|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.
- Block completely TMR (Transnistria
Moldavian Republic) and start a regional war against Pridnestrovie
(Transnistria) and possibly against Gagauzia.
- 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
- 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.
The report covers developments in Ukraine in
general, and in Odessa in particular from February 16 to May 15, 2015
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
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?