Rinat Akhmetov's company condemns Saturday attack on its Kyiv office, calls for police measures
The SCM company owned by Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov, whose office in central Kyiv was pelted with rock on Saturday, sees the incident as a gross violation of the principles of the rule of law.
"We are seeing the attack on the SCM office as a gross violation not only of public order, but also of the European values, primarily, the rule of law and the respect for private property," the SCM media center said in a statement released on Sunday.
The company thanked law enforcement agencies and urged them "to take whatever action necessary to stop the riots in Kyiv."
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that four criminal inquiries have been launched into the Saturday incidents in the center of the capital: three on hooliganism charges, and the fourth over the theft of cell phones and a purse.
It was reported that a wave of property attacks swept through downtown Kyiv on Saturday. In particular, the attackers hurled rock, threw green paint and damaged office furniture at one of Alfa-Bank branches. A similar attack was carried out against a Sberbank of Russia branch.