Today, London-based Ukrainian activists rallied in front of Rinat Akhmetov’s luxury residence in Knightsbridge, following the initiative from Maidan activists in Kyiv.
Once again, the building at One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge where Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov has a flat, has become a protest spot for Ukrainians living in London. A dozen of protesters gathered in front of the building today, holding flags and posters that read ‘Akhmetov, stop sponsoring terrorism in Ukraine!’, ‘UK should support sanctions against Akhmetov’, ‘UK, stop laundering Akhmetov’s money’.
The initiative came from Kyiv, where Maidan activists suggested a resolution demanding sanctions on Akhmetov who was an influential supporter of the Party of the Regions in Yanukovych’s government, and Oleksandr Yefremov, ex-leader of the Party of the Regions faction in Verkhovna Rada. Both Akhmetov and Yefremov attended President Poroshenko’s inauguration reception, along with some other former supporters of Yanukovych and members of the Party of the Regions. This has stirred up some tension among the supporters of Euromaidan and Ukrainian revolution.
Ukrainians sang the national anthem, chanted slogans like ‘Akhmetov is a criminal!’, ‘Sanctions for Akhmetov!’, and paraphrased the usual ‘Glory to the nation – Death to its enemies’ into ‘Glory to the nation – Prison for Akhmetov!’. The protest in London was live streamed and recorded.