Poroshenko hired titushkas to block AutoMaidan's picket outside his house. VIDEO

One of the activists, who tried to stop AutoMaidan's motorcade on the way to the suburban residence of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Oct. 31, took part in a protest outside the U.S. embassy on July 1.

This activist is seen in videos shot during both protests, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.

The similarity was noticed by American journalist Tom Warner.

Both protest, where the activist took part, have some other signs evidencing of being paid, except for the presence of the same people. In both cases, activists hold homemade placards of a similar style, carry new equipment and flags, and utter alike, pre-written phrases before the camera.

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Almost 100 cars joined the rally to president's residence. The main requirement the activists put forward was the dismissal of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin for failing to combat corruption and blocking the assignment of anti-corruption prosecutor. A few people, who said they were also activists, tried to stop them.

"I also have a public position, I came here to express it," a person, introducing himself as Anton, said in the video. It was shot on Oct. 31 by journalist of English language medium Kyiv Post Johannes Andersen.


A group of people barring the road claimed they were against the raising of tariffs, destabilization in the country, and for the increase of salaries. This summer, activist Anton protested against the presence of U.S. military in Ukraine.

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Paid meetings is a kind of political struggle instrument often used in Ukraine. Adviser to the minister of internal affairs of Ukraine, MP Anton Herashchenko came up with an initiative to criminalize organization of paid rallies, which has not been supported in the parliament so far.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/v358925