Ukraine politicians, former head secret service and militia allegedly involved in art robbery the Netherlands

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Ukraine former head of SBU, a leader of extreme right Ukraine political party and a militia leader are involved in an art robbery. Their role is so far unknown. It shows the corruption in Ukraine and could add a piece of the puzzle on MH17.

To be able to solve a crime you need context, evidence, a motive and lots of information. A good detective is also unbiased and only interested in truth finding. These are all pieces of a puzzle.

This applies to MH17 as well.

So far we hardly have evidence which helps to understand what happened. We know MH17 was shot down. According Dutch Safety Board by a BUK missile. Despite all intelligence like satellites the public does not know who did it.

To understand more about circumstances, possible culprits and motives we need to know more about Ukraine.

At December 7 2015 information was published about very old and expensive paintings stolen from a Dutch museum. The paintings are in the hands of an Ukraine militia leader named Borys Hoemenjoek(also written as Borys Humeniuk ) . The deputy leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists  OUN, told a detective his militia found the paintings in a villa belonging to people in the inner circle of former Ukraine president Janoekovitsj. The villa was located in Eastern Ukraine. The detective found this story not very reliable.

Ukraine has severall voluntary army’s. These militia’s are officially under control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However the people serving in the militia’s are not well paid or not paid at all. They do ot get supplies are are left on their own by Kiev. Some are sponsored by oligarchs. For example by Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Hoemenjoek was fired a while ago (around March 2015) . According the current leader of the OUN because Hoemenjoek could not be trusted. He stole from other militia members. For example a car. The current leader was not surprised that Hoemenjoek was suspected to be involved in art robbery.

The militia is controled by Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of extreme right party  Svoboda. Also the post-EuroMaidan  and now former head of the Ukraine secret service SBU,Valentyn Nalyvaichenko  is likely to be involved in the selling of the paintings.

Some like Dutch newspaper Trouw suggest Hoemenjoek never was a figher. However there are various photos indicating he was a soldier.

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Borys Humeniuk claims he does not know Oleh Tyahnybok. However both are seen standing next to eachother in this photo.

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Nalyvaichenko has been twice head of the Ukraine Secret Service. First from December 2006 till March 2010.  His second time was from February 2015 till June 2015.  Nalyvaichenko´s allies are Oleh Tyahnybok, Dmitry Yarosh, Andriy Parubiy and Semen Semenchenko.

In this article it is stated that Borys Humeniuk had mentioned the name of Nalyvaichenko during a meeting at the Dutch embassy. According Humeniuk Nalyvaichenko knew about the painting.

Brand suggests the meeting was taped on video.

Nalyvaickenko went to the United States in November 2015 to speak for the US Congress. This article provides some insights in relations between the current president and business man. Corruption all over the place. “Each and every place and every position close to Poroshenko is occupied only by people he can trust and only by people loyal to him” according Nalyvaickenko.

The Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs negotiated with Ukraine to get the paintings returned to the Dutch museum. So far without success. He believes the SBU is not involved in the art robbery.

This article about Nalyvaichenko makes clear he has friendly ties with Ukraine oligarches. The former  head of SBU made some remarkable statements in the past. In November 2014 he stated that terrorists wanted to attack a Dutch investigation team working on MH17. Later the Dutch government said there was not a single indication for that. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko in August 2014 stated the the pro Russian rebels intended to shot down an Aeroflot aircraft but made a mistake and shot down MH17 instead.

This article published by orientalreview.org is interesting. It described Finland did an investigation into Nalyvaichenko. In 1994-97 Nalyvaichenko worked for consular office of the Ukraine Embassy in Finland as second/First Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in Finland, Denmark and Norway .He misused his diplomatic status for smuggling antiquities. 

When Valentin Nalyvaichenko, then the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), was in the process of being appointed the ambassador to the US in the spring of 2009, the Ukrainians decided to probe the attitude of the US State Department. Washington’s answer shocked Kiev – American officials informed them that they possessed reliable data indicating that Nalyvaichenko had committed serious violations of Finnish law when he worked at the Ukrainian embassy in Helsinki. Using his diplomatic status, Nalyvaichenko had set up a pipeline for smuggling antiquities. With their customary attention to detail, the Finnish police recorded every fact in writing, which naturally they shared with their American friends. They requested that the matter not proceed any further. And now, given the exceptional nature of the US-Ukrainian partnership, the US State Department has recommended that Kiev not move the issue to an official level, i.e., that they not request agrément for the country’s chief spy, suspecting that at the most inopportune moment this sensitive information might become public knowledge and have a fatal effect on the progressive development of their bilateral relations. But in fact, the CIA needed Nalyvaichenko for what Washington saw as a key post – as head of the SBU. So there’s the story.

In april 2015  Nalyvaickenko stated that the Russian FSB was involved in the Maidan killing.

In June 2015 current president Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft resolution on dismissal Valentyn Nalyvaichenko as Chairman of Ukraine’s SBU security service.At June 18 2015 Nalyvaichenko was dismissed by the Ukraine parliament.

There are more indications for criminal operations by Ukraine right-wing. For example the mysterious sniper attacks on Feb. 20, 2014, that slaughtered both police and protesters in Kiev’s Maidan square, with the violence immediately blamed on President Viktor Yanukovych. It is very likely extreme right-wing elements were responsible for the shootings.

Robert Parry, a well respected critical US journalist, reported that sources within the US secret service had stated that rogue elements were responsible for downing MH17.

In November 2015 powerlines were knocked down providing electricity to Crimea. The leadership of both the Crimean Tatars, forced into exile by Russia, and a right-wing nationalist group, Right Sector, endorsed the destruction without claiming responsibility. The Ukraine government was not happy at all with this sabotage.

Another example are the leaks published by Ukraine Censor.net showing pictures of the MH17 investigation. Like X-rays, and the cockit reconstruction.

It shows there are various military forces active in Ukraine which are rogue meaning not under a central control by Kiev. There are many relations between business people, politicians, oligarchs and militia’s. This Kievpost article provides some insight.

At december 8 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine responded. In short he regrets that the Dutch museum started negotiations with people holding the paintings instead of contacting the Ukraine authorities like police. (source). Klimkin is afraid this news will have a negative effect on the Dutch referendum due on April 6.

Arthur Brand, the Dutch detective who had talks with people having the paintings, stated at December 9 that from the start there has been contact with Ukraine authorities. Klimkin was informed at September 9 about the situation. (source)

At December 9 Ukraine TV Hromadske had a discussion with detective Brand and Borys Humeniuk. Humenik is interviewed here and states he wants to sue Brand.

At December 11 the National Police invited the Dutch police to come to Ukraine and help recovering the paintings.
Сomment by the chief of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze regarding paintings

at december 12 BBC Newsnight aired an item on this subject. Watch it here.

To get an impression of how the Ukraine parliament operates see this video. Fighting is not uncommon in the Rada.

Dutch state news NOS reported about the art robbery here. Dutch RTL Nieuws has a report here.

The Telegraph has the story here.

Telegraph published at December 15 an additional story about corruption in Ukraine. A quote from the article reads:

As corruption allegations have become a daily occurrence in Ukraine, even Ukraine’s biggest supporters in the US government have now expressed disappointment with the pace of reforms. US vice president Joe Biden last week warned the country’s leaders to get their act together or face losing international support.

This is a video of a fight between Avakov and Saakashvili with english subtitles. Avakov throws a glass of water .

 

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17 Comments on Ukraine politicians, former head secret service and militia allegedly involved in art robbery the Netherlands

  1. Liane Theuer // December 8, 2015 at 1:39 am // Reply

    Admin wrote : „Valentyn Nalyvaichenko in August 2014 stated the the pro Russian rebels intended to shot down an Aeroflot aircraft but made a mistake and shot down MH17 instead.“
    Another link to this :
    http://www.sbu.gov.ua/sbu/control/en/publish/article;jsessionid=9B4EDD2E857F1D6BF2AE3028792A6317.app1?art_id=129860&cat_id=35317

    Nalyvaichenko has close ties to „the American Friends“ especially the CIA. He even provided the CIA with their own room in the SBU headquarters to browse files.

    Nalyvaichenko´s allies are Oleh Tyahnybok, Dmitry Yarosh, Andriy Parubiy and Semen Semenchenko.

    A lot of well known names (nothing has changed) :
    Dec. 10, 2010 !!!
    “Nalyvaichenko, former SBU chief, talks about corruption, shady gas trade, Gongadze murder”
    http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/nalyvaichenko-former-sbu-chief-talks-about-corrupt-92518.html?flavour=mobile

  2. “Ukraine politicians, former head secret service and militia involved in art robbery the Netherlands” — you could at least say “allegedly” and be careful enough to ALLEGEDLY link them to an ATTEMPT TO SELL the stolen paintings but not to the ROBBERY itself. Shame on you.

    ” The paintings are in the hands of an Ukraine militia leader named Borys Hoemenjoek (also written as Borys Humeniuk ) . The deputy leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists OUN” – now, it’s not your fault, it were the Dutch museum workers being not too precise: Mr. Humeniuk used to have been the official speaker and, formally, a deputy commander of a volunteer “battalion” (that had several dozen men) named after the WWII anti-Nazi and anti-Soviet Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) (and its modern reincarnation); but he was dismissed for disobedience back in March 2015 and had no official links to the “OUN Battalion” at the time of the described events thus being an impostor. Most part of the “battalion” is now a unit within the Armed Forces of Ukraine while a very small part, as it looks like, still act as an non-legalized formation within the war zone.

    “former Ukraine president Janoekovitsj” — Dutch spelling; mostly known in the English version as Viktor Yanukovych.

    “Ukraine has severall voluntary army’s. These militia’s are officially under control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However the people serving in the militia’s are not well paid or not paid at all. They do ot get supplies are are left on their own by Kiev. Some are sponsored by oligarchs. For example by Ihor Kolomoyskyi” — now, all of this is wrong, though part of it may have been true a year and a half ago.

    Since Spring 2015, there are no “voluntary armies” in Ukraine: they have been officially incorporated into the standing armed services, either the Armed Forces or into the structures of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs including its separate National Guard. The two small exceptions are: the uncontrolled parts of the former “OUN Battalion” under Mr. Humeniuk and the still unintegrated parts of the “Right Sector Volunteer Ukrainian Corpse” (DUK PS, most parts of it have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine), — altogether several dozen men.

    “The militia is controled by Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of extreme right party Svoboda” — well, not so. The still uncontrolled dozens of the former “OUN Battalion” are more radical than Tiahnybok and could hardly be called “controlled by him.”

    “Also the post-EuroMaidan and now former head of the Ukraine secret service SBU,Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is likely to be involved in the selling of the paintings” — you’ve again forgot to say “allegedly.”

    However, I personally used to believe Mr. Nalyvaichenko in the past, he seemed to be an un-engaged Ukrainian patriot, but now I see he’s most likely to have been financially or politically “bought” and corrupted by some business/political interests claiming to be “nationalist,” so now I’m much critical to what he says.

    “There are more indications for criminal operations by Ukraine right-wing. For example the mysterious sniper attacks on Feb. 20, 2014, that slaughtered both police and protesters in Kiev’s Maidan square, with the violence immediately blamed on President Viktor Yanukovych. It is very likely extreme right-wing elements were responsible for the shootings.” — While the episode has absolutely nothing to do with the stolen Dutch paintings, the above mentioned sniper attacks are not linked with the “extreme right-wing elements” by any responsible analysts while it has been well known from the very beginning that, indeed, several police have been killed by the firearms that the demonstrators began to use after they began to be killed en masse.

    “Robert Parry, a well respected critical US journalist” — no, you are kidding. No one in this world would now ever name Robert Parry — who used to be a very respected investigative anti-US-establishment journalist in the past — a “well respected journalist” now. In the war of Russia against Ukraine, he acts as a clear Kremlin stooge (though I have no receipts to claim he’s paid for that; maybe he’s a sincere Putin’s admirer, or, after the “Iran-Contras deal” he’s exposed, just a hater of anything officially American, and thus: see the previous item).

    And why do you still post a link to a July item by R. P. on the rumors of the Dutch MH17 report while we have the original report now?

    Sorry, but every thing you publish now is just misleading.

    “Nalyvaichenko wants to become the next president of Ukraine. And went to US in November to get some support.” — Oh, you’ve made my day (or night). Nalyvaichenko??? Well, maybe “he wants.” But he’ll hardly become mayor of a town (not a city). And don’t forget, I used to be an admirer of his. Not any more. And I’m not alone.

    • You know the word allegedly? I’m surprised. Particularly on topic of MH17 those like you are not known to apply it.

      Any careful person watching videos from Maidan could see all the necessary details about shootings, if he/she really wanted. But let me link typical Kremlin propaganda organisation http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31359021

      Robert Perry was consistent to expose wrongdoings from US government. He knows the level of scum that takes decision in those circles. So he has all the right to doubt their assessment on anything. The fraud that Bellingcat sect is made it easy for him to argue on MH17 case. The unscientific proclamations from DSB report make it even easier to doubt the sincerity of anti-russian campaign unleashed by western governments and MSMs.

      Who are you to disrespect Perry? What did you do on your life to be comparable of exposing the evildoings of most powerful murder machine in the world

      • “Who are you to disrespect Perry? What did you do on your life to be comparable of exposing the evildoings of most powerful murder machine in the world”

        Well, I do try to expose the evil doings of one of the two most powerful murder machines in the world nowadays, i. e. Russia (the other one is ISIS).

        And who are you to teach me what shall I do??? Except from filling up these pages with Kremlin propaganda?

        • Russia is not the shining example of righteousness and has a lot of skeletons in the wardrobe. So my job is simple, filter real evildoings from fake ones. Even if the evil fact is confirmed, nothing new actually. Western media and literature portraits Russia as real Mordor, so any expose wrongdoings usually dwarf in comparison with imaginary picture.
          Robert Perry exposes evildoings of exceptionals that think that they are always right. USA establishment portrayed itself as white elves. So when their true nature is exposed the contrast is very strong.
          Your conviction is an attempt to copy USA self image technik of seeing no evil and put blinds on obvious facts about your country and mentality. The result is just a joke. In the last 25 years your arrogance lead you to collapse of already two countries and everytime you think of yourself as center of the universe. In 1991 you were going to reach the prosperity level of France, so you demanded independence. Result we know. Now you swallowed the same bate again and maybe in 20 years return to the levels of Yanukovitch economy. Good luck, my dear result of disgusting social experiment by Austrian philosophers another end of 19 and beginning of 20th century. Continue waiting for instructions from your overlords, who will never treat you as equal. At least in Soviet union you even could become the country leader ( at least 3 Ukrainians). Now you will just stay as untermensch with no prospects.

          In this conflict I receive direct updates from relatives in Donetsk, they voluntary went to referendum and voted for independence. Your kind chose a peculiar way of convincing them to change the opinion – Grad missiles into apartment block. Missed by 4 floors. But your media tells you that army is not bombing residential areas. And you believe it. So no surprises for me.

          And just to make you happy, I think that Putin is a jerk that loves luxury and showing off – undistinguishable from western politicians.

          • Prosto Tak // December 10, 2015 at 9:42 am //

            “Continue waiting for instructions from your overlords, who will never treat you as equal” — oh yes, it would be much better to get orders from YOUR Russian overlords 🙂

            “Your kind chose a peculiar way of convincing them to change the opinion – Grad missiles into apartment block” — you’ve only forgot to say that “peaceful miners and tractor drivers” had just fired with “Grads” “bought at the nearest convenience store” from within an apartment block neighborhood at those who did not happen to admire such a way of installing separatism — by armed force and from behind human shields, exactly as Great Putin (who you consider a jerk) had taught.

          • Yes, yes. I’m surprised you didn’t go further with it and blamed them for shooting at themselves. I thought your army chief is claiming it as well. People of East Ukraine are also known to shoot MANPADS at airconditioners just to blame Ukrs. Horrible people.

            But this aside, under the Statute of the International Criminal Court, intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts independent of circumstances. I know that you don’t care. You consider everyone in the East as terrorist worth killing.

    • You might believe this is misleading. Maybe the details are not always correct or outdated. The whole purpose of this article is to show the corruption in Ukraine politics and SBU.
      I hope you agree that these paintings should be returned to the owner. And that does not happen even after the Dutch minister requested that to the Ukraine government.

    • You are definitely not Ukrainian nor Russian. If you label Russians as the biggest murderers you are falsely informed. Russians were the first victims of a genocide beyond any human comprehensive ever. The Russian revolutionaries in 1917, were all Russian Jews. Lenin was supported by Germany, Levi Bronstein (Troski) supported by America They and their comrades were the biggest slaughters ever existed on earth, mind you, before Stalin and Hitler.
      Quote the official consular letter of Dutch vice consul in Petersburg Willem Jacob Oudendijk “Those revolutionars are Jews and are a danger for the whole world”. The famous English philosopher Bertrand Russell quote the daily routine in the Revolution is in the hands of New York Jews (former Russian emigrants).
      Your acquisition is so wrong and based on propaganda during the cold war. The Russians, no soviets, were the first to make step out off the Soviet Union. Read Reagan-Gorbachev meeting 1986 in Reikjavik. Read Jack F. Matlock Jr., ambassador to the U.S.S.R.
      Now Ukraine is very strongly related if not united with Russia. You are a fool to believe that you can separate them from each other.
      For the Maidan snipers I advise you to read the full forensics report of The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine by Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D. School of Political Studies University of Ottawa < http://tpo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Snipers_Massacre_on_the_Maidan_in_Ukraine_APSA_Conference.pdf
      Please show some more sympathy for all human beings squashed in this brutal 1917 like regime change.

  3. Liane Theuer // December 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm // Reply

    First one question :
    Why is Borys Humeniuk not arrested ? Will dealing in stolen goods not be punished in Ukraine ?

    As the story has evolved (along the lines of “Attack is the best defense” – Proven strategy with MH17) :

    Boris Humenyuk on the case :
    “Volunteer Battalion OUN Boris Humenyuk, who held talks with Dutch West Friesland Museum for the return of stolen paintings, said that money for the return of art was not required.”
    http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/12/9/7091875/

    „However, Humeniuk says that “information about the found collection was not exclusive – neither for me nor anyone else. It was not a secret. I told someone about it, someone tried to tell me… Volunteers, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, my friends, my fellows knew about this…”
    He also said that as the days went by, there was no help from anyone: “And then I went to the embassy to make them happy with good news. Please, do not thank me, I just brought you information. That’s all.”
    http://www.unian.info/society/1208729-stolen-dutch-paintings-found-in-house-of-yanukovychs-ally.html

    Press service of the Volunteer Movement OUN :
    “Boris Humenyuk has no relation to the Volunteer Battalion OUN. We count on common sense and decency of the Dutch.
    We hope our clarifying enters the same publicity as groundless accusations. Otherwise we will assume that aggression information within the Putin regime, this is another attack on the image of the national liberation movement in Ukraine, the Netherlands and the media used for blind enemies of our young independent state.
    We also demand official apologies and denials of Representatives of the Museum of Western Friesland and Arthur Brand for slander Volunteer Battalion OUN, which from the beginning of the war and still protects the integrity of the state in the area of ATO.”
    https://www.facebook.com/1434842496805156/photos/a.1434845173471555.1073741827.1434842496805156/1665514523737951/?type=3

    “The battalion’s commander, Mykola Kokhanivsky, denies that his fighters had anything to do with the ransom demands. He even went to the Dutch Embassy to demand an apology.
    Humenyuk is not hiding — he claims he never demanded money from the Dutch, that he has never seen the paintings but only knew of their whereabouts, and that he was willing to testify in any investigation.
    It’s not easy for Kiev to do anything, though. Ukraine is now a country full of weapons, and these guns are in the hands of radical groups that don’t have much respect for authority. The government is careful about cracking down on the nationalist volunteers: They were instrumental in overthrowing Yanukovych, and they could be dangerous if provoked.”
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-12-09/stolen-art-hampers-ukraine-s-eu-progress

    Press Service of Svoboda :
    “Svoboda” demands from the management of Dutch art institution immediately refute false accusations about Oleh Tiahnybok.
    Especially disgusting is the fact that the Kremlin’s dirty intake against “Svoboda” and the entire nationalist movement took up and actively replicated the Ukrainian pro-government media, trying to divert public attention from the problems related to the corruption actions by Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Government of Ukraine. We hope that the Security Service of Ukraine will give a proper appraisal to the actions of the national media killers who are at the request of their owners deliberately spreading false information that harms the international image of our country.”
    http://en.svoboda.org.ua/news/comments/00016451/

    Conter of Arthur Brand :
    Borys Humeniuk claims he does not know Oleh Tyahnybok from Svoboda. But who is the man next to him on this picture??
    https://twitter.com/brand_arthur/status/675389250674761728?lang=en-gb
    Comrades Oleh and Valentyn:
    https://twitter.com/brand_arthur/status/674623563803029504?lang=en-gb
    My friend Borys Humeniuk on the Svoboda-list:
    https://twitter.com/brand_arthur/status/674622012002824193?lang=en-gb

  4. Yes, the shooting of MH17 must be seen in connection with the felt of SBU, volunteer battalions and politicians !

    Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
    „Members of the Ukrainian secret service SBU have played a role in marketing the lost paintings of the West Frisian Museum in Hoorn. According to art theft expert Arthur Brand, who was investigating the stolen art and traveled to Ukraine, it is therefore very likely that the SBU is involved in the case.
    “Later I heard from well-informed sources that the leader of the Ukrainian right-wing party Svoboda was in charge behind the scenes,” Brand said at the press conference. “Also the name Valentyn Nalyvaichenko was mentioned regularly. He is the former leader of the Ukrainian secret service. I can not make everything public, but a connection between the stolen art and the secret service is therefore more than likely. Especially because the members of the service are involved in any case.”
    It is not known how Humeniuk has acquired the paintings. But he would have links with far-right party Svoboda, a small party in the Ukrainian parliament, writes [Dutch right-wing daily] De Telegraaf. And the leader of Svoboda Oleh Tyahnybok is said to have good contacts with the Ukrainian police and security forces. …
    Dutch Minister Koenders of Foreign Affairs has raised the matter with the Ukrainian president Poroshenko. But Poroshenko is said to have already said that it would not be easy.”
    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/ukrainian-neo-nazis-secret-police-stole-ancient-dutch-paintings/

    “The dutch investigation into police officer Mark M. Is expanding to Ukraine. He would there have been for years on a network of gangsters and members of the secret service.
    Agents of the national investigations include whether Brabantse drug traffickers were working through the Ukraine new criminal markets in Eastern Europe to tap. They are also viewing if Mark M. had tried to sell information from the police investigation into last years downed plane MH17 over Ukraine to interested groups. “But we have no firm indication that there MH17 information was leaked. Until now”, said an investigating officer.
    For safety reasons, the officer was transferred to a military detention center in Stroe. According to his lawyer Jan Hein Kuijpers “because in this case so much information leaked that he would be in danger.”
    In view of the sensitivity of the study, Mark M. only have contact with his lawyer. A request by lawyer Kuijpers to lift these restrictions last Wednesday turned down by the court in Den Bosch.”
    http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2015/11/13/onderzoek-politiemol-nu-in-oekraine

    Here is an interesting story about Valentin Nalyvaichenko :
    Jan 28, 2015
    Ukraine is plundering its own museums on the way to Europe
    By Victor LIPNITSKY (Ukraine), Urmas ECKHOLM (Finland)
    “When Valentin Nalyvaichenko, then the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), was in the process of being appointed the ambassador to the US in the spring of 2009, the Ukrainians decided to probe the attitude of the US State Department. Washington’s answer shocked Kiev – American officials informed them that they possessed reliable data indicating that Nalyvaichenko had committed serious violations of Finnish law when he worked at the Ukrainian embassy in Helsinki. Using his diplomatic status, Nalyvaichenko had set up a pipeline for smuggling antiquities. With their customary attention to detail, the Finnish police recorded every fact in writing, which naturally they shared with their American friends. They requested that the matter not proceed any further. And now, given the exceptional nature of the US-Ukrainian partnership, the US State Department has recommended that Kiev not move the issue to an official level, i.e., that they not request agrément for the country’s chief spy, suspecting that at the most inopportune moment this sensitive information might become public knowledge and have a fatal effect on the progressive development of their bilateral relations. But in fact, the CIA needed Nalyvaichenko for what Washington saw as a key post – as head of the SBU. So there’s the story.”
    http://orientalreview.org/2015/01/28/ukraine-is-plundering-its-own-museums-on-the-way-to-europe/

    • So, that’s it.

      I have not read the article about “Nalyvaichenko plundering Ukrainian museums” when I was writing my previous post; now I have.

      Ant the article is a complete lie.

      The Museum of History of Kyiv mentioned there was actually first looted on the night of January 25, 2014. And it happened the last night the building was under full control of the then ‘Berkut’ riot police force. Early on January 26, the police left the building, and the museum workers and the activists could finally get in to register the situation. (http://prostir.museum/ua/post/32017, in Russian)

      The second looting indeed took place on the night of February 18/19. And, again, it was exactly the first night after the police drove all the protesters away from the building and again took it under its control! (http://prostir.museum/ua/post/32173, in Russian)

      So, it would be very difficult to put the blame for that on the defenders of democracy for anyone — but not for the “rusvesna.su” Russian (“Soviet,” according to its web domain .su) anti-Ukrainian propaganda outlet that actually published the original Russian text you linked in the English translation.

      Thus, still another lie you have offered us is debunked.

  5. Liane Theuer, you can find similar stories about almost every Ukrainian and most Russian politicians, especially if they are not pro-Kremlin. And if you don’t find such stories, you write them yourself (“you” collectively, not you personally).

    By the way, you (now, you personally) have already posted here similar faked stories about a chief Ukrainian expert on MH17 that did not take much time to debunk and show them to be completely untrue.

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