As reported by the press service of the party, he stated it commenting on the 1 January's torchlight procession in Kyiv on the anniversary of the birth of head of the Ukrainian Nationalists Organization Stepan Bandera. When marching on Kreshchatyk guys in masks shouted slogans, including ones against the Russian.
"When you hear slogans "Knife the Moscovites" and other unhealthy Nazi threats, the task of law enforcement officers is to react instead of just standing by! Violators must be criminally sanctioned. This is a direct incitement to ethnic hatred and the expression of extreme intolerance to other people," said Aksenov.
He also noted that such hostility by violent activists of Bandera supporters can lead to all kinds of conflicts. "I believe that these demonstrations in this country should not take place. This is very alarming and dangerous manifestation of xenophobia which should be addressed," said the leader of the Russian Unity.
According to him, these actions demonstrate once more that are Svoboda's nationalism is blind Russophobia and xenophobia, and not strengthening of the Ukrainian national idea.