New corruption in the defense industry, the emissary of the States in Kiev, the nationalists threaten Gordon
Corruption in the “defense”: they all steal?
The corruption scandal in the Ukrainian defense industry is growing. The dismissal of the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of NSB last week did not stir up passions, because another portion of the investigation from Bigus.info appeared next, and all of yesterday was spent by his defendants on refutations.
True, the refutations were more likely confirmations – just as the day before Gladkovsky’s dismissal was, in fact, a recognition of his guilt on the part of Poroshenko.
This time, he refuted Ukroboronprom – and from his refutations it became clear that the altimeters (which were discussed in the new investigation) were actually purchased in Russia and indeed from the company to which Gladkovsky Jr. was involved.
The correspondence of the head of Ukroboronprom with the persons involved in the investigation, which dealt with the division of tens of thousands of dollars – cheat on the cost of equipment paid from the state budget, was not refuted.
And here it does not matter whether Gladkovsky was dismissed or not, since all this was happening in the Ukrainian defense industry at the time when Poroshenko proudly told about the growing power of the Ukrainian army and promised to cut off the hands of corrupt officials.
But in parallel with discrediting the entire leadership of the defense sector, this scandal raised other questions that were asked yesterday in social networks. In particular, the question about NABU, which for two years had all the information that emerged in the investigations, but did not take any steps. In this context, it’s already doubtful that NABU is really independent of Bankova, and the security forces ’wars take on the form of agreements that are played out for public opinion and for the West.
This means that the outcome of the scandal should be the answers to the questions not only about why corruption has pervaded all the way to the top, but also about whether there are any structures in Ukraine that actually fight against it.
Why is the emissary of Washington going to Ukraine
To us the auditor goes. Under Secretary of State Hale arrives in Kiev for three days. Officially, to assure the Ukrainian leadership of the continued support by the United States of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, to condemn Russian aggression, to lay a wreath at the memorial of the Heavenly Hundred and talk a little about elections.
Nobody doubted the intentions of the American emissary. Everyone is confident that it is necessary to assure the Ukrainian leadership and lay wreaths just three weeks before the presidential election, and the election itself is a side topic during the assurances.
But there are fears that the arrival of Hale is bad news for President Poroshenko. Because for assurances and a wreath one day is enough, if with dinner, then days, but no more. So, the emissary has some undeclared goals.
It is possible that the three-day visit of Hale will be key to the outcome of the elections in Ukraine. Surely he will meet, in addition to Poroshenko, also with Tymoshenko and Zelensky, and this will not be a protocol photograph, but a thorough meeting. The deputy secretary of state himself will not draw conclusions on their results, but it is his information that will form the basis of all Washington’s actions related to the Ukrainian elections.
However, the main concerns for Poroshenko are not the visit itself, but when it occurs. Recently there were only two events in Ukraine that could force Washington to make adjustments to its position on the Ukrainian elections – the corruption scandal in the Ukrainian defense industry and the abolition of the criminal article for illegal enrichment by the Constitutional Court.
Both reasons for a long visit, as we see, are negative for the president of Ukraine. And so nothing good Hale can not tell him. So, the only question is how bad the news will be for Poroshenko.
Sadovoy stops “offensive”
In the meantime, the Central Election Commission officially reduced the list of presidential candidates by one last name: the mayor of Lviv Sadovaya was removed from the future bulletin. True, his ads are still reported from citylights on the streets of Kiev and other cities, reporting “the only chance right now.” But the mayor of Lviv has already publicly handed over his chance to the candidate from the “Civic Position” Gritsenko.
Of course, for Anatoly Stepanovich, this is good luck – four weeks before the election, he received a positive message in his address and just showed up in the news, which he didn’t get very often.
However, if we consider the situation in the context of the entire electoral process, then it would have been better for Gritsenko if Sadovaya had not gone to the polls at all.
After all, in the autumn of last year, when the campaign was just beginning, the candidate from the “Civic Position” was among the top four favorites that looked the same as today, only in it there was no Zelensky. However, the entry into the struggle of Sadovoy was one of the key factors that beat Gritsenko from among the leaders.
What at that time was very necessary for Poroshenko. After all, it was not by chance that rumors circulated that Sadovaya worked for Bankovaya, but now he broke the pots and went to Gritsenko.
However, you can not be undone. Today, only four – Zelensky, Poroshenko, Tymoshenko and Boyko are considered as serious contenders for the second round. For Gritsenko’s future parliamentary campaign, unification with Sadovoy may indeed be a positive thing. However, by October they will have many more reasons to quarrel.
Can Gordon prevent reprisals?
One of the main scandals of the day yesterday broke out between journalist Gordon and two representatives of the nationalist camp – the notorious Fahrion and the deputy chairman of the Kirovograd regional council, Stepuroy.
It all began a few days ago, when Gordon gave an interview in which he negatively responded about Bandera. And in response to this negative review, Fahrion called on his supporters to create for Gordon “intolerable living conditions” so that he “died in wild agony.” And Stepura was limited only to the second wish.
However, this conflict did not begin at all a few days ago, but at the beginning of zero. During the first ten years of independent Ukraine, two political camps – nationalists and liberals – existed separately, and for some it was a shame to associate with others.
Before the first Maidan, a symbiosis appeared – national liberals, and as we get closer to modern times, the accents more and more mixed in favor of the nationalist component. And today, the greatly expanded camp of nationalists again does not want to have anything in common with the “liberastov”, while the liberals still retain the illusion of their community with the “twin cities.”
In fact, they never had anything in common. They agreed on a joint dislike for Russia, but the nationalists were never interested in European integration, and European values were generally hostile to them. And because the liberals were doomed to become enemies of the nationalists.
Having assisted the nationalists in the destruction of the “pro-Russian camp” in 2014, the liberals themselves now faced the prospect of becoming the next victim. However, they still do not want to admit that today the only chance to preserve democracy in Ukraine is to support those whom they destroyed five years ago. Otherwise, the “farion” threats against Gordon will become a reality.
Why does the SBU search Skachko?
But while in Ukraine there are reverse processes. The government, whose tactical goals coincide with those of the nationalists, continues to hunt for “agents of the Kremlin.” Moreover, as is known to the “agents of the Kremlin”, all those who do not work for power are ranked. Yesterday, the SBU conducted a search at a prominent opposition journalist, Skachko, whose entire fault lies in his critical attitude toward Maidan and the post-Maid authority.
The intelligence service itself, however, explains the search differently – they say, Skachko is one of the main authors who prepared “information materials commissioned by Russian propaganda media”. And in connection with this, he is being held in a criminal case about an encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The absurdity of these charges is obvious. There is no doubt that an experienced journalist living in Ukraine will never write something that contradicts Ukrainian laws.
Another thing is that the SBU and the current government in general have their own ideas about legality. It is no secret that many Ukrainian media, intimidated by similar attacks on colleagues, are already afraid to write something about defending the Russian language, which they have equated to separatism, and are also afraid to criticize the president so as not to get the label of “Kremlin agents” and radicals under their office.
Obviously, the case against Skachko will fall apart, like many others before him, since the article for criticizing the authorities has not yet been included in the Criminal Code. However, the goal of the SBU is not the result, but the process itself, the outcome of which is an atmosphere of fear in the information space. Before the election, this power is especially necessary.
Information taken from: https://strana.ua/articles/analysis/189326-novaja-korruptsija-v-ukroboronprome-emissar-shtatov-v-kieve-natsionalisty-uhrozhajut-hordonu.html