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Prof. Petr Khomyakov, the Russian scientist and writer, said during his press conference in Kyiv Aug. 13 that he is outraged by Pres Medvedev arrogant letter to Pres Yushchenko and has asked for political asylum in Ukraine.
“Medvedev’s hardball attack against Pres Yushchenko has been due to the fact that nourishing a foreign enemy hoax is Kremlin’s last chance to remain in power. The Russian regime, let alone Russia, is far from stable. Despite its token stability, Russia is very close to collapse,” Homyakov said.
By Aug. 2010, the Russian scientist forecast, Russia may find itself on the brink of existence.
“I am loath to live in present-day Russia, in the country which restores the worst features of totalitarian regime and meddles with democratic development of its neighbors. By appealing to Pres Yushchenko for political asylum, I want to save my life which can be crushed by the regime’s lawlessness. I hope. I will be useful in promoting civilized social, economic and political relationships on the post-Soviet space,” he added.
The Russian professor has sent a letter to Pres Yushchenko, requesting political asylum, saying the Russian authorities have accused him of creating an extremist organization and filed a criminal case.
In his comments to our correspondent in Kyiv, Homyakov said Kremlin will try to play off a gas card to back its presidential candidate in Ukraine.
“In such situations, the Russian regime typically resorts to gas leverage, and this is likely to happen. Given the Russian regime’s increasing arrogance, they will put it bluntly: “If you elect our candidate we will cut the gas price by $15. If you elect another candidate, we will hike the gas price by $50,” Homyakov noted.
The life in Ukraine is more civilized and democratic, Homyakov went on, and this can be seen at the first glance. “Unlike Russia, there is political life in Ukraine. Russia is a closed regime run by a clan that grabbed power. The transfer of power is subject to clan traditions,” he said.