Protesters are burning fires

Protesters are burning fires Photo: Euromaidan Press 


On 21 of November 2016, the third anniversary of the start of the Euromaidan protests, a few hundred Kyivans gathered at the main square of the city to mark the  anniversary. There were no official events in the evening so a couple of the nationalist organizations took the lead.

To avoid provocations (or protests), authorities provided high-security measures – metal detectors on the entry, fire engines, and the national guard.

The leaders of the organizations performing at Maidan called on people to burn tires as the symbol of the revolution. The nationalists said this was agreed with the law enforcements. However, when people went to fetch the prepared tires, the law enforcements blocked the path back. After scuffles, a few tires were brought to the square and ignited in front of an audience of a few hundred.

After that, some organizations called to go to the office of Viktor Medvedchuk, who has Russian President Vladimir Putin as his godfather and is considered to lobby Russian policies in Ukraine. The protesters destroyed the building which turned to be not Medvedchuk’s office but a beauty salon. On the way back to Maidan a group of protesters with the flags of the Right Sector and Biliy Molot (White Hammer) destroyed the Russian Sberbank.

It is noteworthy that the law enforcements who had been near the Sberbank place initially for about 20 minutes simply observed the incident without interfering. The next day, the police opened criminal proceedings on the cases.