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From Russian Prison to Ukrainian Jail – ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko arrested

Ukraine just arrested their ‘Joan of Arc’

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It’s out of the fire and into the frying pan for so-called Ukrainian ‘Joan of Arc’ Nadia Savchenko, who has just now been arrested by Ukraine, for allegedly planning a terrorist attack inside the parliament of which she is a member.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko was previously sentenced to 23 years in jail in Russia, for complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, and later released as part of a prisoner exchange. Since then, she was hailed as a great idol of the Maidan – a symbol of the new anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian future, that Ukrainians are supposedly all supposed to fight for. Western media and those in Ukraine alike lionized her, and she was awarded by President Poroshenko the highest honor Ukraine can bestow, the title: Hero of Ukraine.

This is important to note: Savchenko has literally been declared a Hero of Ukraine, thereby intended to represent everything Ukraine stands for.

A few short years after her release from Russian Prison, the same Ukrainian President which decorated her, and hailed her as Ukraine’s Hero, their Joan of Arc, on her return from Russian Prison, now President Poroshenko supports her arrest. Savchenko has simply went from Russian prison to Ukrainian jail.

The authorities have been desperately wanting to arrest and silence Savchenko, after a great scandal, but until now, her immunity as a member of parliament protected her from arrest, even as they accused her of attempting to blow up that same parliament. Finally, she has been strippped of that immunity and detained, according to TASS news:

The decision to strip Savchenko of immunity was carried by a 291 majority vote. Her detention was supported by 277 legislators, with 11 opposing it; 268 voted for her arrest, and six, against.

Lutsenko said before the voting that “on the list of top priority investigative measures to be taken today an order to take Savchenko for psychiatric examination is number eight.”

“This will answer all questions,” he said. In her final statement Savchenko said that Ukraine should reform its political system and give voters a chance to revoke legislators and hold referendums.

“Ukraine does have a way out without terrorist attacks and other problems that may ruin it. There is a simple and legal way – a reform of the political system,” she said.

At least a hundred picketers supporting Savchenko, including her sister Vera and mother, gathered near the Ukrainian parliament. They were chanting “Nadya is a hero” and “Freedom for Nadya.” Some were seen crying.

Savchenko was not handcuffed, but was lead out of the Rada into the crowd of her supporters.

So the big question remains, why has Nadia Savchenko been arrested? Well, if you follow RussiaFeed, you may recall that we covered her recent claims which shocked Ukraine and the world over. If you haven’t read the article, it’s highly recommended, as it explains in detail what has really been happening behind the scenes.

SHOCKING: ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko now accuses Kiev for Maidan Snipers

In short, Nadia Savchenko has made some shocking claims, she said the following, regarding the events of the 2014 Maidan Coup, which was hailed in the west as a revolution of dignity:

I saw the current speaker of parliment bring snipers to the hotel, those people are in parliment now. The prosecuter general needed to become prosecuter so that his crimes against the Ukrainian people wouldn’t be investigated.

She directly accused members of the current regime in power in Ukraine, including the Prosecutor General, of hiring the mysterious snipers which fired on police and protesters alike from the roofs of Kiev buildings, namely the Hotel Ukraina overlooking the Maidan.

These snipers were acknowledged in western Media, but naturally, they were blamed on Russia or President Yanokovich. The official claim was that the Snipers were targetting Ukrainians fighting for freedom. It has been stated by Russia and independent journalists for some time, however, that the snipers were, in fact, targetting both protesters and police, thereby acting as provocateurs, pushing Ukraine over the brink of war. Recently, damning evidence has been produced confirming what was already known and stated in Russian media about these snipers.

That, however, at this point, is not even the issue here, this is not to argue that Russia has claimed the snipers were put there by the current Ukrainian government, but rather to show that Savchenko is arguing that. Now the Russian claims are confirmed by one of the most violently anti-Russian people in Ukraine.

What makes Savchenko’s claims so shocking is not the claims themselves – we already knew about them, it is the fact that they are coming out of the mouth of one of the most violently Russophobic people in the country. Slowly but surely the truth in Ukraine is coming out, and Savchenko’s words proved to be the most unexpected clue, affirming the Russian account of the Ukraine crisis.

It can not be overstressed the poetic justice that “Hero of Ukraine” Nadia Savchenko is somehow directly affirming the Russian story, and thereby disproving the lies the west spread about Ukraine, both inside the country and abroad. No one can accuse her of being a Russian agent – she has Russian blood on her hands, which makes her the most unbiased source in this situation.

Why the Change of Heart?

To be clear, Savchenko is not exactly morally pure – let’s not forget that she does indeed have blood on her hands. She is a kindred spirit to many of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis running around the country, but this is, in fact, the reason why she is opposing the current Ukrainian regime.

She has not had a change of heart per-say, she is a Ukrainian nationalist through and through, but it seems she has grown a brain, if not a conscious, and realized that she may be a so-called “Hero of Ukraine” willing to fight and die for the cause, but the Ukrainian authorities certainly are not.

She realized while she was in jail for her crimes, the powers that be in Kiev were not worshiping at the altar of Bandera, sacrificing a goat or two for the glory of Ukraine, but instead robbing the country blind, while she and her comrades served as useful idiots dying on Ukrainian battlefields.

She realized they were not fighting Russians, who could easily capture Kiev if they really wanted to, but rather, Ukrainian citizens, and that she and her comrades were bamboozled by the west, and the Oligarchs in power, to divide Ukraine with war, setting it up for western socio-economic conquest.

She realized that the revolution of dignity she fought for in Kiev, was actually a lie, the current Ukrainian authorities are legitimized criminals, who rose to power on bloodshed, and they, in fact, sent the snipers which fired on Maidan protesters, and security forces alike. She realized after being promised so much, the revolution of dignity was a complete and utter farce and sham.

Ukraine has Gone Insane

Ukraine has gone completely insane – not just because of this, but because of everything that’s happened after 2014. Lets recap, shall we? Before 2014, when Ukraine was allegedly controlled by Russia, the country was peaceful, there was no war, and at worst, some people in one side of the country didn’t get along with some others at the opposite end. Everyone basically went about their normal affairs. After the so-called Revolution of Dignity:

  • The Ukrainian government collapsed, and a democratically elected President was ousted in a violent coup.
  • A fratricidal war began in Donbass, which killed around 10,000 people including children.
    • The war crimes were committed by Ukrainian government forces – however, a large amount of the army deserted – Ukraine can’t even keep their army in line – so a majority of the worst atrocities were committed by Neo-Nazi battalions.
  • Fascism effectively returned to Europe for the first time since 1945 – in the heart of a country which fought fascism. Former Nazi Ukrainian elements from western Ukraine were rehabilitated like Bandera.
  • The rise of fascism effectively revitalized the certain radical bands of Uniates, which since the 16th century Union of Brest, killed Orthodox Christians.
  • Crimeans voted to join Russia, motivated especially by fear of Ukrainian fascism.
  • Ukrainian fascism has scared away even Russophobes in Poland.
  • Ukraine lost wonderful opportunities with Russia, and was forced into a Master-Slave trade relationship with the EU.
  • EU leaders STILL say Ukraine is decades away from joining EU
  • In recent days
    • Former Georgian President Saakashvili (stripped of citizenship in his own country and wanted for corruption) was appointed Governor of Odessa in Ukraine. He then attempted to overthrow the corrupt Ukrainian government – and was deported after a back and forth fight with the current President.
    • Now Savchenko – a former ‘Hero of Ukraine’, hailed as the Ukrainian Joan of Arc and jailed in Russia for murder, has been arrested on accusations of terrorism against Ukraine.

The Kiev regime now maintains that this is all a plot of Russian secret services, yet it’s not Russia which has descended into a dystopian quagmire.

Ukrainian democracy in action

Now, Ukraine is arresting and jailing not only one of their soldiers, but one who earned the highest medal and title in the land: Hero of Ukraine. Ukraine is jailing their own Heroes, corrupt exiled former presidents of foreign countries are appointed Ukrainian governors, only for them to call the government corrupt and state coups, and a civil war is raging killing thousands. Ukraine still maintains that it is all Russia’s fault, even as they jail their own Heroes who kill Russians. It seems the Hetman (title for Cossack ruler) must soon come to terms with the fact that he is wearing no clothes.

I’d tell him to buy some – but the oligarchs have already stolen all the clothes.

 

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Trump Demands Tribute from NATO Vassals

The one thing that we should all understand, and which Trump perfectly and clearly understands, is that the members of NATO are a captive audience.

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Authored by Tim Kirby via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Regardless of whether one loves or hates President Trump at least we can say that his presidency has a unique flavor and is full of surprises. Bush and Obama were horribly dull by comparison. Trump as a non-politician from the world of big (real estate) business and media has a different take on many issues including NATO.

Many, especially in Russia were hoping that “The Donald’s” campaign criticism of NATO would move towards finally putting an end to this anti-Russian alliance, which, after the fall of Communism really has no purpose, as any real traditional military threats to Europe have faded into history. However, Trump as President of the United States has to engage in the “realpolitik” of 21st century America and try to survive and since Trump seems rather willing to lie to get what he wants, who can really say which promises from his campaign were a shoot and which were a work.

So as it stands now Trump’s recent decision to maintain and build US/NATO bases across the world “and make country X pay for it” could mean anything from him trying to keep his campaign promises in some sort of skewed way, to an utter abandonment of them and submission to the swamp. Perhaps it could simply be his business instincts taking over in the face of “wasteful spending”. Making allies have to pay to have US/NATO forces on their territory is a massive policy shift that one could only predict coming from the unpredictable 45th President.

The one thing that we should all understand, and which Trump perfectly and clearly understands, is that the members of NATO (and other “allies”) are a captive audience, especially Germany, Japan and South Korea, which “coincidentally” are the first set of countries that will have to pay the “cost + 50%” to keep bases and US soldiers on their soil. Japan’s constitution, written primarily by American occupation forces forbids them from having a real military which is convenient for Trump’s plan. South Korea, although a very advanced and wealthy nation has no choice but to hide behind the US might because if it were to disappear overnight, then Gangnam would be filled with pictures of the Kim family within a few weeks.

In the past with regard to these three countries NATO has had to keep up the illusion of wanting to “help” them and work as “partners” for common defense as if nuclear and economic titan America needs countries like them to protect itself. Trump whether consciously or not is changing the dynamic of US/NATO occupation of these territories to be much more honest. His attitude seems to be that the US has the possibility to earn a lot of money from a worldwide mafia-style protection scam. Vassals have no choice but to pay the lord so Trump wants to drop the illusions and make the military industrial complex profitable again and God bless him for it. This level of honesty in politics is refreshing and it reflects the Orange Man’s pro-business and “America will never be a socialist country” attitude. It is blunt and ideologically consistent with his worldview.

On the other hand, one could look at this development as a possible move not to turn NATO into a profitable protection scam but as a means to covertly destroy it. Lies and illusion in politics are very important, people who believe they are free will not rebel even if they have no freedom whatsoever. If people are sure their local leaders are responsible for their nation they will blame them for its failings rather than any foreign influence that may actually be pulling the real strings.

Even if everyone in Germany, Japan and South Korea in their subconscious knows they are basically occupied by US forces it is much harder to take action, than if the “lord” directly demands yearly tribute. The fact that up to this point US maintains its bases on its own dime sure adds to the illusion of help and friendship. This illusion is strong enough for local politicians to just let the status quo slide on further and further into the future. Nothing is burning at their feet to make them act… having to pay cost + 50% could light that fire.

Forcing the locals to pay for these bases changes the dynamic in the subconscious and may force people’s brains to contemplate why after multiple-generations the former Axis nations still have to be occupied. Once occupation becomes expensive and uncomfortable, this drops the illusion of friendship and cooperation making said occupation much harder to maintain.

South Korea knows it needs the US to keep out the North but when being forced to pay for it this may push them towards developing the ability to actually defend themselves. Trump’s intellectual “honesty” in regards to NATO could very well plant the necessary intellectual seeds to not just change public opinion but make public action against US/NATO bases in foreign countries. Japan has had many protests over the years against US bases surging into the tens of thousands. This new open vassal status for the proud Japanese could be the straw to break the camel’s back.

Predicting the future is impossible. But it is clear that, changing the fundamental dynamic by which the US maintains foreign bases in a way that will make locals financially motivated to have them removed, shall significantly affect the operations of US forces outside the borders of the 50 States and make maintaining a global presence even more difficult, but perhaps this is exactly what the Orange Man wants or is just too blind to see.

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High-ranking Ukrainian official reports on US interference in Ukraine

It is not usually the case that an American media outlet tells the truth about Ukraine, but it appears to have happened here.

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The Hill committed what may well have been a random act of journalism when it reported that Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Yuriy Lutsenko, told Hill.tv’s reporter John Solomon that the American ambassador to that country, Marie Yovanovitch, gave him a “do not prosecute” list at their first meeting.

Normally, all things Russia are covered by the American press as “bad”, and all things Ukraine are covered by the same as “good.” Yet this report reveals quite a bit about the nature of the deeply embedded US interests that are involved in Ukraine, and which also attempt to control and manipulate policy in the former Soviet republic.

The Hill’s piece continues (with our added emphases):

“Unfortunately, from the first meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Kiev, [Yovanovitch] gave me a list of people whom we should not prosecute,” Lutsenko, who took his post in 2016, told Hill.TV last week.

“My response of that is it is inadmissible. Nobody in this country, neither our president nor our parliament nor our ambassador, will stop me from prosecuting whether there is a crime,” he continued.

Indeed, the Prosecutor General appears to be a man of some principles. When this report was brought to the attention of the US State Department, the response was predictable:

The State Department called Lutsenko’s claim of receiving a do not prosecute list, “an outright fabrication.” 

“We have seen reports of the allegations,” a department spokesperson told Hill.TV. “The United States is not currently providing any assistance to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), but did previously attempt to support fundamental justice sector reform, including in the PGO, in the aftermath of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. When the political will for genuine reform by successive Prosecutors General proved lacking, we exercised our fiduciary responsibility to the American taxpayer and redirected assistance to more productive projects.”

This is an amazing statement in itself. “Our fiduciary responsibility to the American taxpayer”? Are Americans even aware that their country is spending their tax dollars in an effort to manipulate a foreign government in what can probably well be called a low-grade proxy war with the Russian Federation? Again, this appears to be a slip, as most American media do a fair job of maintaining the narrative that Ukraine is completely independent and that its actions regarding the United States and Russia are taken in complete freedom.

Hill.TV has reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine for comment.

Lutsenko also said that he has not received funds amounting to nearly $4 million that the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine was supposed to allocate to his office, saying that “the situation was actually rather strange” and pointing to the fact that the funds were designated, but “never received.”

“At that time we had a case for the embezzlement of the U.S. government technical assistance worth 4 million U.S. dollars, and in that regard, we had this dialogue,” he said. “At that time, [Yovanovitch] thought that our interviews of Ukrainian citizens, of Ukrainian civil servants, who were frequent visitors of the U.S. Embassy put a shadow on that anti-corruption policy.”

“Actually, we got the letter from the U.S. Embassy, from the ambassador, that the money that we are speaking about [was] under full control of the U.S. Embassy, and that the U.S. Embassy did not require our legal assessment of these facts,” he said. “The situation was actually rather strange because the funds we are talking about were designated for the prosecutor general’s office also and we told [them] we have never seen those, and the U.S. Embassy replied there was no problem.”

“The portion of the funds, namely 4.4 million U.S. dollars were designated and were foreseen for the recipient Prosecutor General’s office. But we have never received it,” he said.

Yovanovitch previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Armenia under former presidents Obama and George W. Bush, as well as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan under Bush. She also served as ambassador to Ukraine under Obama.

Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who was at the time House Rules Committee chairman, voiced concerns about Yovanovitch in a letter to the State Department last year in which he said he had proof the ambassador had spoken of her “disdain” for the Trump administration.

This last sentence may be a way to try to narrow the scope of American interference in Ukraine down to the shenanigans of just a single person with a personal agenda. However, many who have followed the story of Ukraine and its surge in anti-Russian rhetoric, neo-Naziism, ultra-nationalism, and the most recent events surrounding the creation of a pseudo-Orthodox “church” full of Ukrainian nationalists and atheists as a vehicle to import “Western values” into a still extremely traditional and Christian land, know that there are fingerprints of the United States “deep state” embeds all over this situation.

It is somewhat surprising that so much that reveals the problem showed up in just one report. It will be interesting to see if this gets any follow-up in the US press.

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President Putin’s anti-fake news law is brilliant, but the West makes more

Western media slams President Putin and his fake news law, accusing him of censorship, but an actual look at the law reveals some wisdom.

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The TASS Russian News Agency reported on March 18th that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new law intended to block distorted or untrue information being reported as news. Promptly after he did so, Western news organizations began their attempt to “spin” this event as some sort of proof of “state censorship” in the oppressive sense of the old Soviet Union. In other words, a law designed to prevent fake news was used to create more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site. The Moscow Times tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a Western publication, run by a Dutch foundation located in the Netherlands. As such, the paper and the website associated have a distinctly pro-West slant in their reporting. Even Wikipedia noted this with this comment from their entry about the publication:

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis, The Moscow Times was criticized by a number of journalists including Izvestia columnist Israel Shamir, who in December 2014 called it a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia”.[3] In October 2014 The Moscow Times made the decision to suspend online comments after an increase in offensive comments. The paper said it disabled comments for two reasons—it was an inconvenience for its readers as well as being a legal liability, because under Russian law websites are liable for all content, including user-generated content like comments.[14]

This bias is still notably present in what is left of the publication, which is now an online-only news source. This is some of what The Moscow Times had to say about the new fake news legislation:

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

As is the case with other Russian laws, the fines are calculated based on whether the offender is a citizen, an official or a legal entity.

More than 100 journalists and public figures, including human rights activist Zoya Svetova and popular writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.”

This piece does give a bit of explanation from Dmitry Peskov, showing that European countries also have strict laws governing fake news distribution. However, the Times made the point of pointing out the idea of “insulting governmental bodies of Russia… including Putin” to bolster their claim that this law amounts to real censorship of the press. It developed its point of view based on a very short article from Reuters which says even less about the legislation and how it works.

However, TASS goes into rather exhaustive detail about this law, and it also gives rather precise wording on the reason for the law’s passage, as well as how it is to be enforced. This law is brilliant, for it hits the would-be slanderer right where it counts – in the pocketbook.

We include most of this text here, with emphases added:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking untrue and distorting information (fake news). The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on “untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities.”

Pursuant to the document, in case of finding such materials in Internet resources registered in accordance with the Russian law on the mass media as an online media resource, Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies will request the media watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to the corresponding websites.

Based on this request, Roskomnadzor will immediately notify the editorial board of the online media resource, which is in violation of the legislation, about the need to remove untrue information and the media resource will be required to delete such materials immediately. If the editorial board fails to take the necessary measures, Roskomnadzor will send communications operators “a demand to take measures to restrict access to the online resource.”

In case of deleting such untrue information, the website owner will notify Roskomnadzor thereof, following which the media watchdog will “hold a check into the authenticity of this notice” and immediately inform the communications operator about the resumption of the access to the information resource.
The conditions for the law are very specific, as are the penalties for breaking it. TASS continued:

Liability for breaching the law

Simultaneously, the Federation Council approved the associated law with amendments to Russia’s Code of Administrative Offences, which stipulates liability in the form of penalties of up to 1.5 million rubles (around $23,000) for the spread of untrue and distorting information.

The Code’s new article, “The Abuse of the Freedom of Mass Information,” stipulates liability for disseminating “deliberately untrue publicly significant information” in the media or in the Internet. The penalty will range from 30,000 rubles ($450) to 100,000 rubles ($1,520) for citizens, from 60,000 rubles ($915) to 200,000 rubles ($3,040) for officials and from 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($7,620) for corporate entities with the possible confiscation of the subject of the administrative offence.

Another element of offence imposes tighter liability for the cases when the publication of false publicly significant information has resulted in the deaths of people, has caused damage to the health or property, prompted the mass violation of public order and security or has caused disruption to the functioning of transport or social infrastructure facilities, communications, energy and industrial facilities and banks. In such instances, the fines will range from 300,000 rubles to 400,000 rubles ($6,090) for citizens, from 600,000 rubles to 900,000 rubles ($13,720) for officials, and from 1 million rubles to 1.5 million rubles for corporate entities.

While this legislation can be spun (and is) in the West as anti-free speech, one may also consider the damage that has taken place in the American government through a relentless attack of fake news from most US news outlets against President Trump. One of the most notable effects of this barrage has been to further degrade and destroy the US’ relationship with the Russian Federation, because even the Helsinki Summit was attacked so badly that the two leaders have not been able to get a second summit together.

While it is certainly a valued right of the American press to be unfettered by Congress, and while it is also certainly vital to criticize improper practices by government officials, the American news agencies have gone far past that, to deliberately dishonest attacks, based in innuendo and everything possible that was formerly only the province of gossip tabloid publications. The effort has been to defame the President, not to give proper or due criticism to his policies, nor credit. It can be properly stated that the American press has abused its freedom of late.

This level of abuse drew a very unusual comment from the US president, who wondered on Twitter about the possibility of creating a state-run media center in the US to counter fake news:

Politically correct for US audiences? No. But an astute point?

Definitely.

Freedom in anything also presumes that those with that freedom respect it, and further, that they respect and apply the principle that slandering people and institutions for one’s own personal, business or political gain is wrong. Implied in the US Constitution’s protection of the press is the notion that the press itself, as the rest of the country, is accountable to a much Higher Authority than the State. But when that Authority is rejected, as so much present evidence suggests, then freedom becomes the freedom to misbehave and to agitate. It appears largely within this context that the Russian law exists, based on the text given.

Further, by hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook, rather than prison sentences, the law appears to be very smart in its message: “Do not lie. If you do, you will suffer where it counts most.”

Considering that news media’s purpose is to make money, this may actually be a very smart piece of legislation.

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