"What is political oppression? Let's interpret notions in the same way. Political oppression is illegal persecution of political opponents for their political activities. When a person is accused of murder, tax evasion, embezzlement in especially big amounts, abuse of power, and when a person is notified of being suspected of having organized and paid for murder, what political oppression are we talking about?" Kuzmin said at the Freedom of Speech political talk show on the ICTV Channel on Monday.
Kuzmin also said he wondered how one could see a political motive in the case in which Tymoshenko is suspected of having organized the murder of parliamentarian Yevhen Scherban.
"Today, when convict Tymoshenko was notified of being a suspect in the murder case everyone went into hysteric. Dear friends, this should not be politicized," he said.
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