Azarov and his team allegedly agreed on the project of creating a “government in exile” with the Russian leadership.

Nikolai Azarov headed the Ukrainian government from 2010 until the beginning of 2014 — during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. After the change of power in the country [through a violent coup] he left Ukraine, where he was charged with abuse of power. Azarov together with other representatives of former Ukrainian authorities was included in the sanctions lists of the European Union.

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