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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Message from Odessa...More War on the Way

Newly appointed Gov. Saakashvili in Odessa, Ukraine with one of his primary supporters Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

~ This message was received today from a citizen in Odessa, Ukraine.

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is appointed the Governor of Odessa. He succeeds in this position Mr. Palitsa who is the Dnepropetrovsk oligarch Kolomoisky’s trustee. 

Some of the residents of Odessa see in this the revelation of the confrontation between oligarchs Kolomoisky and Poroshenko. Kolomoisky’s response to Saakashvili's appointment was very harsh and negative.

However, in this case this conflict does not play the most important role. Much more important are the goals pursued by Poroshenko and those who stand behind him, with his appointment.

You have to understand that one of the main goals of the Ukrainian crisis is drawing Russia into the war. And one of the places of possible provocations aimed at the retaliatory action is Pridnestrovie (Transnistria), which is close to the Odessa region. 

Pridnestrovie (Transnistria)is a narrow strip of land over a length of 200 km, which does not have a border with Russia. It is a landlocked country with population of more than 200 thousand Russian citizens. Currently, Pridnestrovie (Transnistria)is blockaded both from Ukraine and Moldova. The conflict is now in a frozen phase, and one of the apparent purposes of Saakashvili assigning is the unfreezing of this conflict. 

Why Saakashvili? I think that the role of instigator of hostilities cannot go to one of the local, due to moral reasons. And for a newcomer who has an experience of unleashing bloody conflicts, there is no problem to accomplish such a task. Especially since he does not have any personal, family and other ties in the Odessa region.

 The group of tasks facing the new governor of Odessa (by Semen Uralov) ):


- Block completely TMR (Transnistria Moldavian Republic) and start a regional war against Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) and possibly against Gagauzia.

Political economy:

- Complete the privatization of ports in the interests of the US corporations, sliding the local oligarchy and the bourgeoisie, who thought that it would be involved in this;
- Ensure the export of grain and food through the ports, so that in the second step it could trigger famine in the south of the former Ukrainian.


- Finally clean up all the disloyal, especially in the media environment and in the local councils;
- Attract the part of the local elite and the bourgeoisie at the expense of transfer of assets of the disloyal part of elite.


- Integrate disparate associations or paramilitary thugs into an effective punitive body;
- Clean up the police grassroots, which is mostly disloyal to the Euromaidan regime.

Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was published June 1, 2015
The report covers developments in Ukraine in general, and in Odessa in particular from February 16 to May 15, 2015 year.

Direct intimidation and threats against judges hinder the impartial and fair trials in Odessa.

According to the report, the judges of Odessa region complain of increased pressure from "euromaidan" including a threat to life and attacks on judges.

In addition, according to the report, the judges complained on pressure from the SBU [Ukrainian state security services], which forces judges to take the "right" decisions in cases of activists of Kulikovo field and related organizations (in the report of the United Nations, they are called "supporters of federalization").

The report also said that the SBU officers conduct searches without official permission, detain people without charge, torture and deny detainees’ access to legal counsel.

In particular, the report said that the staff of monitoring mission talked with the families and lawyers of detained on suspicion of terrorism, as well as with the detainees themselves in the Odessa prison. In the course of these discussions, the mission found numerous violations allegedly committed by the SBU officers during the investigation. "The searches were carried out without warrants and with excessive use of force, the detainees were not informed of their rights, the legal assistance was provided to them with a delay of up to 70 hours, SBU officers came to search with their witnesses and refused to make an inventory of seized items" is said in the report. In addition, the members of the monitoring mission noted that the actual indictments often happen in a day or more after the arrest, while all this time the detainees were not able to inform their families of their position and get legal assistance.

In addition, the report states that the representatives of the monitoring mission, quote, "got the messages that during the interrogation, some of the detainees were subjected to ill-treatment and torture (beatings, suffocation with a bag on the head, electric shocks and deprivation of sleep, food and water for more than 24 hours). "

The Ukrainian government has promised a thorough investigation into all cases of torture and ill-treatment, the report said. I wonder whether any reaction from the government will follow?


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