Human rights activists in Ukraine have condemned President Vladimir Zelensky for his efforts to strip his political opponents of Ukrainian citizenship.
In their statement, which was published on the website Strana.ua, human rights activists noted that Zelensky was “resorting to the totalitarian Soviet practice of stripping citizenship from his political opponents.”
They reminded Zelensky that Ukraine’s constitution forbids revocation of citizenship.
Earlier, Zelenskyy called on Western countries to ban all Russian citizens from entering their territory.
“The most important sanctions are to close the borders — because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land,” Zelenskyy said in a statement to the Washington Post.
He added that Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”
In his opinion, this should also involve those Russians who left the country protesting the government’s actions. “Whichever kind of Russian <… > make them go to Russia,” he said, noting that the entire Russian population should be held responsible.
“The population picked this government and they’re not fighting it, not arguing with it, not shouting at it,” he pointed out.