‘Putin will be gone soon’: Exiled Russian dissident Ilya Ponomarev
06 April 2022 | 3:15 pm
Exiled Russian dissident Ilya Ponomarev gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from Kyiv. The former Russian lawmaker was the only member of the Douma to vote against the annexation of Crimea back in 2014 and now lives in Ukraine.
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