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Zuzak GRC Report; Wed., January 01, 2014

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(1) Holodomor/Genocide: http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/holodomor2013/holodomor2013.html
- There have been no additions this month.

(2) Ukrainophobia: http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/ukrainophobia/ukrainophobia.html
Propaganda War against Ukraine [email protected], 30Dec2013; Will Zuzak
How spread of Banderite slogans and symbols undermines Ukrainian nation-building  Kyiv Post, 28Dec2013; Andreas Umland  [W.Z.]

- To my surprise, Andreas Umland (of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy) demonizes Oleh Tyahnybok and the Svoboda party for using the slogan "Glory to Ukraine! ... To the heroes glory!" at the ongoing massive Euromaidan demonstrations in Kyiv and throughout the country. Most of the comments are critical of Mr. Umland.
- Ukrainian activists have noted articles emanating from both the Western and Russian press/blogosphere disparaging the Euromaidan demonstrations. Links to 3 examples are provided, as well as a Russian video interview of Ken O'Keefe by Sophie Shevardnadze.
- Activists of PEPWatch explain how it is possible to prevent money laundering by Ukraine's political elite. Unfortunately, I conclude that "financial institutions around the world will be very reluctant to apply these legal measures, since they themselves are colluding with the criminal element to facilitate money laundering. ... Only constant public pressure will force financial institutions to comply with the law."

- The preface to my posting to [email protected] reads:
The month of December 2013 is likely to be recorded as a decisive turning point in the history of Ukraine -- for better or for worse. Vladimir Putin and his cronies are doing their utmost to either subjugate or dismantle Ukraine. The massive Euromaidan demonstrations in Kyiv, initiated to pressure the government to honour its commitment to sign the European Association Agreement, has now morphed into a country-wide struggle against the corruption endemic within Ukrainian society.

During the past 22 years, the criminal element (Mafia) has entrenched itself in all the power structures -- government (Yanukovych, Azarov), political parties (Party of Regions), economy (billionaire Oligarchs), education (Tabachnyk), the legal system (courts, judges, prosecutors, detention centres), the police (Berkut, Militia, road police, SBU) and perhaps the military. This has led to Ukrainians having the lowest standard of living in Europe. In the past, Ukrainians were looking for salvation in Europe, America and/or Russia. Now they are looking into their own souls. The new Maidan has proposed a complete country-wide restructuring of Ukrainian society. May God help them.

(3) Video Links:  http://www.willzuzak.ca/cl/videolinks/videolinks.html
Are EU banks doing business with Ukraine's crooked politicians?  Nashi Hroshi, 21Dec2013; Kaleniuk/Senyk  [07:39, Ukr, Eng. subtitles]
Putin, Medvedchuk, Kluiev want to dismantle Ukraine  Radio Svoboda, 21Dec2013; Inna Bohoslovska [33:38, Ukr]
Ken O'Keefe: "Time to arrest traitors in White House/Congress"  Ken O'Keefe, 09Dec2013; Sophie Shevardnadze  [27:33]
Ruslana -- We heard you #euromaidan #Євромайдан  AdaLuh, 29Nov2013; Ruslana [03:31, Ukr/English subtitles]

- Rock star Ruslana Lyzhychko appeals to the Ukrainian Diaspora to support the Euromaidan demonstrators in Kyiv. Since this appeal, she has become the driving force of Euromaidan.
- As an example of Vladimir Putin's propaganda offensive to demonize the West -- using the West's own dissidents, we provide a link to an interview of Ken O'Keefe by Sophie Shevardnadze.
- Inna Bohoslovska recently resigned from the Party of Regions. She provides a fascinating insight into Ukrainian politics.
- Nashi Hroshi interviews Daria Kaleniuk and Halyna Senyk of PEPWatch to explain how to prevent money laundering by Ukraine's politicians.

(4) Ukrainian Week:  Ukrainian Week  English language [Archive]
- Visit this site to keep up with recent developments in Ukraine.

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Respectfully submitted,
Will Zuzak, 2014.01.01