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From Russian Prison to Ukrainian Jail – ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko arrested

Ukraine just arrested their ‘Joan of Arc’

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It’s out of the fire and into the frying pan for so-called Ukrainian ‘Joan of Arc’ Nadia Savchenko, who has just now been arrested by Ukraine, for allegedly planning a terrorist attack inside the parliament of which she is a member.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko was previously sentenced to 23 years in jail in Russia, for complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, and later released as part of a prisoner exchange. Since then, she was hailed as a great idol of the Maidan – a symbol of the new anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian future, that Ukrainians are supposedly all supposed to fight for. Western media and those in Ukraine alike lionized her, and she was awarded by President Poroshenko the highest honor Ukraine can bestow, the title: Hero of Ukraine.

This is important to note: Savchenko has literally been declared a Hero of Ukraine, thereby intended to represent everything Ukraine stands for.

A few short years after her release from Russian Prison, the same Ukrainian President which decorated her, and hailed her as Ukraine’s Hero, their Joan of Arc, on her return from Russian Prison, now President Poroshenko supports her arrest. Savchenko has simply went from Russian prison to Ukrainian jail.

The authorities have been desperately wanting to arrest and silence Savchenko, after a great scandal, but until now, her immunity as a member of parliament protected her from arrest, even as they accused her of attempting to blow up that same parliament. Finally, she has been strippped of that immunity and detained, according to TASS news:

The decision to strip Savchenko of immunity was carried by a 291 majority vote. Her detention was supported by 277 legislators, with 11 opposing it; 268 voted for her arrest, and six, against.

Lutsenko said before the voting that “on the list of top priority investigative measures to be taken today an order to take Savchenko for psychiatric examination is number eight.”

“This will answer all questions,” he said. In her final statement Savchenko said that Ukraine should reform its political system and give voters a chance to revoke legislators and hold referendums.

“Ukraine does have a way out without terrorist attacks and other problems that may ruin it. There is a simple and legal way – a reform of the political system,” she said.

At least a hundred picketers supporting Savchenko, including her sister Vera and mother, gathered near the Ukrainian parliament. They were chanting “Nadya is a hero” and “Freedom for Nadya.” Some were seen crying.

Savchenko was not handcuffed, but was lead out of the Rada into the crowd of her supporters.

So the big question remains, why has Nadia Savchenko been arrested? Well, if you follow RussiaFeed, you may recall that we covered her recent claims which shocked Ukraine and the world over. If you haven’t read the article, it’s highly recommended, as it explains in detail what has really been happening behind the scenes.

SHOCKING: ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko now accuses Kiev for Maidan Snipers

In short, Nadia Savchenko has made some shocking claims, she said the following, regarding the events of the 2014 Maidan Coup, which was hailed in the west as a revolution of dignity:

I saw the current speaker of parliment bring snipers to the hotel, those people are in parliment now. The prosecuter general needed to become prosecuter so that his crimes against the Ukrainian people wouldn’t be investigated.

She directly accused members of the current regime in power in Ukraine, including the Prosecutor General, of hiring the mysterious snipers which fired on police and protesters alike from the roofs of Kiev buildings, namely the Hotel Ukraina overlooking the Maidan.

These snipers were acknowledged in western Media, but naturally, they were blamed on Russia or President Yanokovich. The official claim was that the Snipers were targetting Ukrainians fighting for freedom. It has been stated by Russia and independent journalists for some time, however, that the snipers were, in fact, targetting both protesters and police, thereby acting as provocateurs, pushing Ukraine over the brink of war. Recently, damning evidence has been produced confirming what was already known and stated in Russian media about these snipers.

That, however, at this point, is not even the issue here, this is not to argue that Russia has claimed the snipers were put there by the current Ukrainian government, but rather to show that Savchenko is arguing that. Now the Russian claims are confirmed by one of the most violently anti-Russian people in Ukraine.

What makes Savchenko’s claims so shocking is not the claims themselves – we already knew about them, it is the fact that they are coming out of the mouth of one of the most violently Russophobic people in the country. Slowly but surely the truth in Ukraine is coming out, and Savchenko’s words proved to be the most unexpected clue, affirming the Russian account of the Ukraine crisis.

It can not be overstressed the poetic justice that “Hero of Ukraine” Nadia Savchenko is somehow directly affirming the Russian story, and thereby disproving the lies the west spread about Ukraine, both inside the country and abroad. No one can accuse her of being a Russian agent – she has Russian blood on her hands, which makes her the most unbiased source in this situation.

Why the Change of Heart?

To be clear, Savchenko is not exactly morally pure – let’s not forget that she does indeed have blood on her hands. She is a kindred spirit to many of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis running around the country, but this is, in fact, the reason why she is opposing the current Ukrainian regime.

She has not had a change of heart per-say, she is a Ukrainian nationalist through and through, but it seems she has grown a brain, if not a conscious, and realized that she may be a so-called “Hero of Ukraine” willing to fight and die for the cause, but the Ukrainian authorities certainly are not.

She realized while she was in jail for her crimes, the powers that be in Kiev were not worshiping at the altar of Bandera, sacrificing a goat or two for the glory of Ukraine, but instead robbing the country blind, while she and her comrades served as useful idiots dying on Ukrainian battlefields.

She realized they were not fighting Russians, who could easily capture Kiev if they really wanted to, but rather, Ukrainian citizens, and that she and her comrades were bamboozled by the west, and the Oligarchs in power, to divide Ukraine with war, setting it up for western socio-economic conquest.

She realized that the revolution of dignity she fought for in Kiev, was actually a lie, the current Ukrainian authorities are legitimized criminals, who rose to power on bloodshed, and they, in fact, sent the snipers which fired on Maidan protesters, and security forces alike. She realized after being promised so much, the revolution of dignity was a complete and utter farce and sham.

Ukraine has Gone Insane

Ukraine has gone completely insane – not just because of this, but because of everything that’s happened after 2014. Lets recap, shall we? Before 2014, when Ukraine was allegedly controlled by Russia, the country was peaceful, there was no war, and at worst, some people in one side of the country didn’t get along with some others at the opposite end. Everyone basically went about their normal affairs. After the so-called Revolution of Dignity:

  • The Ukrainian government collapsed, and a democratically elected President was ousted in a violent coup.
  • A fratricidal war began in Donbass, which killed around 10,000 people including children.
    • The war crimes were committed by Ukrainian government forces – however, a large amount of the army deserted – Ukraine can’t even keep their army in line – so a majority of the worst atrocities were committed by Neo-Nazi battalions.
  • Fascism effectively returned to Europe for the first time since 1945 – in the heart of a country which fought fascism. Former Nazi Ukrainian elements from western Ukraine were rehabilitated like Bandera.
  • The rise of fascism effectively revitalized the certain radical bands of Uniates, which since the 16th century Union of Brest, killed Orthodox Christians.
  • Crimeans voted to join Russia, motivated especially by fear of Ukrainian fascism.
  • Ukrainian fascism has scared away even Russophobes in Poland.
  • Ukraine lost wonderful opportunities with Russia, and was forced into a Master-Slave trade relationship with the EU.
  • EU leaders STILL say Ukraine is decades away from joining EU
  • In recent days
    • Former Georgian President Saakashvili (stripped of citizenship in his own country and wanted for corruption) was appointed Governor of Odessa in Ukraine. He then attempted to overthrow the corrupt Ukrainian government – and was deported after a back and forth fight with the current President.
    • Now Savchenko – a former ‘Hero of Ukraine’, hailed as the Ukrainian Joan of Arc and jailed in Russia for murder, has been arrested on accusations of terrorism against Ukraine.

The Kiev regime now maintains that this is all a plot of Russian secret services, yet it’s not Russia which has descended into a dystopian quagmire.

Ukrainian democracy in action

Now, Ukraine is arresting and jailing not only one of their soldiers, but one who earned the highest medal and title in the land: Hero of Ukraine. Ukraine is jailing their own Heroes, corrupt exiled former presidents of foreign countries are appointed Ukrainian governors, only for them to call the government corrupt and state coups, and a civil war is raging killing thousands. Ukraine still maintains that it is all Russia’s fault, even as they jail their own Heroes who kill Russians. It seems the Hetman (title for Cossack ruler) must soon come to terms with the fact that he is wearing no clothes.

I’d tell him to buy some – but the oligarchs have already stolen all the clothes.

 

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Russia’s Lukoil Halts Oil Swaps In Venezuela After U.S. Sanctions

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades.

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Litasco, the international trading arm of Russia’s second-biggest oil producer Lukoil, stopped its oil swaps deals with Venezuela immediately after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and state oil firm PDVSA, Lukoil’s chief executive Vagit Alekperov said at an investment forum in Russia.

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, has vowed to defend its interests in Venezuela—including oil interests—within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us.”

Because of Moscow’s support for Maduro, the international community and market analysts are closely watching the relationship of Russian oil companies with Venezuela.

“Litasco does not work with Venezuela. Before the restrictions were imposed, Litasco had operations to deliver oil products and to sell oil. There were swap operations. Today there are none, since the sanctions were imposed,” Lukoil’s Alekperov said at the Russian Investment Forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Another Russian oil producer, Gazprom Neft, however, does not see major risks for its oil business in Venezuela, the company’s chief executive officer Alexander Dyukov said at the same event.

Gazprom Neft has not supplied and does not supply oil products to Venezuela needed to dilute the thick heavy Venezuelan oil, Dyukov said, noting that the Latin American country hadn’t approached Gazprom Neft for possible supply of oil products for diluents.

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades. Analysts expect that a shortage of diluents could accelerate beginning this month the already steadily declining Venezuelan oil production and exports.

Venezuela’s crude oil production plunged by another 59,000 bpd from December 2018 to stand at just 1.106 million bpd in January 2019, OPEC’s secondary sources figures showed in the cartel’s closely watched Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) this week.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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Germany Pulls Rank on Macron and American Energy Blackmail

Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question.

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It was billed politely as a Franco-German “compromise” when the EU balked at adopting a Gas Directive which would have undermined the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia.

Nevertheless, diplomatic rhetoric aside, Berlin’s blocking last week of a bid by French President Emmanuel Macron to impose tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 gas project was without doubt a firm rebuff to Paris.

Macron wanted to give the EU administration in Brussels greater control over the new pipeline running from Russia to Germany. But in the end the so-called “compromise” was a rejection of Macron’s proposal, reaffirming Germany in the lead role of implementing the Nord Stream 2 route, along with Russia.

The $11-billion, 1,200 kilometer pipeline is due to become operational at the end of this year. Stretching from Russian mainland under the Baltic Sea, it will double the natural gas supply from Russia to Germany. The Berlin government and German industry view the project as a vital boost to the country’s ever-robust economy. Gas supplies will also be distributed from Germany to other European states. Consumers stand to gain from lower prices for heating homes and businesses.

Thus Macron’s belated bizarre meddling was rebuffed by Berlin. A rebuff was given too to the stepped-up pressure from Washington for the Nord Stream 2 project to be cancelled. Last week, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and two other American envoys wrote an op-ed for Deutsche Welle in which they accused Russia of trying to use “energy blackmail” over Europe’s geopolitics.

Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question. Those extra regulations if they had been imposed would have potentially made the Russian gas supply more expensive. As it turns out, the project will now go-ahead without onerous restrictions.

In short, Macron and the spoiling tactics of Washington, along with EU states hostile to Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries, have been put in their place by Germany and its assertion of national interests of securing economical and abundant gas supply from Russia. Other EU member states that backed Berlin over Nord Stream 2 were Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

Washington’s claims that Nord Stream 2 would give Russia leverage of Europe’s security have been echoed by Poland and the Baltic states. Poland, and non-EU Ukraine, stand to lose out billions of dollars-worth of transit fees. Such a move, however, is the prerogative of Germany and Russia to find a more economical mode of supply. Besides, what right has Ukraine to make demands on a bilateral matter that is none of its business? Kiev’s previous bad faith over not paying gas bills to Russia disbars it from reasonable opinion.

Another factor is the inherent Russophobia of Polish and Baltic politicians who view everything concerning Russia through a prism of paranoia.

For the Americans, it is obviously a blatant case of seeking to sell their own much more expensive natural gas to Europe’s giant energy market – in place of Russia’s product. Based on objective market figures, Russia is the most competitive supplier to Europe. The Americans are therefore trying to snatch a strategic business through foul means of propaganda and political pressure. Ironically, the US German ambassador Richard Grenell and the other American envoys wrote in their recent oped: “Europe must retain control of its energy security.”

Last month, Grenell threatened German and European firms involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 that they could face punitive American sanctions in the future. Evidently, it is the US side that is using “blackmail” to coerce others into submission, not Russia.

Back to Macron. What was he up to in his belated spoiling tactics over Nord Stream 2 and in particular the attempted problems being leveled for Germany if the extra regulations had been imposed?

It seems implausible that Macron was suddenly finding a concern for Poland and the Baltic states in their paranoia over alleged Russian invasion.

Was Macron trying to garner favors from the Trump administration? His initial obsequious rapport with Trump has since faded from the early days of Macron’s presidency in 2017. By doing Washington’s bidding to undermine the Nord Stream 2 project was Macron trying to ingratiate himself again?

The contradictions regarding Macron are replete. He is supposed to be a champion of “ecological causes”. A major factor in Germany’s desire for the Nord Stream 2 project is that the increased gas supply will reduce the European powerhouse’s dependence on dirty fuels of coal, oil and nuclear power. By throwing up regulatory barriers, Macron is making it harder for Germany and Europe to move to cleaner sources of energy that the Russian natural gas represents.

Also, if Macron had succeeded in imposing tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 project it would have inevitably increased the costs to consumers for gas bills. This is at a time when his government is being assailed by nationwide Yellow Vest protests over soaring living costs, in particular fuel-price hikes.

A possible factor in Macron’s sabotage bid in Germany’s Nord Stream 2 plans was his chagrin over Berlin’s rejection of his much-vaunted reform agenda for the Eurozone bloc within the EU. Despite Macron’s very public amity with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin has continually knocked back the French leader’s ambitions for reform.

It’s hard to discern what are the real objectives of Macron’s reforms. But they seem to constitute a “banker’s charter”. Many eminent German economists have lambasted his plans, which they say will give more taxpayer-funded bailouts to insolvent banks. They say Macron is trying to move the EU further away from the social-market economy than the bloc already has moved.

What Macron, an ex-Rothschild banker, appears to be striving for is a replication of his pro-rich, anti-worker policies that he is imposing on France, and for these policies to be extended across the Eurozone. Berlin is not buying it, realizing such policies will further erode the social fabric. This could be the main reason why Macron tried to use the Nord Stream 2 project as leverage over Berlin.

In the end, Macron and Washington – albeit working for different objectives – were defeated in their attempts to sabotage the emerging energy trade between Germany, Europe and Russia. Nord Stream 2, as with Russia’s Turk Stream to the south of Europe, seems inevitable by sheer force of natural partnership.

On this note, the Hungarian government’s comments this week were apt. Budapest accused some European leaders and the US of “huge hypocrisy” in decrying association with Russia over energy trade. Macron has previously attended an economics forum in St Petersburg, and yet lately has sought to “blackmail” and disrupt Germany over its trade plans with Russia.

As for the Americans, their arrant hypocrisy is beyond words. As well as trying to dictate to Europe about “market principles” and “energy security”, it was reported this week that Washington is similarly demanding Iraq to end its import of natural gas from neighboring Iran.

Iraq is crippled by electricity and power shortages because of the criminal war that the US waged on that country from 2003-2011 which destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Iraq critically needs Iranian gas supplies to keep the lights and fans running. Yet, here we have the US now dictating to Iraq to end its lifeline import of Iranian fuel in order to comply with the Trump administration’s sanctions against Tehran. Iraq is furious at the latest bullying interference by Washington in its sovereign affairs.

The hypocrisy of Washington and elitist politicians like Emmanuel Macron has become too much to stomach. Maybe Germany and others are finally realizing who the charlatans are.

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Russia Readies Own Web To Survive Global Internet Shutdown

Russia is simultaneously building a mass censorship system similar to that seen in China.

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Russian authorities and major telecom operators are preparing to disconnect the country from the world wide web as part of an exercise to prepare for future cyber attacks, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

The purpose of the exercise is to develop a threat analysis and provide feedback to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament last December.

The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russian internet service providers (ISP) to guarantee the independence of the Russian Internet (Runet) in the event of a foreign attack to sever the country’s internet from the world wide web.

Telecom operators (MegaFon, VimpelCom (Beeline brand), MTS, Rostelecom and others) will have to introduce the “technical means” to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), Russia’s federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications.

Roskomnazor will observe all internet traffic and make sure data between Russian users stays within the country’s borders, and is not re-routed abroad.

The exercise is expected to occur before April 1, as Russian authorities have not given exact dates.

The measures described in the law include Russia constructing its internet system, known as Domain Name System (DNS), so it can operate independently from the rest of the world.

Across the world, 12 companies oversee the root servers for DNS and none are located in Russia. However, there are copies of Russia’s core internet address book inside the country suggesting its internet could keep operating if the US cut it off.

Ultimately, the Russian government will require all domestic traffic to pass through government-controlled routing points. These hubs will filter traffic so that data sent between Russians internet users work seamlessly, but any data to foreign computers would be rejected.

Besides protecting its internet, Russia is simultaneously building a mass censorship system similar to that seen in China.

“What Russia wants to do is to bring those router points that handle data entering or exiting the country within its borders and under its control- so that it can then pull up the drawbridge, as it were, to external traffic if it’s under threat – or if it decides to censor what outside information people can access.

China’s firewall is probably the world’s best known censorship tool and it has become a sophisticated operation. It also polices its router points, using filters and blocks on keywords and certain websites and redirecting web traffic so that computers cannot connect to sites the state does not wish Chinese citizens to see,” said BBC.

The Russian government started preparations for creating its internet several years ago. Russian officials expect 95% of all internet traffic locally by next year.

As for Russia unplugging its internet from the rest of the world for an upcoming training exercise, well, this could potentially anger Washington because it is one less sanction that can keep Moscow contained.

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