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Poland bans Bandera – Ukrainian nationalists demand Poroshenko condemn their NATO ‘ally’

Ukraine’s president is stuck between his radical NATO-EU allies and rabid domestic Nazis

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Looks like there is trouble in Poroshenko paradise. The Ukrainian leader is being called upon by the real ultra-nationalists to criticize Poland’s condemnation of Stepan Bandera – the Ukrainian nationalist hero who pledged allegiance to Nazi Germany in World War II.

Now Poroshenko has to choose between his own domestic radicals or a member of the military alliance they seek entry into. No matter what he does, someone will be mad.

Truth be told, Poroshenko isn’t a true Neo-Nazi of the caliber of Pravi Sektor and their *slightly* more PR friendly friends in the Svoboda party. He is certainly a Nazi sympathizer who has said inexcusable things, such as when he gleefully declared East Ukrainian children will live in bomb shelters while his will go to school, but this is all a smoke screen to gain political support, and distract from his more likely real intentions: To rob Ukraine blind 1990’s style, and flee to a western mansion of his choice when/if the country burns.

If innocent Russian-Ukrainian citizens perish in the crossfire, he doesn’t care, but no one expects Poroshenko to take the fight to the streets draped in the flag, for the “glory of Ukraine”. If Poroshenko stepped outside during one of those eerily familiar rallies, he would not find himself welcome.

The real fighting is done by the radical Nazi elements, while the actual administration of the country is the work of greedy oligarchs, with hardly a shred of patriotism in their blood. No one is saying Poroshenko’s isn’t leading a pro-Nazi regime, but he’s more of the “Let the poor idiots die in wars. I want to see if I can stuff as much money in my pockets, as I can chocolate in my mouth” kind of tyrant, rather than the passionate “For the Glory of Ukraine!” type.

He doesn’t have a patriotic bone in his body, certainly not the noble type, but not even the fascist ultranationalism. Say what you will about those vile Nazi’s, despicable as they are, they love the fatherland and are happy to die for it. Poroshenko has no intention of dying for anyone, let alone Ukraine.

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Poroshenko and his ilk would sell the bones of Stepan Bandera if it fetched a pretty hrivna – but the problem is, if the nationalists wake up from their drunken chest pounding, raping, and pillaging, long enough to catchon, Poroshenko and friends would not be happy campers.

And that’s what we’ve seen now, they’re calling him out to take a stand. On 26th of January, the Polish Sjem (Senate) passed a law banning propagowania banderyzmu (Banderist Propaganda) – original article in Polish. An English article can be found here.

The law imposes a prison sentence of up to three years for those who would deny, among other things, the Volyn Massecure, and the role of Ukrainian nationalist organizations like those lead by Bandera which collaborated with the Third Riche, Strana.ua reports [in russian].

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Polish activists protesting Bandera

So…Nazis are bad…big surprise? That seems to be something most of us agree one…we would hope. Who doesn’t hate Nazis? Hitler and those who admire him, and his beliefs, truly represent the scum of the human race. Unfortunately, in Ukraine, as readers of alternative media already know, Nazism is quite fashionable.

Ukrainian nationalist marching with a Bandera portrait, flanked by (non-Orthodox, possibly Greek Catholic) priests. In the back, Svoboda party banners can be seen, with Pravi Sektor flags. Because marching with lit torches and portraits of WW2 leaders is always a good sign of moderate, totally non-nazi individuals. *cough, cough*

Among these Banderists, include the Svoboda party are NOT very happy their favorite Nazi leader is not welcome in Warsaw.

In their post, they not only claim the ban on “Bandera ideology” is “cheap populism” on the part of the Polish, but they go as far as to claim it is “a denial of the right of Ukrainians to their own statehood and national dignity”.

—First of all, how does Stepan Bandera have anything to do with Ukrainian statehood? He was born in Austro-Hungarian occupied West Ukraine, briefly lead a fascist Ukrainian regime allied with Hitler, spent half the war in a concentration camp, and died in 1959 in Munich, Germany. Someone needs to educate these Ukrainian nationalists in Ukrainian history. Speaking of Ukrainian history, here is the declaration of Bandera’s open collaboration with Adolf Hitler

The Svoboda party goes on to demand that Petro Poroshenko and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubia:

  • Immediately convene a Rada session to assess Poland’s decision

  • Sack Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin for another failure of domestic diplomacy

Svoboda then calls upon “Poroshenko as the one responsible for foreign policy to immediately publicly condemn the decision of the Polish Sejm, and return the title of Hero of Ukraine to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych”, which was removed under Yanukovych’s presidency.

What a shame for Poroshenko, if his own radical factions keep expecting him to “defend” Ukraine, how will he be able to rob the country blind? This shows the volatility of Ukraine. An outsider may look at the country and assume its a single, united, homogenous nation all devoted to fighting Russia, whereas it is really a highly divided territory filled with different peoples. You will find in some places Russian nationalists stronger than some in Russia, and in others, Neo-Nazis, which fill the group currently in power.

Even amongst the Russophobic parties, there is no unity. Actually, hatred of Russia is one of the only things they CAN agree on. Beyond that, they each of their own dreams. The two most prominent anti-Russian factions are the Oligarchs who sing along to the Nazi tune, but are really more interested in embezzlement on a national scale, and have no intention of fighting and dying for Ukraine, and the hardcore nationalists eager to slaughter their own kinsmen.

Now Poroshenko is caught in an awkward position. He only has three main options:

  1. He can condemn Poland, please the Fascists, while angering a NATO and EU country, and perhaps one of the few with almost the same level of Russophobia as Ukraine. Many Ukrainians work and study in Poland, the two countries have ancient ties, almost as close as Russia and Belarus are to Ukraine. Angering the Poles can have long-term political consequences, especially for Ukraine’s relationship with the EU.
  2. Poroshenko could also condemn Svoboda, trying to paint himself as a moderate. This is highly unlikely, as he could be overthrown any moment.
  3. Most likely, he will do nothing. He will ignore both Poland’s ban of Bandera, as well as Svoboda’s call to criticize it. He will continue to try and play all sides for as long as it suits him. While the chances of this becoming a major spark of conflict are not high, and it will likely die quietly, in a country as unstable as Ukraine, anything can happen.

Hitler came to power with the help of many disenfranchised nationalist ex-soldiers with a lot of military experience in WW1 and little skill in other fields. He played on nationalist sentiment, implying the current government was too weak to defend Germany, and that Germans need to rise up, and take their own destiny in their hands.

Ukraine is also a destitute land, filled with heavily armed nationalists very experienced with violence and few marketable skills, and a leader more interested in his own pocketbooks than actually fighting for Ukraine. The stage remains set for conflict. Nobody in Kiev better light a match. And Poroshenko better pray his own supporters don’t notice he is corrupt, even in his Ukrainian nationalism.

The most honest prayer he ever said

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According to Ukraine, the Crimean Bridge doesn’t exist (VIDEO)

Ukraine tries to deny the reality of the completion and soundness of the Crimean Bridge, though Ukraine was unable to build it, itself.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Russia’s VESTI News is truly an entertaining channel at times. This news service is strongly supported by the Russian government, and one of the criticisms it receives from Russian people is that it is an “extreme” propaganda house, telling all manner of crazy stories to distract its watchers’ attention away from the real problems that Russian people face at home.

No doubt there is truth to this, as this is a technique certainly duplicated in the US, Great Britain and elsewhere. Every nation has the right to its own propaganda. However, Vesti also seems to have a lot of fun making fun of other nations’ propaganda, and here they found a great one. Apparently, Ukraine’s propaganda ministry is trying to make the assertion that the Crimean Bridge collapsed and its debris is floating around in the Kerch Strait, “with the tectonic plates.”

See for yourself.

According to Ukrainian scientists and even “psychics”, this bridge is doomed to fall into the Kerch Strait once a sufficient earthquake hits it. Some claims appear even to say that the bridge already is not there, or at least, is not there in the way the Russian news sources have described it.

Of course, the VESTI team erupts into its famous snark, talking about how the bridge is very much alive and well and that it is the new “pride of Russia,” and so on.

This bridge is indeed quite an engineering feat, being completed only about three years after the rejoining / annexation / invasion / hostile takeover / or was it a voluntary referendum? of Crimea to the Russian Federation. This is a rapid speed for such a major project, but it is not very unusual for such projects to progress rather quickly when they are done with a will.

Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) is presently by far the tallest building in the world, reaching skyward 828 meters, over half a mile into the sky. It took a little over four years to construct this landmark building, and it was done steadily and with a will to completion. Its would-be successor is not having as smooth an experience, for the Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has hit problems, and even though this tower is projected to go only about 130 meter higher (reaching a significant milestone of one kilometer tall), its construction started in 2013, and as of the latest update, only 63 floors are completed.

The Crimean Bridge was built with a will to make a point, presumably to Ukraine, the rest of Russia and the world:

This is the New Russia. Look what we can do!

And, they did a marvelous feat of engineering in a very short time.

VESTI indeed does try to make some people feel better by pointing out the problems of other countries. Sometimes that is a distraction. But sometimes it is worth a serious bit of consideration.

Ukraine has a leader most of its people apparently cannot stand, who is a warmonger and a crybaby at the same time, begging the West for help while breathing threats against Russia.

While there are no doubt many, many wonderful people there trying to do wonderful things, it does seem to be that the country is suffering because of its willingness to be a pawn of the West. Russia is feeling the Western squeeze and it is not pleasant, but the Russians also seem to know that they can get themselves through this, and so they have reason to be glad when the country makes a good accomplishment such as the Crimean Bridge. The political and geopolitical importance of this project is such that it is very likely that all sorts of great engineering went into the bridge. It is prudent, and Russians seem to understand prudence very, very well.

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Second group of Su-57 stealth fighters to be requested in 2020

The second Su-57 contract will feature fighters with the advanced engine design that was under development while the prototypes were made.

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The contract for a second order of Russian Su-57 stealth fighters is expected to be signed in 2020, according to an unnamed source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry. TASS, the Russian News Agency, reported on this on Wednesday, 16 January:

The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday.

“In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them equipped with the second-stage engines,” he said. “The preliminary timeframe for the new contract is five years.”

The first contract envisages the delivery of two fifth-generation aircraft in 2019-2020.

“In line with the contract signed in 2018, one serial Su-57 jet with first-stage engines will be delivered to the Aerospace Forces this year, the other aircraft featuring the same type of engine – in 2020.”

The aircraft’s manufacturer, the United Aircraft Corporation, refrained from commenting on the report.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short ranges and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.

The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.

The aircraft has been successfully tested in Syria.

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Kaspersky Lab snags former NSA contractor stealing hacking tools

Semi-buried article did see publication on Politico and Fox News, but Kaspersky Lab was not vindicated for its help in solving this case.

Seraphim Hanisch

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In a time known for Smear Campaigns of the Strangest Kind, we have seen Russia blamed for being there, for interfering and preventing the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Presidency, putting Donald Trump in the White House instead. One of Russia’s companies, Kaspersky Lab, has a particularly notable history of late; that is to say, this computer security company has found itself on the receiving end of quite frankly, illegal levels of slander and punishment without cause from the US government. Kaspersky Lab owner and CEO tried very hard to come to the US to discuss these matters with a Congressional committee, only to have the meeting shelved into limbo.

However, the truth made itself manifest when it became known that Kaspersky Lab actually helped the American FBI catch Harold T. Martin III, who was found to be attempting to steal some of the American government’s most sensitive hacking tools. This fact emerged on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, when sources familiar with this investigation spoke to The Politico magazine. Politico says the following in its report:

[Kaspersky Lab’s] role in exposing Martin is a remarkable twist in an increasingly bizarre case that is believed to be the largest breach of classified material in U.S. history.

It indicates that the government’s own internal monitoring systems and investigators had little to do with catching Martin, who prosecutors say took home an estimated 50 terabytes of data from the NSA and other government offices over a two-decade period, including some of the NSA’s most sophisticated and sensitive hacking tools.

The revelation also introduces an ironic turn in the negative narrative the U.S. government has woven about the Russian company in recent years.

Under both the Obama and Trump administrations, officials have accused the company of colluding with Russian intelligence to steal and expose classified NSA tools, and in 2016 the FBI engaged in an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit the company and get its software banned from U.S. government computers on national security grounds. But even while the FBI was doing this, the Russian firm was tipping off the bureau to an alleged intelligence thief in the government’s own midst.

“It’s irony piled on irony that people who worked at Kaspersky, who were already in the sights of the U.S. intelligence community, disclosed to them that they had this problem,” said Stewart Baker, general counsel for the NSA in the 1990s and a current partner at Steptoe and Johnson. It’s also discouraging, he noted, that the NSA apparently still hasn’t “figured out a good way to find unreliable employees who are mishandling some of their most sensitive stuff.”

The Politico piece as well as Fox News’ variant still seem somewhat determined to keep that negative narrative in place, with Fox assessing that the FBI had a “strange bedfellow” in the investigation, and what appears to be an absolutely enormous presumption in Politico’s piece:

The first message sent on Aug. 13, 2016, asked one of the researchers to arrange a conversation with “Yevgeny” — presumably Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky, whose given name is Yevgeny Kaspersky. The message didn’t indicate the reason for the conversation or the topic, but a second message following right afterward said, “Shelf life, three weeks,” suggesting the request, or the reason for it, would be relevant for a limited time.

However, there are many people in the world named “Yevgeny” (Evgeny, or Eugene) in Russia, and presumably many Evgenys in Kaspersky Lab itself. The notion that the CEO of the company would be involved in this appears to be an absolutely enormous leap of logic.

The maintenance of a negative narrative about Kaspersky Lab has been one of the most frustratingly effective examples of American propaganda in use since Russia overall became increasingly used as America’s newest scapegoat.

This is also not the first time that Kaspersky Lab saved the day for an American intelligence agency. In 2017 the same company’s services found 122 viruses on an NSA employee’s computer.

Kaspersky Lab itself is a highly sophisticated company based in Moscow, Russia, specializing in securing computers against malware, viruses, ransomware and all manner of invasive efforts by the bad guys out on the ‘Net, and among the providers of such services it consistently rates among the best in the industry, including in US surveys. While US retailers Best Buy, Office Depot and the US government have banned selling or running Kaspersky Lab software, European allies of the US have not even breathed the slightest bit of discontent with the AV provider. The narrative is the only thing that is actually wrong, and since Evgeny Kaspersky’s education was largely at the Academy that trained former KGB personnel, (now called FSB), the anti-Russia narrative in the US the acronym “KGB” is usually enough to alarm most low-information American news readers and watchers. 

However, logic and awareness of life in modern Russia, point to the fact that getting an education on security at the FSB Academy ought to be equivalent to the same education at the CIA. Who would know better about how to create security than those people specially trained to compromise it? However the propaganda vantage point that Kaspersky afforded the US government in its drive to get rid of President Donald Trump made the Russian company too juicy a target to ignore.

Over the last year or two, however, this narrative has slowly been falling apart, with this Politico article being a significant, though still small vindication of the company’s prowess and abilities.

That a Russian Internet Security company could succeed where American enterprises failed, and especially where it helped the Americans catch a man who was stealing very powerful hacking tools, is a significant story, indeed.

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