16:30 20.02.2016

Activists smashing up Alfa-Bank, Sberbank offices in central Kyiv

A wave of bank attacks ripped through downtown Kyiv on Saturday afternoon.

Activists from the OUN joint territorial defense battalion hurled rocks and green paint and damaged property at a local Alfa-Bank branch, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

The attackers smashed windows and part of the interior, including furniture and office equipment.

No one was hurt during the incident. There were no clashes with law enforcement officers. A team of investigators are working at the scene.

In addition, activists threw green paint and hurled rocks at the Sberbank of Russia branch in downtown Kyiv after smashing up the office of the SCM company owned by businessman Rinat Akhmetov, which was also pelted with rocks.

Alfa-Bank (prior to January 2001 Kyiv Investment Bank) was founded in 1993. It is part of Alfa-Bank Group, a private international group of banks based in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and the Netherlands.

As of October 1, 2015 the bank's sole shareholder was ABH Ukraine Limited (Cyprus).

Sberbank (previously PJSC Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia; until then Bank NRB) was founded in 2001. It is owned by PJSC Sberbank of Russia.

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