Wondering why there’s not been more about legendary DRP commander Givi on social media? Well, as informed by several of my friends, anyone mentioning him there was blocked. Facebook ‘freedom of speech’ strikes again.
The topic of Euromaidan has come into focus again, with the London School of Economics (LSE), as part of their 2017 Literary Festival, holding a debate entitlted The Maidan Revolution – Lessons Learned and Unlearned – LSE .
I went along to film reportage from that, and more on that coming soon.
Also, I will shortly be presenting you with two films, in English. The first marks the late Donetsk People’s Republic commander Givi, whom I knew well, had filmed many times, and my favourite memories of, and videos with, him.
The second, is a 2-hour documentary about Doctor Liza, which took me some time to make, and was a true labour of love, for a truly remarkable lady.
Both of these are already available in Russian, and I’m working on the English-language versions now. All of my work is possible only because of your support, see more details here.
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What happens in most European countries when the government doesn’t like the work of a journalist? Not that much. What happens in Ukraine? Well I’ve been arrested and detained, deported twice, banned for three years (though I’m now told life).
And now, though I’ve been back in the UK for a month, Ukrainain authorities have been busy in my absence. I learned today, that they’ve obtained the right to all of my mobile phone records, since the 1st April 2014. I learned this, incidentally, via Ukrainian media. No one once notified, or even tried to notify me of this.
Their action actually comes when I’ve been back in London for a month doing a lot of work on the case of Barry Pring, with my report into his murder
contributing to the coroner arriving at a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’, with his wife, Anna Ziuzina (from Kiev) the de facto prime suspect.
It’s interesting that a country with aspirations to be in Europe, can act this way. Be sure, because the west wants to support Ukraine, there will be little or no coverage in western media. Imagine if it were Russia – seizing the phone records of an independent journalist…
Also, I note that in the 9 years they’ve had, the Ukrainian police have done nothing meaningful about solving the murder of Barry Pring, when there was only ever one prime suspect. It’s been 9 years of moving papers around, changing investigators, total inaction.
But, when it comes to seizing the phone records of an independent journalist, it turns out Ukraine can act pretty quickly! And while I’m not worried about what information they can access, I have no secrets, it certainly reveals a lot about Ukraine.
Today marks 9 years since Briton Barry Pring was killed in Ukraine, murdered – all evidence shows – by his Ukrainian wife, Anna Ziuzina. The story was first brought to public attention by Stephen Wright of the Daily Mail, here, in 2011.
And in January of 2017, the coroner in Devon, ruled it to be an ‘unlawful killing’, with Barry ‘tricked’ into standing on the motorway on which a speeding car smashed into him, killing him instantly. The only person who could have tricked him, was the person he was with, his wife of one year, then 29-year-old Anna Ziuzina.
See the introduction to my documentary on the subject here:
And an update on Ziuzina’s new life in the sun of Spain, here:
This week, in the Mail, Stephen Wright reveleaed that Ziuzina received £21,000 in legal aid, which she claimed fraudulently, to fight for Barry Pring’s estate. Over in Spain, Ziuzina’s new millionaire partner, Ivan Lister, continues to defend her, while Ziuzina herself (now known as ‘Julianna Moore’) is in hiding.
Over in Ukraine, I can exclusively reveal, from the Pring’s lawyer, that their police are avoiding speaking to them, and have not issued a statement. Further, the case is now not being handled by Kiev police at all, but by police in a small town 20km from Kiev, Boyarka. Meanwhile, Ziuzina’s parents (mother Olga here) have now left Barry’s Kiev apartment, where they had lived (against the wishes of the Pring family), for several years (video here), renting it out, as they reside in Marbella, with Ziuzina, and her 3-year-old daughter to Ivan Lister.
The Ukrainian Embassy in the UK have rejected my repeated requests for comment. The UK’s ambassador to Ukraine, Judith Gough, replied: “in answer to your question, we are giving the Ukrainian authorities copies of the Coroner’s Recording of the Inquest and a CD with recorded video footage shown at the inquest. I will also ask for an update on progress in the investigation.”
There is someone who has done more, Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, in Devon, the Pring family’s MP. Neil has campaigned for justice for Barry for years, and I was pleased to meet him recently for an interview about his fight for justice –
Notable here, Neil’s strong calls for the intervention of Boris Johnson, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Exclusively, today, I can reveal that Neil Parish will be raising the matter in Prime Minister’s Questions, next Wednesday. Neil today reiterated his determination today, to achieve justice for Barry, and a trial, in Ukraine.
Barry’s brother Shaughan (pictured here with Barry’s 87-year-old mother, Irene), who has campaigned tirelessly for justice in his brother’s name for 9 years now, told me today: This case has been going on for far too long, we are extremely frustrated as its so obvious what happened to Barry and who is responsible for his death. However, the recent Coroners conclusion has given up fresh hope, therefore we now want the Ukrainian authorities to take immediate action and bring Barrys murderers to justice.
Shaughan added: I’ve now messaged Oleskii Makeiev of Ukraine’s MFA, British Embassy, Peter Wagner head of support group for Ukraine, Ukrainian Embassy, and Pavlo Klimkin Minister for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, and Judith Gough.
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A few months ago, I was pleased to present the first special English-language interview with Russian prankster Lexus, notable already (with his partner in pranking, Vovan) for pranking Elton John, Turkey’s president Erdogan, Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky, Ukraine’s president Poroshenko, and many more.
Interview with Lexus, here –
I met Lexus in his home city, Ekaterinburg, in October of 2016, and we’ve kept in touch. A couple of days ago, he contacted me, saying they’d done a new prank with US congresswoman Maxine Waters, Democrate, big Clinton fan, Trump opponent, and asked if I could do the video for it. I was pleased to do so, here’s that video:
So, here’s a recap of what Maxine Waters believed:
- That the Russian regular army were in Lvov
- That Russia had installed a puppet president in Limpopo, Aybolit
- That Russia wants to kill the recently ousted president of Limpopo
- That she’ll use all of that to keep sanctions on Russia
- That Putin’s troops are in Gabon, supporting president ‘Ondimbo’
- That Russia has hacked her television to make it turn on to Russia Today
And, for those interested, here’s a special video about president Aybolit!
Waters has yet to respond to this, most insightful look into how US foreign policy is formed. Meanwhile Vovan and Lexus say they’ve also done John McCain. So surely much more to come!