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Monday, 5 February 2018

5 February 2018. Uniate Nationalists Burn Orthodox Church in Lvov

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This is the Church of St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles in Lvov. It’s a parish of the UPTs/MP… Galician Uniate fanatics torched it. Many Orthodox bishops asked the Pope of Rome to rein in the Uniate nutters, but Franky Bergoglio refuses to do so. Bear that in mind whenever you see one of his well-orchestrated public appearances. He refuses to rein in his Uniate attack dogs. Bastard…

BMD

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Friday, 10 November 2017

The Ukraine: A State Run by the Rich, For the Rich

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This month, Ukrainian President P A Poroshenko found himself uncomfortably exposed. His name was in the Paradise Papers, which revealed how Poroshenko, through his business entanglements and offshore dealings, is involved in far-reaching tax evasion schemes. As war with Russian-backed elements ravages his country, the leaks illustrate how Poroshenko puts his business interests above his public duties. Nobody should be surprised to find Poroshenko among the Who’s Who of international tax dodgers. Despite his public opining on how financially-motivated wrongdoing “paralysed” the Ukrainian economy, Poroshenko is no stranger to corruption. Elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2014, he promised to sell his confectionary company, Roshen, to avoid any conflict of interest between his commercial endeavours and running the country. Predictably, however, he instead began exploring loopholes that’d enable him to profit from the company while running the country.

The first time his corruption schemes came out was in April 2016 when the Panama Papers mentioned him. Far from relinquishing his business, the leak showed he’d set up a complex offshore structure that remained under his control. He admitted to having done so but claimed this was in preparation for handing the company over to a trust. However, this latest investigation reveals no such thing happened. On the contrary, a lawyer working on Poroshenko’s behalf wrote to an offshore specialist in the Isle of Man to set up a labyrinthine company structure involving entities in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Cyprus for tax purposes.

If only Poroshenko invested the same energy into solving his country’s political problems as he does in protecting his own commercial interests, perhaps the Ukraine wouldn’t be in quite such a crisis. These revelations came at a time when the conflict in the former eastern Ukraine, which has simmered for three years, is worsening. The UN noted that there were 375 conflict-related civilian casualties (67 deaths and 308 injuries) in the first six months of 2017, a surge of 74 percent over the same period in 2016. According to the UN, this is due to the changing nature of the conflict, which isn’t only intensifying but also increasingly fought out with heavy weaponry in civilian areas. Since the conflict began, the Ukrainian economy nosedived and it continues to stumble. Investment giant Moody’s noted that in 2017-18 per capita GDP in the Ukraine will remain the lowest in the Commonwealth of Independent States and that the population would continue to be “very poor”. Add to this the problem of homelessness, compounded by 1.7 million internally-displaced people (IDPs), it’s easy to see that the country’s socio-economic conditions are untenable.

As these events unfold, Poroshenko looks out for his associates in high-ranking political and economic positions, who benefit greatly from the war. A prime example is the booming defence industry. The state-owned weapons manufacturer Ukroboronprom reported a 100 percent fulfilment of state defence orders and a 25 percent increase in exports in 2016. It also happens that Roman Romanov (a close Poroshenko ally) heads the firm. Romanov is hardly an exception because reports say that the Ukraine’s top defence managers syphoned off almost 3.8 million USD (225.71 million Roubles. 25.24 million Renminbi. 248.37 million INR. 4.82 million CAD. 4.96 million AUD. 3.26 million Euros. 2.89 million UK Pounds) from funds allocated for spare parts for armoured vehicles. Secrecy around where public money goes is endemic and whilst the Ukrainian defence sector now loses far fewer weapons and other equipment to theft, it’s clear that money wends its way from the public purse into private pockets by other means.

However, in this case, the misappropriation of funds is the smaller evil. Heavier weighs the fact that, by doing so, the Ukraine’s élite betrays the Ukrainian war effort and the soldiers on the front lines. Yet, in a display of circular thinking, Poroshenko uses the war as a justification for downgrading the importance of the issue and allowing the status quo to continue… given that the conflict allows so many of his cronies to prosper. However, it’s becoming clear that Poroshenko can’t protect the status quo indefinitely, as combat veterans increasingly show public indignation. Angered that the state uses them as an excuse for its failed promises, they’ve become the main source of anti-corruption protests. Whether their anger will suffice to be a catalyst for change in public life remains is open to question, but the fact that soldiers, exhausted from fighting against military stalemate and neglect, means Poroshenko can no longer simply ignore society’s demands for change.

There are signs that the president is starting to feel the heat. Last month, protests in front of the Rada building drew around 6,000 people, demanding that lawmakers lose their judicial immunity from prosecution. In what seems like an attempt to appease the masses, Poroshenko submitted a bill to revoke the immunity clause… although it’d only come into effect in 2020. It’s high time the Ukraine changes its ways, but with Poroshenko at the helm, this is unlikely to happen. However, the country’s failure to rein in corruption is beginning to undermine support from the EU and USA in its fight against Russia. That the West will stand beside Ukraine unconditionally is no longer a given. For now, the conflict intensifies and the political élite continue to get richer while the broader population continues to suffer. Change in the Ukraine can’t come too soon.

9 November 2017

Nathan Dabrowski

International Policy Digest

https://intpolicydigest.org/2017/11/09/ukraine-a-state-run-by-the-rich-for-the-rich/

Editor:

This is from a pro-neoliberal American source. Poroshenko’s days are numbered. It looks like the USA is going to back the Galician Uniate ultras and its poodles in the EU and Canada will follow suit (for now, at least). The Ukrainian state is a failed enterprise, made even more so by deliberate Western-inspired deindustrialisation (do note that the American author didn’t cover that aspect, did he?). The most that the Uniate ultras can do is to accelerate the fall of the present state structure. In that case, Russia would snap up Novorossiya, Poland would grab the Lvovshchina, Hungary would take in Podkarpatskiya, and Romania would gather its bits and pieces. The American coup in Kiev in 2014 was a February Revolution, only sustained due to external support. In the present Ukrainian scenario, “October” is in the wings. As with all such events, all bets are off and no one knows what’ll ensue. That’s why Russia hasn’t stepped in. Unlike the toddler Anglos, they know what chaos brings… it isn’t a “bright future”… that, all Russians know all too well.

By the way, do note that the Ukrainian defence apparat is as corrupt as is that of its American puppeteers. They’re salting away money for when they have to flee the pitchforks of the people. A sign of the times is that the Voenkom (the agency in charge of conscription) only takes bribes in Roubles, Euros, or USDs. They know something that we don’t…

BMD

Saturday, 4 November 2017

4 November 2017. Ukrainians! These Are Your REAL Heroes!

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Lest we forget, the Ukrop nationalist pigs revere the memory of Nazi collaborators, Jew-killers, terrorist bombers, and white racists. You may stand with the Ukrops or you may stand with the Reds. There are no other choices. Choose wisely… today, the Reds are real Christians, the Ukrops are papist imposters, bear that in mind…

Those whom you honour reveals your character… I stand with the REAL heroes…

BMD

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Chrystia Freeland’s Granddad was Indeed a Nazi Collaborator… So Much for Russian Disinformation

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The news conference on Monday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was interesting not for the announcement that Canada was extending its training mission to the Ukraine but for the questions and answers about the minister’s grandfather. There have been a number of articles circulating about Freeland’s Ukrainian grandfather Michael Chomiak and his ties to the Nazis. Some of those articles have appeared on pro-Russian websites. Freeland, who strongly supports the Ukraine and is a major critic of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea, suggested to journalists that the articles about her grandfather were part of a Russian disinformation campaign (The Russian government sees Freeland as virulently anti-Russian and placed her on their travel ban). Freeland told reporters after they raised questions about the articles about her grandfather:

American officials have publicly said, and even Angela Merkel has publicly said, that there were efforts on the Russian side to destabilise Western democracies, and I think it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these same efforts were used against Canada.

The Globe and Mail also reported that an official in Freeland’s office denied the minister’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator. In addition, those in the Canadian-Ukrainian community dismissed the claims were outright. Paul Grod, president of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress told the Globe and Mail:

It’s the continued Russian modus operandi that they have. Fake news, disinformation, and targeting different individuals. It’s just so outlandish when you hear some of these allegations… whether they are directed at Minister Freeland or others.

Well, it actually isn’t so outlandish. Michael Chomiak WAS a Nazi collaborator. What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis? For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Kraków in Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazi colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland (the Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members).

So what was the Krakivski Visti? The Nazis seized it, like a number of other publications, from their Jewish owners and then operated them as propaganda outlets. Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi régime:

The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause. It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy. In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Galichina, composed of Ukrainian volunteers.

So much for Russian disinformation. On Wednesday the Globe and Mail reported:

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper.

8 March 2017

David Pugliese

Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/chrystia-freelands-granddad-was-indeed-a-nazi-collaborator-so-much-for-russian-disinformation

Editor:

The Galician Uniates are the diehard nationalists in the Ukraine. Firstly, the fact that they were under Habsburg and Polish rule cut them off for centuries from their fellows in Malorossiya. Secondly, the semi-Polish creole spoken in Galicia isn’t common… most “Ukrainians” speak Russian or Surzhik (a dialect more biased towards Russian than “Ukrainian”). Thirdly, Galicia is the Dogpatch of the Ukraine… it’s the poorest and most backwards region (the abject poverty of the region is what led so many to emigrate). It has NOTHING in common with Cossacks, yet Uniates prance about in Cossack costume… there’s only one problem… ALL Cossacks are anti-Uniate to the bone. If the Cossacks caught Poles or Muslims… they’d let them live and go home. If they caught Uniates, they killed them on the spot as traitors to Holy Rus and its faith.

The notional Ukraine is sinking and all of Freeland’s soldiers and all of Freeland’s money won’t put Humpty back together again.

Here’s another interesting take on l’Affaire Freeland from the Jewish POV

BMD

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