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FTR #878 Update on Pan-Turkism, Islamism and the Earth Island Boogie

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Intro­duc­tion: In recent years, we have not­ed grow­ing con­flu­ence between Mus­lim Broth­er­hood-based Islamism and Pan-Turk­ist ele­ments. As events in Ukraine, the Mid­dle East and Asia con­tin­ue to heat up, the Islamist/­Pan-Turk­ist con­nec­tion appears to be solid­i­fy­ing. The “cement” that is bring­ing them togeth­er appears to be ele­ments of West­ern intel­li­gence, the Under­ground Reich/transnational cor­po­rate fac­tion of the CIA in par­tic­u­lar.

This analy­sis is pre­sent­ed in con­junc­tion with, and against the back­ground of, the Earth Island [7] or World Island as it is some­times known.

Stretch­ing from the Straits of Gibral­tar, all across Europe, most of the Mid­dle East, Eura­sia, Rus­sia, Chi­na and India, that stretch of land: com­pris­es most of the world’s land mass; con­tains most of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and most of the world’s nat­ur­al resources (includ­ing oil and nat­ur­al gas.) Geopoliti­cians have long seen con­trol­ling that land mass as the key to world dom­i­na­tion.  The pop­u­la­tion that occu­pies the mid­dle of that stretch of geog­ra­phy is large­ly Mus­lim.

Uti­liz­ing that Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion to con­trol the resources of the Earth Island is a strat­a­gem [8] that has been in effect [9] in the West for a cen­tu­ry.

 In our AFA series about the shoot­ing of the Pope [10], we exam­ined the Nation­al Action Par­ty of Turkey and its para-mil­i­tary cadre the Grey Wolves. In Syr­ia and Asia, Grey Wolf ele­ments have assumed com­bat roles against both Rus­sia and Chi­na.

In Syr­ia, the down­ing of a Russ­ian fight­er con­duct­ing oper­a­tions against Turk­men mili­tia pulled back the cur­tain on Pan-Turk­ist Grey Wolf ele­ments that con­sti­tute part of the so-called “mod­er­ate” rebel forces being armed by the West–Turkey and the Under­ground Reich facg­tion of CIA in par­tic­u­lar. The mili­tia who killed the Russ­ian pilot of the SU-24 are Grey Wolves [11].

Grey Wolf ele­ments have also been active in sup­port of the Mus­lim, Turko­phone Uighurs in fos­sil-fuel-rich Xin­jiang Province in Chi­na [12]. After Thai­land extra­dit­ed Uighurs to Chi­na to face crim­i­nal charges, Grey Wolves demon­strat­ed against Chi­na in Turkey and appar­ent­ly det­o­nat­ed a bomb [13] in Thai­land, tar­get­ing Chi­nese tourists.

In the Euro­pean por­tion of the Earth Island, Crimean Tatars are sup­port­ed [14] by Tayyip Erdo­gan, who has been attempt­ing to real­ize a neo-Ottoman agen­da. Now, the Crimean Tatars [15] are work­ing with the OUN/B heirs in Pravy Sek­tor [16] to sab­o­tage the Crimean pow­er grid [16]. (The head of the Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice for most of the post-Maid­an peri­od was Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko [17], joined at the hip with Pravy Sek­tor.)

The appar­ent sab­o­tage of the Crimean elec­tri­cal grid comes on the heels [18] of Tatar/Pravy Sek­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion in block­ing over­land truck deliv­er­ies to Crimea, as well as the Crimean water sup­ply.

Much of the pro­gram con­sists of an excerpt from AFA #14 [19] (record­ed in Jan­u­ary of 1986), review­ing the his­to­ry of the Pan-Turk­ist move­ment. Allied with Nazi Ger­many in World War II and fas­cist in nature, the pan-Turk­ists had long sought to carve up the Sovi­et Union and restore the Ottomon Empire.

A major focal point of the dis­cus­sion is the Promethean League. An anti-Sovi­et net­work sim­i­lar to the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League, the Promethean League was estab­lished between the world wars. Sub­si­dized by Mar­shall Pil­sud­ski’s Pol­ish intel­li­gence appa­ra­tus, the group was phys­i­cal­ly based in Poland, but heav­i­ly sup­port­ed by French intel­li­gence and ide­ol­o­gists based in France. Fea­tur­ing Pan-Turk­ist and Ukrain­ian ele­ments, many of the Promethean League groups jumped first to the Third Reich and lat­er to ele­ments of West­ern intel­li­gence and allied orga­ni­za­tions.

Pro­gram High­lights Include:

1a. Alparslan Celik, the head of the Turk­men mili­tia unit who was boast­ing of killing the para­chut­ing Rus­sia pilot, was fea­tured in a Dogan news agency report from last year about being the son of the MHP may­or of Keban and trav­el­ing to Syr­ia [24]. Espe­cially since his rel­a­tively sparse twit­ter feed includes a tweet of Grey Wolves founder Alparslan Turkes in March of 2013 [25], as well as a [26] Jan­u­ary 2015 tweet of Alparslan and his Turk­men mili­tia mem­bers show­ing [26] the Grey Wolves hand ges­ture [27]. And just today a major pro-Kur­dish Turk­ish lawyer, Taher Elci, was just assas­si­nated while mak­ing a speech call­ing for an end to the hos­til­i­ties between the Turk­ish state and the PKK [28] (which Gary Brech­er, a.k.a. The War Nerd, see as “state killing” writ­ten all over it [29]).

It should also be not­ed that Turkey is now pros­e­cut­ing two inves­tiga­tive reporters [30] who wrote of Turk­ish gov­ern­ment sup­port for Syr­i­an rebels. Reuters had pre­vi­ous­ly not­ed [31] the accu­ra­cy of the dynam­ic of which the Turk­ish reporters had writ­ten.

“Syr­ia: Pho­tos of Alparslan Celik, Rebel Leader Who Shot Russ­ian Pilot Go Viral;” by John­lee Vargh­ese; Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness Times; 11/27/2015. [11]

The pho­tos of Alparslan Celik, a Syr­i­an rebel leader from Turkey, are being wide­ly shared on social media after he appeared in a video boast­ing of how he and his men shot the Russ­ian pilot while he para­chut­ed out from his plane on 24 Novem­ber.

Alparslan Celik is the leader of the Syr­i­an Turk­men brigade, which is sup­port­ed by Turkey and he shot into the inter­na­tion­al lime­light after he appeared in a video detail­ing the killing of the Russ­ian pilot.
He even showed-off some of the belong­ings tak­en from the Russ­ian pilot, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Oleg Peshkov. 

A graph­ic video post­ed online shows a gang mem­ber of Celik’s group stand­ing over the body of the dead Russ­ian pilot, with his foot over the chest of Lieu­tenant-Colonel Oleg Peshkov.

It is now being report­ed that Celik is a Turk­ish nation­al and his father was the may­or of Keban munic­i­pal­i­ty in Turkey’s Elazig province.

Celik, who has ear­li­er appeared in numer­ous pro­pa­gan­da videos of his group, is also the mem­ber of The Grey Wolves, which is an ultra­na­tion­al­ist group that has car­ried out sev­er­al polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions.

1b. The evi­dence that CIA is aid­ing the so-called “mod­er­ate” rebels in Syr­ia, and by exten­sion, ISIS, is strong. They are work­ing with the Syr­i­an Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in that capac­i­ty.

“C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steer­ing Arms to Syr­i­an Oppo­si­tion” by Eric Schmitt; The New York Times; 6/21/2012. [23]

A small num­ber of C.I.A. [32] offi­cers are oper­at­ing secret­ly in south­ern Turkey, help­ing allies decide which Syr­i­an oppo­si­tion fight­ers across the bor­der will receive arms to fight the Syr­i­an gov­ern­ment, accord­ing to Amer­i­can offi­cials and Arab intel­li­gence offi­cers.

The weapons, includ­ing auto­mat­ic rifles, rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, ammu­ni­tion and some anti­tank weapons, are being fun­neled most­ly across the Turk­ish bor­der by way of a shad­owy net­work of inter­me­di­aries includ­ing Syr­ia [33]’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and paid for by Turkey, Sau­di Ara­bia and Qatar, the offi­cials said. . . .

1c. Once again, we vis­it the sub­ject of the Earth Island [7] or “World Island” as it is some­times called. Stretch­ing from the Straits of Gibral­tar, all across Europe, most of the Mid­dle East, Eura­sia, Rus­sia, Chi­na and India, that stretch of land: com­pris­es most of the world’s land mass; con­tains most of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and most of the world’s nat­ur­al resources (includ­ing oil and nat­ur­al gas.) Geopoliti­cians have long seen con­trol­ling that land mass as the key to world dom­i­na­tion.  The pop­u­la­tion that occu­pies the mid­dle of that stretch of geog­ra­phy is large­ly Mus­lim.

Uti­liz­ing that Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion to con­trol the resources of the Earth Island is a strategem [8] that has been in effect [9] in the West for a cen­tu­ry.

Now, we are see­ing the Uighurs [34], a Turko­phone [35]Mus­lim group [36] in the petro­le­um and nat­ur­al-resources-rich Xin­jiang province of Chi­na, receiv­ing sup­port from the Pan-Turk­ist/­fas­cist [37]  Nation­al Action Par­ty [19] and its youth wing [38]the Grey Wolves [39].

As Rus­sia is being boxed in by renascent Ukrain­ian fas­cism in the East [40] and Cau­casian Islamist ter­ror in the Cau­ca­sus [41], we must won­der if the NAP/Grey Wolf  [42]PR offen­sive against Chi­na and on behalf of the Uighurs is part of an ongo­ing [43] NATO/U.S./Underground Reich effort against the core of the Earth Island, Rus­sia and Chi­na.

Are we see­ing an effort at break­ing [44] those coun­tries apart?  Are the Islamist and Pan-Turk­ist move­ments align­ing in fur­ther­ing this goal?

“Anti-Chi­na Sen­ti­ment Is Sud­den­ly Sweep­ing Over Turkey” by Bar­bara Tasch [Busi­ness Insid­er]; Yahoo News; 7/21/2015. [12]

Protests. Burnt flags. Attacks on tourists and restau­rants. Ram­pant racism on social media.

Anti-Chi­na sen­ti­ment has been reach­ing new heights in Turkey over the last few weeks, as Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan is set to make an offi­cial state vis­it to Chi­na lat­er this month.

It start­ed at the begin­ning of July, when a Chi­nese restau­rant in Istan­bul was attacked by five men with sticks and stones.

“We do not want a Chi­nese restau­rant here, get out of our town!” the men were heard say­ing, accord­ing to Al-Mon­i­tor [45].

A few days lat­er, a Kore­an tourist mis­tak­en to be Chi­nese was attacked by a group of ultra-nation­al­ists in the cap­i­tal. On the same day in Balike­sir, pro­test­ers hung an effi­gy of Mao Zedong. And a few days lat­er, the protests spread again to Istan­bul, where Chi­nese tourists were attacked and harassed, accord­ing to CNN [46].

The protests gath­ered momen­tum a few weeks ago, when reports emerged that Uighurs — who share eth­nic­i­ty and have close cul­tur­al ties with Turk­ish Mus­lims — who were liv­ing in west­ern regions of Chi­na had alleged­ly not been allowed to fast dur­ing the holy month of Ramadan [47]. Those alle­ga­tions have been denied by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. Uighurs make up around 45% of the Xin­jiang autonomous region of Chi­na.

On July 9, a group of about 200 men who are believed to be part of the East Turkestan Sol­i­dar­i­ty Group attacked the Thai embassy [48] in Istan­bul with rocks and wood­en planks. The attack fol­lowed the repa­tri­a­tion of over 100 Uighurs [49] back to Chi­na by the Thai gov­ern­ment.

In a recent inter­view, Devle­ty Bahceli, chair­man of the far-right Nation­al­ist Action Par­ty (MHP) in Turkey, whose mem­bers have been accused of assault­ing tourists, said they are “sen­si­tive to injus­tices in Chi­na.”

“Our nation­al­ist youth is sen­si­tive to injus­tices in Chi­na. They should have the free­dom to exer­cise their demo­c­ra­t­ic rights. These are young kids. They may have been pro­voked. Plus, how are you going to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between Kore­an and Chi­nese? They both have slant­ed eyes. Does it real­ly mat­ter?” he said, accord­ing to Al-Mon­i­tor [45]

Those racist com­ments caused uproar in nation­al and inter­na­tion­al media. And fol­low­ing grow­ing social pres­sure, Nation­al­ist Action Par­ty mem­bers told Al-Mon­i­tor [45] that they view all tourists as their guests. The head of the Grey Wolves, the youth wing of the MHP in Istan­bul, told the BBC [47] that the attacks took place between pro­test­ers and the police — and that no tourists were harmed.

 “The safe­ty of every tourist com­ing to our coun­try is our respon­si­bil­i­ty. We can’t tol­er­ate any sort of vio­lence,” he said.

Amid the mul­ti­ply­ing attacks, the Chi­nese embassy issued a trav­el warn­ing to its cit­i­zens and told them to avoid going out alone, get­ting close to protests, or tak­ing pic­tures of them. The Chi­nese Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra also can­celed its August con­cert in Istan­bul, and local police announced it would pro­vide extra secu­ri­ty for an exhi­bi­tion by a Chi­nese artist. . . . .

1c. The Grey Wolves and Pan-Turk­ists appear to be active in Asia, per­pe­trat­ing ter­ror­ist bomb­ings against those sym­pa­thet­ic to Chi­na’s efforts against the Uighurs.

“Bangkok Bomb­ing: Who Are the Turk­ish Ter­ror­ist Group the Grey Wolves” by Lind­say Mur­doch; The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald; 8/30/2015. [13]

Neo-fas­cists from a Turk­ish ter­ror­ist group called Grey Wolves have emerged as key sus­pects in the Bangkok bomb­ing after the arrest of a man, believed to be Turk­ish, in the Thai cap­i­tal with bomb-mak­ing mate­r­i­al.

The group’s death squads have stalked Turkey since the 1960s, mur­der­ing left-wing and lib­er­al activists, uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents and jour­nal­ists and engag­ing in street bat­tles and attacks.

They gained inter­na­tion­al noto­ri­ety in 1981 when Mehmet Ali Agca, one of their col­lab­o­ra­tors, shot and near­ly killed Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square.

The Grey Wolves are known for their dis­tinct hand sign, which rep­re­sents a wolf head, made by hold­ing up a fore­fin­ger and lit­tle fin­ger.

The group’s ide­ol­o­gy cen­tres on the glo­ry days of Turk­ish his­to­ry, seek­ing to unite Mus­lim Tur­kic peo­ples from the Balka­ns to Cen­tral Asia in a pan-Turk­ish exten­sion of the Turk­ish nation-state.

The group extend­ed oper­a­tions in the ear­ly 1990s into post-Sovi­et states with Tur­kic and Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions, includ­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh War in Azer­bai­jan and Chechen con­flicts.

The group is believed to have ties to Turk­ish crime gangs that oper­ate in Bangkok that could have pro­vid­ed logis­ti­cal sup­port for their attack, secu­ri­ty ana­lysts say.

Thai police have been search­ing for Turk­ish nation­als who arrived in Thai­land in the 15 days before a blast tore through for­eign tourists and Thais at the Erawan Shrine on August 17, killing 20 peo­ple and injur­ing more than 120 in an unprece­dent­ed attack.

But their break­through in the inves­ti­ga­tion came when res­i­dents of a pre­dom­i­nant­ly Mus­lim dis­trict of Bangkok on Sat­ur­day report­ed to police the sus­pi­cious activ­i­ties of a non-Thai speak­ing man rent­ing five rooms in a seedy, four-sto­ry apart­ment block.

After more than 100 police sur­round­ed the build­ing, they found a man believed to be 28 in a room with a stack of false pass­ports and bomb-mak­ing equip­ment sim­i­lar to that used in the shrine bomb­ing, includ­ing ball bear­ings, pipes and fus­es.

The beard­ed man with short cropped hair has been charged with pos­ses­sion of bomb-mak­ing mate­r­i­al and is being held in a Thai mil­i­tary base pend­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion.

Antho­ny Davis, a respect­ed Bangkok-based secu­ri­ty ana­lyst with IHS-Jane’s, said last week the Grey Wolves were like­ly to be behind the bomb­ing because they had both motive and capa­bil­i­ty, although he did not rule out oth­er pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“They are vio­lent and oper­ate below the radar,” he said.

Mr Davis said the group had “latched on to in a big way” Uighur Mus­lims in west­ern Chi­na who claim they have suf­fered years of per­se­cu­tion from Bei­jing.

Thai­land infu­ri­at­ed the Uighur move­ment in July when the coun­try deport­ed to Chi­na 109 Uighur men who had been sep­a­rat­ed from their wives and chil­dren.

Eth­nic Chi­nese tourists appear to have been tar­gets of the shrine bombers.

Mr Davis described the Bangkok attack as poten­tial­ly the night­mare that has wor­ried secu­ri­ty agen­cies, a link-up between ter­ror­ism and organ­ised crime.

2a. The Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment appears to have tac­it­ly sup­port­ed the sab­o­tage of the Crimean pow­er grid.

“Ukraine Leaves Sab­o­taged Pow­er Lines to Russ­ian-Annexed Crimea in the Mud” by Pavel Poli­tyuk [Reuters]; Yahoo News; 11/27/2015. [50]

Five days after sabo­teurs blew up pow­er lines in south­ern Ukraine plung­ing Russ­ian-annexed Crimea into an ener­gy cri­sis, all four dam­aged pylons are out of action and engi­neers say they need a polit­i­cal deci­sion to restore sup­plies.

The stale­mate has left some 2 mil­lion Crimeans reliant upon emer­gency gen­er­a­tors and has caused severe dis­rup­tion, expos­ing how depen­dent Crimea remains on Ukraine a year and a half after it broke away to join Rus­sia.

Some lim­it­ed repair work has tak­en place, say Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment and ener­gy offi­cials, who have spo­ken of how the prob­lem could — tech­ni­cal­ly — be fixed rel­a­tive­ly swift­ly.

But on Fri­day the dam­aged pylons lay flat in thick mud as the wind whipped across the flat fea­ture­less land­scape.

“If our high-lev­el lead­er­ship takes a polit­i­cal deci­sion to restore pow­er or not to do so — and there is no such deci­sion — we will do every­thing real­ly quick­ly,” said Ihor Bosko, a region­al ener­gy offi­cial. “We are sit­ting and wait­ing.”

So far, eth­nic Tatar activists and Ukrain­ian nation­al­ists have blocked repair teams. The author­i­ties have let the activists remain in place and pro­test­ers say they won’t budge until Rus­sia meets a series of polit­i­cal demands.

Tatars, a Mus­lim peo­ple with a long his­to­ry of habi­ta­tion in Crimea, accuse the penin­su­la’s new Krem­lin-backed author­i­ties of oppress­ing them, alle­ga­tions offi­cials deny.

A Reuters reporter saw three Ukrain­ian tanks and two armored per­son­nel car­ri­ers head­ed to the bor­der with Crimea on Fri­day after­noon, but it was unclear what their pur­pose was.

Rus­sia, which has accused Ukraine of “tor­tur­ing” Crimeans with the pow­er cuts, has respond­ed by cut­ting coal deliv­er­ies to Ukraine.

A Ukrain­ian law­mak­er close to the cir­cle of Prime Min­is­ter Arseniy Yat­se­niuk on Tues­day said the Crimean black­out had been orches­trat­ed with the tac­it con­sent of Kiev.

It was, he said, meant as a polit­i­cal sig­nal to Moscow. . . .

2b. Pravy Sek­tor appears to be work­ing with the Crimean Tatars in their ter­ror­ist activ­i­ties against Crimea.

 “As Sab­o­tage Blacks Out Crimea, Tatars Pre­vent Repairs” by Ivan Nechu­perenko and Neil Mac­Far­quhar; The New York Times; 11/23/2015. [16]

Crimean Tatar activists and Ukrain­ian nation­al­ists on Mon­day pre­vent­ed repair crews from restor­ing the main pow­er lines in south­ern Ukraine [51] that sup­ply Crimea, leav­ing the dis­put­ed penin­su­la in the dark and Ukraine and Rus­sia head­ed toward a stand­off over the issue. . . . .

. . . . The lead­er­ship of both the Crimean Tatars, forced into exile by Rus­sia, and a right-wing nation­al­ist group, Right Sec­tor, endorsed the destruc­tion with­out claim­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty. . . .

2c. More about the Pravy Sektor/Crimean Tatar coop­er­a­tion against Crimea:

“The Siege of Crimea (I);” german-foreign-policy.com; 11/26/2015. [18]

Berlin is watch­ing with appre­hen­sion as the con­flict between Kiev and Moscow esca­lates again fol­low­ing Ukraine’s shut­ting down elec­tri­cal pow­er to Crimea. Last week, Crimean Tatars and mem­bers of the fas­cist Right Sec­tor are sus­pect­ed to have blown up sev­er­al elec­tric pylons, cut­ting off the sup­ply of pow­er to Crimea. Crimea receives near­ly 80 per­cent of its elec­tric­i­ty from Ukraine. The Berlin-spon­sored Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment sees itself as inca­pable of repair­ing the pow­er lines. It has imposed — in accor­dance with the embar­go poli­cies of the EU and the USA — its own trade embar­go on the penin­su­la. In the sum­mer 2014, the EU and the USA began impos­ing eco­nom­ic sanc­tions on Crimea, which was aggra­vat­ed by Kiev’s embar­go of water and block­ade of traf­fic for over a year. Ukraine will squan­der its remain­ing sym­pa­thy on the penin­su­la, warn observers. A sim­i­lar devel­op­ment had been observed in the Geor­gian seces­sion­ist regions of Abk­hazia and South Osse­tia since the 2008 Geor­gian-Russ­ian war. Ear­ly this week, the Ger­man gov­ern­ment applied pres­sure on Kiev to restore elec­tric­i­ty to Crimea, to avoid anoth­er esca­la­tion of the Russ­ian-Ukrain­ian con­flict, which Ger­many con­sid­ers detri­men­tal. To no avail — the esca­la­tion began yes­ter­day.

One of the Tough­est Embar­gos in the World

Even before the cur­rent ener­gy block­ade, sanc­tions imposed by the EU, the USA and Ukraine were already seri­ous­ly affect­ing Crimea, par­tic­u­lar­ly the eco­nom­ic sanc­tions, more than those tar­get­ing indi­vid­u­als. The import into the EU of goods pro­duced in Crimea has been pro­hib­it­ed since last sum­mer; since Decem­ber 2014 — invest­ment on the penin­su­la. For EU-based com­pa­nies even the pur­chase of real estate is for­bid­den. Export of ener­gy prod­ucts — includ­ing oil and nat­ur­al gas — as well as goods from the trans­porta­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tors are not allowed. Even ser­vice for Crimean tourism is no longer per­mit­ted to be offered with­in the EU. The Unit­ed States has imposed sim­i­lar sanc­tions. Last sum­mer, Thomas De Waal, an expert at the USA’s Carnegie Endow­ment for Inter­na­tion­al Peace, assessed that this is “one of the tough­est embar­gos in the world.” De Waal has char­ac­ter­ized this as the “Siege of Crimea.”[1]

Turn off the Water

Since last year, the pro-west­ern Ukraine’s embar­go has been caus­ing addi­tion­al severe prob­lems in Crimea; one exam­ple being an embar­go on water for the penin­su­la. As a report in “Ukraine-Analy­sen,” pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men has con­firmed, before seces­sion, the penin­su­la had received “up to 85 per­cent of its water sup­ply from the Ukrain­ian main­land.” In May 2014, Kiev turned off the water sup­ply — with dra­mat­ic con­se­quences. Agri­cul­ture, in par­tic­u­lar, was severe­ly affect­ed, report­ed “Ukraine-Analy­sen.” For exam­ple, cul­ti­va­tion of corn and soya had to be “dras­ti­cal­ly reduced,” and rice had to be aban­doned entire­ly. “Pro­vid­ing drink­ing water to the major indus­tri­al cities” such as Kerch and Feo­dosia “was a major prob­lem,” the report con­tin­ues. Accord­ing to offi­cial data, “con­sump­tion of water has fall­en by 20 per­cent over the past two years.”[2]

Cut Off From the Main­land

The numer­ous block­ades of trans­porta­tion and traf­fic also have an exceed­ing­ly dam­ag­ing effect. The Ukrain­ian rail­road has ceased ser­vice to the penin­su­la, with no rail­way access yet to Rus­sia. “Fer­ry ser­vice across the Straits of Kerch” is, for the time being, “the only larg­er trans­porta­tion link to the Russ­ian main­land,” notes the “Ukraine-Analy­sen.” How­ev­er, the fer­ry con­nec­tion is over­bur­dened and inter­rupt­ed in bad weath­er. Moscow seeks to solve the prob­lem with the con­struc­tion of a railway/automobile bridge across the Straits of Kerch. Con­struc­tion has begun and is sched­uled to be com­plet­ed by the end of 2018 [3] — three long years. Because of the dif­fi­cult acces­si­bil­i­ty, the import of food from Rus­sia is insuf­fi­cient to sat­is­fy the needs of the Crimean population.[4] “Ukraine-Analy­sen” reports that due to the insuf­fi­cien­cy of over­land con­nec­tions, “the air traf­fic to Crimea has sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased.” “It has tripled since 2013.” Only Russ­ian air­lin­ers land in Crimea — under high penal­ty fines — because Crimea’s inte­gra­tion into Rus­sia has not been rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­al­ly, Crimean air­space is still attrib­uted to Ukraine.[5]


Experts, like Carnegie Endow­men­t’s Thomas De Waal have been warn­ing for quite a while that the tough sanc­tions regime may, in the long run, back­fire against the West and its allies in Kiev. For the time being, Kiev still has access to “resources of loy­al­ty” in the Crimea, De Waal quot­ed the jour­nal­ist Andrej Sam­bros, who reports from Crimea for lib­er­al Russ­ian jour­nals, last July. For exam­ple, out of the two mil­lion peo­ple in Crimea, only 20,000 have renounced their Ukrain­ian cit­i­zen­ship, sug­gest­ing that most peo­ple want to keep their options open. How­ev­er, because of the ongo­ing sanc­tions, locals now pin their hopes on Moscow, De Waal reports. The sanc­tions strat­e­gy are rem­i­nis­cent of the meth­ods applied by Geor­gia towards their sep­a­ratist ter­ri­to­ries of Abk­hazia and South Osse­tia. After the August 2008 Geor­gian-Russ­ian War, Mikheil Saakashvili, then the Geor­gian pres­i­dent, insti­tut­ed tough laws on “occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.” In South Osse­tia in 2008, the Saakashvili gov­ern­ment cut the gas sup­ply to the Geor­gian-major­i­ty town of Akhal­go­ri, in the hopes of pro­vok­ing anti-Russ­ian upheavals. The con­trary was the case. Fol­low­ing sev­er­al freez­ing win­ters, the pop­u­la­tion com­plained of “Geor­gian cru­el­ty.” Abk­hazia also suf­fered years of eco­nom­ic mis­ery but now has few con­nec­tions with Geor­gia and has under­gone a slow inte­gra­tion into the Russ­ian econ­o­my. De Waal report­ed that one Crimean Tatar bit­ter­ly com­plained that “we are los­ing Crimea because of this policy”[6] refer­ring to the embar­go imposed by Kiev and the West.

No Elec­tric­i­ty

The most recent esca­la­tion is spi­ral­ing the process even fur­ther. Crimean Tatars have been block­ing over­land access to Crimea with the help of fas­cist Right Sec­tor mil­i­tants, already since the end of Sep­tem­ber, to pre­vent deliv­er­ies from Ukraine from reach­ing the penin­su­la. Kiev has turned a blind eye. Late last week, it is sus­pect­ed that Crimean Tatars blew up sev­er­al elec­tric pylons, cut­ting off the 80 per­cent of Crimea’s Ukrain­ian elec­tri­cal sup­ply, as had been done ear­li­er with Crimea’s water sup­ply. Ukraine’s Min­is­ter of Ener­gy declared that the elec­tri­cal lines would be restored, but this requires access to the destroyed pylons.[7] Crimean Tatars and fas­cists of the Right Sec­tor are block­ing access to the scenes of the attacks. The Berlin-spon­sored gov­ern­ment in Kiev has no inten­tion of forc­ing the repairs. Instead, it has ordered a halt also to com­merce in mer­chan­dise with Crimea. Rus­sia has declared a state of emer­gency and is rush­ing to lay a sub­ma­rine cable through the Straits of Kerch, which how­ev­er will not be com­plet­ed before the end of the year. The major­i­ty of the pop­u­la­tion will have to brave the Crimean win­ter with­out lights and warmth until then.[8]

Crim­i­nal Acts

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment, which had helped insti­gate the sanc­tions strat­e­gy through the impo­si­tion of EU sanc­tions, is now watch­ing these devel­op­ments with appre­hen­sion. Mar­tin Schäfer, the spokesper­son for the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry, char­ac­ter­ized the sab­o­tage of the elec­tri­cal pylons as a “crim­i­nal act.” “We are expect­ing these inci­dents to be han­dled as such” and “that the sup­ply of elec­tric­i­ty in and to Crimea will be restored,” he said at the Fed­er­al Press Con­fer­ence. Berlin would like to get the Ukraine con­flict final­ly under con­trol. The objec­tive is to pre­vent an EU-endan­ger­ing resur­gence of the civ­il war, ren­der Ger­man busi­ness rela­tions with Rus­sia pos­si­ble again — and, along the way, become Europe’s num­ber one reg­u­la­to­ry force. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[9]) How­ev­er, Kiev — in the process of becom­ing more rad­i­cal­ized — refus­es to heed Berlin’s admo­ni­tions, balks at re-estab­lish­ing the sup­ply of elec­tric­i­ty. Rather than react to Rus­si­a’s call to pay its gas bills or have its gas sup­ply cut off, Ukraine has declared it was clos­ing its air space to Russ­ian flights. Esca­la­tion spi­rals fur­ther.

The Crimean Tatars, impli­cat­ed in blow­ing up the elec­tric pylons, are play­ing an impor­tant role in the esca­la­tion strat­e­gy against Crimea. german-foreign-policy.com will con­tin­ue with a report on the Crimean Tatars.

For more infor­ma­tion on this top­ic see: Mov­ing West [52] and Stein­meier and the Oli­garchs [53].

[1] Thomas De Waal: The New Siege of Crimea. nationalinterest.org 09.07.2015.
[2], [3] Julia Kusznir: Rus­sis­che Wirtschafts­förderung für die Krim — eine Zwis­chen­bi­lanz. In: Ukraine-Analy­sen Nr. 158, 28.10.2015, 2–5.
[4] Kate­ri­na Bosko: “Es geht ums Geschäft”: Die Krim-Block­ade und die Real­ität der Wirtschafts­beziehun­gen mit der Krim nach einein­halb Jahren Annex­ion. In: Ukraine-Analy­sen Nr. 158, 28.10.2015, 5–9.
[5] Julia Kusznir: Rus­sis­che Wirtschafts­förderung für die Krim — eine Zwis­chen­bi­lanz. In: Ukraine-Analy­sen Nr. 158, 28.10.2015, 2–5.
[6] Thomas De Waal: The New Siege of Crimea. nationalinterest.org 09.07.2015.
[7] Friedrich Schmidt: Hal­binsel im Dunkeln, aber unter Strom. Frank­furter All­ge­meine Zeitung 25.11.2015.
[8] Axel Eich­holz: Krim bleibt dunkel. www.neues-deutschland.de 24.11.2015.
[9] See Kon­trollmis­sion in Kiew [54] and Like in the Cold War [55].

2c. Two dif­fer­ent types of fas­cist cadres are oper­at­ing in tan­dem in Ukraine–in addi­tion to the OUN/B heirs such as the Pravy Sek­tor for­ma­tions, Chechen fight­ers (almost cer­tain­ly allied with some ele­ment of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood) are now fight­ing along­side them and under the Pravy Sek­tor admin­is­tra­tive com­mand.

The Chechen for­ma­tions are described as “broth­ers” of the Islam­ic State.

The Boston Marathon bomb­ing [41] appears to have been blow­back from a covert oper­a­tion [56] back­ing jihadists in the Cau­ca­sus [57].

“Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists” by Robert Par­ry; Con­sor­tium News; 7/7/2015. [21]

In a curi­ous­ly upbeat account, The New York Times reports that Islam­ic mil­i­tants have joined with Ukraine’s far-right and neo-Nazi bat­tal­ions to fight eth­nic Russ­ian rebels in east­ern Ukraine. It appears that no com­bi­na­tion of vio­lent extrem­ists is too wretched to cel­e­brate as long as they’re killing Russ-kies.

The arti­cle [58] by Andrew E. Kramer reports that there are now three Islam­ic bat­tal­ions “deployed to the hottest zones,” such as around the port city of Mar­i­upol. One of the bat­tal­ions is head­ed by a for­mer Chechen war­lord who goes by the name “Mus­lim,” Kramer wrote, adding:

“The Chechen com­mands the Sheikh Mansur group, named for an 18th-cen­tu­ry Chechen resis­tance fig­ure. It is sub­or­di­nate to the nation­al­ist Right Sec­tor, a Ukrain­ian mili­tia. … Right Sec­tor … formed dur­ing last year’s street protests in Kiev from a half-dozen fringe Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist groups like White Ham­mer and the Tri­dent of Stepan Ban­dera [59].

“Anoth­er, the Azov  [60]group, is open­ly neo-Nazi, using the ‘Wolf’s Hook’ [61] sym­bol asso­ci­at­ed with the [Nazi] SS. With­out address­ing the issue of the Nazi sym­bol, the Chechen said he got along well with the nation­al­ists because, like him, they loved their home­land and hat­ed the Rus­sians.”

As casu­al­ly as Kramer acknowl­edges the key front-line role of neo-Nazis and white suprema­cists fight­ing for the U.S.-backed Kiev regime, his arti­cle does mark an aber­ra­tion for the Times and the rest of the main­stream U.S. news media, which usu­al­ly dis­miss any men­tion of this Nazi taint as “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da.” . . .

. . . . Now, the Kiev regime has added to those “forces of civ­i­liza­tion” — resist­ing the Russ-kie bar­bar­ians — Islam­ic mil­i­tants with ties to ter­ror­ism. Last Sep­tem­ber, Marcin Mamon, a reporter for the Inter­cept, reached [62] a van­guard group of these Islam­ic fight­ers in Ukraine through the help of his “con­tact in Turkey with the Islam­ic State [who] had told me his ‘broth­ers’ were in Ukraine, and I could trust them.”

The new Times arti­cle avoids delv­ing into the ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions of these Islamist fight­ers. . . .

2e. We present more about the Chechen/Islamic State fight­ers in Ukraine. Note that, as dis­cussed in FTR #830 [63], the Islam­ic State appears to be anoth­er branch of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Note, also, that Geor­gia also was har­bor­ing Islamist fight­ers cam­paign­ing against Rus­sia. We high­light­ed [57] this in FTR #710. [64]

The Dai­ly Beast has a new piece on the Chechen Jihadists fight­ing in Ukraine after fight­ing for ISIS and how, with talk of mak­ing Right Sec­tor part of the SBU, there’s grow­ing spec­u­la­tion that a Chechen ‘vol­un­teer bat­tal­ion’ is just a mat­ter of time:

“Chechen Jihadists Join Ukraine’s Fight­ers” by Anna Nemtso­vaThe Dai­ly Beast [22]; 9/04/2015. [22]

Chechen Jihadis Leave Syr­ia, Join the Fight in Ukraine

A bat­tal­ion of fight­ers from the Cau­ca­sus is deployed on Kiev’s side in the Ukraine war. But their pres­ence may do more harm than good.

Just an hour’s dri­ve from this city under siege, at an old resort on the Azov Sea that’s now a mil­i­tary base, mil­i­tants from Chechnya—veterans of the jihad in their own lands and, more recent­ly, in Syr­ia [65]—now serve in what’s called the Sheikh Mansur Bat­tal­ion. Some of them say they have trained, at least, in the Mid­dle East with fight­ers for the so-called Islam­ic State, or ISIS [66].

Among the irreg­u­lar forces who’ve enlist­ed in the fight against the Russ­ian-backed sep­a­ratists in the Don­bas region of east­ern Ukraine [67], few are more con­tro­ver­sial or more dan­ger­ous to the cred­i­bil­ity of the cause they say they want to serve. Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin would love to por­tray the fight­ers he sup­ports as cru­saders against wild-eyed jihadists rather than the gov­ern­ment in Ukraine that wants to inte­grate the coun­try more close­ly with West­ern Europe.

Yet many Ukrain­ian patri­ots, des­per­ate to gain an edge in the fight against the Russ­ian-backed forces, are will­ing to accept the Chechen mil­i­tants on their side.

Over the past year, dozens of Chechen fight­ers have come across Ukraine’s bor­der, some legal­ly, some ille­gally, and con­nected in Don­bas with the Right Sec­tor, a far-right-wing mili­tia. The two groups, with two bat­tal­ions, have lit­tle in com­mon, but they share an ene­my and they share this base.

The Dai­ly Beast spoke with the Chechen mil­i­tants about their pos­si­ble sup­port for the Islam­ic State and its affil­i­ate in the North­ern Cau­ca­sus region of Rus­sia, which is now called the Islam­ic State Cau­ca­sus Emi­rate and is labeled a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion by both Rus­sia and the Unit­ed States. . . .

3. In the past, we have not­ed that the sup­pos­ed­ly “mod­er­ate” [68] Islamist gov­ern­ment of Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan [69] isn’t “mod­er­ate” [70] at all. Descend­ed from the Al-Taqwa/­Mus­lim Broth­er­hood [71] milieu, it is both Islamist and Pan-Turk­ist in its out­look. Erdo­gan and his for­eign min­is­ter have been pos­tur­ing in defense of the Crimean Tatars and–doing some­thing he has become known for–con­jur­ing [72] the Ottoman Empire in their polit­i­cal pro­nounce­ments [73].

“Turkey Moves to Pro­tect Crimea’s Tatar Minor­i­ty”; Mid­dle East Online; 3/13/2014. [14]

Turkey, which has kept a low pro­file in the Ukraine cri­sis, is mak­ing moves to pro­tect Crimea’s eth­nic Tatar minor­i­ty as the region pre­pares for a ref­er­en­dum on join­ing Rus­sia this week.

Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan has pledged to sup­port Crimea’s Turk­ish-speak­ing Tatar minor­i­ty, which Ankara fears could be side­lined in a March 16 vote on switch­ing over to Krem­lin rule.

“Turkey has nev­er left Crimean Tatars alone and will nev­er do so,” he said, after a phone call to Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ear­li­er this month.

Turkey’s For­eign Min­is­ter Ahmet Davu­to­glu vowed to pro­tect the “rights of our kins­men” after meet­ing with Ukrain­ian offi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Tatar com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing an unsched­uled vis­it to Kiev ear­li­er this month. . . .

4. Of con­sid­er­able impor­tance in the con­text of the Crimean Tatar pop­u­la­tion of the Ukraine is the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir [74] has a cadre in that his­tor­i­cal­ly peace­ful and ecu­meni­cal pop­u­la­tion group. Hizb ut-Tahrir [75] is both Islamist [7] and asso­ci­at­ed with Pan-Turk­ism. The group has net­worked [76] with the NPD, the top Ger­man neo-Nazi par­ty.

“Crimean Tatars on Guard Against Join­ing Rus­sia” by Noah Snei­der; The New York Times; 3/14/2014. [15]

. . . . While the Tatars have a his­to­ry of peace­ful resis­tance, the poten­tial for rad­i­cal­iza­tion does exist. Tatar mil­i­tants have fought along­side the oppo­si­tion in Syr­ia, and Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islam­ic group banned in sev­er­al coun­tries includ­ing Rus­sia, has 1,000 mem­bers in Crimea, accord­ing to Fazil Amza­yev, a spokesman for the group’s local chap­ter. . . .

5. One of the ele­ments loom­ing large in the Ukrain­ian cri­sis is the pan-Turk­ist move­ment. Allied with Nazi Ger­many in World War II and fas­cist in nature, the pan-Turk­ists had long sought to carve up the Sovi­et Union and restore the Ottomon Empire. The pro­gram devotes con­sid­er­able time to an excerpt from AFA #14 [19] (record­ed in Jan­u­ary of 1986.)

A major focal point of the dis­cus­sion is the Promethean League. An anti-Sovi­et net­work sim­i­lar to the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League, the Promethean League was estab­lished between the world wars. Sub­si­dized by Mar­shall Pil­sud­ski’s Pol­ish intel­li­gence appa­ra­tus, the group was phys­i­cal­ly based in Poland, but heav­i­ly sup­port­ed by French intel­li­gence and ide­ol­o­gists based in France. Fea­tur­ing Pan-Turk­ist and Ukrain­ian ele­ments, many of the Promethean League groups jumped first to the Third Reich and lat­er to ele­ments of West­ern intel­li­gence and allied orga­ni­za­tions.

We note that Alparslan Turkes was a key Turk­ish liai­son offi­cer with NATO [20].