Rank Injustice, Hypocrisy in the UK – The Case of Ben Stimson and Chris Garrett

I’ve written, and made about this case extensively, and for some time. Now, with the imprisonment of Ben Stimson, and media exposure of that, it’s come to wider attention –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4697734/Benjamin-Stimson-joined-pro-Russian-militia-jailed.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/british-man-pro-russian-forces-ukraine-jailed-terrorism-benjamin-stimson-a7842521.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40612229

Interesting that here, the BBC didn’t mention one of the key reasons Ben was sent down, was the BBC’s framing of him – 

And in the BBC article, this quote –

Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, said: “The images of him holding a rifle and wearing military clothing are deeply concerning.

“He has been jailed for the role he played in a violent conflict and I hope his conviction will send a message to all those who are even considering joining conflicts.”

‘Deeply concerning’. It’s interesting that no-one in UK authority finds Chris Garrett, from the Isle of Man, and his actions in the Ukraine conflict ‘deeply concerning’. Chris, joining a neo-Nazi battalion, and killing in its name, troubles no one in British officialdom. 

So, while Ben is now doing over 5 years in Strangeways prison, for, as even the police admit, effectively just posing with a weapon. Chris is over on Ukrainian territory, doing much more than posing with weapons. The fates of the 2 men contrast sharply –

It’s quite a staggering move by the UK. And here’s what it means – 

* The UK government views the Euromaidan-coup installed regime in Ukraine as so legitimate that it’s willing to take the extraordinary move of jailing a British man for effectively being an activist against it – taking no part in active conflict, as Ben did not.

* A man, in the case of Ben Stimson, effectively just posing with a gun – and actually Ben originally wanted to do humanitarian work in Donbass – is worse than a man, Chris Garrett (pictured), killing for a neo-Nazi battalion in Donbass.

* The BBC and the UK government can work in partnership to stitch up a British national, that can be exposed, and none of the British media will mention it.

It’s shocking hypocrisy, incredible injustice. And, I’m ashamed to admit, it’s the UK. 

My Recent Donbass Period of Work: 25 Key Moments

I recently completed a 2-month period of work in Donbass. There will be even more reportage to come from that, but I wanted to put together a ‘top 10’ of key moments, however so many there were, we’re at 25, and this just in English.

All my work is funded by your support, via crowdfunding, to be involved, click here. 

Huge thanks to all of you, who’ve supported my work. I’ll be doing a new video to thank you soon!

1. The completion, with Oleg Somov, of my film, Irina Gurtyak, a journalist’s story, now with full English subtitles, by Vitaly Chernichenko –

And presentation in Lugansk – 

2. Bringing you reportage from the frontiers, the places other journalists don’t venture!Graham – Special Reportage (#11) A Tour Through Donetskiy, LPR Frontier, After Ukrainian Shelling

One of my main points of focus, was bringing you as much English-language reportage as possible, to show you how things really there, in spoken English!

3. Ronald van Amerongen, the Dutchman in Donbass, speaks – 

4. An English-lanaguage interview with Donetsk residents, about how things really are in Donetsk!

I brought you unique reportage from the frontlines, and frontier settlements…

5. Graham in Donbass (#47) Going to the LPR Furthest Frontline Position Today

6. Graham – Special Reportage (#12) Trip to the Donbass Wartorn Village of Nikishino

7. Interview with a Russian Volunteer Fighter in Donbass, LPR (Eng subs)

And back to English-language interviews – 

8. English Interview from Lugansk – Miss Elegance, in Miss Lugansk People’s Republic

Back to the frontline – 

9. LPR Militia Fighters Talk about WWII Monument, by LPR Frontlines, Donbass

10. Graham in Donbass (#38) Donbass – LPR – Frontlines, and What Victory Day Means to the Militia

11. A couple of videos from a spectacular Victory Day, in Lugansk!!

12. And from an also spectacular Miss LPR contest, in Lugansk! Here, a Crimea tribute –

Here, interviews with 5 of the girls, with full English subs – 

13. Back to Donetsk, and a spectacular drone look as 1000 lanterns were released into the night sky to mark children killed in war, in Donbass.

On the theme of 1st June, International Protector of Children Day, I went to Gorlovka to speak to kids wounded in war, here, with English subtitles.

14. Gorlovka, Donbass Children Speak about Being Wounded by Ukrainian Shelling in War

15. Interview with Liza, 3, wounded by Ukrainian shelling, her mother killed on spot.

Knowing it was a hot-zone, I wanted to go to report from Kominternovo –

16. Driving over 100km in the Donetsk People’s Republic, from Donetsk to Kominternovo (frontier)

17. An Introduction Tour to the DPR Frontier Village of Kominternovo

18. 60 Seconds in the DPR Village of Kominternovo, under Ukrainian shelling



Night and Morning in the Village of Kominternovo, Donbass, DPR

19. Kominternovo man: “Shelling (by Ukrainian forces) started suddenly, without any provocation”

Kominternovo: “The OSCE said ‘everyone knows that Poroshenko is killing his own people'”

Showing you Donbass at work, here, Lugansk!

20. Graham – Special Reportage (#14) My Day in a Lugansk Bread Factory

A French delegation visiting Donbass!

21. French Delegation in the Donetsk People’s Republic (#1) Visit to a Donetsk Hospital

Debunking Ukrainian misinformation

22. Donetsk People’s Republic Reaction to claims by Ukraine’s Mariana Betsa

Bringing you breaking news reports of terrorist attacks in Lugansk –

23. Lugansk, Explosion Goes off in City Centre Today, 1 Killed, 5 Wounded

17:00 – Aftermath of 2nd Explosion in Lugansk, Donbass Today

Showing you real videos of how life really is in Donbass:

24. Last School Bell for Junior Class in Lugansk, Lugansk People’s Republic, School 60

Lugansk, The Final Bell for Sixth Formers, School 60, 60 Minutes Uncut

And with your help, helping children there!!

25. Lutugino Children’s Home, Donbass: My Most Recent Trip, How you Can Help

This, just a selection, and more coming soon. Once again, huge thanks for all your help, and support!

BBC: It’s Fake News, and Always No, from Me.

Another enquiry comes today, to speak to the BBC. And the answer, for the stated reasons, is, as it will ever be. No! (Photo added, for illustration)

Hi Graham,

My name’s Sam Bright – I work for the BBC in London.

I’m currently writing a story for BBC Trending about the work of individuals such as Patrick Lancaster, Russell Bentley and yourself in eastern Ukraine.

We would obviously be interested in speaking to you for this story, to hear your views. We would like to ask you generally about your experiences, and about how you use the internet to fund your work and spread your message.

Let me know if this would be possible. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Sam Bright
Reporter | BBC Trending
Email: sam.bright@bbc.co.uk

My answer:

Sam,

No offence to you personally, as I don’t know you, and you may be a nice guy, but the BBC are a shower of despicable, disgraceful, disgraced propagandists, not to be trusted in any circumstances. And so my response would be something like: shame on you bunch of lying, propagandising scoundrels for bringing journalism into disrepute, and my country into disrepute. Where are your morals, ethics, or integrity? How can you be so entirely dishonest in your coverage, and reportage? It’s rank deceit.

The BBC is fake news, outright lies, and I’m having absolutely no part of your odious operation, in any way. Actually, you disgust me. I always work to report the truth – that means I work against the BBC, who work to twist, and distort the truth, at every turn.

I think that covers it for now,

Graham

 

Update on MH17: My Film in Progress

As you may know, I’m working on a film about MH17, having spent extensive time on the site, spoken to many witnesses, relatives, investigators, journalists, and more.

I’m aiming for this to be the definitive film on MH17. Work has continued on the film, for over a year, and will continue.

More details to come. 

Today, on the 3rd anniversary of the tragedy, all thoughts with relatives, and loved ones, of the 298 victims of that terrible day, July 17th, 2014.

Breaking News: Ben Stimson: British Member of Donbass Militia, to Face Court in the UK, Plea of Guilty to One Charge

As many of you know, I’ve been actively involved in the case of Ben Stimson, the British man tried with terrorism charges for being a member of the people’s militia forces, in Donbass.

Last August, I made a documentary about Ben, from Oldham:

Today, a close contact of Ben’s, who has been helping him, Nicola Moore, wrote to me with an update on Ben’s situation. See here, Nicky’s post about visiting Ben in jail:
And to confirm that Ben knows Nicky, here:


I will show extracts of my messages with Nicky, with relevant information, and key points, in bold, and photos of Ben, for information purposes.

Hello Graham,

I have a message from Ben Stimson. He apologises for the way his email sounded in September, his head was up his bottom (see below) and he said he appreciates all you have done for him and your support. He said he will always have your back and he hopes to speak to you soon.

Great work by the way you’re very tenacious and dedicated. It’s nice to see someone beating the drum and showing ppl what’s happening in donetsk.

Nicola

My ability to give Ben my full support had been compromised by Ben’s email of September, and, I felt disloyalty towards me, of which I’ve written here. 

However, after Nicky’s words, I forgave Ben, and asked after after him: 

He’s ok- especially considering he’s on a terrorist wing with neo Nazis and jihadist being a partly Jewish man this can’t be easy, he’s been denied education and just started to be allowed going to the gym. He’s been denied visits and letters even of his own mp. He also isn’t allowed to ring me as lm classed as a political extremist which is ridiculous.

His hearing is tomorrow morning – the court rejected his plea of innocent in February and so it’s been dropped to one charge- he’s admitting guilt and looking to be out in a few years. He wants to return as well.

I’m off to Strangeways now to see him and he’s in court tomorrow morning at 10.

Obviously the key point point here, Ben has pled guilty, and is set to face prison. It was the first I’d heard of this. I asked Nicky more about this

If he doesn’t there will be a full length trial – and if he’s found guilty he could get over 10 years

I will add that, in no small part due to the treatment of the UK authorities in relation to him, Ben is in a emotionally vulnerable position, and thus susceptible to pressure to plead guilty to something of which he is entirely innocent.

Ben is pleading to:

Article 5(a) of 2006 Terrorism act of engaging in acts of terrorism was dropped, but he plead guilty to 5(b) of facilitating terrorism
One of the charges was dropped
(It carries) Over ten years in prison – he has a top terrorism barrister who’s been coming up from London.

It’s a shocking situation, for many reasons. Ben was stitched up by the BBC, as I filmed here:

The fate of Ben, who never fired in anger, is in stark contrast to the fate of Chris Garrett, the British man who fought, and killed, for the neo-Nazi Azov battalion – 

In light of his words, Ben now has my full support. I will be paying close attention to developments tomorrow, and ready to give my full support to Ben, and to what seems set to be a total miscarriage of justice in the UK, and a deeply worrying precedent set.

If Ben is indeed found guilty and sentenced to a prison term, there must be an immediate campaign to free him, and right this manifest injustice.