Since Ponomarev’s vote against annexing Crimea, he was condemned as a “national traitor.” He was a member of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, representing Siberia’s largest city.
Ilya Ponomarev, the only Russian lawmaker to vote against annexing Crimea, talked about Russian politics, Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and U.S.-Russia relations. Mr. Ponomarev said that President Putin was using anti-fascism propaganda as a reason for Russia’s activities in Ukraine. He said Putin was framing the narrative as Russia liberating Ukraine from the western fascists currently in power.
Since Ponomarev’s vote against annexing Crimea, he was condemned as a “national traitor.” He was a member of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, representing Siberia’s largest city. close
People in this video
Ariel Cohen Senior Research Fellow Heritage Foundation->Russian and Eurasian Studies
John Hilboldt Director Heritage Foundation->Lectures and Seminars
Ilya Ponomarev Member Russia->Parliament
- Heritage FoundationHeritage Foundation
Panelists talked about the May 25, 2014, presidential election in Ukraine. Topics included the implications of Ukraine’s…
U.S. Policy Toward Russia and Ukraine
Stephen Sestanovich talked about U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and other former Soviet Republics, following Russia’s…
President Obama on Sanctions Against Russia
President Obama announced that the U.S. would join with the European Union in additional economic sanctions against Russia…
Russian Intervention in Ukraine
Panelists talked about the implications of Russian intervention in Ukraine and provided U.S. foreign policy recommendations.…