10:25 Nov. 16, 2016
Ukraine's security service earlier claimed the protests were planned by Moscow to destabilize Ukraine
Two demonstrators, who were taking part in the protests outside the National Bank of Ukraine building on November 15, told OSCE they were paid for the participation.
This is according to the latest report of the Special Monitoring Mission.
‘In Kyiv the SMM monitored a public gathering outside the National Bank of Ukraine organized by the political party, For Life. About 1,200 people (70 per cent elderly women) listened as a speaker accused the bank of corruption. Two demonstrators separately told the SMM that they would be paid the equivalent of about USD 10 for participating in the demonstration', the report said.
According to OSCE, there were 20-30 young men at the edge of the crowd, who were stopping and questioning people that wanted to leave.
The monitors said they were also stopped by some men, wo called themselves the ‘rapid reaction group' of the Life political party.
The demonstration was peaceful, the report concluded.
The SBU (Ukraine's security service) earlier claimed that November 15 protests were orchestrated and masterminded by Moscow, as it tried to destabilise Ukraine.