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Journalist: some of Ukraine’s separatists are former convicts and homeless from Russia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAmong the groups of separatists in Ukraine’s eastern cities are former convicts, homeless and alcoholics. It is believed the many are political tourists from Russia, as Latvijas Radio was told by journalist Aleksei Grigoryev in Kyiv.

‘Ukrainian Security Service deports Russian provocative elements from the country every day. These people organize protest and hand out money and weapons to protesters. Ukrainian authorities have managed to film the process of money division – it took place during one of the protests,’ – says Grigoryev.

The journalist also mentions what he was told by eye-witnesses: protesters do not know the streets of Ukrainian cities very well; they also seem to converse with one another with a typical Russian accent. Nevertheless, there are not many of them – no more than a couple of hundred. With that, the government shares the confusion with some of the residents there as to why local police and authorities give in to protesters’ demands.

BNN had previously reported that some pro-Russian protesters continue to organize protests and riots in Ukraine’s south-east regions. In Kharkov and Donetsk, protesters have requested referendums to be carried out on the future status of these territories and asked for support in favour of the overthrown President of Ukraine Viktor Yushenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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  1. Linda says:

    I see that Russia is importing renta mob again. Host governments should round these people up and send them on holiday away from the barricades. Imported agitators are a standard Russian ploy and has been throughout the 20th century and seemingly now in the 21st century.

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