Kharkiv is coming around
Konstantin Kevorkyan, head of the Kharkiv Persha Stolitsya video channel, says that Russian sentiments dominate in the city
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"There are various sentiments in the city, but I have a feeling that Kharkiv is gradually coming around. There are several reasons for that: from economic difficulties (retail prices illustrate the gap between ideology and real life). Another reason is that people don’t want to lose their social connections: they are surrounded by Russian culture and have many friends and relatives in Russia," Kevorkyan told the online publication Odna Rodyna.
He believes that the first sign of change is the victory of the Opposition Bloc in the Verkhovna Rada elections in almost every district of Kharkiv. He said that Kharkiv showed almost a zero turnout, and those who did show up “completely ignored the current Kyiv government.” Answering question on fascism in Ukraine, Kevorkyan said there is fascism, but noted that it has acquired a slightly different meaning.
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"Fascism, as we see it now, is a certain attitude of the state toward intellectual groups, or national minorities when it’s punishing them through repression and ideology, and bans all opposition activity. All this is present in modern Ukraine," he said. Kevorkyan believes that the people who are now in power are deliberately emphasizing their historical succession from Hitler and Mussolini, as well as Bandera ideology.
In April, Kevorkyan launched an initiative by the Kharkiv intelligentsia, called “The Address of A Hundred,” where cultural workers, journalists and political scientists spoke for Ukraine’s federalization as the only means to avoid mass bloodshed in the country