If the pro-Russian forces win the parliamentary elections, the movement of Ukraine towards Europe could slow down significantly, according to Polozov.
Russian lawyer and human rights activist Nikolay Polozov said the Kremlin will use captured Ukrainian sailors to influence Ukrainian domestic politics, especially parliamentary elections.
"The Kremlin will exploit the issue of prisoners of war to influence Ukrainian domestic politics – not the presidential elections but rather the parliamentary elections, because Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic," he told Pryamiy TV Channel.
The lawyer said that some opposition politicians could use captured marines for public relations.
"I will not call the names of some politicians, but if two, three or five prisoners of war return and some opposition politicians say," I did, "they will show them on TV, the people will see this, saying "Good work …" or their political strength could do it ".
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If pro-Russian forces win the parliamentary elections, the movement of Ukraine towards Europe could slow down significantly, stressed Polozov.
"Of course, the parliamentary elections in Ukraine are more critical for the Kremlin: if a significant number of people or political forces who oppose the movement towards European integration enter parliament, they could seriously slow down the course of reforms and become a obstacle for the executive So, I think the Kremlin is betting on interference in the parliamentary elections. "
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