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Lawlessness in Ukraine

by the Collective of Investigative Journalists, August 20, 2017

The Russians treated Nadiya Savchenko like a lady; the Ukrainians beat up women.

August 13-14th,2017: Darya Mastikasheva the civil partner of our colleague the famous Russian investigative reporter Sergey Sokolov is visiting her mother and son at their dacha outside the city of Dnepro, Ukraine.

She receives a call from Alexander, a friend, asking her to meet him that evening, they agreed on a venue in Dnepro. Darya drove to the venue, whilst parking her car she was suddenly blocked in by two black cars, four armed and masked men jumped out and ordered her out of her vehicle. They took hold of her, put a bag over her head, handcuffed her and bundled her into a car. She had been kidnapped.

She was driven to what appeared to be an empty building and thrown into a locked basement room. Some hours later, two masked men came in and proceeded to beat her up.

They demanded that she must make an on-camera statement that she is acting on the orders of her partner Sergey Sokolov, that he has instructed her to find three specific men, ex-soldiers of the Ukrainian anti-terrorist unit in Donetsk and Lughansk regions. She must tell them that they are to travel to Moscow with some bags containing clothing, a notebook and documents that she has and take photos and video of some specific areas of the Moscow Metro and a government building. They must then prepare to commit a terrorist act in the Metro. She must make it clear that she is working on the instructions of Sergey Sokolov.

Darya refuses to make such a statement, knowing that it is a complete fabrication, Sergey is a journalist, not a terrorist.

Three masked men then proceeded to strip her naked and tortured her for at least an hour, beating her on the head, kicking her, and throttling her with their hands.

It was only when they threatened to go and collect her mother and son and give them the same treatment that Darya agreed to do what they asked.

They dressed her and took her to an adjacent room where a chair and a camcorder were already set up, they gave her a pre-written statement which she read on camera.

Some time later Darya was taken to hospital by SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) agents where it was found that she was deaf in one ear and had suffered a severe injury to one eye. She managed to briefly meet her mother nearby who took the photograph of her injuries and hear her story. Darya was then taken away again by the agents. She is now in an SBU prison, where she has been told she will stay for at least two months.

The video was shown soon after on the main Ukraine TV channel in the programme “Today”, it was described as clear evidence that Sokolov is a terrorist.

We can assume that as she is in an SBU prison that it is the government of Ukraine that planned and performed this illegal kidnap, torture and imprisonment of a completely innocent woman in order to frame her partner Sergey Sokolov, who’s work as an investigative journalist, we can also assume, must have worried the Ukrainian authorities to the extent that they were prepared to act illegally in an attempt to silence him.

Please help Darya and Sergey, who is at his wits end, reblog this article and photograph, spread this story as widely as possible, the only thing that the SBU and the government of Ukraine are scared of is that the truth becomes widely known.


29 Comments

  1. Torben Selch says

    Thats how the west do a lot of times – pressing weak muslims to do false-flag terror in the west. Remember the poor weaken muslim (not religious at all) suddenly could sent 75.000 Euros to his family in Marocco just before the “terror” in Nice.

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  2. Zabastovshchitsa says

    The story doesn’t ring true, to me: it’s too complicated. False-flags don’t require that kind of indirect setting-up, so there’s no reason ever to do it. False false-flags, however….

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    • Zabastovshchitsa says

      To those who down-checked my post without thinking about it too much, the tipoff is the last paragraph of the story: “Please help Darya and Sergey, who is at his wits end, reblog this article and photograph, spread this story as widely as possible, the only thing that the SBU and the government of Ukraine are scared of is that the truth becomes widely known.”

      Sound familiar? It should unless you’re only in your teens:

      “I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital with twelve other women who wanted to help as well. I was the youngest volunteer. The other women were from twenty to thirty years old. While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. [crying] It was horrifying.”

      On the 8th August, Ali Abunimah posted a Twit photo he had received of a number of infants lying together in what looks like a crib, with the caption (Ali’s translation):

      “URGENT

      Syria | The electricity was cut today from the city of Hama, and the outage included the hospitals. Following this, the Shabiha [state militia] deliberately destroyed the electricity generators in the hospitals which led to the deaths of all the premature babies (more than 40 in a single hospital).”

      When some anonymous source wants people to spread some story widely, though it’s based only on assertion, it’s a good bet that it’s self-interested propaganda and the people who accept it uncritically are the newest Useful Idiots to fall into that very, very long line.

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        • Zabastovshchitsa says

          And where did stalkerzone get it? It offers no more support for the claims than the one posted here does.

          That site is one of 3 that repeat this claim. None offer anything beyond assertion. Assertion is not evidence.

          Supposedly Grishak, head of SBU, gave a briefing in which he owned up to the episode. Why did nobody make and post a copy of the briefing? When “Strelkov” gave a briefing after the airliner shootdown, people made and posted copies of that.

          Clearly someone beat her up. Who? We don’t know. All we know is what we’re meant to believe.

          Remaining skeptical of some unsupported claim is not “trolling”, it’s science.

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  3. I will gladly share it on my VK and FB accounts, but where is the photo?
    “Please help Darya and Sergey, who is at his wits end, reblog this article and photograph, “

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    • Okay, I found it. Do a right-click on the top photo on the right and choose to open in a new tab. You’ll get a large photo in colour of Darya with her damaged eye. Then you can download it and post it along with a link to the article or copy and paste the article.

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  4. We really need to send a letter to Victoria Nuland thanking her for installing a Nazi regime in our backyard and sign it “Fuck the US”. That this Kagan spawn is still breathing is a gross miscarriage of justice, but that’s the neat trick of wealth and unbridled power.

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      • Roger says

        Why would it be wrong to call poroschenko a nazi pig if he is a jew? After all the jews behave just like nazis in their treatment of Palestine, and whine they are mal-treated all the time.
        If this comment annoys you I am delighted.

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        • rehmat1 says

          Some Western historians have claimed that British Rothschild, Bush and Kennedy families bankrolled Nazis.

          Recently, Turkish president Erdogan called European leaders acting like Nazis.

          There are more Chinese in Pakistan than the whole Arab world.

          On Tuesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi reaffirmed Beijing’s support to Islamabad during a meeting with foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua hours after Donald Trump’s anti-Pakistan rant during his bomb, bomb Afghanistan policy for allegedly providing ‘safe haven’ to terrorist groups such as Taliban and Kashmiri resistance groups.

          Interestingly, Trump forgot to accuse Islamabad of sheltering Baloch terrorists who are involved in terrorist activities against Islamabad and Tehran. These terrorists are armed and trained by the US and Israel.

          During Tuesday’s meeting in China, Yi and Janjua agreed that Pakistan and China would continue cooperating with each other closely in efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan.

          https://rehmat1.com/2017/08/23/china-slams-trump-over-anti-pakistan-rant/

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      • Just because Porhyshenko is Jewish does not exclude him from being anti-Semitic. The Zionist back in WW2 were also anti Semitic as they are still today. Do not conflate Jewish with Zionist – they are unrelated on so many levels.

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        • rehmat1 says

          I’m afraid the chief rabbi of Britain Ephraim Mirvis doesn’t agree with you.

          “It’s astonishing to see figures on the hard Left of British political spectrum presuming to define the relationship between Judaism and Zionism despite themselves being neither Jews or Zionists. The likes of Ken Livingstone and Malia Bouattia claim that Zionism is separate from Judaism as a faith; that is purely political; that it is expansionist, colonialist and imperialist,” Mirvis said in an Op-Ed at the UK’s daily The Telegraph…..

          https://rehmat1.com/2016/05/04/uks-chief-rabbi-zionism-judaism/

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          • Whatever the good rabbi might say — and his motivation is clear enough — Zionism is explicitly and completely secular, with no adherence to Judaism as a faith.

            The refusal to distinguish between Zionism and Judaism, between Zionists and Jews, is one of the key characteristics of contemporary anti-Semites.

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            • rehmat1 says

              I agree with you but the problem is if Zionists accept that their homicidal cult is not Jewish – they not only lose their Scofield Bible permission to occupy the Holy Land, but also support of 70-million-strong Christian Zionist Lobby.

              In the 1930s less than 5% of European Jews supported Zionism.

              In fact many Jewish leaders such as Karl Marx, Theodor Herzl, Dr. Chaim Wiesman, David Ben Gurion, Lenni Brenner, Gen. Ariel Sharon, etc. were among the greatest antisemites.

              Chaim Kaplan, who kept a diary during the Warsaw ghetto uprising, wrote his Jew-hating observation: “Every nation, in its time of misfortune, has conspirators who do their work in secret. In our case an entire nation has been raised on conspiracy. With others the conspiracy is political; with us it is religious and national”.

              https://rehmat1.com/2010/11/21/anti-semitic-roots-of-zionism/

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              • Right. You agree with Vaska, “but . . .”

                Hey, if the Zionists can “say,” then why can’t you, too, eh?

                Furthermore, it’s easier not to fuss too much over real distinctions when it comes to religious identity and geopolitics.

                It’s far easier to rally people to your cause by emphasizing the contrast between Muslims and Jews when the latter are all branded as Zionists, just as it is by emphasizing the contrast between Jews (and everyone else) and Muslims when the latter are all branded as Takfirists or Wahhabis, and so one shouldn’t be too careful to draw any distinctions between Muslims and Takfirists or Wahhabis. Because the problem is that if Takfirists or Wahhabis accept that their homicidal cult is not Muslim, they not only lose the Koranic justification to throw themselves against and behead infidels, but also all of that support in funding and training and logistics and recruits from the Gulf Monarchies and the American empire.

                So I entirely agree with you: between one Muslim and another, what’s the real difference, eh?

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          • Zabastovshchitsa says

            One would think -or perhaps I mean hope- that every rabbi would be more thoughtful and less willing than Mirvis is to abandon Rav Hillel’s simple, elegant summation of Torah.

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      • rtj1211 says

        Nazi is a german diminutive for National Socialism which was merely a political slogan to bring the megalomaniac Adolf Hitler to power.

        If we decontextualise by saying ‘one genetic grouping claiming racial superiority and carrying out mass murder, grand larceny and mob rule on other genetic/ethnic groupings’, then it is not impossible to associate Jews with such actions if robust evidence exists to corroborate such claims.

        What we need is a pithy acronym to describe such behaviour which is as applicable to Jews and Israelis as any other grouping on earth….

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        • Why use genetics as the basis of definition? Is it so we can continue to blame the “Jews” for our ills? American exceptionalism is every bit as supremacist in spirit and intent as Nazism and Zionism are.

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