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Ukraine Live Day 659
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Viktor Yanukovych Says He Wants To Return To Politics
4 years
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Former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine at the height of the EuroMaidan protests after demonstrators were shot dead, has told Russian state media that he plans to return to politics. 

Yanukovych has maintained a low profile while living in self-imposed exile in Russia. He was notably absent from the 'alternative government' proposed by several of his former ministers in July.

Yanukovych told RIA Novosti (translated by The Interpreter):

"I want to return to politics. Today I'm doing everything in my powers to do so. Firstly, I'm giving a lot of help to people being persecuted in Ukraine."

The former president said that he was also in contact with current Ukrainian politicians, claiming that:

"Many of them are less hesitant and afraid today than they were, relatively speaking, a year ago. They already feel comfortable when we meet and discuss issues."

The full interview and transcript will be published over the next two days.

-- Pierre Vaux