The Kiev regime’s parliamentary elections this weekend are set to go ahead amid an atmosphere of rampant political street violence and intimidation – and that’s not in the war-torn eastern part of Ukraine.
The parliamentary elections were called in June by the then elected President Petro Poroshenko as a way of legitimising the illegal coup against the Ukrainian government that occurred four months previously with the support of the American Central Intelligence Agency.
In the capital, Kiev, and other parts of the country regarded as under the administrative control of the Western-backed regime the run-up to the elections this weekend has been marred with widespread political violence, including assassination attempts against various rival politicians.
Some of the politicians targeted are members, or former members, of the Regions Party belonging to the ousted President Victor Yanukovych. The party had formed the government until it was kicked out of power in the illegal coup in February this year. That coup was backed by Washington and European governments under the sanitising and false narrative of it being a «pro-democracy, pro-European popular revolution».
Western media coverage of the attacks on Yanukovych’s party have been couched in language that seeks to belittle their criminality, or to excuse them by conveying the incidents as being out of popular frustration with remnants of the old government who are labelled as «corrupt».
Thus when Regions Party members or former government officials have been ambushed in the street by neo-Nazi paramilitaries and thrown into rubbish bins, the Western media have typically reported the assaults as some kind of novelty – albeit rough play. The fashion of these attacks has been dubbed as «trash bucket challenges» with the Western media trying to spin them as some sort of practical joke.
Notwithstanding, the Western media cannot conceal the fact that several of the politicians have incurred severe physical injuries from the mob attacks. In one of the most serious incidents, Regions Party law maker Nestor Shufrych was hospitalised with head injuries after he was lynched last month by a masked Right Sector mob in the southern city of Odessa.
This week, however, the political violence besetting the Kiev regime is manifesting as an internecine and more general phenomenon that unmistakably says more about the nature of the regime and how it seized power illegally in the first place. And Western media cannot spin their way out of that indicting reality.
Political parties that might have been considered in alliance because of their support for the coup against the Ukrainian government in February are now being caught up in an anarchic state of hoodlum vendettas.
A recent potentially deadly attack was on Mark Gres, a parliamentary candidate for the Radical Party. He was badly beaten and stabbed at his Kiev home last weekend after returning from a television studio. His party – which itself espouses fascist policies – described the attack as an assassination attempt.
Meanwhile, his party leader Oleh Lyashko, was forced to abruptly cancel all public campaigning out of fears that he is also an assassination target. Lyashko is no stranger to extrajudicial violence. During the Kiev regime’s so-called anti-terror operations in eastern Ukraine, he was personally involved in leading abduction squads against perceived political dissidents. Lyashko even publicly boasted of overseeing the torture of captives; and in one case he reportedly threatened to rape a male abductee.
That might lead one to speculate that the spate of violence against Lyashko and his Radical Party could be some form of revenge by eastern Ukrainian separatists. But no.
The party has in fact accused the billionaire oligarch and pro-Kiev governor Igor Kolomoisky for contracting the assassination campaign. Kolomoisky is the financier and owner of private neo-Nazi battalions – death squads – that have been instrumental in waging war on the ethnic Russian population of eastern Ukraine who have rejected the Western-backed junta in Kiev.
The rivalry between these two coup-supporting factions appears to have broken out after Lyashko’s Radical Party openly accused Kolomoisky of using his paramilitary muscle to gerrymander the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
The internecine political violence is not just limited to these two factions. Members of the Kiev-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s party – the newly formed People’s Front Party – have also been embroiled in gangland-style street warfare.
In a report in the New York Times this week, headlined ‘Attacks on Politicians in Ukraine Add to Tension Before Parliamentary Elections’, it was recounted how the general political scene has «taken a frightening turn». Two party colleagues of Yatsenyuk were lucky to escape with their lives.
Yatsenyuk, it will be recalled, was the US State Department’s nominated leader of the CIA-backed February coup.
The New York Times reported: «Oleksandr Gorin, a candidate from the People’s Front Party, led by the prime minister, was savagely beaten the same night after being ambushed in the foyer of his apartment building in Ukraine’s southern Odessa region.
And on Monday, another People’s Front candidate, Volodymyr Borysenko, survived an attempt on his life that included gunfire and a homemade explosive. Officials said he had survived only because of the body armour he had started wearing after receiving threats».
The NY Times added: «The attacks have occurred not in the war-stricken east, where government troops have been battling pro-Russian rebels for half a year, but in the heart of the country, in places that for the most part have not directly experienced the fighting».
That regions of Ukraine, including the capital, nominally under the control of the Western-backed Kiev junta have descended into chaos and barbarism should be of no surprise. The people who grabbed power in Kiev did so on the back of CIA-directed neo-Nazi paramilitaries that resorted to murder and widespread intimidation – in a word «terrorism» – to achieve political ends.
The sniper shootings at Maidan Square on February 20, for example, in which more than 80 people were killed, are testimony to the reality of the Western-orchestrated political upheaval in Ukraine, not the fairytale version of «popular democracy» spun by Western governments and their dutiful news media.
This systematic campaign of terror leading up to the coup and its aftermath has been amply documented by Russia’s Foreign Ministry in the publication titled the White Book, published earlier this year.
It documents hundreds of attacks against politicians, civic officials, police officers, journalists and members of the public by supporters of the coup that brought people like Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Igor Kolomoisky to power, and eventually paved the way for the dubious presidential election of Petro Poroshenko in June.
In short, the Western-backed regime in Kiev came to power on a wave of mob violence. It has extended this violence ever since by attacking the human rights of anyone it deems to be a dissident to its self-imposed rule.
As Russia’s UN rights representative Aleksey Zaitsev noted this week: «Kiev authorities seem to do all they can to prevent national reconciliation denying a large part of their population to exercise their political, civil and cultural rights. The ban on the use of native language, expulsion of regional representatives from state authorities, use of paramilitary groups which are beyond the official structure of law enforcement agencies and do not abide by any law – all this has nothing in common with European principles which Kiev declaratively appeals to».
Zaitsev added: «The triumph of propagandistic cynicism became naming of all people living in east Ukraine and discontent with Kiev policy as terrorists».
Ironically, the Kiev President Petro Poroshenko earlier this week issued a statement in which he gave a dark warning that Russia was plotting to subvert the parliamentary elections this weekend.
Given the internecine turf wars and paramilitary warfare raging under Kiev it sounds like the former Candy King has been eating too much of his own chocolate products. With a blurred sugar rush to the brain, Poroshenko denies the bitter reality of violence that has engulfed all of Ukraine under the Western-sponsored regime change operation in his country.
In the paraphrased words of Abraham Lincoln, no electoral process can sanitise the glaring fact of Kiev’s rule of the mob, by the mob, for the mob.
Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation