A rally in Donetsk, the Donetsk People's Republic, 2017
On May 22 during the First Studio talk show on the Russian Channel One, Sergey Kurginyan, the leader of the Essence of Time movement and a political scientist, said that discrimination against Russians in Ukraine is the same as it was in the US before the Civil War against black slaves.
Kurginyan reminded Michael Bohm, an American journalist, about the fair struggle of American abolitionists led by Lincoln against the oppression of Black people in the United States. He drew a parallel between this struggle and the struggle against the discrimination of Russians in Ukraine.
During the discussion, the political scientist asked the rhetorical question, whether the abolitionists in their time had the right to fight discrimination against an ethnic minority. And if that is true, then do we have the right today to fight discrimination against Russians … who are not even a minority, but who are placed in the same circumstances as Black people were placed in America?
Kurginyan stressed that if Lincoln fought against discrimination to have no “second-class people”, then the leaders of the DPR (the Donetsk People’s Republic – Editor) and the LPR (the Lugansk People’s Republic – Editor) are the same abolitionists. Today they are fighting to eliminate the same discrimination; therefore, the war in Donbass is a civil war.
After the coup d’etat in Ukraine, the new state ideology becomes a basis for Russophobia. The Maidan has untied the hands of various radical groups. With indulgence from the authorities, the radicals actively engage in the harassment of the Russian population, calling for ethnic cleansing and physical violence against those who think otherwise.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency