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FORMER UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTER CONTINUES TO CAMPAIGN FOR NEW MOVEMENT. Yuriy Lutsenko on March 9 held a rally in Lviv, which was attended by some 18,000 people, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Interfax-Ukraine reported. Lutsenko, who is currently touring Ukrainian regions, called on demonstrators in Lviv to join the civic movement People's Self-Defense, which he launched following his dismissal from the post of interior minister in December (see "RFE/RL Newsline," December 20, 2006). One of the first political actions of the People's Self-Defense is to be a converging march of provincial activists on Kyiv, called the March of Justice, at a yet unspecified date this coming spring. Lutsenko says the main goal of the march is to make politicians in Kyiv meet their electoral promises. The Kharkiv Oblast Council appealed last month to the prosecutor-general to open a criminal case against Lutsenko for what it called his "attempt at destabilizing the constitutional system in the state." JM