Kremlin critic Maria Gaidar upbeat after Ukraine switch

Deputy Head of the southwestern Ukrainian region of Odessa and former Russian politician Maria Gaidar gestures as she talks on the phone in her office on August 20, 2015She has long been a figure within Russia’s liberal opposition. Maria Gaidar — the 32-year-old daughter of Yegor Gaidar, Russia’s Yeltsin-era former premier — tells AFP of the difficulty she had in being accepted by Ukrainians, even as an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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