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Free the Kononovich brothers

TWO LEADERS of a Ukrainian communist youth movement have been arrested on trumped-up charges of spying for Russia and Belarus. Alexander and Mikhail Kononovich were arrested in Kiev on Sunday 6th March. Mikhail Kononovich is the first secretary of the Leninist Communist Youth Union of Ukraine.

The Kononovich brothers are known anti-fascist campaigners. Both have long been targeted by the fascist gangs and the secret police. No-one has seen them since. This constitutes a flagrant violation of their human and political rights – a reality which, sadly, is nothing new in Ukraine. It’s been happening since the fascist coup of 2014, which was supported by Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism.

The Leninist Youth is the youth wing of the still semi-legal Communist Party of Ukraine, but the party’s website and email channels were blocked by the regime at the start of the Russian intervention.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth has called for a global campaign to put pressure on the Kiev regime to free the brothers. Demand their immediate release. Express your concern about the state of their health. Make it clear that any harm to the lives of Alexander Kononovich and Mikhail Kononovich will be the responsibility of the Government of Ukraine.

This demand should be raised with local MPs as well as the Ukrainian embassy in London.