On Thursday, the FSB confirmed that it arrested dozens of Ukrainian citizens suspected of planning terrorist attacks in seven Russian federal subjects. The suspects admitted that the SBU ordered them to spy on Russian military manoeuvres in regions bordering the Ukraine. In addition, they were to establish contacts with Russian radicals. Earlier, NTV reported that Russian authorities nicked 25 Ukrainians, including three radical Right Sector activists, on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in Rostov, Volgograd, Tver, Orel, and Belgorod Oblasts, and the Republics of Kalmykia and Tatarstan. The FSB said, “As a result of measures taken from information about activists of the so-called Right Sector movement preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the Russian Federation during 14 to 16 March, we arrested some 25 Ukrainian citizens”. The FSB arrested them “before they committed any illegal actions damaging Russian security”; however, UNIAN reported that the SBU claimed that the information was “nonsense”.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) called on the Ukrainian junta to take decisive action in disarming radical paramilitary groups, expressing concern about continued extremist activity in the country. The Right Sector, an ultranationalist Ukrainian paramilitary group, faced an outright ban in the Ukraine following a siege of the Rada building last week. The movement had a leading role in the violent protests that brought the present Ukrainian junta to power in late February. Its activists used clubs, petrol bombs, and firearms in street fighting against Ukrainian police. Russia wanted one of its most notorious members, Aleksandr Muzichko, on suspicion of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian servicemen in Chechnya in the early 2000s. Supposedly, MVDU spetsnaz killed him last month.
Anyone who’s read the official junta release on Muzichko’s death can see that it’s a farrago of lies from stem to stern. MVDU boss Avakov was a convicted real estate fraudster in Italy (probably, Langley recruited him when he was in the Itie nick), so, nothing that he says has any credibility whatsoever. As for me, I don’t believe in conspiracy theories… they’re for people of weak intellect and too much time on their hands. However, it’s just to point up that Muzichko had tons of enemies, all of whom wanted him dead. When that many people want someone dead, they usually end up dead. I believe that outsiders killed him, probably, it was an ad hoc “Odd Couple” alliance to take down a common foe (that is, Langley could’ve helped the FSB, or, vice versa… in politics, odder bedfellows have occurred).
The results of a public opinion survey conducted by GfK Ukraine in March show that the coup failed to gain majority support amongst Ukrainian citizens. According to poll results, 31 percent of respondents said that they wholeheartedly supported the coup in Kiev in February, 18 percent said that they somewhat supported it, 16 percent didn’t like it, 18 percent strongly opposed it, and 17 percent had no opinion. Only 20 percent of respondents in the Southeastern Ukraine said that they approved of the putsch, compared with 57 percent in the country’s other regions. In a press release, GfK Ukraine said that 29 percent of Ukrainians believe their country is moving in the right direction today (7 percent in February), and 42 percent of those polled criticised the path recently chosen by the junta (70 percent in February). Less than a majority supported the junta’s policies, 36 percent in Kiev and the northern/western/central area, compared to 12 percent in the south and 9 percent in the east. GfK Ukraine ran the survey on 4-18 March; it involved 1,000 people, including Crimean residents. The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent.
Note well that the junta failed to gain majority support, even in pro-Western strongholds (no doubt, Uniate areas are strongly in favour of the anti-Orthodox putschists, though). The junta has LESS support than Yanukovich did on the ground in the Ukraine, but it has MORE support than Yanukovich did in the Western media and amongst Western neoliberal elements. What’ll doom the junta is that it has too many “old faces” from the corrupt oligarch/shitbird politician element in its ranks. Turchinov is an old crony of Yuliya’s… as is Yatsenyuk. Note well that the USA doesn’t mind supping with thieves (literally, as Avakov’s spell in the slam testifies). This isn’t even bringing up the Uniate terrorist elements such as Tyagnibok & Co in the junta!
One last thing… the original of this article had a subtle pro-Western slant, which I corrected. VOR should look at the staffer who prepared this… the Rodina can’t have traitors at this time and place…
On Wednesday, Viktor Ozerov, the Federation Council Defence and Security Committee Chairman, told Interfax that NATO’s decision to suspend coöperation with Russia gives Moscow the right to suspend NATO transit to Afghanistan across Russian territory, saying, “NATO transports armaments, military hardware, and servicemen to Afghanistan across our territory. If our coöperation comes to a halt, we’d have the right to suspend this transit, and the alliance would have to find other routes. Bilateral agreements with France, Italy, the USA, Germany, and some other countries allow NATO transit to Afghanistan. Soon, the NATO pullout from Afghanistan will begin and the alliance would have to find routes bypassing our territory”.
“Cooperation always implies mutual interests. Russia won’t lose from the halt of coöperation. Primarily, that coöperation was helpful for the alliance. In fact, there were nothing more than declarations of coöperation. NATO always followed its own policy, for instance, in expanding towards the Russian borders and the deployment of missile defence systems. The goals and tasks were ambitious, for instance, in this year’s coöperation program. However, if we look at earlier years, we’d see that coöperation existed only in secondary programs, such as mine clearing operations in Afghanistan, deterring drug trafficking, and countering homemade bombs. At the same time, we made no progress on the keynote issue, missile defence, as in earlier years NATO ignored the Russian opinion”.
“This isn’t the first time that NATO suspended coöperation with Russia; the same happened in August 2008 when Russia defended its citizens in South Ossetia. Back then, NATO foreign ministers decided to review relations with Russia. The relations were frozen, but the freeze did not last for long. This is no more than an idle threat. I think that NATO will revise its decision very soon, as soon as passions about the Ukraine calm down, we’d go back to dialogue and partnership”.
“Always, Russia demonstrated its desire to develop relations with the alliance, but it’s always been a one-way street. They listened to our proposals and initiatives, but nothing more. NATO continued to expand, incorporating other states, and setting up bases in disregard of the Russian position. Russia joined the Partnership for Peace programme in the early 1990s when its coöperation with NATO had just begun. Our interaction with NATO over the Bosnian situation was the most fruitful period of our coöperation. That’s only one example. Regardless NATO’s position, we’re destined to coöperate because we live on the same continent and in the same space. Military activity of one side might have a direct influence on the other side’s security. We can’t help but view the military alliances of Eastern European and Baltic states, and the associated military activity on their territories, as a threat to our strategic security interests. Moreover, we’ll give an adequate response to all that”.
The Bear reminds the smug West that it holds trump cards in its hand. If the West continues its peevish, childish, and foolish petulance… well, Russia CAN do something about it… it’s NOT Nu, pogodi! That is, it isn’t a powerless cipher… the feckless and ignorant Amerikantsy have forgotten that.
4 April 2014
Voice of Russia World Service