Ukrainian secret police torture jails

This video says about itself:

Ukrainian SBU tortured my husband to death

This is an interview with the wife of the man who was tortured to death by Ukrainian SBU.

The interview is dated from 17 November 2014 and was conducted by Graham Philips.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Secret prisoners’ release exposes ‘grotesque’ SBU

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Baker’s dozen of inmates bring tales of horror from Kiev secret service jails

by Our Foreign Desk

THE release of 13 people by Ukraine’s secret service has brought with it a wealth of new information on the country’s secret jails, rights activists said yesterday.

It adds to the “overwhelming” amount of evidence on “the grotesque practice of secret detention” which Ukrainian authorities continue to deny, said Amnesty International Europe director John Dalhuisen.

Amnesty and Human Rights Watch published a report last month into torture and secret detention on both sides of Ukraine’s civil war, and sent a list of 16 people jailed by Ukraine’s security service (SBU) to the country’s chief military prosecutor.

Twelve of the 13, released from the spooks’ Kharkiv lockup in late July and early August, were on that list of disappeared people.

One, Vyktor Ashykhin, was kidnapped from his home on December 7 2014. He said that the authorities had moved him and others around the Kharkiv compound several times during his 597-day captivity in order to hide them during inspections of the facility.

Another, Mykola Vakaruk, taken two days after Mr Ashykhin, had to have his kidney out and was put in hospital under a fake name. After the operation, he spent 30 days in a Kharkiv hospital handcuffed to his bed and watched at all times by an SBU officer.

When they were let go on July 25, guards told them to keep their mouths shut or else.

Those released said five people are still locked away — two are Russian citizens and another has a mental illness.

One of the Russians, Vladimir Bezobrazov, was arrested while on a family holiday in the Odessa region. Border guards forced him to confess that he had come to recruit people to fight against the Kiev government — when he just voiced support for the anti-fascist fighters while in a local cafe.

He retracted the confession but later confirmed it as part of a swap for a captured pro-Kiev fighter. He was given a suspended sentence but on the steps of the court he was bundled into a van and has been missing since.

A man released from secret SBU detention later told Mr Bezobrazov’s mother that he was being held by the spooks.

“The release of 13 people is welcome, but simply confirms the need to end and investigate these abuses and deliver justice to the victims,” said Mr Dalhuisen.

Ukrainian government still not returning stolen Dutch art

Painting Vrouw Wereld, by Jacob Waben

This picture shows part of the painting Vrouw Wereld, made by Dutch painter Jacob Waben in 1622. One of 24 ancient paintings (including work by, eg Jan van Goyen) and much silver, stolen in 2005 from the Westfries Museum in the Netherlands.

Dutch NOS TV scheme of the Ukrainian culprits in the Westfries Museum art robbery

This Dutch NOS TV scheme shows the network of the Ukrainian culprits in the Westfries Museum art robbery; like Oleh Yaroslavovych Tyahnybok of the neo-nazi Svoboda party; Valentyn Oleksandrovych Nalyvaichenko, until recently the boss of the Ukrainian secret police, now a right-wing member of parliament; and Borys Humeniuk, commander of the OUN extreme right paramilitary gang. This OUN has the same name as an organisation collaborating with Hitler during the nazi occupation, led by Stepan Bandera.

The Westfries Museum and the Dutch government asked the Ukrainian government to return the stolen art and arrest the culprits. However, for a long time nothing happened, as the suspects were part of the political establishment in Ukraine. After much pressure, including the referendum on 6 April 2016, in which nearly two-thirds of Dutch voters rejected the European Union-Ukraine trade deal, suddenly something did happen: it was said four of the 24 stolen paintings would be returned to the Netherlands.

Now, translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Yet no prospect of return of stolen art to Westfries Museum

Today, 10:15

The Westfries Museum still assumes that the five paintings that were stolen there more than ten years ago will come back. But when? That is the big question. “There is still no prospect,” says Christa van Hees, spokeswoman of the Westfries Museum.

She hoped that the paintings at the end of this summer would be back. The museum was and is still working on preparations for a festive return. But until all will really be ready, these plans have to be put on ice. The Ukrainian authorities threw a spanner in the works. “What we understand is that they want to set up their own research team to identify the owner.”

Complex case

Four of the total of 24 from the Westfries Museum stolen paintings were found in April by Ukrainian police during a secret operation. The fifth painting was delivered by a man at the Dutch Embassy in Kiev. “Then it was said that the paintings would be returned. It was indeed clear that the canvases were ours,” says Van Hees.

It turned out to be more complicated. After the find the [Dutch public] prosecution had to submit an official request for restitution, Van Hees explains. The museum also had to hand over all property deeds. “That happened, and now there is silence.”

However, the museum has hope that ultimately things will turn out all right. Van Hees: “They have always assured us that they endeavor to make them come back. It was always said things would be okay. But when? That is the question.” …

During the robbery in 2005 were also stolen 70 pieces of silverware in addition to the 24 paintings. But there is still no trace of these, says the spokeswoman of the museum. “In the first contact with the embassy in Kiev it was said that the people who had the paintings in their hands would also have the silverware. Since then we have seen no evidence of that,” she says.

“We were pleasantly surprised that the silverware would still exist, because we assumed that it would have been melted down. That way it is easier to sell. But if it still exists then it would be fantastic,” says Van Hees.

Anti-Obama plot by warmongering NATO general

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1 July 2016

Hacked private emails of the US general formerly in charge of NATO reveal a campaign to pressure the White House into escalating the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, involving several influential players in Washington.

The emails, posted by the site DCLeaks, show correspondence between General Philip M. Breedlove, former head of the US European Command and supreme commander of NATO forces, with several establishment insiders concerning the situation in Ukraine following the February 2014 coup that ousted the elected government in favor of a US-backed regime.

Breedlove served as the NATO Supreme Commander between May 2013 and March 2016. His personal email incorporated his Air Force call sign “Bwana” – a Swahili word for “boss.”

The hacked emails reveal his frequent and intense communications with retired General Wesley Clark, as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and involving a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, State Department official Victoria Nuland, and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.

Clark, who commanded NATO during the 1999 war in Yugoslavia, reached out to Breedlove in April 2014. On April 8, he forwarded “intelligence” obtained by Anatoly Pinchuk and Dmitry Tymchuk, activists close to the new regime, claiming a Russian invasion was in the works.

By Lee Fang and Zaid Jilami of The Intercept:

Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

July 1 2016, 4:41 p.m.

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, until recently the supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, plotted in private to overcome President Barack Obama’s reluctance to escalate military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine in 2014, according to apparently hacked emails from Breedlove’s Gmail account that were posted on a new website called DC Leaks.

Obama defied political pressure from hawks in Congress and the military to provide lethal assistance to the Ukrainian government, fearing that doing so would increase the bloodshed and provide Russian President Vladimir Putin with the justification for deeper incursions into the country.

Breedlove, during briefings to Congress, notably contradicted the Obama administration regarding the situation in Ukraine, leading to news stories about conflict between the general and Obama.

But the leaked emails provide an even more dramatic picture of the intense back-channel lobbying for the Obama administration to begin a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.

In a series of messages in 2014, Breedlove sought meetings with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, asking for advice on how to pressure the Obama administration to take a more aggressive posture toward Russia.

“I may be wrong, … but I do not see this WH really ‘engaged’ by working with Europe/NATO. Frankly I think we are a ‘worry,’ … ie a threat to get the nation drug into a conflict,” Breedlove wrote in an email to Powell, who responded by accepting an invitation to meet and discuss the dilemma. “I seek your counsel on two fronts,” Breedlove continued, “how to frame this opportunity in a time where all eyes are on ISIL all the time, … and two, … how to work this personally with the POTUS.”

Breedlove attempted to influence the administration through several channels, emailing academics and retired military officials, including former NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark, for assistance in building his case for supplying military assistance to Ukrainian forces battling Russian-backed separatists.

“I think POTUS sees us as a threat that must be minimized, … ie do not get me into a war????” Breedlove wrote in an email to Harlan Ullman, senior adviser to the Atlantic Council, describing his ongoing attempt to get Powell to help him influence Obama.

“Given Obama’s instruction to you not to start a war, this may be a tough sell,” Ullman replied a few months later, in another string of emails about Breedlove’s effort to “leverage, cajole, convince or coerce the U.S. to react” to Russia.

Breedlove did not respond to a request for comment. He stepped down from his NATO leadership position in May and retired from service on Friday, July 1. Breedlove was a four-star Air Force general and served as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe starting on May 10, 2013.

Phillip Karber, an academic who corresponded regularly with Breedlove — providing him with advice and intelligence on the Ukrainian crisis —  verified the authenticity of several of the emails in the leaked cache. He also told The Intercept that Breedlove confirmed to him that the general’s Gmail account was hacked and that the incident had been reported to the government.

“The last conversation I had about it with General Breedlove, he said, ‘Yeah, I’ve been hacked several times,’” said Karber. He added that he noticed at least one of his personal emails appearing online from the leak before we had contacted him. “I turned this over to the U.S. government and asked them to investigate. No one has given me any answer.”

“I have no idea whose account was leaked or hacked,” said Powell, when reached for comment about the emails. Powell said he had no comment about the discussions regarding Obama’s response to the conflict in Ukraine.

In the European press, Breedlove has been portrayed as a hawkish figure known for leaning on allied nations to ditch diplomacy and to adopt a more confrontational role again Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. Breedlove, testifying before Congress earlier in February of this year, called Russia “a long-term existential threat to the United States and to our European allies.”

Der Spiegel reported that Breedlove “stunned” German leaders with a surprise announcement in 2015 claiming that pro-Russian separatists had “upped the ante” in eastern Ukraine with “well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of the most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery” sent to Donbass, a center of the conflict.

Breedlove’s numbers were “significantly higher” than the figures known to NATO intelligence agencies and seemed exaggerated to German officials. The announcement appeared to be a provocation designed to disrupt mediation efforts led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In previous instances, German officials believed Breedlove overestimated Russian forces along the border with Ukraine by as many as 20,000 troops and found that the general had falsely claimed that several Russian military assets near the Ukrainian border were part of a special build-up in preparation for a large-scale invasion of the country. In fact, much of the Russian military equipment identified by Breedlove, the Germans said, had been stored there well before the revolution in Ukraine.

The emails, however, depict a desperate search by Breedlove to build his case for escalating the conflict, contacting colleagues and friends for intelligence to illustrate the Russian threat. Karber, who visited Ukrainian politicians and officials in Kiev on several occasions, sent frequent messages to Breedlove — “per your request,” he noted — regarding information he had received about separatist military forces and Russian troop movements. In several updates, Breedlove received military data sourced from Twitter and social media.

Karber, the president of the Potomac Foundation, became the center of a related scandal last year when it was discovered that he had facilitated a meeting during which images of purported Russian forces in Ukraine were distributed to the office of Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and were published by a neoconservative blog. The pictures turned out to be a deception; one supposed picture of Russian tanks in Ukraine was, in fact, an old photograph of Russian tanks in Ossetia during the war with Georgia.

Breedlove stayed in close contact with Karber and other officials who shared his views on the Ukrainian conflict.

“Phil, can’t we get a statement to counteract the Russians on use of force? what can I do to help? If the Ukrainians lose control of the narrative, the Russians will see it as an open door,” wrote retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who forwarded on his messages with Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. …

In other messages, Clark relayed specific requests for the types of military aid desired by Ukrainian officials. In addition to radar systems and other forms of military equipment, Clark recommended that Breedlove “encourage Ukraine to hire some first rate pr firms and crisis communications firms in U.S. and Europe.” He added, “They need the right tools to engage in information warfare.”

Ukraine did hire several D.C. lobbying and communication firms to influence policymakers. In June 2015, the government signed a deal with APCO Worldwide, an influential firm with ties to senior Democratic and Republican officials.

In an email in February 2015, Karber told Breedlove that “Pakistan has, under the table, offered Ukraine 500 TOW-II launchers (man-portable version) and 8,000 TOW-II missiles,” adding that deliveries of the anti-tank weapons could begin by the end of the month. “However,” Karber wrote, “Pakistan will not make these deliveries without U.S. approval; moreover they will not even request that approval unless they have informal assurance that it would be approved.”

Karber told The Intercept that the Pakistani arms deal never materialized.

Breedlove was most recently in the news explaining that he now thinks we need to talk to the Russian government to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. “I think we need to begin to have meaningful dialogue,” he said last week, while reiterating his views on the need for a strong NATO to militarily match Russia. “Russia does understand power, and strength, and unity,” he said.

The emails were released by D.C. Leaks, a database run by self-described “hacktivists” who are collecting the communications of elite stakeholders such as political parties, major politicians, political campaigns, and the military. The website currently has documents revealing some internal communications of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, among others.

French racist planned fifteen terrorist attacks on football championship

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Oslo, Norway Terrorist Attack: Video Footage of Explosion and Camp Shooting Aftermath

23 July 2011

Today officials released the latest news of the terrorism in Oslo, Norway. The prime suspect is being identified as Anders Behring Breivik.

At first, the Murdoch media and others screamed about the 2011 terrorism in Norway: ‘The Muslims are at it again!!!

However, it turned out that the real perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, is an Islamophobic neo-fascist.

Today, Dutch NOS TV has an update on a co-thinker of Breivik, the French neo-fascist terrorist, stopped recently at the Polish-Ukrainian border.

He went to the eastern Ukraine as a foreign fighter in the pro-Kiev paramiltaries in the war there. However, he was more interested in acquiring weapons for terrorism in France.

He bought five machine guns, grenades and other weapons and ammunition.

Ukrainian sources says he is ‘an ultra-nationalist, opposed to immigration and Islam’.

He is said to have planned fifteen terrorist attacks in France; against bridges, railways and other targets; during the European football championship, which will start this Friday.

The Huffington Post reports today that the French terrorist had contacted Ukrainian extreme right paramilitary gangs for buying weapons.

His intended targets included Jewish and Muslim places of worship and buildings involved with the soccer tournament.

This video shows the Frenchman loading up his weapons into a van.

French extreme right terrorist arrested

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Is France Becoming Racist? (Part 1) – #F24Debate

8 November 2013

“It’s an attack at the very heart of the French Republic”. This is how the country’s [then] Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, describes a recent spate of racist acts directed at herself. The politician was recently compared to a monkey on a far-right candidate’s Facebook page. Annette Young and her guests discuss the rise of racism in contemporary France.

Our guests on the show: Louis-Georges TIN, President of the French Black Coalition, Madjid MESSAOUDENNE, Councillor, Saint Denis, Paris, Nonna MAYER, Research Director at CNRS, the French Public Research Centre, Philippe MOREAU CHEVROLET, Commentator at Le Nouvel Observateur.

This video is the sequel.

From Reuters news agency:

Sat Jun 4, 2016 7:51am EDT

Ukraine says [it] arrested a man reportedly planning attack in France

A Frenchman reported to be carrying weapons and explosives for a planned attack in France was arrested on the Ukrainian-Polish border in late May, the Ukrainian Border Guard said on Saturday.

French broadcaster M6 reported on Friday that the 25-year-old was arrested by Ukrainian border guards with an arsenal of weapons and explosives including rocket launchers and Kalashnikov assault rifles in his vehicle.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Guard, Oleg Slobodyan, confirmed the arrest. A spokeswoman for Ukraine’s SBU security service declined to comment.

The man, who is currently being held by Ukrainian authorities pending a possible extradition request from Paris, was planning an attack in France, M6 reported.

The French interior ministry said the case is being handled by judicial officials. The Polish border guard declined to comment.

Dutch NOS TV wites about this today (translated):

In May, the French intelligence DGSI warned about a wave of terror attacks in France by Islamic State [ISIS] fighters. The warning came shortly before big events like the Tour de France and the European Football Championship.

Some people who have read this will conclude that this now arrested terrorist suspect surely is an ISIS terrorist, or some other kind of Muslim terrorist.

However … wait a bit. The NOS article writes as well (translated) what the Reuters article does not mention (but what right-wing French daily Le Figaro does mention):

According to the broadcaster M6 the man wanted to use the weapons to commit an attack in Paris. When his home in northern France was searched, the police have found, among other things, explosives and T-shirts with symbols of a far-right group.

So, this look like a racist white supremacist Frenchman, who probably bought weapons for terrorism from his Ukrainian neo-nazi co-thinkers, who maybe thought they had so many weapons they did not need all of them for violence in eastern Ukraine, or in Kiev against LGBTQ demonstrators or against other targets.

It looks like the French DGSI secret policemen have looked one-sidedly at violent Muslims, while ‘forgetting’ about violent non- and anti-Muslims. Remember the terrorism by Timothy McVeigh and his far-right fundamentalist Christian accomplices in Oklahoma City in the USA? Corporate media at first depicted that bloodbath as supposedly the work of Muslims.

When Islamophobic neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik murdered so many people in and near Oslo, Norway, at first the Rupert Murdoch media and others shouted shrilly that supposedly the Muslims had been at it again. Etc.

The now arrested French racist may have tried to murder many people and make it look like Muslims did it.

Muslim women are first to pay price for Islamophobia in Europe: here.

One stolen Dutch painting will return to museum

Nieuwstraat in Hoorn (1784) - Izaak Ouwater (recent photo)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Again painting stolen from Westfries Museum found

Today, 16:09

The West Frisian Museum in Hoorn has once again found one of 24 paintings that were stolen from the museum in 2005. It is Isaac Ouwater‘s Nieuwstraat in Hoorn.

A Ukrainian delivered the 1784 painting today to the Dutch embassy in Kiev. According to the Westfries Museum the man had bought the painting, with authenticity certificate, in good faith.

The buyer is also willing to give back the work to the West Frisian Museum, without conditions. The painting is badly damaged and will not any soon be shown after restoration, according to a spokesman.

Major museum looting

On the night of 9 to January 10, 2005, the painting was stolen along with 23 other paintings and 70 pieces of silverware. According to the museum the loot was the heart of their 17th- and 18th-century collection.

It took years before a trace was found of the stolen art. … Later all the paintings proved to be in Ukraine.

After research by the museum it turned out that the key men in this art theft were Oleh Yaroslavovych Tyahnybok, the leader of the neo-nazi Svoboda party; and Valentyn Oleksandrovych Nalyvaichenko, until recently the boss of the Ukrainian secret police, now a right-wing member of parliament.

Among other things with the help of an art detective then four of the stolen paintings were identified. Of the remaining twenty works now this one has been found. …

It is not yet clear when the recovered paintings will return to the museum in Hoorn. The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security has already submitted an application to the authorities in Ukraine.

Ukrainian neonazis threaten homophobic violence again

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25 July 2015

A gay couple was attacked by a group of 15-20 young men during a social experiment in Kiev. The experiment set out to record how fellow Ukrainians respond to public displays of affection by gay couples. Zoryan Kis and Tymur Levchuck replicated the experiment from a video released by a LGBT group in Russia. Kis and Levchuck found that beyond the actions of a small aggressive far-right minority the majority of Ukrainians were tolerant to their display. Nic Zecevic and Margaret J. Howell take a look at the social experiments further on The Lip News.

Translated by Ollie Richardson, 29th May, 2016:

“Right Sector” Vows to Disrupt LGBT Pride Parade in Kiev

Ukrainian nationalists want to prevent the holding of a LGBT pride parade in Kiev. This was reported by the Ukrainian website “Корреспондент.net” with reference to the head of press service of the banned in Russia group “Right Sector” Artem Skoropadsky.

“Today we are forced to agree with LGBT marches and festivals, and thus, to be among sinners and those who cover them. No, we will not calmly watch as the country for which we sacrificed our blood for on many fronts

a reference to the central role of the Right Sector and other extreme right paramilitary gangs in the government’s war in eastern Ukraine

is destroyed from the rear by sneaky methods of hybrid war in the peaceful capital,” he said.

Ukrainian nationalists believe that their duty is to prevent the substitution of notions, “when human baseness and perversion is called the struggle for freedom”. All radicals were urged to come out on the streets on June 12th and prevent the LGBT march by activists in Kiev.

The fuehrer of the Right Sector neonazis, Yarosh, has a cushy job as special adviser to the minister of war ‘defence’.

Last year, Right Sector and other extreme rightists attacked the Pride parade as well. They threw teargas grenades at demonstrators. In most countries these are illegal to possess if you are not police. Under the new government in Ukraine, they seem to be legal for fascist paramilitaries as well.