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March 01, 2014

The Crimean Anti-Coup Move

The U.S. and EU sponsored coup against the elected government and president of the Ukraine had several strategic implications and aims. One of them is the Black Sea base of the Russian Navy which is used to supply and defend Syria. A takeover of the government in Kiev was necessary but not sufficient to neutralize the base as a strategic Russian asset. To do that a takeover of the local government of the Crimea and all its powers would also have to take place. The Crimea is historically Russian and most of it inhabitants are Russians. There is also a rather small minority of Tatars of Muslim heritage.

There seem to have been plans in place to use that minority to help with a takeover of the Crimean government by the "western" sponsored coup-government in Kiev.

In mid December 2013(!) the Turkish website Aydinlik Daily reported:

According to news appearing in the French, Ukrainian and Russian press, Turkish Intelligence has a finger in the ongoing pro-EU protests in Ukraine. News stories from these three nations have claimed that the governmental intelligence organization of Turkey, the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) organized the transfer of separatist, jihadist Tatars trained in Turkey to the Ukraine. According to French news site Egalite et Réconciliation, dozens of Crimean Tatar Jihadists were extracted from Syria by the MİT and transferred to Ukraine via Turkey on an İstanbul-Sevastopol flight of Turkish Airlines on the 22 November. According to information based on sources from the Security Service of Ukraine, (SBU), Crimean Tatars who attended the protests in Ukraine's capital Kiev on November 21 were charged with establishing the security of the square. The Crimean security staff who obtained the support of separatist "Azatlık" movement operating in Russian city of Kazan received political support from Nail Nabiullin, the current president of Tatar Youth League in Azatlık.

An February 26, shortly after the Kiev coup-government was installed, Tataric groups rioted in the Crimean capital:

In Crimea, fistfights broke out between rival demonstrators in the regional capital of Simferopol when some 20,000 Muslim Tatars rallying in support of Ukraine's interim leaders clashed with a smaller pro-Russian rally.

The protesters shouted and attacked each other with stones, bottles and punches, as police and leaders of both rallies struggled to keep the two groups apart.

One health official said at least 20 people were injured, while the local health ministry said one person died from an apparent heart attack. Tatar leaders said there was a second fatality when a woman was trampled to death by the crowd. Authorities did not confirm that.

Voice of Russia reports about an alleged Anonymous hack of emails between the coup plotters in Kiev and a Tatar leader:

[H]ackers posted a quote from one of the emails:

"Everything is going according to the plan. We are ready to proceed with the second part of the play. As agreed earlier last week, my guys together with people from the "Karpatskaya Sech" and UNA-UNSO will arrive wherever is needed and with the necessary weapons. You only need to let us know the addresses of the warehouses in Simferopol, Sevastopol, Kerch, Feodosia and Yalta, and the time of the meeting...Don't worry about the money, everything will be fine, just a little bit later. In the end, you know that if we succeed, you will get a lot more."

According to the text, the neo-Nazi organization "Trizub imeni Stepan Bandera" along with "Karpatskaya Sech " and UNA-UNSO are ready to fulfill all the dirty work: to kill, burn and banish all the opponents of Maidan from Crimea. Crimean Tatars should "only" provide them with "instruments", ie weapons and store them in the most important cities of the Crimea.

A lot of people might consider that the Ukrainian nationalists and Crimean Tatars pursue different goals, and their union at first glance looks quite unnatural. However, they have one aim in common, which is to eliminate the Russian-speaking population from the Crimean region and for that their «union» is neccessary in pursuing the common strategic objective.

It is also important to note that Aslan Omer Kyrymly is the founder of several companies and president of the board of the Crimean International Business Association (CIBA). He controls serious financial flows associated with various business projects, both in Ukraine and abroad. It is believed that Aslan Omer Kyrymly is a true leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars.

Anonymous (or Russian intelligence) earlier published emails between coup-plotter Klitschko and the Lithuanian government.

On February 27 Russian forces stationed in the Crimea and supported by allegedly local paramilitary took over security at two airports and of some government buildings in Crimean cities. A Turkish flight to Simferopol airport was called back and further Turkish fights to Crimea were canceled. The Turkish foreign minister Davutoglu announced that he would today visit the coup-government in Kiev:

"Crimea is important in Ukraine due to its strategic location, multi-ethnic and multi-faith formation. It is difficult to maintain peace in Eurasia unless it is secured in Ukraine. Likewise, maintaining peace in the Black Sea is difficult unless it is secured in Crimea," [Davutoglu] added.
The status of Crimea amid the Ukraine crisis cannot be determined without Turkey playing a role, a deputy from Turkey’s ruling AK Party said Friday.

"Turkish Foreign Minister [Ahmet] Davutoglu's visit to Ukraine is an indication of Turkey's intention to be proactive in developments in Crimea," Samil Tayyar told the Anadolu Agency.
Two Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Friday night have been canceled amid escalating tension on the peninsula.
Early Friday, another Turkish airline, Atlasjet, cancelled a flight to Simferopol after media reports that Simferopol International Airport had been seized by armed groups.

An alleged attempt by coup forces to seize the interior ministry of the Crimea tonight was repelled. In Kiev anti-Russian Tatars call for more trouble:

Meanwhile, Tatar lawmaker Mustafa Dzhemilev of Batkivshchyna has asked acting President Oleksandr Turchynov to deploy the entire Ukrainian army to Crimea.

“I spoke with Turchynov that all of our military might should be deployed to Crimea. There are no threats in other oblasts yet. Call a state of emergency and take control,” said Dzhemilev cited by RBK-Ukraine.

The picture emerging from the above seems to show that:

  • Turkish intelligence helped with training Tatars in support of a local Crimea anti-Russian coup
  • Russian intelligence has thoroughly penetrated the coup-plotters communications (see Nuland tape) and knew what was coming
  • Russian aligned forces secured the Crimea and prevented infiltration of more Tataric units from Turkey
  • On the Crimea, as well as in other Russian aligned areas in east Ukraine (Donetsk, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk), counter coups are establishing separate regions which will ask for Russian support and eventual incorporation into the Russian Federation
  • If all this goes well for the Russians the "western" coup in Kiev will have resulted in the "west" acquiring a bankrupt, dirt poor west Ukraine while Russia will acquire the industry and resource rich east Ukraine and will keep the Crimea as its strategic asset
  • In the context of the war of Syria the coup in the Ukraine was a countermeasure to Russian support for Syria. Unless the Crimea falls to coup forces that countermeasure will have failed.

There is little the U.S. can say against Russian troops in Crimea. According to the status of force agreement Russia can post up to 30,000 soldiers there. The normal size of its forces there is just half of that. If Russia wants to reinforce those it can do so without breaking any national or international agreement.

Today the government of Crimea brought forward a referendum on the region's status to March 30 and called for Russian help. What is the "west" going to say against that? If self-determination applies to Kosovo it surely also applies to the Crimea as well as to other east Ukrainian areas.

Posted by b on March 1, 2014 at 12:35 UTC | Permalink

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the fact that Greenwald now claims that he never once looked into the background of Omidyar before signing on with him in his "New Independent Media" adventure really is not credible. Not at all.

But he has probably assumeed that it will lend him some sliver of deniability, sufficient to calm any qualms that the faithful might have regarding Glenn's boss being in bed with the CIA.

Sadly he is probably correct in that assumption

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 14:34 utc | 201


Absolutely! The piece is right on the money. The Empire has stirred up a hornet's nest but then that's the entire point isn't it. To reduce any and all opposition to its rule to non-entities. Destroy their economies, destroy whatever military power they possess, destroy infrastructure, pauperize the populations, steal, kill or disperse their skilled people.

Once more, we of the imperialist world stand by and pontificate (at best). At worst, we do nothing or even join in the 'humanitarian' efforts.

But it's the role of the media in the imperialist countries that beggars belief. The owners rightfully should be co-indicted along with our political leaders for the crimes they have committed, in our names no less!

Posted by: William Bowles | Mar 2 2014 14:36 utc | 202

b: It doesn't matter what the 'law' says to the Empire. It operates with impunity and given that the left along with the 'middle classes', have thrown in the towel when it comes to opposing it, the situation ever more looks like Germany with the fall of the Weimar Republic and 'social fascism. We've been arguing over bullshit and the Empire has been building the Corporate, Security State. Game over.

Posted by: William Bowles | Mar 2 2014 14:44 utc | 203

Another Jeff: The wars of the United States has killed, in Iraq, some 1,000,000 people. In Syria, 120,000 on both sides. Now, boiling in Ukraine, who knows how many. The Mexican drug wars, flush with US weapons and support for varying sides - as well as cash from users - have killed 60,000.

The war in Chechnya killed 80,000 (according to "human rights groups") on both sides, and was a war fought inside of Russia, essentially to hold the country together. A war which produced horrors like the Beslan school massacre and innumerable hostage crises inside Russia. This was not a war fought on the other side of the planet or in some impoverished jungles like the United States.

This does not excuse it, but war seems to be a part of the human condition. Something akin to fire. So we must look at it to see who plays with it, eager and often and to what ends they do so, and who is most often been burnt.

If we are to go back not 30 years, we could get into the US wars in Latin America and a genocide in Guatemala, that approached on killing some 500,000. We could look at Indonesia where it was an accomplice to the death of 1,000,000 peasants and a genocide of some 250,000 Timorese. ?How many did the Shah torture and kill over the years? I'm probably missing a great deal of other events.

We should then add the appalling tragedy in Vietnam - the deaths of four million people, Another Jeff.

Should we go on?

We won't count up how many lives were lost needlessly because the United States couldn't bear to see social reform, health care, and independent governments in the third world. We won't add up all the millions who have died in Zaire and the D.R. Congo due to that country being thrown off kilter by the murder of a man who had the potential to be one of the greatest leaders of Africa - Patrice Lumumba.

And in this timeframe, there is nothing comparable in the Soviet Sphere. Not a thing.

Of course there is no government force on the planet that is benign, but how can you dare to put Russia in the same league of the United States in this regard is beyond me.

You may get credit for being a boneheaded jingoist somewhere else, but not here.

This isn't the pot calling the kettle black. This is like the darkest far-off black hole calling the kettle black.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 2 2014 14:46 utc | 204

I'm not surprised the somebody, who so often says one thing but means another, has decided to call Russia's defense of her country men "fascist". Even in the face of real fascists moving in on them.

Russia did not define this battle. Russia did not make a law banning the Russian language. Russia did not send a bunch of thugs to terrorize the Russian speaking towns. Russia did not declare an outright Nazi to be the new national hero of the Ukraine.

You're speaking out of both sides of your ass.

What other options does Russia have here? Are you calling the people fighting fascism "fascists"?

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 2 2014 14:59 utc | 205

" Are you calling the people fighting fascism "fascists"?"

Probably. Once a primary fascist tactic- the Soviet Union was as bad as, worse than, the NAZIs- it has become, thanks to constant repetition, almost conventional wisdom.
Still it is nonsense, as the people of Ukraine, particularly rebellious young people, are going to find out as the fascists emerge as the only organised, armed and disciplined (I use the word loosely) force at the disposal of the "government" so quickly recognised by the west.

This crisis, which could conceivably, given the idiocy of the clowns running the USA, turn into a re-run of the Cuban Missile near war ought to be a reminder to the people of Europe that it is they-not the north Americans or Israelis- who will bear the brunt of any war between the US and Russia. It is their cities and the many hundreds of US bases on their land which will be the first targets of Russian missiles. It is they who will find their continent poisoned to the point of being uninhabitable if any nuclear weapons are unloosed on or by Russia.

It is time that Europeans woke up out of their bovine apathy and separated their governments from slavish obedience to the psychopaths in Washington and Tel Aviv.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 2 2014 15:14 utc | 206

US Secretary of State John Kerry tweets: This is not East-West, #US & Europe versus #Russia. This is about people of #Ukraine fighting against tyranny.

He started to copy-paste his tweets about Syria?

Posted by: Mina | Mar 2 2014 15:45 utc | 207

@William Bowles #196 "Oui, has this info been communicated to GG?"
No, I'm just doing my bit over at Martin Longman's blog on International issues. Martin's focus is on US domestic policies, so I get little support from bloggers on the Maidan investigation. The RFERL video spliced with the shooting victims tragedy was pretty sad … UK The Guardian!

Any and all pieces of my diaries may be used for further propagation. A link would be appreciated.

Posted by: Oui | Mar 2 2014 16:13 utc | 208
Crimea pics

Posted by: Mina | Mar 2 2014 16:25 utc | 209

"Sadly he is probably correct in that assumption."
Posted by: brb | Mar 2, 2014 9:34:56 AM | 201

How can Greenwald be correct in YOUR assumption, pray tell?
Is your spin making you dizzy?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 2 2014 17:23 utc | 210

"It is time that Europeans woke up out of their bovine apathy and separated their governments from slavish obedience to the psychopaths in Washington and Tel Aviv."

Hear hear!

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 2 2014 17:38 utc | 211

If you are making a list of who is engaged in spin then Greenwald has to be at the top of that one -

And since all you appear to be interested in is accusing me of spin, clearly Greenwald's obvious assumption that if he throws in a bit of deniability people like you, the Faithful Followers of Glenn (FFOG), will completely ignore the fact that he works for a guy that works with/for the CIA, does indeed appear to be correct .

Thank you for demonstrating that so effectively for me.

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 17:42 utc | 212

When the basic facts show that Greenwald's boss works with/for the CIA, I don't need to spin anything - it's Glenn that needs to "spin" that one. And "spin" it he does -

"I know nothing" says Glenn - not much of a journalist then Glenn, are you?

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 17:46 utc | 213

@brb - stop this stupid Greenwald bashing. If you do not believe him just don't read him.

Posted by: b | Mar 2 2014 17:46 utc | 214

@brb - stop this stupid Greenwald bashing. If you do not believe him just don't read him.

Posted by: b | Mar 2, 2014 12:46:46 PM | 214

well it's is your website so if your demand is "Don't follow the money" . . .

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 17:59 utc | 215

"When the basic facts show that Greenwald's boss works with/for the CIA, I don't need to spin anything -"
Posted by: brb | Mar 2, 2014 12:46:00 PM | 213

Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, their bosses, and the CIA, all work(ed) for the USG.
The entire basis of your spin is selectively myopic and foolish.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 2 2014 18:33 utc | 216

Well I've been asked to stop mentioning this so really I'm being prevented from replying - but all you seem to want to do is trade insults anyway, since that appears to be the sum of your contribution to this topic so far, (which is a fairly myopic and foolish reaction in my opinion :)

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 18:41 utc | 217

brb: in journalism everybody's boss works for the CIA. And not just in journalism either.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 2 2014 18:44 utc | 218

As I said - I'm being prevented from further discussing this, so continuing a one-sided "debate" on this topic is pointless - clearly you just want to have the last word on this subject - so go ahead,

but don't pretend you're engaging in "debate" when the person you are pretending to address cannot reply on topic,please. that is an insult to the very notion of "debate"

Posted by: brb | Mar 2 2014 18:47 utc | 219

Not only Russians protest the ukrainian thugs.

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 2 2014 18:55 utc | 220

"As I said - I'm being prevented from further discussing this"

Now you're being silly.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 2 2014 20:15 utc | 221

Manning, Snowden, Greenwald all got high-profile MSM coverage. Nothing that was not at least an open secret has ever been revealed. Kept a lot of the pseudo-intellectual chattering class busy though.

Posted by: DM | Mar 2 2014 21:23 utc | 222

@ Mike #12

An interesting note in this morning's NYT story, the first mention questioning Yanukovych's removal by the putsch parliament:

The United States and its Western allies have rushed to recognize the legitimacy of the new interim government in Kiev, though numerous questions remain about the votes in the national Parliament to remove Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, from power.

So, suddenly the NYT takes a more critical look at the Ukraine opposition. I've noticed the NYT do this sort of thing before. They deluge us with one-sided propaganda in order to get the government to act, intervene, or attack and then suddenly they pull back and print some stuff showing a more nuanced, critical view of the issue they had been treating very one-sidedly up to then. They suddenly want to distance themselves from the intervention they are largely responsible for and leave an impression for historians of a balanced and objective paper. That's how calculating their editorial board is.

Each time the pressure for Obama to attack Syria had reached peak crescendo and the intervention appeared to be in the bag the Times would print a one off story critical of the Syrian rebels. Their front page photo of the rebels committing a mass execution came at a time like that. The NYT and Washington Post are run by some very manipulative people who use their power to get the government to do what they want while at the same time trying to leave a legacy of objective fair-minded journalism.

Posted by: J. Bradley | Mar 2 2014 21:28 utc | 223

@223 That certainly accounts for their "Give Snowden Clemency" Op-Ed.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 2 2014 21:37 utc | 224

I don't know, b. Isn't this all a bit contrived? Interesting, for sure, but a Turkish instigated Tartar uprising? For what purpose? To undermine Russia's support for Assad?"

If Turkish intelligence is involved in this, it's probably not acting alone. Turkish intelligence operating in coordination with NATO and the CIA is something Sibel Edmonds has talked about quite a bit:

Posted by: RudyM | Mar 3 2014 0:11 utc | 225

The polite armed men in green / Russian Spetsnaz seen at the at Simferopol airport said they were looking for Ukrainian paratroopers, but apologized when they did not find any.

It now looks like the Ukranian Pravda has found them – in Feodisiya in the east

Russian occupiers released from Dnepropetrovsk commandos with weapons – March 25, 2014

This company 80 solders of the 25th Separate Airborne brigade from ‪Dnepropetrovsk was the only group to leave Crimea as a military unit. All others mutinied!

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 28 2014 12:37 utc | 226

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