Trump’s and Putin’s Responses to Mueller’s Russiagate Indictments

Eric Zuesse

In the July 16th joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question arose of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly having engineered the theft of computer files from the Democratic National Committee and from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Here is that part of the press conference, in a question that was addressed to both Presidents (and I boldface here the key end part of Putin’s presentation, and then I proceed to link to two articles which link to the evidence — the actual documents — that Putin is referring to in his response):

REPORTER (Jeff Mason from Reuters): For President Putin if I could follow up as well. Why should Americans and why should President Trump believe your statement that Russia did not intervene in the 2016 election given the evidence that US Intelligence agencies have provided? Will you consider extraditing the 12 Russian officials that were indicted last week by a US Grand jury.

TRUMP: Well I’m going to let the president [meaning Putin] answer the second part of that question.

As you know, the concept of that came up perhaps a little before, but it came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election, which frankly, they should have been able to win, because the electoral college is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans. [That allegation from Trump is unsupported, and could well be false.] We won the electoral college by a lot. 306 to 223, I believe. [It was actually 304 to 227.] That was a well-fought battle. We did a great job.

Frankly, I’m going to let the president speak to the second part of your question. But, just to say it one time again and I say it all the time, there was no collusion. I didn’t know the president. There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign. Every time you hear all of these 12 and 14 — it’s stuff that has nothing to do — and frankly, they admit, these are not people involved in the campaign. But to the average reader out there, they are saying, well maybe that does. It doesn’t. Even the people involved, some perhaps told mis-stories. In one case the FBI said there was no lie. There was no lie. Somebody else said there was. We ran a brilliant campaign. And that’s why I’m president. Thank you.

PUTIN: As to who is to be believed, who is not to be believed: you can trust no one. Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or I trust him? He defends the interests of the United States of America and I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests that are common. We are looking for points of contact.

There are issues where our postures diverge and we are looking for ways to reconcile our differences, how to make our effort more meaningful. We should not proceed from the immediate political interests that guide certain political powers in our countries. We should be guided by facts. Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is utter nonsense — just like the president recently mentioned. Yes, the public at large in the United States had a certain perceived opinion of the candidates during the campaign. But there’s nothing particularly extraordinary about it. That’s the normal thing.

President Trump, when he was a candidate, he mentioned the need to restore the Russia/US relationship, and it’s clear that certain parts of American society felt sympathetic about it and different people could express their sympathy in different ways. Isn’t that natural? Isn’t it natural to be sympathetic towards a person who is willing to restore the relationship with our country, who wants to work with us?

We heard the accusations about it. As far as I know, this company hired American lawyers and the accusations doesn’t have a fighting chance in the American courts. There’s no evidence when it comes to the actual facts. So we have to be guided by facts, not by rumors.

Now, let’s get back to the issue of this 12 alleged intelligence officers of Russia. I don’t know the full extent of the situation. But President Trump mentioned this issue. I will look into it.

So far, I can say the following. Things that are off the top of my head. We have an existing agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation, an existing treaty that dates back to 1999. The mutual assistance on criminal cases. This treaty is in full effect. It works quite efficiently. On average, we initiate about 100, 150 criminal cases upon request from foreign states.

For instance, the last year, there was one extradition case upon the request sent by the United States. This treaty has specific legal procedures we can offer. The appropriate commission headed by Special Attorney Mueller, he can use this treaty as a solid foundation and send a formal, official request to us so that we could interrogate, hold questioning of these individuals who he believes are privy to some crimes. Our enforcement are perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials to the United States. Moreover, we can meet you halfway. We can make another step. We can actually permit representatives of the United States, including the members of this very commission headed by Mr. Mueller, we can let them into the country. They can be present at questioning.

In this case, there’s another condition. This kind of effort should be mutual one. Then we would expect that the Americans would reciprocate. They would question officials, including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States whom we believe have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia. And we have to request the presence of our law enforcement.

For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia. They never paid any taxes. Neither in Russia nor in the United States. Yet, the money escapes the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent huge amount of money, $400 million as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. [He presents no evidence to back up that $400 million claim.] Well, that’s their personal case. It might have been legal, the contribution itself. But the way the money was earned was illegal. We have solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers guided these transactions. [This allegation, too, is merely an unsupported assertion here.] So we have an interest of questioning them. That could be a first step. We can also extend it. There are many options. They all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

REPORTER (Jeff Mason from Reuters): Did you direct any of your officials to help him [Trump] do that [find those ‘options’]?

PUTIN: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US/Russia relationship back to normal.

The evidence regarding that entire matter, of Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act, can be seen in the links and the other evidences that are presented in two articles that I published on that very subject, earlier this year. One, titled “Private Investigations Find America’s Magnitsky Act to Be Based on Frauds”, summarizes the independently done private investigations into the evidence that is publicly available online regarding Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act. The Magnitsky Act was the basis for the first set of economic sanctions against Russia, and were instituted in 2012; so, this concerns the start of the restoration of the Cold War (without the communism etc. that were allegedly the basis of Cold War I). The other article, “Russiagate-Trump Gets Solved by Giant of American Investigative Journalism”, provides further details in the evidence, and connects both the Magnitsky Act and Bill Browder to the reason why, on 9 June 2016, the Russian lawyer Nataliya Veselnitskaya, met privately at Trump Tower, with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner — the reason was specifically in order to inform them about the documentation on this case, so that Trump, if elected, would be aware of the contents of those documents. She had used the promise of dirt on Hillary so as to enable Trump, who effectively became the Republican nominee on 26 May 2016, to learn about the actual documents in this crucial case.

The Russian government has been legally pursuing Mr. Browder, for years, on charges that he evaded paying $232 million taxes that were due to the Russian government. These private investigations into this matter — regarding whether or not the Magnitsky Act was based on fraudulent grounds — have all found that Mr. Browder has clearly falsified and misrepresented the actual documents, which are linked to in those two articles I wrote. These might be the very same documents that she was presenting on June 9th.

So: this is a matter of importance not only to the validity (or not) of the Magnitsky Act economic sanctions against Russia, but to the Russiagate accusations regarding U.S. President Donald Trump. In my two articles, the general public can click right through to the evidence on the Magnitsky case.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Our Institutions Are Failing

The mainstream media and its well-paid army of “authorities” / pundits would have us believe the decline in our collective trust in our institutions is the result of fake news, i.e. false narratives and data presented as factual.

If only we could rid ourselves of fake news, all would be well, as our institutions are working just fine.

This mainstream narrative is itself false: our institutions are failing, and the cause isn’t fake news or Russian hacking–the cause is insider plundering and collusion, aided and abetted by a decline in transparency and accountability and the institutionalization of incompetence.

In other words, the citizenry’s trust in institutions is declining because the failure of institutions is undeniably the fabric of everyday life in America.

When was the last time you heard the top management of a university system take responsibility for the unprecedented rise in the cost of tuition and textbooks? The short answer is “never.” The insiders benefiting from the higher-education cartel’s relentless exploitation of students and their families act as if the soaring costs are akin to cosmic radiation, a force of nature that they are powerless to control.

The same can be said of every other cartel plundering the nation: healthcare (i.e. sickcare, because profits swell from managing chronic illness, not from advancing health); the Big Pharma cartel; the military-industrial complex; banking; student loans; the governance-lobbying cartels; the war-on-drugs gulag, the FBI and so on in an endless profusion of insiders whose self-serving plunder and gross incompetence rarely generates consequences (such as being fired or indicted) due to an absence of accountability and transparency.

Incompetence has been institutionalized, and is now the accepted norm.Schools fail, municipal agencies fail, oversight agencies fail, state agencies fail, and the public feels powerless to effect any systemic change.

Changing the elected officials who are the citizens’ representatives does nothing to rid the system of incompetence or enforce accountability and transparency; the insider elites have wired the system to avoid responsibility and maintain their institutionalized skims regardless of who is in elected office.

Budgets never decline, they only expand. The system is organized to punish frugality and reward incompetence, sweetheart contracts, overtime, and ever higher public spending.

Calls to trim waste are met by gestures of powerlessness: rising costs and institutional failure are presented as the equivalent of gravity: we can’t change the system, it’s unstoppable.

The general public has largely lost the experience of public-sector/institutional competence and accountability. As a result, resignation is now the response. So the public dutifully waits in line for hours to renew a drivers license, despite having made an appointment online, to take one common example in California, which likes to pat itself on the back as the tech / progressive capital of the galaxy, if not the universe.

How is it “progressive” to rob the working stiffs who pay all the taxes hours of their life for something that should be routine and quick? Where’s the Big Data and high tech when it actually counts? If citizens had a choice to renew their drivers license at (say) Amazon or the DMV, do you reckon Amazon might not make everyone cool their heels for hours?

The list of gross institutional incompetence is truly endless in America:Universities that can’t offer enough classes so students can graduate from college in four years (oops, you have to pay another rip-off tuition fee for another semester to get those last few classes you need for your worthless diploma); finance departments that can’t track payments (so here’s your bogus late fees that will take hours to challenge), and on and on.

As for sickcare–how about the evidence-free embrace of synthetic heroin as a “safe” and “non-addictive” pain treatment? Skeptics were bulldozed or marginalized, because there was simply too much money to be made by jumping on the Oxy et al. bandwagon.

As Scientific American reported in its June 2018 issue, “Powerful drug-marketing efforts had somehow swamped science.” When a large study was finally done comparing the effectiveness of opioid and non-opioid drugs, “The results, published in March, were eye-opening. Patients given alternative drugs did just as well as those taking opioids in terms of how much pain interfered with their everyday life. In fact they reported slightly less pain and had fewer side effects.”

Yes, many transactions are more complex now than they were 30 years ago.30 years ago it took less than a day to obtain a building permit for an entire house in the rural county I lived in. Now it takes 3 to 4 months in the same county to get a permit, which must now be stamped by a licensed architect or engineer (at great expense, of course).

OK, we get it– things are more complex now. But how does a one-day process balloon into a 100-day process at best? We can understand a one-day process becoming a 3 day process, but did the complexity really rise 100-fold?

I think we all know the answer is “no.” The vast majority of the wasted time, effort and cost is the result of unaccountable insider incompetence enabled by a complete lack of accountability and transparency.

Conscientious public servants and institutional insiders are thwarted by incompetent managers, lazy co-workers and institutional bloat designed to increase costs and inefficiencies because higher budgets and inefficiencies boost payrolls and thus power. Organizations within the failing institutions are loathe to surrender their gravy trains, so they resist any change, even those which might have saved the institution from its inevitable collapse.

Our institutional failure reminds me of the phantom legions of Rome’s final days. Legions existed in the bureaucracy, and payrolls were sent to the pay masters, but the Legions were mere fictions–there were no soldiers, and no fighting force; there were only a few insiders skimming their take, confident that accountability and transparency had been irrevocably lost.

Systems fail one institution at a time. No wonder the super-wealthy are building bunkers. 

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Assad Rejects Trump’s ‘Peace’ Terms

Eric Zuesse

Elijah Magnier, one of the world’s most respected reporters in and about the Middle East, reported on Sunday, July 15th, that Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, has rejected a proposed offer from the U.S. Trump Administration. The offer was that U.S. forces will leave some of its key military bases in its military occupation of Syria, if all of Iran’s forces, which Syria’s Government had invited into Syria in order to help conquer the tens of thousands of jihadists who are trying to overthrow and replace Syria’s Government, leave all of Syria, and if Iran also stops supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon, and stops supporting Shiites in Iraq.

Here is the key part of Magnier’s report:

According to the source involved in overseeing the entire military operation for the last years of war in Syria, “President Assad was very clear in his answer to the US establishment. Syria – said Assad – is determined to liberate the entire Syrian territory regardless of the consequences. There is of course a price to be paid to obtain the liberation of north Syria which is occupied by both the US and Turkey, neither of whom were invited by the Syrian government: this price is worth it”.

The American message is clear: ”The US will leave al-Tanf crossing and abandon north-east Syria in al-Hasaka and Deir Ezzour as soon as possible. 

Assad responded: “Iranian forces and their allies came to Syria under an official request by the [Syrian ]central government and [Iranian forces] will leave when this [Syrian] government asks the allied forces to leave, and only when all terrorists have been eradicated from the Levant”.

“You – said Assad [to Trump’s people]  – came to Syria without any permission and occupied our territory. It is therefore our duty to push you out by all means. You shall not obtain by negotiation and peace what you failed to obtain after seven years of war”.

Russian-led peace-talks are being held between Russia, Turkey, and six of the groups in Syria that are trying to overthrow and replace Syria’s Government. These peace talks are being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, and are summarized not in a Wikipedia article but instead buried in a Wikipedia article that’s titled “Syrian peace process”, and these talks are discussed chronologically there, in 11 stages, up through March 2018, as:

• 1.17 Initiation of Astana talks, and ceasefire (December 2016)

• 1.18 First round of Astana talks (January 2017)

• 1.19 Geneva IV, February–March 2017

• 1.20 February 2017 Astana talks

• 1.21 March 2017 and May 2017 Astana talks: De-escalation zones

• 1.22 Astana talks, July 2017

• 1.23 Astana talks, September 2017

• 1.24 Astana talks, October 2017

• 1.25 Astana talks, December 2017

• 1.26 Sochi talks, January 2018

• 1.27 Astana talks, March 2018

The present reporter has earlier described how and why the Asatana peace process overtook the earlier peace-talks, which the U.S. had arranged to be held under the U.N. in Geneva, and in which the negotiants were actually the Saud family versus Syria’s Government, and where no progress was made, because Syria’s Government insists that only the voters in Syria, and Syrian citizens abroad, in free and fair internationally monitored elections, will determine whom the President of Syria will be; the Sauds won’t be permitted to do that — so, those U.S.-initiated talks were, essentially, replaced by the ones in Astana, which are being headed instead by Russia.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Big Pharma and the Rise of Gangster Capitalism

Thanks to decades of gangster films, we all know how gangster capitalism works: the cost of “protection” goes up whenever the gangster wants to increase revenues, any competition is snuffed out, and “customer demand” is jacked up by any means available– addiction, for example.

This perfectly describes the pharmaceutical industry and every other cartel in America. You might have read about the price increase in Acthar gel, a medication to treat Infantile Spasms. (via J.F., M.D., who alerted me to the repricing of this medication from $40 in 2001 to the current price of $38,892.)

The compound first received approval in 1950, and various branded versions have been approved in recent years. Let’s be clear: this medication did not require billions of dollars in research and development, or decades of testing to obtain FDA approval; it’s been approved for use for the past 68 years.

Yes, you read that correctly: a medication that’s been in use for 68 years went from $40 a dose in 2001 to $38,892 today. Don’t you love the pricing? Not a round 38 grand, but $38,892. You gotta love these gangsters!

There’s another related term to describe this form of capitalism: racketeering.That’s what mobsters do–operate rackets.

The Big Pharma racket enriches a number of gangs practicing gangster capitalism: the drug companies themselves, of course, but some doctors are profiting from the racket, and so are pharmaceutical lobbyists:

Study highlights role of doctor conflicts of interest in Medicare spending on Mallinckrodt drug Acthar Study published in JAMA indicates nearly 90 percent of doctors prescribing HP Acthar Gel took payments from drug’s manufacturer.

Here are the money quotes:

In 2014 Mallinckrodt raised the price of Acthar further to $34,000. The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from five states sued Mallinckrodt for anti-competitive behavior with regard to the acquisition of Synacthen Depot and the monopolistic pricing of Acthar, and in January 2017 the company settled, agreeing to pay $100 million and to license Synacthen Depot to a competitor. According to Kaiser Health News, Mallinckrodt responded by increasing its Congressional lobbying to $610,000, and its contributions to Congress members to $44,000, in the first quarter of 2017.

As an off-patent pharmaceutical, a similar drug, differing in formulation, available in Europe, made by a different manufacturer, sells for $8 per vial.

So a medication to treat infants costs $8 per vial in Europe and $38,892 in the U.S. Don’t you just love gangster capitalism to death? Because death and suffering is the gangsters’ ultimate threat: pay up or die.

Here’s another example of Big Pharma gangster capitalism at work: Insulin Drug Price Inflation: Racketeering or Perverse Competition?

Don’t you wish you had a racket where you could raise prices by 10% a year like clockwork, or triple the price of your “product” every decade?

Pfizer just raised prices on 100 medications:

The increases are effective as of July 1. In most cases, the increases are just over 9%, which is in line with the annual 10% price hikes adopted by most drug companies. Putting that number in context, core inflation printed at 2% last week.

Here’s a chart of the net result of gangster capitalism:

Gangster capitalism is the new model of “growth” in America, the model used by every cartel from higher education to Pentagon contractors. Eliminate actual competition, raise prices in lockstep with other cartel members, lobby the government to pay your extortionist prices, and threaten any resisters with severe consequences.

Try resisting your local government’s property tax increases to cover insiders’ pensions and healthcare benefits: it’s always “for the children,” of course, and if you don’t pay up, we’ll just auction off your house.

There’s no difference between that and being told you’re gonna be wearing concrete overshoes if you don’t comply.

The U.S. economy is nothing more than an exploitive jumble of rackets, insider plundering and gangster capitalism. $8 per vial competing developed-world nations and $38,892 in the U.S. That says it all. 

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The Ukrainian Diaspora Handler that Manages Ukraine’s Monsters

Over the last few articles, we looked at real life examples of how and why Intel for hire companies are dangerous. Companies staffed with people who have no loyalties or training are generating information that gets read at the highest levels of government. This includes the (PDB) President’s Daily Briefing. The President of the US uses the Intelligence from the PDB to decide if American military forces are needed to intervene in the real world.

Ukrainian Intel providers are an example of this. It is a hybrid mix made up of private contractors for the most part. They are supplying tainted information to American NGO’s and think-tanks. This information is making it into the US President’s Daily Briefing.

Ukraine does this by supplying Intel to the Atlantic Council and pay to play analysts like Bellingcat Intel that is full of fabricated information or evidence.  Ukrainian Intel handed off the fabrications to secondary sources like Bellingcat or the Atlantic Council. This way, Ukraine can be sure fake information is making its way to the Oval Office unchecked and unedited as shown in previous articles.

Uninformed opinions based on emotionally and politically charged analysis from faulty OSINT models. They use social media as a basis for their analysis. Unfortunately, this model replaced a lot of the real Intel US agencies used to provide for decision makers. This Intel model only serves the private companies that provide it and their customers outside of government.

Based on fabricated results, Ukrainian Intel operatives are working hard to con the US Congress into supplying them with money. They use this money to attack media that doesn’t support Ukraine’s right to  violence against its people. Increasingly they use it to promote fascist policies destroying the safety net Ukrainians had in health care, child care, and retirement.

Ukrainian Intel does this through attacks on media groups. Their goal is to force a conflict between the US and Russia to happen. From 2014 onward, they have repeatedly stated this was their only goal and America owed them that much.

The 3 sentence summary looks like this. The Ukrainian Intel and espionage units CyberHunta and Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance- aka Fancy Bear don’t respect treaties, accords, or peace agreements their own country signs. The unit was also comprised of Russian FSB and GRU traitors and is still staffed by Ukrainian hackers, Information Operation units, and hit-for-hire units developed in conjunction with Myrotvorets (PeaceMaker). They are overseen by a Diaspora handler that gets them tools, political support, and money from the US and Canada.

The spy, sabotage, information operations, and hit squads are functioning in Ukraine and claim the authority to work anywhere in the world including inside the USA.  In fact, they have been working illicit information operations in the US since 2014.

Let’s take three avenues of approach to look into this. Given that most of the Ukrainian hacking, espionage, hit-for-hire, and information operation groups money and direction is provably coming from the Ukrainian Diaspora in the US and Canada, we need to ask:

Why is this happening? How is this happening? Who is responsible for putting this together?

Was there a single event that changed the course of the war in Donbass for the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America (UCCA) and the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) and made it personal?

We are going to show the Ukrainian Diaspora reaction to what it considers a cataclysmic event followed by planned and executed strategy to destroy Russia’s credibility, wealth, image, and to threaten its existence. In doing so they willfully risked American Democracy and world peace.

Push every non sequitur event that happened in late 2013 through mid-2014 aside. This includes Crimea seceding. All of it was planned, staged, and pushed into being by the Ukrainian Diaspora and executed by Trizub-Banderi (Dimitri Yarosh) and other nationalist forces.

The nationalists knew Crimea needed little pressure to get pushed over the edge and act the way it eventually did. They used the same threats of violence the nationalist planners used in the early and mid 90’s putdown of the Crimean referendums. This was where Dimitry Yarosh cut his teeth while coming up through the ranks in nationalist Ukrainian groups. At the time he was part of the enforcer muscle that was going to murder Crimean leaders that didn’t comply with Ukrainian nationalist demands.

In 2014 they started delivering on the threats of serious violence they made in the early 90s. Making sure the peninsula left Ukraine raised the stakes radically. They could say Russia attacked, Russia annexed, Russian soldiers are fighting.  They needed this while they pushed the US to get involved with what would have been a regional conflagration and could have tipped into WWIII.

From April 2014- “In 1994, one such paper actually foresaw a scenario in which Ukraine would deliberately make Russia belligerent enough to attack Ukraine. This scenario is strikingly predictive of what we are seeing in 2014 as a result of Euro-Maidan.”

“Although the possibility of war is not as far-fetched as one would like it to be, it would not work to Ukraine’s disadvantage. Indeed, the emergence of a genuinely hostile Russia would translate into Ukraine’s rapid integration into European economic and security structures and its concomitant transformation into a client state of the United States. As an East European version of South Korea, Ukraine would become the recipient of large-scale Western–in particular, American–military and economic assistance that would guarantee its stability, if not its prosperity…. Russia’s aggressiveness, therefore, could be Ukraine’s salvation . ” [See Alexander J. Motyl, “Will Ukraine Survive 1994?” in the Harriman Institute Forum, Vol. 7, No. 5 (January 1994), p. 4.]

One way of succeeding was for Ukraine to never fix real borders with Russia and set up a real dispute with Russia over sovereignty issues. It doesn’t have borders with Belarus either and has disputes pending as to where the border is.

As you can see, Crimea wasn’t quite the problem child it was made out to be. Through midsummer, Ukrainian nationalists were sure Ukraine would win based on Nationalist slogans and large numbers of conscripted forces. They didn’t care about the losses. The catalyst happened toward the end of summer.

On August 19th, 2014 a second generation OUNb (Bandera) Diaspora leader from the  family of Mikola Lebed was killed.  Lebed’s family are still top leaders of OUNb in the US.  Mark Paslawsky died at Illovaisk while fighting for Semen Sementchenko’s Donbass battalion in the Ukrainian civil war.

For Paslawsky’s generation in the Diaspora, this was as close as they could get to the feeling the assassination of Stepan Bandera had on their parent’s generation. Paslawsky was OUNb royalty(Ukrainian nationalist) and he was fighting in Ukraine for post-Maidan pro Bandera Ukraine. He became the new rally point for Ukrainian nationalism worldwide.

Ironically, one of the last statements the Ukrainian nationalist Diaspora icon made about the war in Donbass was that Russia was not fighting it.

The OUNb says there are NO RUSSIANS IN DONBASS

“The second reason I mention Paslawsky is that he was, after all, a Ukrainian American. In killing him—and make no mistake about it: Putin killed him—Putin has taken on, in addition to the entire world, the Ukrainian American Diaspora. He probably thinks it’s a joke. But in killing a Ukrainian American, he’s made the war in Ukraine personal for Ukrainian Americans. Their intellectual, material, and political resources are far greater than Putin can imagine. Be forewarned, Vlad: diasporas have long memories. And this one will give you and your apologists in Russia and the West no rest.” Alexander Moytl -World Affairs Journal

Nationalist Ukraine has such strong political supporting because of Nationalist Ukrainian Americans in Congress. They are committed to support Ukraine regardless of how bald-faced the lie Ukrainians tell. Senators and Congressmen like Marcy Kaptur support them because of latent nationalist politics or to get big campaign donations.

In a speech on C-Span, Kaptur stated openly that Europe and America owed a moral debt to the Ukrainians that stood against the Soviet Union in WWII. She just didn’t say the Ukrainians in question were rabid Nazis and Waffen SS during the war. Noted in that article, Kaptur went on the record eulogizing ISIS leaders that were Ukrainian and died in Ukraine.

In the early spring of 2014, Ukraine was trying to hire a cyber unit. One of the interviews went to Joel Harding who later stated at this point Ukrainians were more interested in online trolling than information operations. Even so, he was involved with their program from the beginning. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the rewrite of the Odessa massacre is probably the first time he was able to show Ukraine what he really does.

I wrote a couple early in-depth pieces in English about the massacre in Odessa. The death toll has never been reconciled to the actual body count including people unlucky enough to be walking by when it erupted.

From there, I didn’t notice anything as dramatic until after New Year’s 2015. In Feb. 2015 I found the person Ukraine hired to write their information policy the actions of the Ukrainian Information Ministry are built on.

Everyone familiar with injustice in Ukraine is familiar with the Information Ministry’s creation- Myrovorets or PeaceMaker website. It became famous in the spring of 2015 for the murder of Oleg Buzina. In follow-up articles throughout 2015 and 2016, I showed how and why offshoot groups would be formed labeling people Russian trolls, terrorists, traitors across media.

Who is Joel Harding?

Before joining SAIC in the mid-nineties, he was the Joint Staff J2 liaison for IO to the CIA, DIA, NSA, DISA and other assorted agencies in the Washington DC area.

When you look at the beginning of the NSA’s intrusive policies you find Joel Harding. Harding helped pioneer the invasive software used by government and business to explore your social networks, influence you, and dig out every personal detail. Harding has been hard at work making sure Ukrainian Intel has all the latest tools to work with so Ukraine can do the same.

Sit down and watch the movie “A Good American” and then ask Bill Binney if Harding’s name ever came up as one of the SAIC leaders who came into the NSA and destroyed any right to privacy in America and the world with Trailblazer.

Over the last few years, I’ve recorded some of what Harding has been involved with in Ukraine including his cattle calls for criminal action. Joel Harding is responsible for the murders Myrotvorets and Ukraine’s other units commit because of his policy.

Today, Harding has positioned himself as one of the people that will recommend and eventually help decide what is legal and acceptable behavior for people doing the work he does today. To paraphrase Harding; If it’s illegal and we want to do something, lawyers are there to rewrite the laws and get them changed fast. After the laws are changed so our actions are legal, our actions can be certified legal and our commitment to Democracy is upheld and validated.

In June 2016, Joel Harding shed light on how Ukraine hires the talent it is using to shape the western media landscape. This one event showed who is doing the hiring for Poroshenko’s Ukraine. He introduced us to the handler going between Ukraine, the US State Department, and the Ukrainian Diaspora.

Her name is Christina Dobrovolska, Kristina Dobrovolska, or Krystyna Dobrovolskya, etc. The change in spelling depending on where her name is used keeps her and people like her under the radar.

Harding met with Christina in Washington DC in June 2016 to help secure a contract for writing that years Ukraine Ministry of Information Policy (MIP).  Krystyna V. Dobrovolska was assigned by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev as a  government liaison and translator to escort 4 Ukrainian Rada delegates from Kyiv during their visits to Albany and Washington.

While in Washington on what the Ukrainian Weekly described as a packed schedule and whirlwind tour, they made time to meet Joel Harding and accept his proposal for the 2016 MIP. Harding donated the MIP because he wanted to use it as an example for all of Europe to see what a “whole country” Information policy could do for them. In this way, he could drive up business at the state level.

What you see in Ukraine’s media landscape is a direct result of Harding’s efforts. His “whole country” effort puts all media in a country on the same track spouting the same narrative.  He’s succeeding with this across Europe with his Disinformation Review from East Stratcom. The publication is being sued.

Read the following carefully and the origin of the non-Russian-Russian troll becomes clear. Every word that does not agree with his client’s position became the enemies position. You are Ukraine or you are Russia.

“If you have followed events in Ukraine, you may have noticed Russia has attacked Ukraine almost continuously in cyberspace. You will certainly have noticed, however, continuous, overwhelming, and devastating Russian Information Warfare attacks against Ukraine, against all the nations of Europe, against all the alliances, indeed, against the West (my thanks to Torsti Sirén for teaching me that as a concept, not just geography).”- Joel Harding

After meeting with Joel Harding, Christina Dobrovolska escorted the Ukrainian MPs to Albany and then the “Ukrainian-American Cultural Center hosted a dinner for the visiting delegation and host families on Friday evening, followed by a community meet-and-greet event at the Ukrainian-American Citizens Club, also located in Watervliet, NY.”

It seems that the Ukrainian-American Citizens Club is owned by the Ukrainian-American OUNb nationalist Diaspora leader making the big hiring decision for Ukraine. He is none other than Nestor Paslawsky, nephew of Ukrainian nationalist icon Mikola Lebed and brother of Ukrainian nationalist icon Mark Paslawsky who was killed in the Ukrainian civil war (shown above) during the retreat at Illovaisk in 2014. When Alexander Moytl threatened Russia on behalf of the Ukrainian-American Diaspora, the OUNb leader Nestor Paslawsky was who he had in mind.

According to Joel Harding, he and Christina have worked together for years.

Who is Christina Dobrovolska?

Krystyna Dobrovolska

Christina Dobrovolska

Before 2014, Kristina Dobrovolska billed herself as a trilingual senior software marketing manager with international experience. She is a project and remote teams manager with big project experience. After the 2014 coup in Ukraine, she started working with Ukraine’s Information Ministry with its cyber warfare, information operations, and hacking teams.

Today, she is the manager responsible for the Surkov leaks, providing information for events during the Ukrainian civil war including Bellingcat Buk and personnel identifications for MH17. She is the manager providing Bellingcat with its information about the Syrian conflict including proofs of whom is responsible for the gas attacks. Her group is also helping to develop the white helmets story.

As a Ukrainian Information Ministry project manager, she bears responsibility for the Myrovorets website. This site puts people on kill lists and displays all their personal information which is responsible for murder for hire units like those that killed journalists Oleh Buzina. Today, her hacking, spy, InfoOps, Intel, and propaganda units work side-by-side with the murder site.

Ukraine’s Internet Army which along with Myrotvorets are the first products of his 2015 Ukrainian MIP boasted 40,000 Diaspora volunteer trolls to scour articles and try to destroy journalists that disagreed with Ukraine’s position.

Christina Dobrovolska works directly and indirectly with Ukrainian-American Diaspora leaders including the following:

  • Irena Chalupa at and InformNapalm

Miss Dobrovolska provides both leadership and content for InformNapalm and content for the Ukrainian propaganda push site Stopfake. Irena Chalupa is a Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

  • Andrea Chalupa at

This OUNb publication was started and funded by the Ukrainian Diaspora in 2014. The founder, Ukrainian 17-year-old Sviatoslav Yurash, was rewarded by becoming the Ukrainian World Congress’s Deputy Director in Kiev, Ukraine. Dobrovolska and her InformNapalm crew are contributors and partners to the propaganda rag.

  • Alexandra Chalupa –Democratic Party Opposition Research

Over the last 4 years, I’ve researched and written many stories that are still breaking in other media today. I’ve written stories from the front lines in Ukraine as well as showing snapshots of what life is like here.  We are breaking the story about who is in charge of Ukraine’s Info Ops in the US.

If you want to support investigative research with a lot of depth, please support my Patreon  page. You can also support my work through PayPal as we expand in new directions over the coming year. For the last 4 years, it’s been almost entirely self supportive effort which is something when you consider I live in Donbass.

Next up– We’ll be exploring the Chalupa family ties to Ukrainian Intel and how that affected the DNC opposition research scandal.






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