A Ukrainian-American English language newspaper that has been in publication since 1933 and which is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey has been at the vanguard of pumping out neo-conservative propaganda calling for direct U.S. intervention into the affairs of Ukraine and full support for the Euro-Maidan protests in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Weekly, published by the Ukrainian National Association (UNA), bills itself as a «fraternal non-profit association». However, its non-profit status in no way connotes a non-partisan political stance. The Ukrainian Weekly’s February 2 issue was replete with politically-loaded headlines, including:
«Russia props up Yanukovych [the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych] as his support base erodes», «The real extremists are the country’s leaders», and «Yulia [former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, jailed for abuse of power and embezzlement] to protesters: Press on».
The parent organization of the Ukrainian Weekly, the UNA, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey and founded in 1894 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania largely by Ukrainian immigrants working in the coal industry, now has some 50,000 members in the United States and Canada.
Although the association has long advocated for Ukrainian independence and had links with pro-Nazi Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera after Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, upon the onset of the Cold War it became a propaganda cipher for the Central Intelligence Agency and its clandestine influence operations inside the Soviet Union.
The UNA worked closely with the CIA’s Radio Free Europe/Liberty and other so-called «captive nations» organizations supported by the CIA and other organs of the U.S. government… After the Cold War, the UNA shifted its ties to the various non-governmental organizations financed by international hedge fund tycoon George Soros,, most notably the Open Society Institute and
The UNA also publishes two Ukrainian language periodicals, Svoboda, a daily, and Veselka, a monthly.
In 1986, the Ukrainian Weekly used the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to pump out disinformation and propaganda on behalf of the CIA and «captive nations» lobby. The New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch, sensationalized the disaster by quoting from the Ukrainian Weekly in running the following headline on its front page: «MASS GRAVE: 15,000 reported dead at nuke disposal site».
Time magazine’s media critic, Thomas Griffith, commented on the source of the Post’s story. Griffith wrote that the «flimsy authority» cited by Murdoch’s money-losing news tabloid was «the obscure Ukrainian Weekly of New Jersey.
The Ukrainian Weekly’s false reporting of deaths from the Chernobyl disaster were not lost on the Soviet media. A news commentator waved a copy of Murdoch’s paper’s «mass grave» front page on Soviet television and cited the Post and the Ukrainian émigré propaganda sheet as an example of the sensationalized coverage of Chernobyl by the American media.
The «captive nations» propaganda efforts were largely based out of Washington, DC and were a pet project of Dr. Lev Dobriansky, a Ukrainian-American professor of economics at Georgetown University. Dobriansky’s name was always associated with front organizations propped up by the CIA, including Marquette University’s Slavic Institute and Washington’s Byzantine Slavic Arts Center.
Because of his Cold War right-wing rhetoric, Dobriansky, who favored the use of suchy terms as the «Red Empire» and «Imperio-Colonialist Moscow», was a mentor for a number of neo-conservatives. Dobriansky was opposed to all manner of détente with the Soviet Union. He called the Test-Ban Treaty, the U.S.-Soviet Consular Convention, the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and even the Moscow-New York commercial flight agreement «paper-making» and «confetti».
Dobriansky’s acolytes, people like arch-neoconservatives Donald Kagan, a native Lithuanian Jew from Kursenai, Lithuania, his son Frederick Kagan, an official at the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute and former adviser to General David Petraeus in Afghanistan; and Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, architect of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and a columnist for The Washington Post.
Robert Kagan’s wife, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, was recently recorded in a telephone conversation with Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Kiev, as saying about the EU’s reluctance to apply stiffer sanctions on the Yanukovych government, «F*ck the EU».
Other members of the «captive nations» cabal included such Cold Warriors as Richard Pipes, a Reagan administration «expert» on Soviet affairs; Harvard professor Adam Ulaml and James Billington, director of the neo-con Woodrow Wilson Center.
Dobriansky’s daughter, Paula Dobriansky, was the Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs from 2001 to 2009 where she presided over the further infiltration of Eastern and Central European political parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), some of which have been financed by Soros and the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.
Paula Dobriansky, who was honored by the government ot pro-NATO and pro-European Union Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, has argued for integration of Ukraine into the EU and has voiced her opposition to the Yanukovych government and Ukraine’s close ties to Russia. She is currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Yushchenko’s wife, Catherine Chumachenko, was a U.S. State Department official and worked on «Captive Nations» issues in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Se served as vice president of the Ukraine-USA Foundation, which worked with right-wing circles to expand American influence in Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet Union. She was also the director of the Pylyp Orlyk Foundation, a Lithuanian nationalist organization that sought to expand U.S. influence in Lithuania after its restored independence in 1990.
Lev Dobriansky was also the originator of «Captive Nations Week», an event sponsored by funds directly appropriated by the U.S. Congress and initiated by the Dwight Eisenhower administration. Much of this support permitted papers like Ukrainian Week to not only survive but thrive as major newspapers in the United States have folded and ceased publication due to declining circulation.
The Ukrainian Weekly and its associated publications, as well as Lev Dobriansky, also hyped the importance of the 1978 defection to the United States of Soviet Ukrainian United Nations diplomat and Soviet KGB agent Arkady Shevchenko, an undersecretary general of the UN. It was later revealed that Shevchenko’s book, «Breaking with Moscow», published by the conservative Alfred Knopf Publishers, was commissioned by the CIA and contained several inaccurate statements.
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that Shevchenko’s information had little or no value to U.S. intelligence agencies. In other words, like Dobriansky and other Ukrainian-American shills for the CIA, Shevchenko was a fraud.
Shevchenko’s manuscript was rejected by Reader’s Digest Books and Simon and Shuster because of what was later revealed to be CIA-contrived inaccuracies. Simon and Shuster sued Shevchenko for the $146,875 it paid him as an advance for his book and successfully collected the judgment.
But for Dobriansky and his fellow Ukrainian-American colleagues, Shevchenko was not a charlatan but a hero. Shortly after Shevchenko defected to the CIA, he began seeing a prostitute in Washington named Judy Chavez. Employed by two escort services with links to the CIA, Foxy Lady and Mata Hari Escort Service, Shevchenko fell in love with Chavez.
As it turns out, Ukrainians employed by the CIA, including those working via Soros, continue to enjoy the company of prostitutes. Today, these prostitutes go under the names of FEMEN, Pussy Riot, and Voina and one topless Ukrainian FEMEN member, ironically named Inna Shevchenko, tossed a Molotov cocktail at the Russian embassy in Berlin at the time of this writing.
Wayne MADSEN | Strategic Culture Foundation