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“Polit­i­cal language…is designed to make lies sound truth­ful and mur­der respectable, and to give an appear­ance of solid­i­ty to pure wind.”

— George Orwell, 1946

EVERYTHING MR. EMORY HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE UKRAINE WAR IS ENCAPSULATED IN THIS VIDEO FROM UKRAINE 24 [5]

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­­­FTR#1241 This pro­gram was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment. [7]

­­­FTR#1242 This pro­gram was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment [8].

[9]

Zelen­sky “nor­mal­izes” Stephan Ban­dera

Intro­duc­tion: Con­tin­u­ing our cov­er­age of the Ukraine War, we note Gen­nadiy Druzenko–the head of Ukraine’s Mil­i­tary Med­ical Ser­vice– and his order to cas­trate [10] all Russ­ian POW’s.

Can you imag­ine the media uproar if the head of Rus­si­a’s mil­i­tary med­ical branch gave an order to cas­trate all Ukrain­ian POW’s?

Note, also this video clip: The SBU “detain­ing sus­pect­ed trai­tors.” [11]

The pro­gram begins with a syn­op­tic, tele­scoped view of the OUN/B, a key com­po­nent of the Gehlen “Org,” itself a front for the Odessa–the Nazi SS post­war oper­a­tional under­ground.

The pro­gram begins with a syn­op­tic, tele­scoped view of the OUN/B, a key com­po­nent of the Gehlen “Org,” itself a front for the Odessa–the Nazi SS post­war oper­a­tional under­ground.

” . . . . His [Gehlen’s] [12] FHO was con­nect­ed in this role with a num­ber of secret fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions in the coun­tries to Ger­many’s east. These includ­ed Stepan Ban­der­a’s ‘B Fac­tion’ of the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN/B),15Roma­ni­a’s Iron Guard,16 the Ustachis of Yugoslavia,17 the Vanagis of Latvia. . . .  The mil­i­tary intel­li­gence his­to­ri­an Colonel William Cor­son put it most suc­cinct­ly, ‘Gehlen’s orga­ni­za­tion was designed to pro­tect the Odessa Nazis. It amounts to an excep­tion­al­ly well-orches­trat­ed diver­sion.’. . .”

The dis­cus­sion access­es a post Mr. Emory craft­ed in Novem­ber of 2015.

[13]Pravy Sek­tor asso­ciate Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko had been the head of the SBU (Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice) since the Maid­an Coup, up until his ouster in June of 2015. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, he had oper­at­ed [14] the orga­ni­za­tion along the lines of the OUN/B.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, he had served in that same capac­i­ty [15] under Vik­tor Yuschenko [16], see­ing the out­fit as a vehi­cle for rewrit­ing Ukraine’s his­to­ry in accor­dance with the his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism favored by the OUN/B.

Very close to Pravy Sek­tor head Dymitro Yarosh, Naly­vaichenko employed [17] Yarosh while serv­ing in the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment.  Yarosh claims that the two col­lab­o­rat­ed on “anti-ter­ror­ist” [18] oper­a­tions con­duct­ed against eth­nic Rus­sians.

Bear in mind that the SBU has been the “cog­ni­tive win­dow” through which the events in Ukraine have been processed.

Key Ele­ments of Zelen­sky’s “Demo­ca­cy”:

The “ser­i­al,” cas­cad­ing amal­ga­ma­tion of Ukrain­ian fas­cist nation­al secu­ri­ty ele­ments is exem­pli­fied by Anton Geraschenko [21], the spelling of whose name varies. A key oper­a­tive of the Azov milieu, he not only shep­herd­ed “Pro­fex­er,” the alleged mas­ter­mind of the DNC “hack,” but may well have been a prin­ci­pal behind the “Pro­pOrNot” list of jour­nal­ists who were “unac­cept­able” to the estab­lish­ment in Ukraine (see below.)

Of para­mount impor­tance as well is the role of the SBU, net­work­ing with the var­i­ous OUN/B suc­ces­sor orga­ni­za­tions in per­pe­trat­ing ter­ror against the Ukrain­ian pop­u­la­tion.

Do not fail to note for­mer SBU direc­tor Naly­vaichenko’s links to the CIA and to the U.S., via the George W. Bush admin­is­tra­tion.

[22]

Lviv, Ukaine, Sum­mer of 2018. Cel­e­bra­tion of the 75th anniver­sary of the 14th Waf­fen SS Divi­sion (Gali­cian). Note the Ukrain­ian hon­or guard in the back­ground.

The fawn­ing West­ern cov­er­age of the Ukraine War may be seen through the lens of Zelen­sky’s “Total War” dec­la­ra­tion: ” . . . . While West­ern media homes in on Russ­ian human rights vio­la­tions at home and inside Ukraine, the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment has autho­rized a pro­pa­gan­da cam­paign known as ‘Total War [23]’ that includes the plant­i­ng of bogus images and false sto­ries to fur­ther impli­cate Rus­sia. . . .”

The OUN/B milieu in the U.S. has appar­ent­ly been instru­men­tal [24] in gen­er­at­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion vis a vis alleged “Russ­ian” dis­in­for­ma­tion in U.S. media.

Note that the Pro­pOrNot group may well be an exten­sion of Anton Geraschenko’s Myrotvotets hacker/journalist intim­i­da­tion group.

” . . . One Pro­pOrNot tweet, dat­ed Novem­ber 17, invokes a 1940s Ukrain­ian fas­cist salute “Hero­iam Sla­va!!” [25][17] to cheer a news item on Ukrain­ian hack­ers fight­ing Rus­sians. The phrase means ‘Glo­ry to the heroes’ and it was for­mal­ly intro­duced by the fas­cist Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN) at their March-April 1941 con­gress in Nazi occu­pied Cra­cow, as they pre­pared to serve as Nazi aux­il­iaries in Oper­a­tion Bar­barossa. . . . ‘the OUN‑B intro­duced anoth­er Ukrain­ian fas­cist salute at the Sec­ond Great Con­gress of the Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists in Cra­cow in March and April 1941. This was the most pop­u­lar Ukrain­ian fas­cist salute and had to be per­formed accord­ing to the instruc­tions of the OUN‑B lead­er­ship by rais­ing the right arm ‘slight­ly to the right, slight­ly above the peak of the head’ while call­ing ‘Glo­ry to Ukraine!’ (Sla­va Ukraїni!) and respond­ing ‘Glo­ry to the Heroes!’ (Hero­iam Sla­va!). . . .”

Was “Team Geraschenko” involved in the smear­ing of Robert Par­ry, who was defamed by the Pro­pOrNot group?

” . . . . The web­site, ‘Myrotvorets’ [26] [43] or ‘Peacemaker’—was set up by Ukrain­ian hack­ers work­ing with state intel­li­gence and police, all of which tend to share the same ultra­na­tion­al­ist ide­olo­gies as Paru­biy and the new­ly-appoint­ed neo-Nazi chief of the Nation­al Police. . . . The web­site is designed to fright­en and muz­zle jour­nal­ists from report­ing any­thing but the pro-nation­al­ist par­ty line, and it has the back­ing of gov­ern­ment offi­cials, spies and police—including the SBU (Ukraine’s suc­ces­sor to the KGB), the pow­er­ful Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Avakov and his noto­ri­ous far-right deputy, Anton Geraschenko [close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Azov Bat­tal­ion].

“Ukraine’s jour­nal­ist black­list website—operated by Ukrain­ian hack­ers work­ing with state intelligence—led to a rash of death threats against the doxxed jour­nal­ists, whose email address­es, phone num­bers and oth­er pri­vate infor­ma­tion was post­ed anony­mous­ly to the web­site. Many of these threats came with the wartime Ukrain­ian fas­cist salute: ‘Sla­va Ukrai­ni!’ [Glo­ry to Ukraine!] So when PropOrNot’s anony­mous ‘researchers’ reveal only their Ukrainian(s) iden­ti­ty, it’s hard not to think about the spy-linked hack­ers who post­ed the dead­ly ‘Myrotvorets’ black­list of ‘trea­so­nous’ jour­nal­ists. . . .”

Par­ry sub­se­quent­ly died of a fast-act­ing case of can­cer.

Anton Geraschenko was also involved in han­dling “Profexer”–the dubi­ous alleged crafter of the [out­dat­ed] soft­ware alleged­ly used in the alleged “hack” of the DNC.

1a. The pro­gram begins with a syn­op­tic, tele­scoped view of the OUN/B, a key com­po­nent of the Gehlen “Org,” itself a front for the Odessa–the Nazi SS post­war oper­a­tional under­ground.

“The Secret Treaty of Fort Hunt” by Carl Ogles­by; Covert Action Infor­ma­tion Bul­letin; Fall/1990. [12]

” . . . . His [Gehlen’s] [12] FHO was con­nect­ed in this role with a num­ber of secret fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions in the coun­tries to Ger­many’s east. These includ­ed Stepan Ban­der­a’s ‘B Fac­tion’ of the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN/B),15Roma­ni­a’s Iron Guard,16 the Ustachis of Yugoslavia,17 the Vanagis of Latvia. . . .  The mil­i­tary intel­li­gence his­to­ri­an Colonel William Cor­son put it most suc­cinct­ly, ‘Gehlen’s orga­ni­za­tion was designed to pro­tect the Odessa Nazis. It amounts to an excep­tion­al­ly well-orches­trat­ed diver­sion.’. . .”

 1b. Char­ac­ter­is­tic of the cringe­wor­thy por­tray­als of Zelen­sky is a New York Times op-ed piece.

“Why We Admire Zelen­sky” by Bret Stephens; The New York Times [27]; 4/20/2022; p. A22 [West­ern Print Edi­tion]. [27]

. . . . Ukraine’s pres­i­dent shows that democ­ra­cies can still pro­duce great lead­ers. . . .

2a. The dis­cus­sion access­es a post Mr. Emory craft­ed in Novem­ber of 2015.

Pravy Sek­tor asso­ciate Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko had been the head of the SBU (Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice) since the Maid­an Coup, up until his ouster in June of 2015. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, he had oper­at­ed [14] the orga­ni­za­tion along the lines of the OUN/B.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, he had served in that same capac­i­ty [15] under Vik­tor Yuschenko [16], see­ing the out­fit as a vehi­cle for rewrit­ing Ukraine’s his­to­ry in accor­dance with the his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism favored by the OUN/B.

Very close to Pravy Sek­tor head Dymitro Yarosh, Naly­vaichenko employed [17] Yarosh while serv­ing in the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment.  Yarosh claims that the two col­lab­o­rat­ed on “anti-ter­ror­ist” [18] oper­a­tions con­duct­ed against eth­nic Rus­sians.

Bear in mind that the SBU has been the “cog­ni­tive win­dow” through which the events in Ukraine have been processed.

As of 11/11/2015, Mr. Emory not­ed the pro­grams doc­u­ment­ing Ukrain­ian fas­cism:   (It is impos­si­ble with­in the scope of this post to cov­er our volu­mi­nous cov­er­age of the Ukraine cri­sis. Pre­vi­ous pro­grams on the sub­ject are: FTR #‘s 777 [28]778 [29]779 [30]780 [31]781 [16]782 [32]783 [33]784 [34]794 [35], 800 [36]803 [37]804 [38], 808 [39]811 [40]817 [41]818 [42]824 [43]826 [44]829 [45]832 [46]833 [47]837 [48]849 [49]850 [50]853 [51]857 [52], 860 [53]Listeners/readers are encour­aged to exam­ine these pro­grams and/or their descrip­tions in detail, in order to flesh out their under­stand­ing.)

“The Return of the Ukrain­ian Far Right: The Case of VO Svo­bo­da,” by Per Anders Rudling;  Ana­lyz­ing Fas­cist Dis­course: Euro­pean Fas­cism in Talk and Text edit­ed by Ruth Wodak and John E. Richard­son;  Rout­ledge [Lon­don and New York] 2013; pp. 228–255, more. [15]

. . . A recon­struct­ed his­tor­i­cal mem­o­ry is cre­at­ed as ‘true mem­o­ry’ and then con­trast­ed with ‘false Sovi­et his­to­ry’ ”(Jilge, 2007:104–105). Thus, Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko, SBU direc­tor under Yushchenko, described the task of his agency as being to dis­sem­i­nate “the his­tor­i­cal truth of the past of the Ukrain­ian peo­ple,” to “lib­er­ate Ukrain­ian his­to­ry from lies and fal­sifi­ca­tions and to work with truth­ful doc­u­ments only” (Jilge, 2008:179). Ignor­ing the OUN’s anti­semitism, deny­ing its par­tic­i­pa­tion in anti- Jew­ish vio­lence, and over­look­ing its fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy, Naly­vaichenko and his agency pre­sent­ed the OUN as democ­rats, plu­ral­ists, even right­eous res­cuers of Jews dur­ing the Holo­caust. . . .

2b.  “Poland [14] Stretch­es Out Its Hands to the Free­dom Fight­ers” by Rob Slane; The Blog­mire; 4/11/2015. [14]

. . . . Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the Ukrain­ian author­i­ties show no signs what­so­ev­er that they are about to aban­don their admi­ra­tion of those respon­si­ble for these hor­rif­ic crimes. To the con­trary, they seem to be intent on admir­ing them all the more, as the SBU head Valen­tyn Nalyvaichenko’s recent words indi­cate: “SBU does not need to invent any­thing extra — it is impor­tant to build on the tra­di­tions and approach­es of the OUN-UPA secu­ri­ty ser­vice. It [the OUN-UPA secu­ri­ty ser­vice] worked against the aggres­sor dur­ing the tem­po­rary occu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­to­ry, it had a patri­ot­ic upbring­ing, used a coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence unit, and had relied on the peace­ful Ukrain­ian pop­u­la­tion using its sup­port.” . . . .

2c. “Yarosh Com­ments on Dis­missal of His ‘Friend’ Naly­vaichenko;” EurA­sia Dai­ly; 6/25/2015.  [18]

The leader of the Right Sec­tor extrem­ist group Dmytro Yarosh believes that the dis­missal of Chief of the Secu­ri­ty Ser­vice Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko was illog­i­cal and untime­ly. He writes in Face­book that Naly­vaichenko is his friend, who has raised the Secu­ri­ty Ser­vice from zero and has neu­tral­ized lots of ter­ror­ist threats all over the coun­try. “I know what I am talk­ing about as my Right Sec­tor was involved in many of his spe­cial oper­a­tions against Russ­ian ter­ror­ists,” Yarosh said. . . . . . In the past Yarosh was Nalyvaichenko’s advi­sor.

2d. “Switch­ing Spy­mas­ters Amid War Is Risky” by Bri­an Mef­ford; Atlantic Coun­cil; 6/18/2015. [17]

Valentin Naly­vaichenko, head of the Secu­ri­ty Ser­vice of Ukraine (SBU), is in trou­ble again. On June 15, Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko said he was “unsat­is­fied” with Naly­vaichenko’s work. Three days lat­er, Ukraine’s par­lia­ment dis­missed him. . . . . . . . Poroshenko Bloc MP Ser­hiy Leshchenko released a doc­u­ment con­firm­ing old rumors that Right Sec­tor’s Dmitro Yarosh worked for Naly­vaichenko when he was a mem­ber of par­lia­ment from 2012 to 2014. While the con­nec­tion between the two rais­es some ques­tions about the events of Euro­maid­an and the ori­gins of Right Sec­tor, this attack alone was­n’t enough to dis­cred­it Nalyvy­chenko. Yarosh is now a mem­ber of par­lia­ment and an advi­sor to the chief of gen­er­al staff of the Ukrain­ian army. In oth­er words, Yarosh has been legit­imized by the polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment. . . .

3. The “ser­i­al,” cas­cad­ing amal­ga­ma­tion of Ukrain­ian fas­cist nation­al secu­ri­ty ele­ments is exem­pli­fied by Anton Geraschenko [21], the spelling of whose name varies. A key oper­a­tive of the Azov milieu, he not only shep­herd­ed “Pro­fex­er,” the alleged mas­ter­mind of the DNC “hack,” but may well have been a prin­ci­pal behind the “Pro­pOrNot” list of jour­nal­ists who were “unac­cept­able” to the estab­lish­ment in Ukraine (see below.)

Of para­mount impor­tance as well is the role of the SBU, net­work­ing with the var­i­ous OUN/B suc­ces­sor orga­ni­za­tions in per­pe­trat­ing ter­ror against the Ukrain­ian pop­u­la­tion.

Do not fail to note for­mer SBU direc­tor Naly­vaichenko’s links to the CIA and to the U.S., via the George W. Bush admin­is­tra­tion.

The fawn­ing West­ern cov­er­age of the Ukraine War may be seen through the lens of Zelen­sky’s “Total War” dec­la­ra­tion: ” . . . . While West­ern media homes in on Russ­ian human rights vio­la­tions at home and inside Ukraine, the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment has autho­rized a pro­pa­gan­da cam­paign known as ‘Total War [23]’ that includes the plant­i­ng of bogus images and false sto­ries to fur­ther impli­cate Rus­sia. . . .”

“‘One less trai­tor’: Zelen­sky over­sees cam­paign of assas­si­na­tion, kid­nap­ping and tor­ture of polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion” by Max Blu­men­thal and Esha Krish­naswamy; The Gray Zone; 4/17/2022. [54]

While claim­ing to defend democ­ra­cy, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelen­sky has out­lawed his oppo­si­tion, ordered his rivals’ arrest, and presided over the dis­ap­pear­ance and assas­si­na­tion of dis­si­dents across the coun­try.

Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky has framed his country’s war against Rus­sia as a bat­tle for democ­ra­cy itself. In a care­ful­ly chore­o­graphed address to US Con­gress on March 16, Zelen­sky stat­ed [55], “Right now, the des­tiny of our coun­try is being decid­ed. The des­tiny of our peo­ple, whether Ukraini­ans will be free, whether they will be able to pre­serve their democ­ra­cy.”

US cor­po­rate media has respond­ed by show­er­ing Zelen­sky with fawn­ing press, dri­ving a cam­paign for his nom­i­na­tion for the Nobel Peace Prize and inspir­ing a flam­boy­ant musi­cal trib­ute [56] to him­self and the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary dur­ing the 2022 Gram­my awards cer­e­mo­ny on April 3.

West­ern media has looked the oth­er way, how­ev­er, as Zelen­sky and top offi­cials in his admin­is­tra­tion have sanc­tioned a cam­paign of kid­nap­ping, tor­ture, and assas­si­na­tion of local Ukrain­ian law­mak­ers accused of col­lab­o­rat­ing with Rus­sia. Sev­er­al may­ors and oth­er Ukrain­ian offi­cials have been killed since the out­break of war, many report­ed­ly by Ukrain­ian state agents after engag­ing in de-esca­la­tion talks with Rus­sia.

“There is one less trai­tor in Ukraine,” Inter­nal Affairs Min­istry advi­sor Anton Geraschenko stat­ed in endorse­ment of the mur­der of a Ukrain­ian may­or accused of col­lab­o­rat­ing with Rus­sia.

Zelen­sky has fur­ther exploit­ed the atmos­phere of war to out­law an array of oppo­si­tion par­ties and order the arrest of his lead­ing rivals. His author­i­tar­i­an decrees have trig­gered the dis­ap­pear­ance, tor­ture and even mur­der of an array of human rights activists, com­mu­nist and left­ist orga­niz­ers, jour­nal­ists and gov­ern­ment offi­cials accused of “pro-Russ­ian” sym­pa­thies.

The Ukrain­ian SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vices has served as the enforce­ment arm of the offi­cial­ly autho­rized cam­paign of repres­sion. With train­ing from the CIA and close coor­di­na­tion with Ukraine’s state-backed neo-Nazi para­mil­i­taries, the SBU has spent the past weeks fill­ing its vast arch­i­pel­ago of tor­ture dun­geons with polit­i­cal dis­si­dents.

On the bat­tle­field, mean­while, the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary has engaged in a series of atroc­i­ties against cap­tured Russ­ian troops and proud­ly exhib­it­ed its sadis­tic acts on social media. Here too, the per­pe­tra­tors of human rights abus­es appear to have received approval from the upper ech­e­lons of Ukrain­ian lead­er­ship.

While Zelen­sky spouts bro­mides about the defense of democ­ra­cy before wor­ship­ful West­ern audi­ences, he is using the war as a the­ater for enact­ing a blood-drenched purge of polit­i­cal rivals, dis­si­dents and crit­ics.

“The war is being used to kid­nap, imprison and even kill oppo­si­tion mem­bers who express them­selves crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment,” a left-wing activist beat­en and per­se­cut­ed by Ukraine’s secu­ri­ty ser­vices com­ment­ed [57] this April. “We must all fear for our free­dom and our lives.”

Tor­ture and enforced dis­ap­pear­ances “com­mon prac­tices” of Ukraine’s SBU

When a US-backed gov­ern­ment seized pow­er in Kiev fol­low­ing the Euro­maid­an regime change oper­a­tion of 2013–14, Ukraine’s gov­ern­ment embarked on a nation­wide purge of polit­i­cal ele­ments deemed pro-Russ­ian or insuf­fi­cient­ly nation­al­is­tic. The pas­sage of “decom­mu­niza­tion” [58] laws by the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment fur­ther eased the per­se­cu­tion of left­ist ele­ments and the pros­e­cu­tion of activists for polit­i­cal speech.

The post-Maid­an regime has focused its wrath on Ukraini­ans who have advo­cat­ed a peace set­tle­ment with pro-Russ­ian sep­a­ratists in the country’s east, those who have doc­u­ment­ed human rights abus­es by the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary, and mem­bers of com­mu­nist orga­ni­za­tions. Dis­si­dent ele­ments have faced the con­stant threat of ultra-nation­al­ist vio­lence, impris­on­ment, and even mur­der.

The Ukrain­ian secu­ri­ty ser­vice known as the SBU has served as the main enforcer of the post-Maid­an government’s cam­paign of domes­tic polit­i­cal repres­sion. Pro-West­ern mon­i­tors includ­ing the Unit­ed Nations Office of the High Com­mis­sion (UN OHCR) and Human Rights Watch [59] have accused the SBU of sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly tor­tur­ing polit­i­cal oppo­nents and Ukrain­ian dis­si­dents with near-total impuni­ty.

The UN OHCR found [60] in 2016 that “arbi­trary deten­tion, enforced dis­ap­pear­ances, tor­ture and ill-treat­ment of such con­flict-relat­ed detainees were com­mon prac­tice of SBU… A for­mer Kharkiv SBU offi­cer explained, ‘For the SBU, the law vir­tu­al­ly does not exist as every­thing that is ille­gal can be either clas­si­fied or explained by refer­ring to state neces­si­ty.”

Yevhen Karas, the founder of the infa­mous neo-Nazi C14 unit [61], has detailed the close rela­tion­ship his gang and oth­er extreme right fac­tions have enjoyed with the SBU. The SBU “informs not only us, but also Azov, the Right Sec­tor, and so on,” Karas boast­ed [62] in a 2017 inter­view. Kiev offi­cial­ly endors­es assas­si­nat­ing Ukrain­ian may­ors for nego­ti­at­ing with Rus­sia.

Since Rus­sia launched its mil­i­tary oper­a­tion inside Ukraine, the SBU has hunt­ed down local offi­cials that decid­ed to accept human­i­tar­i­an sup­plies from Rus­sia or nego­ti­at­ed with Russ­ian forces to arrange cor­ri­dors for civil­ian evac­u­a­tions.

On March 1, for exam­ple, Volodymyr Strok, the may­or of the east­ern city of Kreminna in the Ukrain­ian-con­trolled side of Lugan­sk, was kid­napped by men in mil­i­tary uni­form, accord­ing to his wife, and shot in the heart [63].

On March 3, pic­tures of Strok’s vis­i­bly tor­tured body appeared. A day before his mur­der, Struk had report­ed­ly [64] urged his Ukrain­ian col­leagues to nego­ti­ate with pro-Russ­ian offi­cials.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advi­sor to the Ukrain­ian Min­istry of Inter­nal Affairs, cel­e­brat­ed the mayor’s mur­der, declar­ing on his Telegram page [65] (see below): “There is one less trai­tor in Ukraine. The may­or of Kreminna in Luhan­sk region, for­mer deputy of Luhan­sk par­lia­ment was found killed.” 

Accord­ing to Geraschenko, Strok had been judged by the “court of the people’s tri­bunal.”

The Ukrain­ian offi­cial there­fore deliv­ered a chill­ing mes­sage to any­one choos­ing to seek coop­er­a­tion with Rus­sia: do so and lose your life.  

On March 7, the may­or of Gos­tomel, Yuri Prylip­ko, was found mur­dered. Prylip­ko had report­ed­ly entered into nego­ti­a­tions [66] with the Russ­ian mil­i­tary to orga­nize a human­i­tar­i­an cor­ri­dor for the evac­u­a­tion of his city’s res­i­dents – a red line for Ukrain­ian ultra-nation­al­ists who had long been in con­flict with the mayor’s office.

Next, on March 24, Gen­nady Mat­sego­ra, the may­or of Kupyan­sk in north­east­ern Ukraine, released a video (below) appeal­ing to Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky and his admin­is­tra­tion for the release of his daugh­ter, who had been held hostage by agents of the Ukrain­ian SBU intel­li­gence agency.  

Then there was the mur­der of Denis Kireev, a top mem­ber of the Ukrain­ian nego­ti­at­ing team, who was killed in broad day­light in Kiev after the first round of talks with Rus­sia. Kireev was sub­se­quent­ly accused [67] in local Ukrain­ian media of “trea­son.”

Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelensky’s state­ment that “there would be con­se­quences for col­lab­o­ra­tors” indi­cates that these atroc­i­ties have been sanc­tioned by the high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

As of today, eleven may­ors from var­i­ous towns in Ukraine are miss­ing. West­ern media out­lets have been fol­low­ing the Kiev line with­out excep­tion, claim­ing [68] that all may­ors been arrest­ed by the Russ­ian mil­i­tary. The Russ­ian Min­istry of Defense has denied the charge, how­ev­er, and lit­tle evi­dence exists to cor­rob­o­rate Kiev’s line about the miss­ing may­ors.  

Zelen­sky out­laws polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion, autho­rizes arrest of rivals and war pro­pa­gan­da blitz

When war erupt­ed with Rus­sia this Feb­ru­ary, Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky issued a series of decrees for­mal­iz­ing Kiev’s cam­paign against polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion and dis­si­dent speech.

In a March 19 exec­u­tive order, Zelen­sky invoked mar­tial law to ban 11 oppo­si­tion par­ties [69]. The out­lawed par­ties con­sist­ed of the entire left-wing, social­ist or anti-NATO spec­trum in Ukraine. They includ­ed the For Life Par­ty, the Left Oppo­si­tion, the Pro­gres­sive Social­ist Par­ty of Ukraine, the Social­ist Par­ty of Ukraine, Union of Left Forces, Social­ists, the Par­ty of Shariy, Ours, State, Oppo­si­tion Bloc and the Volodymyr Sal­do Bloc.

Open­ly fas­cist and pro-Nazi par­ties like the Azov Nation­al Corps were left untouched by the pres­i­den­tial decree, how­ev­er.

“The activ­i­ties of those politi­cians aimed at divi­sion or col­lu­sion will not suc­ceed, but will receive a harsh response,” Pres­i­dent Zelen­sky stat­ed. [70]

As he wiped out his oppo­si­tion, Zelen­sky ordered [71] an unprece­dent­ed domes­tic pro­pa­gan­da ini­tia­tive to nation­al­ize all tele­vi­sion news broad­cast­ing and com­bine [72] all chan­nels into a sin­gle 24 hour chan­nel called “Unit­ed News” to “tell the truth about war.”

Next, on April 12, Zelen­sky announced the arrest of his prin­ci­pal polit­i­cal rival, Vik­tor Medved­chuk, by Ukraine’s SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vices.

The founder of the sec­ond largest par­ty in Ukraine, the now-ille­gal Patri­ots for Life, Medved­chuk is the de fac­to rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the country’s eth­nic Russ­ian pop­u­la­tion. Though Patri­ots for Life is regard­ed as “pro-Rus­sia,” in part because of his close rela­tions with Vladimir Putin, the new chair­man of the par­ty has con­demned [73] Russia’s “aggres­sion” against Ukraine.

Mem­bers of the state-spon­sored neo-Nazi Azov Battalion’s Nation­al Corps attacked Medvedchuk’s home [74] in March 2019, accus­ing him of trea­son and demand­ing his arrest.

In August 2020, Azov’s Nation­al Corps opened fire [75] on a bus car­ry­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Medvedchuk’s par­ty, wound­ing sev­er­al with rub­ber-coat­ed steel bul­lets.

Zelensky’s admin­is­tra­tion esca­lat­ed the assault on his top oppo­nent in Feb­ru­ary 2021 when he shut­tered [76] sev­er­al media out­lets con­trolled by Medved­chuk. The US State Depart­ment open­ly endorsed the president’s move, declar­ing [77] that the Unit­ed States “sup­ports Ukrain­ian efforts to counter Russia’s malign influ­ence…”

Three months lat­er, Kiev jailed Medved­chuk and charged him with trea­son [78]. Zelen­sky jus­ti­fied lock­ing away his lead­ing rival on the grounds that he need­ed to “fight against the dan­ger of Russ­ian aggres­sion in the infor­ma­tion are­na.”

Medved­chuk escaped house arrest at the onset of the war between Rus­sia and Ukraine, but is a cap­tive once again, and may be used as col­lat­er­al for a post-war pris­on­er swap with Rus­sia.

Under Zelensky’s watch, “the war is being used to kid­nap, imprison and even kill oppo­si­tion mem­bers”

Since Russ­ian troops entered Ukraine on Feb­ru­ary 24, Ukraine’s SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vice had been on a ram­page against any and all iter­a­tions of inter­nal polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion. Left­ist Ukrain­ian activists have faced par­tic­u­lar­ly harsh treat­ment, includ­ing kid­nap­ping and tor­ture.

This March 3 in the city of Dnipro, SBU offi­cers accom­pa­nied by Azov ultra-nation­al­ists raid­ed the home of activists with the Liviz­ja (Left) orga­ni­za­tion, which has orga­nized against social spend­ing cuts and right-wing media pro­pa­gan­da. While one activist said the Azov mem­ber “cut my hair off with a knife,” the state secu­ri­ty agents pro­ceed­ed to tor­ture her hus­band, Alexan­der Matjuschenko, press­ing a gun bar­rel to his head and forc­ing him to repeat­ed­ly belt out the nation­al­ist salute, “Sla­va Ukrai­ni!”

“Then they put bags over our heads, tied our hands with tape and took us to the SBU build­ing in a car. There they con­tin­ued to inter­ro­gate us and threat­ened to cut off our ears,” Matjuschenko’s wife told the left­ist Ger­man pub­li­ca­tion Junge Welt [57].

The Azov mem­bers and SBU agents record­ed the tor­ture ses­sion and pub­lished images of Matjuschenko’s blood­ied face online.

The tor­ture of left-wing activist Alexan­der Matjuschenko on March 3 in Dnipro, record­ed by Azov mem­bers and post­ed on Telegram by the city of Dnipro

Matjuschenko was jailed on the grounds that he was “con­duct­ing an aggres­sive war or mil­i­tary oper­a­tion,” and now faces 10 to 15 years in prison. Despite endur­ing sev­er­al bro­ken ribs from the beat­ing by state-backed ultra-nation­al­ists, he has been denied bail. Mean­while, dozens of oth­er left­ists have been jailed [79] on sim­i­lar charges in Dnipro.

Among those tar­get­ed by the SBU were Mikhail and Alek­sander Kononovich, mem­bers of the out­lawed Lenin­ist Com­mu­nist Youth Union of Ukraine. Both were arrest­ed and jailed [80] on March 6 and accused of “spread­ing pro-Russ­ian and pro-Belaru­sian views.”

In the fol­low­ing days, the SBU arrest­ed broad­cast jour­nal­ist Yan Taksyur and charged him with trea­son; human rights activist Ele­na Berezh­naya; Ele­na Viach­eslavo­va, a human rights advo­cate whose father, Mikhail, was burned to death dur­ing the May 2, 2014 ultra-nation­al­ist mob attack [81] on anti-Maid­an pro­test­ers out­side the Odessa House of Trade Unions; inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ist Yuri Tkachev, who was charged with trea­son, and an untold num­ber of oth­ers; dis­abled rights activist Oleg Novikov, who was jailed for three years [82] this April on the grounds that he sup­port­ed “sep­a­ratism.”

The list [83] of those impris­oned by Ukraine’s secu­ri­ty ser­vices since the out­break of war grows by the day, and is too exten­sive to repro­duce here.

Per­haps the most ghast­ly inci­dent of repres­sion took place when neo-Nazis backed by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment kid­napped Max­im Ryn­dovskiy, a pro­fes­sion­al MMA fight­er, and bru­tal­ly tor­tured him [84] for the crime of train­ing with Russ­ian fight­ers at a gym in Chech­nya. Ryn­dovskiy also hap­pened to be Jew­ish, with a Star of David tat­tooed on his leg, and had spo­ken out on social media against the war in east­ern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s SBU has even hunt­ed oppo­si­tion fig­ures out­side the country’s bor­ders. As jour­nal­ist Dan Cohen report­ed [85], Ana­toly Shariy of the recent­ly banned Par­ty of Shariy said he was the tar­get of a recent SBU assas­si­na­tion attempt. Shariy has been an out­spo­ken oppo­nent of the US-backed Maid­an regime, and has been forced to flee into exile after endur­ing years of harass­ment from nation­al­ists.

This March, the lib­er­tar­i­an politi­cian and online pun­dit received an email from a friend, “Igor,” seek­ing to arrange a meet­ing. He sub­se­quent­ly learned that Igor was held by the SBU at the time and being used to bait Shariy into dis­clos­ing his loca­tion.

For his part, Shariy has been placed on the noto­ri­ous Myrotvorets pub­lic black­list of “ene­mies of the state” found­ed by Anton Geraschenko – the Min­istry of Inter­nal Affairs advi­sor who endorsed the assas­si­na­tion of Ukrain­ian law­mak­ers accused of Russ­ian sym­pa­thies. Sev­er­al jour­nal­ists and Ukrain­ian dis­si­dents, includ­ing the promi­nent colum­nist Oles Buz­i­na [86], were mur­dered by state-backed death squads [87] after their names appeared on the list.

Com­mon Ukrain­ian cit­i­zens have also been sub­ject­ed to tor­ture since the start of the war this Feb­ru­ary. Seem­ing­ly count­less videos have appeared on social media show­ing civil­ians tied to lamp posts, often with their gen­i­tals exposed or their faces paint­ed green. Car­ried out by Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Defense vol­un­teers tasked with enforc­ing law and order dur­ing wartime, these acts of humil­i­a­tion and tor­ture have tar­get­ed every­one from accused Russ­ian sym­pa­thiz­ers to Roma peo­ple to alleged thieves [88].

Ukraine’s SBU stud­ies tor­ture and assas­si­na­tion from the CIA

Vass­i­ly Pro­zorov, a for­mer SBU offi­cer who defect­ed to Rus­sia fol­low­ing the Euro­maid­an coup, detailed the post-Maid­an secu­ri­ty ser­vices’ sys­temic reliance on tor­ture to crush polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion and intim­i­date cit­i­zens accused of Russ­ian sym­pa­thies. 

Accord­ing to Pro­zorov, the ex-SBU offi­cer, the Ukrain­ian secu­ri­ty ser­vices have been direct­ly advised by the CIA since 2014. “CIA employ­ees have been present in Kiev since 2014. They are resid­ing in clan­des­tine apart­ments and sub­ur­ban hous­es,” he said. “How­ev­er, they fre­quent­ly come to the SBU’s cen­tral office for hold­ing, for exam­ple, spe­cif­ic meet­ings or plot­ting secret oper­a­tions.”

Below, Russia’s RIA Novosti pro­filed Pro­zorov and cov­ered his dis­clo­sures in a 2019 spe­cial.

Jour­nal­ist Dan Cohen inter­viewed [85] a Ukrain­ian busi­ness­man named Igor who was arrest­ed by the SBU for his finan­cial ties with Russ­ian com­pa­nies and detained this March in the secu­ri­ty service’s noto­ri­ous head­quar­ters in down­town Kiev. Igor said he over­heard Russ­ian POWs being beat­en with pipes by Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Defense vol­un­teers being coached by SBU offi­cers. Pum­meled to the sound of the Ukrain­ian nation­al anthem, the Russ­ian pris­on­ers were bru­tal­ized until they con­fessed their hatred for Putin.

Then came Igor’s turn. “They used a lighter to heat up a nee­dle, then put it under my fin­ger­nails,” he told Cohen. “The worst was when they put a plas­tic bag over my head and suf­fo­cat­ed me and when they held the muz­zle of a Kalash­nikov rifle to my head and forced me to answer their ques­tions.”

Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko, the first head of the SBU after the Euro­maid­an regime change oper­a­tion of 2013–14, nur­tured close ties to Wash­ing­ton when he served as gen­er­al con­sul to the Ukrain­ian embassy to the US dur­ing the George W. Bush admin­is­tra­tion. Dur­ing that time, Naly­vaichenko was recruit­ed by the CIA [19], accord­ing to his pre­de­ces­sor at the SBU, Alexan­der Yaki­menko, who served under the Russ­ian-ori­ent­ed gov­ern­ment of deposed Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych.

In 2021, Zelen­sky appoint­ed one of Ukraine’s most noto­ri­ous intel­li­gence fig­ures, Olek­sander Pok­lad, to lead SBU’s coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence divi­sion. Pok­lad is nick­named “The Stran­gler,” a ref­er­ence to his rep­u­ta­tion [20] for using tor­ture and assort­ed dirty tricks to set-up his boss­es’ polit­i­cal rivals on trea­son charges.

This April, a vivid illus­tra­tion of the SBU’s bru­tal­i­ty emerged in the form of video (below) show­ing its agents pum­mel­ing a group of men accused of Russ­ian sym­pa­thies in the city of Dnipro.

“We will nev­er take Russ­ian sol­diers pris­on­er”: Ukraine’s mil­i­tary flaunts its war crimes

While the West­ern media has focused square­ly on alleged Russ­ian human rights abus­es since the out­break of war, Ukrain­ian sol­diers and pro-Ukrain­ian social media accounts have proud­ly exhib­it­ed sadis­tic war crimes, from field exe­cu­tions to the tor­ture of cap­tive sol­diers.

This March, a pro-Ukrain­ian Telegram chan­nel called White Lives Mat­ter released a video of a Ukrain­ian sol­dier call­ing the fiancee of a Russ­ian pris­on­er of war, seen below, and taunt­ing her with promis­es to cas­trate the cap­tive.

Ukrain­ian sol­diers’ use of the cell­phones of dead Russ­ian sol­diers to mock and hec­tor their rel­a­tives appears to be a com­mon prac­tice. In fact, the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment has begun using noto­ri­ous­ly inva­sive facial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­o­gy [89] from Clearview AI, [90] a US tech com­pa­ny, to iden­ti­fy Russ­ian casu­al­ties and taunt their rel­a­tives on social media.

This April, a pro-Ukrain­ian Telegram chan­nel called fckrussia2022 post­ed a video depict­ing a Russ­ian sol­dier with one of his eyes ban­daged, sug­gest­ing it had been gouged dur­ing tor­ture, and mocked him as a “one-eyed” pig. 

Per­haps the most grue­some image to have appeared on social media in recent weeks is the pho­to of a tor­tured Russ­ian sol­dier who had one of his eyes gouged before he was killed. The accom­pa­ny­ing post was cap­tioned, “look­ing for Nazis.”

Pho­tos dis­trib­uted by pro-Ukraine Telegram chan­nels show­ing cap­tured, tor­tured and exe­cut­ed Russ­ian sol­diers

Video has also emerged this April show­ing Ukrain­ian sol­diers shoot­ing defense­less Russ­ian POWs in the legs [91] out­side the city of Kharkov. A sep­a­rate video pub­lished by Ukrain­ian and US-backed Geor­gian Legion sol­diers showed the fight­ers car­ry­ing out field exe­cu­tions [92] of wound­ed Russ­ian cap­tives near a vil­lage out­side Kiev.

It is like­ly that these sol­diers had been embold­ened by their supe­ri­ors’ bless­ings. Mamu­la Mamu­lashvili, the com­man­der of the Geor­gian Legion, which par­tic­i­pat­ed in the field exe­cu­tions of wound­ed Russ­ian POW’s, boast­ed this April [92] that his unit freely engages in war crimes: “Yes, we tie their hands and feet some­times. I speak for the Geor­gian Legion, we will nev­er take Russ­ian sol­diers pris­on­er. Not a sin­gle one of them will be tak­en pris­on­er.” 

Sim­i­lar­ly, Gen­nadiy Druzenko, the head of the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary med­ical ser­vice, stat­ed in an inter­view with Ukraine 24 [10] that he “issued an order to cas­trate all Russ­ian men because they were sub­hu­man and worse than cock­roach­es.” 

Ukrain­ian offi­cials present woman tor­tured and killed by Azov as vic­tim of Rus­sia

While West­ern media homes in on Russ­ian human rights vio­la­tions at home and inside Ukraine, the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment has autho­rized a pro­pa­gan­da cam­paign known as “Total War” [23] that includes the plant­i­ng of bogus images and false sto­ries to fur­ther impli­cate Rus­sia.

In one espe­cial­ly cyn­i­cal exam­ple of the strat­e­gy, Ukraine 24 –  a TV chan­nel where guests have called for the geno­ci­dal exter­mi­na­tion [93] of Russ­ian chil­dren – pub­lished a pho­to this April depict­ing a female corpse brand­ed with a bloody swasti­ka on her stom­ach. Ukraine 24 claimed that it found this woman in Gos­tumel, one of the regions in the Kiev Oblast that the Rus­sians vacat­ed on March 29.  

Lesia Vasylenko, a Ukrain­ian mem­ber of par­lia­ment, and Olek­siy Arestovych, the top advi­sor to Pres­i­dent Zelen­sky, pub­lished the pho­to of the defiled female corpse on social media. While Vasylenko left the pho­to online, Arestovych delet­ed it eight hours after post­ing when con­front­ed with the fact that he had pub­lished a fake.

In fact, the image was pulled from footage orig­i­nal­ly record­ed by Patrick Lan­cast­er, a Donet­sk-based US jour­nal­ist who had filmed the corpse of a woman tor­tured and mur­dered by mem­bers of the Ukrain­ian Azov Bat­tal­ion in a Mar­i­upol school base­ment they had con­vert­ed into a base. 

At 2:31 in Lancaster’s video, the woman’s corpse can be seen clear­ly. [94]

As weapons pour into Ukraine from NATO states and the war inten­si­fies, the atroc­i­ties are almost cer­tain to pile up – and with the bless­ing of lead­er­ship in Kiev. As Zelen­sky pro­claimed dur­ing a vis­it to the city of Bucha [95] this April, “if we do not find a civ­i­lized way out, you know our peo­ple – they will find an unciv­i­lized way out.”

4. Geraschenko/Heraschenko’s cel­e­bra­to­ry mur­der­ous­ness gives us rea­son to doubt his descrip­tion of the deaths of the Sukhenko fam­i­ly.

“Ukrain­ian vil­lage leader and fam­i­ly found buried in shal­low grave” by Marko Djuri­ca [Reuters]; Yahoo News; 4/4/2022. [96]

The head of the vil­lage of Motyzhyn, her hus­band and son were shot and buried in a shal­low grave, an advis­er to the Ukrain­ian inte­ri­or min­istry said on Mon­day, show­ing their par­tial­ly cov­ered bod­ies in the sand. . . .

. . . . “There have been Russ­ian occu­piers here. They tor­tured and mur­dered the whole fam­i­ly of the vil­lage head,” said Anton Herashchenko, nam­ing those killed as Olha Sukhenko, her hus­band Ihor Sukhenko and their 25-year old son, Olek­san­dr. . . .

5. Sin­gled out for crit­i­cism as a Russ­ian “dupe” by the Pro­pOrNot group, Robert Par­ry passed of a fast-act­ing case of can­cer in ear­ly 2018.

Can­cer is a favorite way for this coun­try’s intel­li­gence ser­vices to dis­pose of peo­ple.

“Wash­ing­ton Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt” by Robert Par­ry [Con­sor­tium News]; Com­mon Dreams; 11/28/2016 [97].

The “fake news” theme has cap­ti­vat­ed The Wash­ing­ton Post and the main­stream U.S. media so much that it is stoop­ing to McCarthy­is­tic smears against news out­lets that don’t toe the State Department’s pro­pa­gan­da line

The main­stream U.S. media’s hys­te­ria over “fake news” has reached its log­i­cal (or illog­i­cal) zenith, a McCarthy­is­tic black-list­ing of hon­est jour­nal­ism that sim­ply shows pro­fes­sion­al skep­ti­cism toward Offi­cial­dom, includ­ing what’s said by U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cials and what’s writ­ten in The Wash­ing­ton Post and New York Times.

Appar­ent­ly, to show skep­ti­cism now opens you to accu­sa­tions of dis­sem­i­nat­ing “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da” or being a “use­ful idiot” or some sim­i­lar ugly smear rem­i­nis­cent of the old Cold War. Now that we have entered a New Cold War, I sup­pose it makes sense that we should expect a New McCarthy­ism.

After return­ing from a Thanks­giv­ing trip to Philadel­phia on Sat­ur­day, I received word that Consortiumnews.com, the 21-year-old inves­tiga­tive news site that has chal­lenged mis­guid­ed “group thinks” whether from Repub­li­cans, Democ­rats or any­one else over those two-plus decades, was includ­ed among some 200 Inter­net sites spread­ing what some anony­mous Web site, Pro­pOrNot, deems “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da.”

I would nor­mal­ly ignore such non­sense but it was ele­vat­ed by The Wash­ing­ton Post, which treat­ed these unnamed “inde­pen­dent researchers” as sophis­ti­cat­ed experts who “tracked” the Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da oper­a­tion and assem­bled the black list.

And I’m not jok­ing when I say that these neo-McCarthyites go unnamed. The Post’s arti­cle [98] by Craig Tim­berg on Thurs­day described Pro­pOrNot sim­ply as “a non­par­ti­san col­lec­tion of researchers with for­eign pol­i­cy, mil­i­tary and tech­nol­o­gy back­grounds [who] planned to release its own find­ings Fri­day show­ing the star­tling reach and effec­tive­ness of Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da cam­paigns.” . . . .

6. The OUN/B milieu in the U.S. has appar­ent­ly been instru­men­tal [24] in gen­er­at­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion vis a vis alleged “Russ­ian” dis­in­for­ma­tion in U.S. media.

Note that the Pro­pOrNot group may well be an exten­sion of Anton Geraschenko’s Myrotvotets hacker/journalist intim­i­da­tion group.

Was “Team Geraschenko” involved in the smear­ing of Robert Par­ry?

In the Alternet.org arti­cle, Mark Ames high­lights sev­er­al points:

“The Anony­mous Black­list Quot­ed by the Wash­ing­ton Post Has Appar­ent Ties to Ukrain­ian Fas­cism and CIA Spy­ing” by Mark Ames; Alternet.org; 12/7/2016. [24]

7. We are being told that a Ukrain­ian hack­er, nick­named “The Pro­fex­er” was the cre­ator of the mal­ware alleged­ly used in the high-pro­file hacks.

The asser­tion that the Pro­fex­er was paid by Russ­ian hack­ers to write cus­tom mal­ware comes from Anton Gerashchenko, a far-right mem­ber of Ukraine’s Par­lia­ment [100] with close ties to the secu­ri­ty ser­vices and an open apol­o­gist for the Azov Bat­tal­ion.

And accord­ing to Mr. Gerashchenko, the inter­ac­tion the Prefex­or had with the ‘Russ­ian hack­ers’ was online or by phone and that the Ukrain­ian pro­gram­mer had been paid to write cus­tomized mal­ware with­out know­ing its pur­pose.

As the arti­cle also notes, how­ev­er, “It is not clear whether the spe­cif­ic mal­ware the pro­gram­mer cre­at­ed was used to hack the D.N.C. servers, but it was iden­ti­fied in oth­er Russ­ian hack­ing efforts in the Unit­ed States.”

The cen­tral point here involves Pro­fex­er’s claims to have writ­ten soft­ware for the Russ­ian hack­ers who “hacked” the DNC.

Aside from the fact that the DNC may not have been “hacked” at all, the P.A.S. web shell tool the Pro­fex­er wrote that was cit­ed in the “Griz­zly Steppe” report  was an out­dat­ed ver­sion of P.A.S. web shell [101].

Unless there’s more infor­ma­tion yet to come along this line of inquiry, it appears that the pri­ma­ry crim­i­nal activ­i­ty that the Pro­fex­er wit­nessed was his own qua­si-crime of cre­at­ing “cus­tomized mal­ware” for an anony­mous group that may or may not have been used in the DNC hacks. Based on this com­pelling evi­dence it appears we can nar­row the cul­prits down to…pretty much any hack­er. Huz­zah!

It’s clear that the P.A.S. web shell mal­ware that was used in the DNC hacks wasn’t cus­tomized. Because it was already an out­dat­ed ver­sion of P.A.S. web shell [101].

“In Ukraine, a Mal­ware Expert Who Could Blow the Whis­tle on Russ­ian Hack­ing” by Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew Hig­gins; The New York Times; 08/16/2017 [102]

. . . . There is no evi­dence that Pro­fex­er worked, at least know­ing­ly, for Russia’s intel­li­gence ser­vices, but his mal­ware appar­ent­ly did. . . .

 . . . . “There is not now and nev­er has been a sin­gle piece of tech­ni­cal evi­dence pro­duced that con­nects the mal­ware used in the D.N.C. attack to the G.R.U., F.S.B. or any agency of the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment,” said Jef­frey Carr, the author of a book on cyber­war­fare. The G.R.U. is Russia’s mil­i­tary intel­li­gence agency, and the F.S.B. its fed­er­al secu­ri­ty ser­vice. . . .

. . . . Secu­ri­ty experts were ini­tial­ly left scratch­ing their heads when the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty on Dec. 29 released tech­ni­cal evi­dence of Russ­ian hack­ing that seemed to point not to Rus­sia, but rather to Ukraine. . . .

. . . . A mem­ber of Ukraine’s Par­lia­ment with close ties to the secu­ri­ty ser­vices, Anton Gerashchenko, said that the inter­ac­tion was online or by phone and that the Ukrain­ian pro­gram­mer had been paid to write cus­tomized mal­ware with­out know­ing its pur­pose, only lat­er learn­ing it was used in Russ­ian hack­ing.

Mr. Gerashchenko described the author only in broad strokes, to pro­tect his safe­ty, as a young man from a provin­cial Ukrain­ian city. He con­firmed that the author turned him­self in to the police and was coop­er­at­ing as a wit­ness in the D.N.C. inves­ti­ga­tion. . . .

. . . . It is not clear whether the spe­cif­ic mal­ware the pro­gram­mer cre­at­ed was used to hack the D.N.C. servers. . . .