Vladislav Surkov, a personal advisor to the Russian President, was against the annexation of the Crimea.
Former deputy of the State Duma (MP) Denis Voronenkov, who has received Ukrainian citizenship, made the declaration, according to Hromadske.TV.
"The decision to pursue annexation was made by one man. All normal people were against it, including his inner circle," said Voronenkov.
In response to a follow-up question posed by a journalist, who asked whether Vladislav Surkov had been against the annexation in March 2014, Voronenkov replied that Surkov had been "strongly opposed".
"Because he is an intelligent man," said the former MP.
As reported, Voronenkov, being a deputy of the State Duma, voted for the annexation of the Crimea and the deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine. He represented the Communist Party in the State Duma. He moved to Kyiv in December, together with his wife, who is also a former MP.