Ukraine and the New Saakashvili Maidan the West is Staying Silent about

When Euromaidan kicked off almost exactly 4 years ago in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev, you could hardly move for western correspondents there covering it, telling us all about the heroic protesters wishing to overthrow the awful regime of Yanukovych and his government (both, democratically elected, btw) –

What happened next? Maidan and the west got their way, Yanukovych and his government were booted out, the west’s people were installed. What happened after Poroshenko Ukrainethat? Well, going on 4 years of chaos, inflation, unemployment, in Ukraine, and war in Donbass, of course. All of which the west have been a bit shy in telling you about, given it’s their guys at the wheel….

All of this has contributed to 80% of Ukrainians now being against president Poroshenko, again, something the western press are strangely reticent to report on. Actually, there’s a long list of things the west would rather you didn’t know about their new Ukraine. Such as this, on October 14th, that open neo-Nazis now brazenly march through Kiev in their thousands –

And that shortly after that, the new Maidan kicked off in Kiev, spearheaded by former Saakashvili UkraineGeorgian president (now wanted on high-level charges there), recently of a disastrous reign as governor of Odessa, even more recently, September, simply barging over the Ukrainian border. Since that September border-barge, Saakashvili has been on a trouble-making tour of Ukraine, as he attempts to topple incumbent president Poroshenko.

All of which has left the western press in a bit of  dilemma. Who to support – the western installed uber pro-west Poroshenko, or the darling of the west, wanting-to-be-western-installed Saakashvili, who has even gone to far as to be sleeping in the tents on the new Maidan. All of which would surely be screaming for sympathetic western media coverage. Yet, Saakashvili is going up against their man. So he’s out of luck. No fawning western coverage this time, no glorious new Maidan for him. Almost no western press coverage at all.

Saakashvili PoroshenkoThis has left Saakashvili rather pathetically pleading with the Ukrainian people to protect him against Poroshenko’s apparent wish to deport him back to Georgia. Meanwhile, Ukrainian ultra-nationalists storming and attempting to occupy a court in Kiev similarly find themselves out of luck – the west only supported that in Ukraine in 2013, guys. Now, the west supports Poroshenko, who seemingly entirely without irony, or memory, is attempting to deport the tent-dwelling Saakashvili for his attempt in an ‘illegal overthrow of government’. 

Post-Euromaidan Ukraine is certainly never boring. Not so much a car crash, as a neverending demolition derby.

The Truth about Euromaidan vs LSE Propaganda

I’ll be doing video reportage on the subject this week, as yesterday I attended a panel discussion organised by the London School of Economics, LSE, as part of their literary festival. The topic was Euromaidan, and I went along with an open mind (as I also went to Euromaidan itself), ready to listen, sitting for over half an hour…

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And all I heard from the panellists, featuring most notably Euromaidan activist Mustafa Nayeem, was one pro-Euromaidan account after another. And it became clear, this event wasn’t going to be a real discussion on Maidan at all. It was simply a Euromaidan propaganda seminar.

So, I decided to ask the panellists some questions myself, what happened?

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Consternation in the panel, uproar from the pro-Euromaidan element of the audience, who had clearly gone along to hear just the above propaganda –

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And I was quickly kicked out.

My question had been quite simple, how can they, at a respected London Institution, pass off a propaganda event as part of a literary festival? Where was the mention of what I saw on Euromaidan – terrorism?

More to come, for now, this is Euromaidan as I remember it – the truth about Euromaidan –

Die Revolution als Marke

Christian Lehmann – Journalist und Blogger – @convexpolytop – Fotos von @GrahamWP_UK

EuromaidanVor mehr als einem Jahr wurde dem Konsumenten von Leitmedien die friedliche und tolle Revolution auf dem Maidan verkauft. Demokratische Wahlen und ein unabhängiger Präsident sollten die wüsten Zustände in der Ukraine beseitigen. Doch die Gegenöffentlichkeit spricht immer mehr das aus, was wirklich stattfindet: „Gesteuerte Farbrevolutionen“. In der Ukraine dürfte das wohl dann die „braune Revolution“ gewesen sein.

Spätestens nach dem arabischen Frühling, der für mehr Mord und Totschlag in den letzten paar Jahren gesorgt hat als die vielen Jahre vorher, dürfte es dem aufgeklärten Euromaidan2Bürger klar sein, dass es hier nicht mit rechten Dingen zugehen kann. Ein Tweet soll sogar vor rund fünf Jahren für das Erwachen in der arabischen Welt gesorgt haben. Nur doof, dass Twitter bis heute in Deutschland nicht den Stellenwert hat, den sich Medienmacher so erhoffen. Aber ausgerechnet in Staaten, die technisch doch noch weiter den Europäern hinterherlaufen, soll diese Masche funktioniert haben. Wers glaubt, wird selig. Das einzige was dort stattfand, war eine transatlantische Intrige, die von langer Hand geplant wurde, und so dem vom linksgrünen Mainstream verblendeten Konsumenten, die Revolution und Opposition verkaufen, die mal angeblich in den 68er Jahren in Deutschland stattgefunden haben soll.

Aber reingefallen sind viele auf das Lügengebilde der gängigen Presse. Kein Wunder, wenn die Hofberichterstatter mit Presseausweis es vier Jahre später in der Ukraine Euromaidan3wieder versuchen. Immerhin wurde das Publikum ein wenig stutziger, warum man auf einmal so einseitig berichtet, und warum immer Russland der Aggressor sein soll. Solange der Staatsstreich irgendwie funktioniert ist es ja auch egal, wie man darüber
berichtet. Leitmedien und zwangsfinanziertes Staatsfernsehen wird ja immer irgendwie bezahlt. Auch wenn hinter dem System – wie hinter der Maidan-Revolution – nur Lug und Trug dahinterstecken tut.

Berichterstattung aus dem Fünf-Sterne-Hotel

Revolutionen werden so langsam in aller Herren Länder beworben, wie Marken ihre Klamotten: Mit viel Augenwischerei und Trickserei. Ausgewiesene Neonazis sind auf einmal die Freiheitskämpfer in der Ukraine, da sie laut dem ZDF ja für Ruhe und Ordnung suchen. Und irgendwelche Spaziergänge in Deutschland, wo normale Bürger aus jeder Bildungsschicht ihre Sorgen nach außen tragen, sind die bösen Schlächter und Feinde dieser Gesellschaft. Alles was Kritik an der aktuellen Berichterstattung Euromaidan4ausübt, wird als rechtsradikal rubriziert, damit auch die kleinste kritische Stimme schön brav im Keim erstickt.

Angeblich gab es noch nie so eine Medienverdrossenheit in Deutschland. Sicher ist aber, dass noch nie so unverhohlen gelogen wurde wie in den letzten vier Jahren. Früher konnte man sich immer noch damit abfinden, dass man nicht gleich und jetzt über alles die Wahrheit erfahren tut, und das mediale Kasperletheater war auch noch nicht so ausgeprägt wie heute. Vor allem aber haben die sogenannten Menschenrechtsorganisationen, die letztendlich doch alle irgendwo fremdfinanziert werden, nicht so eine Bedeutung gehabt. Heute erzählen diese uns einen vom Pferd, wenn sie in irgendeinem Fünf-Sterne-Hotel in irgendeiner Hauptstadt hocken, wo gerade eine weitere Farbrevolution ausgebrochen ist.

Euromaidan5Die Tatsache, dass in der Ukraine am Tage der Präsidentschaftswahl das eigene Volk bombardiert wurde, wird gerne mal unterdrückt. Spricht man allerdings vom russischen Aggressor, so werden dann gerne mal Videos aus Syrien als „Beweis“ genommen. Hauptsache man übertrifft sich im Wettlügen um Meilen. Eine Gegenöffentlichkeit wird als Propaganda deklariert, bevor sie mit der Berichterstattung überhaupt angefangen hat. RT Deutsch kann ein Lied davon singen, wie sich die Leitmedien rabullistisch auf den kleinen Kreml-Sender gestürzt haben.

Und selbst der unverzichtbare deutsche Außenminister Steinmeier will dieser Propaganda ein Ende setzen – mit „unabhängigen Journalismus“. Ausgerechnet ein
Euromaidan6Sozialdemokrat spricht von Unabhängigkeit. Dabei ist gerade dieser Menschenschlag von Partei und Lobby so abhängig, wie der Drogenabhängige vom Rauschgift. Vielleicht sollten die Deutschen Diplomaten mal selbst den Donbass besuchen und den Waisenkindern erzählen, dass es nur „Propaganda“ ist, wenn behauptet wird, dass irgendwelche Ukra-Nazis ihre Eltern getötet haben.

Auffallend ist auch, dass immer die gleichen Gesichter von irgendwelchen roten oder grünen Parteien solche Revolutionsplätze besuchen, dort die Menschen nach Strich Euromaidan7und Faden verarschen, und sich dann wieder zum nächsten Krisenherd hinbewegen und dort weiter ihre kranke und perverse Weltsicht verbreiten. Hungernde Waisenkinder sind ja nur dann interessant, wenn man ihren Kinderkopf für das Pressefoto streicheln darf. Der Beitrag nimmt Bezug auf einen Blogbeitrag, der vor einem Jahr bereits die Geschehnisse in der Ukraine kritisch beleuchtete und leider erkennen muss, dass sich die damalige Einschätzung bewahrheitet hat.[1]

Anscheinend müssen noch fünf solcher Umstürze stattfinden bis der letzte Konsument erkennen wird, dass er nach Strich und Faden belogen wird und für den „seriösen“ Lügenjournalismus noch Kohle hinblättern tut.

[1]https://marsvonpadua.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/das-ende-des-revolutionsmarketings/

Euromaidan Goes Mad

By Graham Phillips, originally published on 13th February 2014 – (see below) – 

Mental health in Ukraine is an ever-sensitive subject given the country’s deficient 1Euromaidansystem for diagnosis and treatment. However, there have lately been worrying some worrying signs of mental health issues coming to the fore at Euromaidan. 3 months in the cold, sometimes freezing, with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions – that perhaps due to many protesters having destroyed many of the porta-toilets provided to deploy in ‘warfare’. It’s all clearly having an effect.

Take the kidnapping accounts of Euromaidan – confused from the start, characterised by contradiction and change of detail with each retelling. Take Igor Lutsenko, who on January 21st first came out with: “I climbed out of the forest where my kidnappers threw me and am in a good mood, without a mobile phone and in average condition. Nothing serious, but being with kidnappers for 15 hours was very hard, morally and physically…. After several hours in the garage, Lutsenko said he was taken farther out into the woods where he was told to kneel against a tree and pray, in an apparent mock execution. At that point his abductors disappeared and he staggered out of the forest, almost fainting at times.

1Euromaidan2By January 31st, Lutsenko, pictured, seemed to have become a bit disorientated, now saying: “That’s when 10 hours of intimidation and beating in this box of torture started,” Mr Lutsenko told the Financial Times, describing the abduction as “very professional”. The men’s hands and legs were bound, plastic bags were placed over their faces and their assailants, Mr Lutsenko said, “tried to beat out of us information about who was financing the protests, who the decision makers were. Left with a concussion, bleeding internally and his teeth knocked out, Mr Lutsenko was eventually dumped on a remote road in sub-zero temperatures. A passing driver picked him up a few hours later. “I was incredibly lucky,” he sighed.” One account has Lutsenko escaping, to find Facebook access in a nearby village.

Undated picture of Yury VerbitskyNow, of course his fellow ‘kidnap victim’, Yuri Verbitsky, pictured, was found dead on January 23rd, with opposition media outlets keen to emphasise he had been tortured. Given the nature of news reporting coming out of Euromaidan, with the main Ukrainian media functioning as opposition portals, it’s impossible to grant these accounts any degree of veracity. No question that people have died on Maidan, the body found outside Globus in early December, the man found hanging from the Christmas tree in late January. Yet severe conditions, and in-fighting between factions, have clearly been key in this.

Lutsenko’s incoherent, contradicting accounts of the kidnapping of he and Verbitsky make that harder to believe that they were kidnapped than that it was simply staged. Despite the conflicting reports of the injuries which had supposedly had him hospitalised, Verbitsky’s cause of death was actually hypothermia. Verbitsky’s being found dead of hypothermia on Maidan would have been damaging to the opposition, his being found kidnapped and killed gave them a huge boost, with Verbitsky himself awarded a hero’s funeral in his native Lviv. The Euromaidan PR operation is a highly-effective machine, disseminating information swiftly through its multi-languages presence on all major social networking sites.

1Euromaidan4Then of course, Dmitry Bulatov, AutoMaidan organiser supposedly kidnapped on January 22nd, held for 8 days by the inevitable ‘unknown men with Russian accents‘. Bulatov, found of course in a ‘village near Kiev‘, as ever, attempted to take things up a bit, with tales of his attempted crucifixion. It all began on his first day of kidnapping, seemingly: “On the first day, they put me on the floor, covered my nose, put a wet cloth on my goggle and started beating me and I started choking with my own blood. Then the interrogation started. The interrogation took place every day”.

Yet, he seemed to have been given a break from all this, as on January 24th he used his credit card (which he had made no mention of having stolen), and from the IP address which he accesses his Vkontakte account, spent $39 downloading music from iTunes. Bulatov’s has spent the time since his release ranting in the manner of a a man who is clearly not all there. As for him having his ‘ear cut off’, he has indeed had a slither of his ear removed, but his Lithuanian doctor would not confirm the crucifixion, and added that Bulatov had no broken bones.

1Euromaidan6As for the supposed severity of Bulatov’s injuries? Well, in Euromaidan, activist injuries are never quite what they seem. Tetyana Chornovol, pictured, the opposition activist involved in extreme opposition violence (as Bulatov was) whose injuries in the alleged beating she received on December 24/25 were described as life-threatening? Less than a month later, she was out and about once again, banging on about the property she accuses Yanukovych of owning like a demented episode of Through the Keyhole. As for her injuries, less than 2 months after she’s as good as new. Her mental health is another area, as both Chornovol and singer Ruslana seem to be having their own contest on Maidan these days, who can out-mad the other.

1Euromaidan5Lviv-native Ruslana, for her part, seems to think that just about everyone in Ukraine is pursuing her, flipping between listing her various persecutions to plugging the magazine covers and television shows she has appeared on. Her appearance increasingly blowsy and dishevelled, her speech ever more disconjointed (video originally posted now removed by user), she has made repeated reference to fearing the same will happen to her as Bulatov. By which she takes us not to mean being given an amount of money to lie low for a few days, spending some of that on iTunes. Anyway, Ruslana of Eurovision won the contest in 2004. Ruslana of Euromaidan 2014 looks like she should be surrounded by cats outside a Metro station.

1Euromaidan7Ruslana is name-checked incidentally, in a self-made video by a naked young lady daubed in the Ukrainian colours. In the video, in which she speaks right to camera it’s unclear whether it’s more of a cry for help for Euromaidan, or simply a cry for social service intervention.

Then, of course, most recently, there’s the ‘I Am a Ukrainian‘ video. Glossily produced, artfully edited, staged and set, you can’t fault the production values. The content is another question, with the poor girl put up to the task of being the latest oppressed victim of Euromaidan, clearly not the full hryvnia (even 1Euromaidan8before Euromaidan’s ongoing state-of-crisis takes the currency to new lows).

In the 2 minute video, she praises those having fought and killed Ukrainian police, most recently murdered a judge (shot in the back), members of Ukraine’s most extreme right-wing groups, as ‘brave, civilised people‘, reference to fantastical police raids and abductions at night, like some sort of Lady and the Tramp dog-catcher. She further reveals a key fear of … being disconnected from the internet. Well, quite. Anyone who’s been on Maidan will confirm the most difficult thing there is not being automatically connected to one of a number of free wifi providers set up.

One thing many on Euromaidan have lost their connection to though, is reality. It’s One Flew Over the Maidan’s Nest down there, as the lunatics run deranged.

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