TIME World Ukraine Putin Says Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Are Anti-Semites. Is He Right? Simon Shuster @shustry March 6, 2014 SHARE Marko Drobnjakovic—AP An anti-government protester holds a crucifix as he prays at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 20, 2014. Russian rhetoric during the Ukraine crisis has repeatedly labeled protesters in Kiev as dangerous "fascists" or "anti-Semites." Some Ukrainian rabbis and even far-right activists strongly disagree.