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Introduction: This program continues analysis of the installation in the Ukraine of a government composed largely of political forces evolved from, and manifesting ideological continuity with, the fascist OUN/B.
Having staffed the 14th Waffen SS (Galician) Division and the Einsatzgruppen (mobile execution squads) in the Ukraine, the OUN/B was a pivotal element in the postwar Gehlen spy outfit in its CIA and BND incarnations, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations and the GOP ethnic outreach organization.
OUN/B has been deeply involved with covert operations and figures in the investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy, as well as the de-stabilization of the Soviet Union during the climactic phase of the Cold War. With a profound presence in the GOP’s Ethnic division, as well as the contemporary Ukrainian political infrastructure, the OUN/B is anything but an historical relic. The development of the OUN/B in both the U.S. and the Ukraine is explained in great historical depth in AFA #37 .
In the past we have noted  that Ykaterina Chumachenko, head of the OUN/B’s leading front organization in the U.S. and Ronald Reagan’s Deputy Director of Public Liaison, went on to marry Viktor Yuschenko and become First Lady of the Ukraine after the “Orange Revolution.”
With the Yuschenko regime in power, OUN/B founder Stephan Bandera was named a hero of the Ukraine .
In this program, we begin with another very important post from german-foreign-policy.com that fleshes out our understanding of the role of Swoboda and other OUN/B‑descended groups in the new Ukrainian government.
Clarifying the roles of Dymytro Yarosh of Pravy Sektor and Andriy Parubiy of Swoboda in the Ukrainian National Security Council, the article highlights the appointment of Ihor Teniukh as Defense Minister. Teniukh was formerly the head of Ukraine’s fleet and is at the point of interface with Russia over the Ukraine.
The article also notes that there is a very real possibility that the snipers who fired on the crowd may have been agents-provacateurs working for the forces included in the new government.
Ukrainian Jews are terrified of the forces manifest in the new government, and are receiving self-defense counseling from an Israeli agency.
European Commission President Barroso  is calling for immediate cuts in tarrifs and austerity  in return for loans described as “window dressing” and that won’t really be used to support the budget anyway. Just imagine, years from now, how thankful Ukrainians will be about their revolution when those same austerity programs are still in place because they sent their economy into the same austerity-induced death-spiral we’ve come to know in the EU.
A stinging article in Forbes  magazine has opined that Yatseniuk–“Washington’s man in the Ukraine”–will ruin the Ukraine.
The agreement with the EU would have been economically destructive for Russia , as well as putting NATO military forces at Russia’s border.
Among the factors propelling many young , educated Ukrainians into the arms of Swoboda and other OUN/B heirs is the fact that the Ukrainian economy is destitute. Economic deprivation is a key factor in the resurgence of fascist and far-right political parties in Europe. The economic hardship figures to increase significantly in the Ukraine under the EU/IMF/German-dictated austerity program.
Central to the EU/German goals int the Ukraine is exploitation of the Ukrainian natural gas reserves . Ukraine has a quarter of the world’s proven natural gas reserves. Successful exploitation of those reserves would free Germany and the EU from energy dependence on Russia, as well as enriching Western fossil-fuel companies.
Much of the second side of the program notes significant areas of overlap between the covert operation undertaken in the Ukraine and the milieu behind “L’Affaire Snowden,” WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring.
Program Highlights Include: Review of the commitment by the U.S. of $5 billio n to political activity in the Ukraine; review of the role of Glenn Greenwald’s financial angel Pierre Omidyar  in financing the Ukraine “op;” review of the influx of Swedish and European neo-Nazis  into the Ukraine; review of the role of Pirate Bay/WikiLeaks sugar daddy Carl Lundstrom’s links  to the Swedish neo-Nazi milieu; review of the role of Gene Sharp’s ideological manifesto in the Arab Spring ; review of the role of Gene Sharp’s ideological pronouncements  in the “Orange Revolution;” review of the role of Michael Milken’s right-hand man  Peter Ackerman in financing Gene Sharp, as well as his support for the Mulsim-Brotherhood-linked Muslim World Initiative ; Reagan and George W. Bush appointee Paula Dobriansky’s links  to the OUN/B milieu.
1. Another very important post from german-foreign-policy.com fleshes out our understanding of the role of Swoboda and other OUN/B‑descended groups in the new Ukrainian government.
Clarifying the roles of Dymytro Yarosh of Pravy Sektor and Andriy Parubiy of Swoboda in the Ukrainian National Security Council, the article highlights the appointment of Ihor Teniukh as Defense Minister. Teniukh was formerly the head of Ukraine’s fleet and is at the point of interface with Russia over the Ukraine.
The post also notes that there is a very real possibility that the snipers who fired on the crowd may have been agents-provacateurs working for the forces included in the new government.
Ukrainian Jews are terrified of the forces manifest in the new government, and are receiving self-defense counseling from an Israeli agency.
The Estonian foreign minister expressed his suspicion that “somebody from the new coalition” in Kiev could have been behind the sniper shootings on the Maidan, according to a tapped telephone conversation, which has gone online. Sniper fire had preceded Berlin’s massively promoted putsch in Kiev. In the telephone conversation, the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, reported to the chief of EU foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton that a medical doctor in Kiev assumes that the mortal wounds to policemen and demonstrators had the same handwriting and could have come from the same assassins. The fact that Kiev’s government has yet to initiate an investigation could arouse the suspicion that elements from its own ranks could have been responsible for those assassinations. Videos, in fact, have already documented that snipers had been shooting at both sides. The putschist government, incriminated by Paet’s remarks and still enjoying strong German government support, is comprised also of rightwing extremist forces, for example several Svoboda Party politicians, as well as the commander of the armed militia on the Maidan and the leader of the paramilitary “Pravi Sektor” (Right Sektor). Both have been given high-level posts as Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, under the personal leadership of the President.
Street Battles instead of Parliamentary Debates
At least British and US media are now openly mentioning the role played by the rightwing extremists in the Kiev putsch. As a Ukrainian journalist wrote in a US online publication, this role should, by no means, be “underestimated.” When “two months of protests in the streets” did not bring resounding results, “it was the far right” that was “the first to throw Molotov cocktails and stones at police and to mount real and well-fortified barricades.” Fascists were also among those, who burned two military personnel carriers on February 18. “The Euromaidan won thanks to the resoluteness of people, who were ready to fight rather than to negotiate in parliament,” the author concludes. This escalation strategy, supported by the extreme right, falls in line with a remark in an alleged Vitaly Klitschko email, which has been available online for several days. In the email, dated January 9, one can read, “I think we have paved the road for a more radical escalation of the situation. Is it not high time to continue with more resolute actions?” Klitschko has always been in close contact with Berlin’s foreign policy establishment, which, at the time, had not uttered a word of criticism concerning the rightwing extremist activities in the Ukraine.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Deputy, Oleksandr Sych, and several ministers of the putschist government are members of the Svoboda Party, which, even before the beginning of the recent mass protests, had already won one third of the votes in sectors of western Ukraine. The leader of the party had personally cooperated with the German foreign minister during the uprisings. Sych recently became known, when he suggested all abortions be banned, even those for pregnancies resulting from rape. He recommended that women “lead the kind of lifestyle to avoid the risk of rape, including one from drinking alcohol and being in controversial company.” Svoboda members Andriy Mokhnyk became Minister for Ecology, Ihor Shvaika, Minister for Agriculture and Ihor Teniukh, Minister for Defense. Teniukh had previously commanded Ukraine’s fleet from 2006 to 2010 and is now in charge of handling the Crimean conflict. This is significant because Svoboda is, by far, the most anti-Russian force represented in the putschist government. Svoboda’s Oleh Makhnitskiy became parliamentary inspector of the Attorney General’s Office.
Struggle against “Russians and Jews”
On the other hand, this should draw attention because Svoboda honors Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera and his Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), responsible for having committed massacres particularly of Jewish Ukrainians and Poles. Svoboda, according to activists in Kiev, still disposes of an illegal armed wing known as “C14.” This has been confirmed a few days ago by the BBC, which reports “C14’s” size allegedly at 200 members — and took over the headquarters of the Communist Party, an act that turns the spotlight on the concept of rule of law applied now in the pro-Western Ukraine. The name “C14” (“Combat 14”) is probably a semantic flirt with the name “C18” (“Combat 18”) one of the international networks of neo-Nazi terrorist organizations, with which the “C14,” of course, shares no organizational ties. At the same time, the name points to the number “14.” In fascist circles this refers to the “fourteen word” slogans of commitment to the “white race.” As the leader of Svoboda’s ally “C14” explained, his organization is in a “struggle” with “ethnic groups” that are wielding, among other things, “economic and political power.” The “ethnic groups” he is referring to are “Russians and Jews.”
Secretary in the National Security Council
The fascist’s structural influence can also be primarily seen in Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. The President of the Ukraine presides over the council. Members of the council include the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Defense (Svoboda), the director of the SBU Intelligence Service and high-ranking military officials. The chair of the council designates a secretary. Since a few days ago, Andriy Parubiy has filled this position. Parubiy, together with Oleh Tiahnybok, had founded the neo-Nazi “Social National Party of the Ukraine” in 1991, which they renamed “Svoboda” in 2004, which is still under Tiahnybok’s leadership. In 2004, Parubiy had been one of the leading personalities of the “Orange Revolution.” However, over the succeeding years, he had gravitated toward the former ruling “Our Ukraine Party,” at the time, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko was president of the country. Parubiy was then elected to parliament in 2012 on the electoral list of Yulia Tymoshenko’s “Fatherland Party.” He became internationally famous when he, as the “Commander of Maidan” was the head of the armed militias in Kiev. The militias were “not 100% but a large percentage” comprised of fascists, according to activists. The “Pravi Sektor” (“Right Sektor”), a sort of alliance of violence-prone right-wing extremist organizations, has wide representation within its ranks.
According to estimates, the “Pravi Sektor,” which received strong reinforcement through the Maidan protests, today nationally numbers up to 5,000 militants. In Kiev, it patrols the city in armed squads of up to a dozen members. Their weapons are usually baseball bats, but sometimes also pistols. Even the German media, which openly shows sympathy toward these protests, characterizes this organization as “paramilitary,” and obviously in possession of numerous firearms and ammunition. Its leader Dmytro Yarosh joined the right-wing extremist “Tryzub” (“Trident”) organization in 1994, which he has been commanding since 2005. During the Maidan protests, the “Tryzub” has mainly become known for its attacks on homosexuals and as participants in the “Pravi Sektor.” [No mention of this in the Western press, which was resolute in bashing Russia for its policies toward gays.–D.E.] Yarosh, the leader of “Tryzub” and “Pravi Sektor” claims that an appeal published on a social network website with his profile, calling on the infamous Chechen terrorist, Doku Umarov to support the Ukrainian nationalists in their struggle against Russia, is a counterfeit created by hackers. A few days ago, Yarosh was named assistant to Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy.
Under these circumstances, Jewish organizations are becoming increasingly worried about the safety of the 200,000 Ukrainian Jews. These organizations — regardless of their political differences with one another — are “wondering whether their lives — whether Jewish life — has a secure future in Ukraine,” according to a report. After all, organizations of right-wing extremist thugs “are, at the moment, in control of the streets of Kiev.” At the beginning of the week, a group of Israeli self-defense specialists landed in the Ukrainian capital, on the initiative of the chair of Kiev’s Jewish community, to begin training members of the community. This is not only about methods of combat, but also about how to behave in crisis situations, it was reported. The “Jewish Agency,” the Israeli government’s official immigration organization, is already preparing emergency measures. Through its undifferentiated backing for even fascists within the Ukrainian opposition, the German government has helped create the situation making these measures necessary. Demands to isolate Svoboda and other rightwing extremists have been systematically ignored both in Berlin and by Berlin’s proxies at the Maidan.
2. European Commission President Barroso is calling for immediate cuts in tarrifs and austerity  in return for loans described as “window dressing” and that won’t really be used to support the budget anyway. Just imagine, years from now, how thankful Ukrainians will be about their revolution when those same austerity programs are still in place because they sent their economy into the same austerity-induced death-spiral we’ve come to know and love in the EU.
The European Union has promised $15 billion of financial help to Ukraine as the nation tightens its belt amid a looming cash crunch.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters in Brussels on March that the money would come via various instruments over several years.
Ukraine will receive $1.4 billion in the form of loans, paid from the EU budget. Another $2 billion will come as EU grants over the next seven years. The European Investment Bank is to contribute $4.2 billion over 2014–2016 and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to add $7 billion through 2020.
Meanwhile, Barroso added that the macro-financial aid and some $840 million in new grants can be disbursed “very fast … within a matter of weeks.”
Earlier on Feb. 5 Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said that Ukraine must pay out $10 billion by end of this year to service all of its debt obligations.
“The $15 billion (of EU money) mentioned was just window dressing and little of this will be disbursed as balance of payments/budget support,” said Timothy Ash, head of research for emerging markets at Standard Bank in London.
“Everything will depend on how this money will be used. It could be used for fixing the balance of payments, the central bank’s reserves, or the budget gap,” said Igor Burakovsky, head of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Analysis.
Barroso also proposed that EU countries should immediately apply lower trade tariffs on Ukrainian imports, as envisaged in a future free trade agreement that ex-President Viktor Yanukovych had originally shunned on Nov. 21.
Austerity on the part of government has already begun. It cut a number of social programs and other projects to save $5.1 billion. These measures include a ban for state bodies to purchase automobiles, mobile phones and laptops. Moreover, some state-owned automobiles will be sold through the publicly held auctions.
3. The public in general might not be super pleased with the EU’s designated fate for Ukraine, but those that want to reshape Ukraine’s society in radical far-right ways probably won’t mind .
Ukraine’s interim prime minister, Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk, may prove to be arsenic to the beleaguered nation.
“Recall the phone exchange between the Ukraine ambassador and Victoria Nuland (Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs) that got leaked out, where she basically said ‘we want Yats in there.’ They like him because he’s pro Western,” says Vladimir Signorelli, president of boutique investment research firm Bretton Woods Research LLC in New Jersey. “Yatsenyuk is the the kind of technocrat you want if you want austerity, with the veneer of professionalism,” Signorelli said. “He’s the type of guy who can hobnob with the European elite. A Mario Monti type: unelected and willing to do the IMFs bidding,” he said.
Mario Monti was a centrist Italian technocrat who passed an austerity package that called for increased taxes, pension reform and measures to fight tax evasion.
Ukraine’s new 450-seat parliament approved the appointment of the former Central Banker Yatsenyuk on Thursday by a vote of 371 to 1. Oddly enough, earlier this month, the pro-Western Yats trailed behind popular opposition leaders such as former heavyweight boxer Viltali Klitschko and the leader of the nationalist, Svoboda Party, Oleh Tyahnybok. But Yats had friends in high places and while he does not have strong support of the electorate, and would have no chance of winning an election, he is pro-IMF austerity and apparently the bulk of parliament is as well.
“Yatsenyuk was saying that what the Greeks did to themselves we are going to do ourselves,” said Signorelli. “He wants to follow the Greek economic model. Who the hell wants to follow that?”
Also today, Yatsenyuk promised to implement “very unpopular measures” to stabilize the country’s finances. The government said it needs $35 billion to support the country over the next two years. His language in a news report broadcast by Bloomberg today indicates he is heading toward a potentially destabilizing austerity campaign:
“The treasury is empty. We will do everything not to default. If we get the financial support from the IMF, the U.S., we will do it. I’m going to be the most unpopular prime minister in the history of my country,” he said. “But this is the only solution. I would never promise any kind of huge achievements. First and the most important issue is to stabilize the situation.”
He also said that, “We want Russia to have transparent and fair relations with Ukraine. We want to be partners with Russia…we strongly believe it will never intervene with a military force in Ukraine.”
Under the brewing divide-and-conquer political crisis lies Ukraine’s economic problems. The Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia, is down over 16% year-to-date, a record decline against the dollar.
It is unclear the kind of measures Yatsenyuk will tolerate, but it appears austerity is the path forward. That includes a regimen of tax increases, interest rate hikes and further currency devaluation.
Yanukovych resisted the International Monetary Fund’s demand to raise taxes and devalue the currency. Yatsenyuk doesn’t mind. For economists who think austerity is a disaster, Ukraine is on a path to ruin.
“We saw this in the 90s and what the IMF did to Russia with Yeltsin. They’ll do that to Ukraine,” said Signorelli. Remember Slobodan Miloševic in Yugoslavia? After the IMF finished with Yugoslavia it was only a matter of time before the separatist movements gained traction,” he said. “I think things in Ukraine can get really really bad.”
4a. Germany Watch–which feeds along the right-hand side of the front page of this web site–notes that the potential agreement with the EU would have been economically destructive for both the Ukraine and Russia, as well as putting NATO military forces at Russia’s border. The post excerpted below also notes that some 350 jihadists fighting for the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated elements in Syria joined the street fighting on behalf of the Swoboda/Pravy Sektor combatants.
We note in passing that Germany Watch is a conservative publication, not “leftist” at all.
In his formal remarks at Munich and a week earlier at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assailed Western governments for supporting neo-Nazi terrorist organizations in their zeal to place Ukraine under European Union and Troika control to tighten the NATO noose around Russia.
If anything, Lavrov understated the case.
Ever since President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine was withdrawing its plans to sign the European Union’s Association Agreement on Nov. 21, 2013, Western-backed organizations made up of remnants of the wartime and immediate postwar Nazi collaborationist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN‑B) and their successors have launched a campaign of provocations aimed at not only at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, but at overthrowing the democratically elected President Yanukovych.
The EU Eastern Partnership was initiated in December 2008 by Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski, the foreign ministers of Sweden and Poland, in the wake of Georgia’s military showdown with Russia in South Ossetia. The Eastern Partnership targeted six countries that were formerly republics within the Soviet Union: three in the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and three in East Central Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine). They were not to be invited to full EU membership, but drawn into an EU vise through so-called Association Agreements, each one centered on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The prime target of the effort was Ukraine.
Under the Association Agreement negotiated with Ukraine, but not signed, the industrial economy of Ukraine would have been dismantled, trade with Russia would have been savaged (with Russia ending its free-trade regime with Ukraine, to prevent its own markets from being flooded via Ukraine), and the European markets’ players would have grabbed for Ukraine’s agricultural and raw materials exports. The same deadly austerity regime as has been imposed on the Mediterranean states of Europe under the Troika bailout swindle would have been imposed on Ukraine.
Furthermore, the Association Agreement mandated “convergence” on security issues, with integration into European defense systems. Under such an upgraded arrangement, the long-term treaty agreements on the Russian Navy’s use of the crucial Crimean Black Sea ports would have been terminated, ultimately giving NATO forward basing on Russia’s immediate border.
While Western news accounts promoted the demonstrations in Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnesti, or Euromaidan as it is now called), as initially peaceful, the fact is that, from the outset, the protests included hardcore avowed neo-Nazis, right-wing “soccer hooligans” and “Afghansy” combat veterans of the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Georgia. According to Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleh Tsaryov, 350 Ukrainians returned to the country from Syria in January 2014, after fighting with the Syrian rebels, including al-Qaeda-linked groups such as the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). . . .
4b. A factor that is central to the Ukrainian situation is that country’s natural gas reserves. The Ukraine has a quarter of the world’s proven natural gas reserves. Germany no doubt sees those reserves as the answer to the EU’s energy situation.
Once known as the “Breadbasket of Russia ”, Ukraine is now also Russia’s fuel tank. And, one American company has 10 billion reasons to hope nothing goes wrong.
Ukraine sits on 39 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. That’s about one-quarter the world’s entire proven reserves. . . .
5. A recent post  from the International Business Times  illustrates and defines what might be termed “the ideological/political bouquet” of the opposition forces that ousted Yanukovych (who, like most of the leaders who have come to power in the former Soviet republics and a plethora of leaders elsewhate, was manifestly incompetent and corrupt.)
Writer Palash Ghosh notes that Swoboda–the largest of these groups–has generated considerable gravitas from young, educated Ukrainians who are disgusted with the moribund economy. Historically, economic deprivation has lent popular support to the ranks of fascist organizations.
. . . .However, despite its extremist rhetoric, Svoboda cannot be called a “fringe” party – indeed, it currently occupies 36 seats in the 450-member Ukrainian parliament, granting it status as the fourth-largest party in the country. Further, Svoboda is linked to other far-right groups across Europe through its membership in the Alliance of European National Movements, which includes the British National Party (BNP) of the United Kingdom and Jobbik, the neo-fascist, anti-Semitic and anti-Roma party of Hungary. The leader of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, who has appeared at the Kiev protests, has a long history of making inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, including the accusation during a 2004 speech before parliament that Ukraine is controlled by a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” [Swoboda Member of Parliament Ihor] Miroshnychenko also called the Ukrainian-born American film actress Mila Kunis a “dirty Jewess.”
Tyahnybok has also claimed that “organized Jewry” dominate Ukrainian media and government, have enriched themselves through criminal activities and plan to engineer a “genocide” upon the Christian Ukrainian population. Another top Svoboda member, Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, a deputy in parliament, often quotes Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as other Third Reich luminaries like Ernst Rohm and Gregor Strasser. . . .
. . . . Founded in 1991 as the Social-National Party of Ukraine,Svoboda has apparently appealed to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians tired of economic woes and rampant corruption in government. Reports also suggest that the party has derived significant support from the well educated and the young, who suffer from high unemployment. . . . .
6. We review the fact that former George W. Bush State Department official (now a Deputy Secretary of State) maintained that the U.S. had $5 billion invested in political activity in the Ukraine.
. . . In a leaked phone conversation  with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, Nuland revealed her wish for Tyahnybok to remain “on the outside,” but to consult with the US’s replacement for Yanukovich, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, “four times a week.” At a December 5, 2013 US-Ukraine Foundation Conference, Nuland boasted  that the US had invested $5 billion to “build democratic skills and institutions” in Ukraine, though she did not offer any details. . . . .
We note that Oleh Rybachuk, the recipient of Omidyar’s funds, was the right-hand man for Viktor Yuschenko in the Orange Revolution .
. . . . Pando has confirmed that the American government – in the form of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – played a major role in funding opposition groups prior to the revolution. Moreover, a large percentage of the rest of the funding to those same groups came from a US billionaire who has previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests. This was by no means a US-backed “coup,” but clear evidence shows that US investment was a force multiplier for many of the groups involved in overthrowing Yanukovych. But that’s not the shocking part. What’s shocking is the name of the billionaire who co-invested with the US government (or as Wheeler put it: the “dark force” acting on behalf of “Pax Americana”). Step out of the shadows…. Wheeler’s boss, Pierre Omidyar. Yes, in the annals of independent media, this might be the strangest twist ever: According to financial disclosures and reports seen by Pando, the founder and publisher of Glenn Greenwald’s government-bashing blog,“The Intercept,” co-invested with the US government to help fund regime change in Ukraine. * * * * When the revolution came to Ukraine, neo-fascists  played a front-center role in overthrowing the country’s president. But the real political power rests with Ukraine’s pro-western neoliberals. Political figures like Oleh Rybachuk, long a favorite of the State Department , DC neocons , EU , and NATO —and the right-hand man  to Orange Revolution leader Viktor Yushchenko. Last December, the Financial Times  wrote that Rybachuk’s “New Citizen” NGO campaign “played a big role in getting the protest up and running.” New Citizen , along with the rest of Rybachuk’s interlocking network of western-backed  NGOs and campaigns— “Center UA”  (also spelled “Centre UA”), “Chesno,”  and “Stop Censorship” to name a few — grew their power by targeting pro-Yanukovych politicians with a well-coordinated anti-corruption campaign that built its strength in Ukraine’s regions, before massing in Kiev last autumn. The efforts of the NGOs were so successful that the Ukraine government was accused of employing dirty tricks to shut them down. In early February, the groups were the subject of a massive money laundering investigation  by the economics division of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry in what many denounced as a politically motivated move. Fortunately the groups had the strength – which is to say, money – to survive those attacks and continue pushing for regime change in Ukraine. The source of that money? According to the Kyiv Post , Pierrie Omidyar’s Omidyar Network (part of the Omidyar Group which owns First Look Media and the Intercept) provided 36% of “Center UA”’s $500,000 budget in 2012— nearly $200,000. USAID provided 54% of “Center UA”’s budget for 2012. Other funders included the US government-backed National Endowment for Democracy. . . .
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In 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Rybachuk moved to the newly-formed Ukraine Central Bank, heading the foreign relations department  under Central Bank chief and future Orange Revolution leader Viktor Yushchenko. In his central bank post, Rybachuk established close friendly ties with western government and financial aid institutions, as well as proto-Omidyar figures like George Soros , who funded  many of the NGOs involved in “color revolutions”  including small donations to the same Ukraine NGOs that Omidyar backed. (Like Omidyar Network does today, Soros’ charity arms—Open Society and Renaissance Foundation—publicly preached transparency and good government in places like Russia during the Yeltsin years, while Soros’ financial arm speculated  on Russian debt and participated in scandal-plagued auctions  of state assets.)In early 2005, Orange Revolution leader Yushchenko became Ukraine’s president, and he appointed Rybachuk deputy prime minister  in charge of integrating Ukraine into the EU, NATO, and other western institutions. Rybachuk also pushed for the mass-privatization  of Ukraine’s remaining state holdings. Over the next several years, Rybachuk was shifted around President Yushchenko’s embattled administration, torn by internal divisions. In 2010, Yushchenko lost the presidency to recently-overthrown Viktor Yanukovych, and a year later, Rybachuk was on Omidyar’s and USAID’s payroll, preparing for the next Orange Revolution. As Rybachuk told the Financial Times  two years ago:
“We want to do [the Orange Revolution] again and we think we will.”
Some of Omidyar’s funds were specifically earmarked for covering the costs of setting up Rybachuk’s “clean up parliament” NGOs in Ukraine’s regional centers. Shortly after the Euromaidan demonstrations erupted last November, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry opened up a money laundering investigation into Rybachuk’s NGOs, dragging Omidyar’s name into the high-stakes political struggle. According to a Kyiv Post  article on February 10 titled, “Rybachuk: Democracy-promoting nongovernmental organization faces ‘ridiculous’ investigation”:
“Police are investigating Center UA, a public-sector watchdog funded by Western donors, on suspicion of money laundering, the group said. The group’s leader, Oleh Rybachuk, said it appears that authorities, with the probe, are trying to warn other nongovernmental organizations that seek to promote democracy, transparency, free speech and human rights in Ukraine. “According to Center UA, the Kyiv economic crimes unit of the Interior Ministry started the investigation on Dec. 11. Recently, however, investigators stepped up their efforts, questioning some 200 witnesses. “… Center UA received more than $500,000 in 2012, according to its annual report for that year, 54 percent of which came from Pact Inc., a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Nearly 36 percent came from Omidyar Network, a foundation established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife. Other donors include the International Renaissance Foundation, whose key funder is billionaire George Soros, and National Endowment for Democracy, funded largely by the U.S. Congress.”
8. Swedish and other neo-Nazis  from other parts of Europe are streaming into the Ukraine to join with the Swoboda and Pravy Sektor fascists. The Swedish fascists are part of the same milieu as Carl Lundstrom , the financial angel of the PRQ server on which WikiLeaks was hosted.
In early February, Fredrik Hagberg stood at the rostrum in Kiev’s City Hall, offering fraternal and comradely greetings from Sweden to the sweaty, bruised, and exhausted Ukrainian insurrectionists scattered throughout. The place was festooned with flags—some celtic crosses, a stray Confederate banner, a standard for the political party Svoboda, whose members essentially controlled the building—reflecting the dubious politics of its occupiers.
Revolutionary tourists, thrill seekers, and parachute journalists suffused Kiev. Sen. John McCain, actress Hayden Panettiere, and French intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy roused massive crowds with paeans to freedom and national sovereignty, while offering moral support to the opposition forces led by former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.
But Hagberg, a square-jawed and baby-faced member of the Swedish armed forces, had a darker message.
“I stand before your forces of revolution to tell you about what your future might be if you fail your glorious endeavour,” he said in fluid-but-clipped English. “I stand here as a Swede. However where I come from is no longer Sweden.” Hagberg warned Ukrainians that a successful revolution must chart a path that carefully avoided the evils of abortion and ethnic mongrelization, one that harshly punished welfare abuse and rejected the normalization of homosexuality. “Officials in Sweden like to calls us the most modern country in the world. I say to you, brothers, this is what awaits you if you choose to follow our example. You now have the opportunity to choose and create your own future. Do not accept the trap of choosing either the West or Russia.”
It’s unclear who, if anyone, invited him, but Hagberg was speaking as a representative of Nordisk Ungdom (Nordic Youth), a Swedish neo-Nazi group that celebrates “a traditional ideal of a better man, striving for something greater and more noble than his own personal benefit; an idealistic man who fights for Europe’s freedom.” Visitors to the group’s English-language website are met with with a Barbara Kruger-like advertisement beseeching visitors to “help us to help the revolution! Support a free Ukraine! Donate Now...” Because Hagberg is trying to provoke his fellow neo-Nazis into travelling to Kiev to help shape a new, fascist-friendly Ukraine.
Amongst the fascists, ultra-nationalists, and racists in Europe, there has been much griping that the revolt in Ukraine has been overtaken, if not controlled from the outset, by “CIA/ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government]/Soros-sponsored” forces. The Euroscepticism of the continent’s far-right movements has produced a skepticism of the uprising’s much-discussed Europhile mainstream.
But Pro-Yanukovych forces and the former president’s Kremlin allies have heavily promoted an alternative narrative—one that Hagberg and his allies happily embrace—suggesting that the protest movement is in fact honeycombed with dangerous neo-Nazis affiliated with the extremist Ukrainian political parties Svoboda and Right Sector. Therefore, Western supporters of the protests, like John Mccain, are agitating on behalf of violent Ukrainian fascism.
It’s a modified version of the Kremlin’s argument against Western support for Syrian rebel groups, which it says has amounted to material support for al-Qaeda-sponsered terrorism. And like with Syria—and the Spanish Civil War before it—sympathetic European extremists are travelling to provide support to their ideological brethren.
“We just got boots on the ground and are discussing with Svoboda representatives and other nationalists what we can assist with,” Magnus Söderman, the neo-Nazi organizer of the Swedish Ukraine Volunteers (Svenska Ukrainafrivilliga), told me. “Our message to them is that we will assist with whatever; clearing the streets, security, making food.”
On the group’s website, stuffed with hackneyed neo-Nazi propaganda, potential volunteers are told that “we do not organize any paramilitary force because our involvement is of a civil nature, as aid workers. Of course, should violence break out we will make use of our right of self-defense.” (The site advises recruits to “improve your physical fitness” before travelling to Kiev.) Ukraine, the group says, is facing an existential threat and “we must secure the existence of our people and the future of our white children!”
According to the group’s newly constituted Facebook page, a representative of the Swedish Ukraine Volunteers recently “visited the parliament and established ??important contacts” amongst local politicians, presumably those affiliated with ultra-nationalist parties Svoboda and Right Sector. The idea of foreign volunteers is “a good initiative,” said one member of a fascist message board in Sweden, “and I give my full support to Mikael Skillt and other party comrades who are travelling down to help our brothers in the east.”
Mikael Skillt is well-known in Swedish neo-Nazi circles. A spokesman for the vigilante group Stop the Pedophiles and a veteran of various now-defunct fascist organizations, Skillt is currently affiliated with the Party of the Swedes (SvP), a neo-Nazi group founded by members of the less camera-friendly National Socialist Front. According to its website, SvP “has good contact with [Svoboda] who were guests at our conference Vision Europe just under a year ago.”
When I contacted Skillt he was in Moscow, on his way to agitating in Kiev. So why does Ukraine need a fascist international brigade? “We are scanning the needs of the Ukrainians, but we will be offering [them] our help in whatever they need,” he told me. “We have members with experience in most fields, ranging from military to truck drivers to journalists.”
When I asked if he had canvassed the opinions of Russian neo-Nazi groups while in Moscow, Skillt told me, with predictable obliqueness, that he had “heard some [Russian] nationalists who have spoken of a revolution inspired by Ukraine.”
So how large is the international brigade of ultra-nationalists? A European journalist who follows the movement of European jihadists to Syria—and now fascists migrating towards Kiev—told me that there was indeed scattered evidence that neo-Nazi groups outside Sweden were making pilgrimages to Ukraine. When I asked Magnus Söderman if there was a network of other Nazis on the ground, he told me that “comrades from other European countries are also preparing to assist if it is needed.”
9a. Considerable insight into the machinations underlying the Arab Spring ooperation can be gleaned from a New York Times profile of Gene Sharp. (The Arab Spring operation, overlapping the WikiLeaks “op,” is covered at length and in detail, in FTR #‘s 733  through 739 , as well as FTR #745 .)
. . . . When the nonpartisan International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, which trains democracy activists, slipped into Cairo several years ago to conduct a workshop, among the papers it distributed was Mr. Sharp’s “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action,” a list of tactics that range from hunger strikes to “protest disrobing” to “disclosing identities of secret agents.”
Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian blogger and activist who attended the workshop and later organized similar sessions on her own, said trainees were active in both the Tunisia and Egypt revolts. She said that some activists translated excerpts of Mr. Sharp’s work into Arabic, and that his message of “attacking weaknesses of dictators” stuck with them.
Peter Ackerman, a onetime student of Mr. Sharp who founded the nonviolence center and ran the Cairo workshop, cites his former mentor as proof that “ideas have power.”
Mr. Sharp . . . . has had no contact with the Egyptian protesters, he said, although he recently learned that the Muslim Brotherhood had “From Dictatorship to Democracy” posted on its Web site. . . .
. . . . Mr. Ackerman, who became wealthy as an investment banker after studying under Mr. Sharp, contributed millions of dollars and kept it afloat for years. But about a decade ago, Mr. Ackerman wanted to disseminate Mr. Sharp’s ideas more aggressively, as well as his own. He put his money into his own center, which also produces movies and even a video game to train dissidents. An annuity he purchased still helps pay Mr. Sharp’s salary. . .
9b. Sharp has enjoyed appointments at Harvard University’s Center for International Studies.
. . . . . Sharp has been a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since 1972. He simultaneously held research appointments at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs since 1965. . . . .
9c. The Harvard Center for International Studies was founded by Robert R. Bowie, an individual with numerous connections to the intelligence community.
Robert R. Bowie (born August 24, 1909) is an American diplomat and scholar who served as CIA Deputy Director from 1977–1979. . . .
. . . . . The youngest professor of the school, he was a trusted confidant to John J. McCloy the “unofficial chairman of the American establishment”. During periods of leave from Harvard between 1950 and 1952 Bowie worked for McCloy as one of his legal advisers in Germany.
He served as Director of Policy Planning from 1953–1957; co-founder of Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1958); Counselor for the State Department from 1966–1968. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. . . .
9d. Ackerman has served as an advisor to the United States Institute of Peace, whose Muslim World Initiative  has been cited by critics as a theater of Islamic extremist penetration and activity.
Peter Ackerman is on “the U.S. Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.” 
9e. Ackerman’s resume is interesting, for a promoter of social justice.
. . . . After his graduation he joined the junk-bond dealers, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and for most of the next fifteen years, he was the right-hand man to Michael Milken the “Junk-Bond King”. He became the key deal-maker and strategist for the company, and his innovative approach to deal-making, together with his unusual academic qualifications, earned him the nickname “the absentminded professor”. But the record shows that he was far from absent minded. . . .
9f. Gene Sharp’s ideological jottings played a key role in the “Orange Revolution.” His ideology also was utilized elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, co-habiting that political and ideological landscape with the fascists of the Free Congress Foundation.
. . . . Sharp’s 1993 handbook From Dictatorship to Democracy   was first published in Burma, fourth edition in 2010. It has since been translated into at least 31 other languages.  It has served as a basis for the campaigns of Serbia ’s Otpor  (who were also directly trained by the Albert Einstein Institute ), Georgia ’s Kmara , Ukraine ’s Pora , Kyrgyzstan ’s KelKel  and Belarus ’ Zubr . Pora ’s Oleh Kyriyenko said in a 2004 interview with Radio Netherlands,
“The bible of Pora has been the book of Gene Sharp, also used by Otpor , it’s called: From Dictatorship to Democracy . Pora activists have translated it by themselves. We have written to Mr Sharp and to the Albert Einstein Institute in the United States, and he became very sympathetic towards our initiative, and the Institution provided funding to print over 12,000 copies of this book for free.” 
Sharp’s writings on “Civilian-Based Defense”  were used by the Lithuanian , Latvian , and Estonian  governments during their separation from the Soviet Union  in 1991. Lithuanian Defence Minister Audrius Butkevicius declared at the time, “I would rather have this book than the nuclear bomb”.  . . . .
9g. After reviewing information about nonviolent theoretician Gene Sharp, the program notes that the PORA movement in the Ukraine was one of the institutions that took their cues from Sharp’s writings . Initially a big supporter of Vladimir Yuschenko, PORA turned against him.
One wonders if the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous milieu will turn out to be similarly, cynically manipulated in the case of the Piggy-Back Coup in the Middle East. Youthful idealists, that milieu may well have helped install the fascist Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
PORA, the non-governmental organization that played a decisive role in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, has adopted a highly critical stance towards the ten-point memorandum signed last week by President Viktor Yushchenko and the leader of the Party of Regions, former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych. . . .
9h. Peter Ackerman, partner of convicted junk-bond king Michael Milken, associate of intelligence elements connected to the supposedly-spontaneous “Arab Spring,” is the driving force behind Americans Elect , an Internet/electoral organization that seeks “greater transparency” in political nominating using the Internet. Americans Elect has been very kind indeed to the overtly Nazi-linked Ron Paul .
10. The New York Times noted that Obama has not reacted to the “democratic” developments in the Ukraine in the way that George W. Bush reacted to the “Orange Revolution”
Televisions around the White House were aglow with pictures of Ukrainians in the streets, demanding to be heard and toppling a government aligned with Russia. It was an invigorating moment, and it spurred a president already rethinking his approach to the world.
That was a different decade and a different president. While George W. Bush  was inspired by the Orange Revolution of 2004 and weeks later vowed in his second inaugural address  to promote democracy, Barack Obama  has approached the revolution of 2014 with a more clinical detachment aimed at avoiding instability.
Rather than an opportunity to spread freedom in a part of the world long plagued by corruption and oppression, Mr. Obama sees Ukraine ’s crisis as a problem to be managed, ideally with a minimum of violence or geopolitical upheaval. While certainly sympathetic to the pro-Western protesters who pushed out President Viktor F. Yanukovych and hopeful that they can establish a representatively elected government, Mr. Obama has not made global aspirations of democracy the animating force of his presidency.
“I just think this president is not going to lean forward on his skis with regard to democracy promotion,” said John Lewis Gaddis, a Yale University historian who advised the Bush White House as speechwriters worked on the former president’s January 2005 inaugural address promising to combat tyranny abroad. “If anything, he’s going to lean back and let natural forces take us there, if they do.” . . . . “The administration’s Ukraine policy is emblematic of a broader problem with today’s foreign policy — absence of a strategic vision, disinterest in democracy promotion and an unwillingness to lead,” said Paula J. Dobriansky, an under secretary of state for Mr. Bush. . . .
11. Note that the rhetorical pressure on Obama coming from Paula Dobriansky is coming from someone connected to the OUN/B milieu and its participation in the GOP and Reagan administration.
. . . In Washington, the OUN‑B reconstituted under the banner of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), an umbrella organization comprised of “complete OUN‑B fronts,” according to Bellant. By the mid-1980’s, the Reagan administration was honeycombed with UCCA members, with the group’s chairman Lev Dobriansky, serving as ambassador to the Bahamas, and his daughter, Paula, sitting on the National Security Council. Reagan personally welcomed Stetsko, the Banderist leader who oversaw the massacre of 7000 Jews in Lviv, into the White House in 1983.“Your struggle is our struggle,” Reagan told the former Nazi collaborator. “Your dream is our dream.” . . . .