Khodorkovsky: 'Russian propaganda lies, as always'

One of Vladimir Putin's biggest critics, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, accused Russia of being complicit in police violence against Ukrainian protesters on Kiev's Independence Square.

Volunteers greet Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Kiev's Independence Square Credit: REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin

The former Russian oil tycoon, addressing a crowd on the square where demonstrators rose up against Ukraine's Moscow-backed president, dismissed suggestions by Moscow that the protesters are "neo-fascists" bent on violence.

"Russian propaganda lies, as always. There are no fascists or Nazis here," Mr Khodorkovsky said.

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