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Searches in Kiev: Svoboda party members suspected of Maidan mass murder

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About one hundred people, including 18 police officers, were shot to death by snipers in Kiev’s Independence Square on February 20 2014,Con l’Ucraina antifascista reports:

Aleksandr Aronets, spokesman of Svoboda in Kiev, reports [see below] that this morning there were raids against members of Svoboda, on suspicions of mass murder during the Maidan – murders that were attributed to “snipers of former President Yanukovitch and to Berkut [the police]. Among the materials in the hands of investigators is a video [see below] where you see someone shoot from a window of the hotel “Ukraine” on Independence Square, protesters and police. The room in question (no. 1132) was occupied by the Svoboda deputy Oleg Pankevich.

Recall that the National Fascist party Svoboda was one of the main organizations to take part in the violence that led to the coup, with the not hidden support of the EU and US. In fact its leader Oleg Tjagnibok had numerous meetings with John McCain, Victoria Nuland and European representatives, like the then High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton.

In recent months, however, Tagnibok’s party  (who also formed a battalion of volunteers sent to the Donbass) entered into a collision course with Poroshenko and the majority of the Verkhovnaja Rada [Parliament]. In September, the militants of Svoboda, along with other fascist groups, arranged a fight [in front of the Rada] which resulted in three deaths and hundreds of injured.

The searches do confirm what had surfaced from wiretaps between Ashton and Foreign Minister Paet of Estonia, which showed that the snipers were not “governmental”, but professionals hired by the far-right organizations.

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  3. Peter Schmidt says

    Using snipers to influence public opinion is not a new thing. Read this report from Susanne Brandstätter:

    Documentary – Checkmate – Strategy of a Revolution
    https://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=409c39fad14e40246aec13c6ff9f16d4&action=printpage;topic=30956.0 1/2

    “How do you trigger off a revolution? “Checkmate” reveals how and why the United
    States was involved in the Romanian Revolution.
    When Ceausescu refused to accept the reforms sweeping Eastern Europe in 1989,
    the ruthless Romanian dictator rushed headlong into his own destruction. As the last
    of the hard-liners in the Warsaw Pact, only Ceausescu stood in the way of Europe’s
    reunification…. Upon the backdrop of one of the most exciting episodes of history,
    an intricate web of international political strategies is unfolded. The Romanian
    revolution of 1989 seemed spontaneous. But, as this investigative documentary
    proves, history is not that simple. In actual fact, the Romanian revolution was a
    strictly managed operation, controlled from the outside. Hungary, Germany and
    especially the USA had big fingers in the pie. For the first time, the events in
    Romania are put in an international context, revealing surprising connections. It was
    an international chess game – a game of power with
    far-reaching results…both for Europe and the USA. In this highly convincing work,
    filmmaker Susanne Brandstätter clarifies the larger issues on the political world
    stage, but also proves that revolutions, no matter how well prepared, never take
    place without innocent victims. A painful conclusion.
    (English subtitles)






    In Susanne Brandstätter’s documentary ‘Checkmate: Strategy of a Revolution’ aired
    on Arte television station some years ago, Western intelligence officials revealed
    how death squads were used to destabilize Romania and turn its people against the
    head of state Nicolaie Ceausescu.
    Brandstätter’s film is a must see for anyone interested in how Western intelligence
    agencies, human rights groups and the corporate press collude in the systematic
    destruction of countries whose leadership conflicts with the interests of big capital
    and empire.
    Former secret agent with the French secret service, the DGSE (La Direction
    générale de la sécurité extérieure) Dominique Fonvielle, spoke candidly about the
    role of Western intelligence operatives in destabilizing the Romanian population.
    “how do you organize a revolution? I believe the first step is to locate oppositional
    forces in a given country. It is sufficient to have a highly developed intelligence
    service in order to determine which people are credible enough to have influence at
    their hands to destabilize the people to the disadvantage of the ruling regime”[2]
    This open and rare admission of Western sponsorship of terrorism was justified on
    the grounds of the “greater good” brought to Romania by free-market capitalism. It
    was necessary, according to the strategists of Romania’s “revolution”, for some
    people to die.
    Today, Romania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. A report on Euractiv
    reads:
    “Most Romanians associate the last two decades with a continuous process of
    impoverishment and deteriorating living standards, according to Romania’s Life
    Quality Research Institute, quoted by the Financiarul daily.” [3]
    The western intelligence officials interviewed in the documentary also revealed how
    the Western press played a central role in disinformation. For example, the victims of
    Western-backed snipers were photographed by presented to the world as evidence
    of a crazed dictator who was “killing his own people”.
    To this day, there is a Museum in the back streets of Timisoara Romania which
    promotes the myth of the “Romanian Revolution”. The Arte documentary was one of
    the rare occasions when the mainstream press revealed some of the dark secrets of
    Western liberal democracy. The documentary caused a scandal when it was aired in
    France, with the prestigious Le Monde Diplomatique discussing the moral dilemma of
    the West’s support of terror in its desire to spread ‘democracy’.
    SMF 2.0.7 | SMF © 2011, Simple Machines”

    I am not too sure whether the links still work, but you can try searching for the film.

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  4. At least an abbreviated part of that video, in which the reporter identified the window he believed the gunfire was coming from, was released much earlier and has been known for some time. I would urge caution here; while Svoboda are not angels, nobody had much of an idea who was where during the Maidan rioting, and I would feel a lot more comfortable about hanging it on Pankevich if there were something in his background which suggested he had military training or was a crack shot. A person partly hidden behind a pile of rubble looks pretty tiny from that far away.

    Especially since it was not a Svoboda parliamentarian, but Sergei Pashinsky – later the acting head of the Presidential Administration and a member of Tymoshenko’s Batkivschyna party – who was caught red-handed with a sniper rifle in the trunk of his car, on the Maidan, but protesters interfered and would not allow him to be arrested.

    Since he probably could no more hit someone from 70 yards away with a rifle than he could perform the Lezginka, he was likely using his clout and parliamentary immunity to transport it for someone else. Someone who intended to use it, and someone who perhaps was not even Ukrainian; there are a number of theories as to where the snipers might have originated from.

    There’s no doubt Svoboda are violent bad eggs, and perfectly capable of doing such a thing. But they are also out of favour right now, and make an easy target to sacrifice in order to protect someone else. And experience has taught us that whenever Kiev goes along with a storyline, it’s likely to be a lie.

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    • Jennifer Hor says

      Good spotting, Mark!

      Svoboda would be a convenient patsy to enable the real snipers and their backers to go unrecognised. No-one likes Svoboda and the party’s demise would go unmourned.

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  6. DomesticExtremist says

    I suspect this has been known for a long time inside the Ukrainian state, but only now has it become expedient to take action and start rounding up the fascists.
    Of course, logically, it renders the entire premise of the revolution invalid and with it subsequent events.

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