- Posted January 26, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
TRUTH ABOUT LIVE IN UKRAINE
Most Westerners have no real conceptual understanding of what is happening in Ukraine beyond the Pro-EU, Pro-Russia surface story.
At the highest level this is just about pipelines, fracking and Gazprom ensuring their monopoly on the European gas market. And these things are just pieces of an overall strategy on the part of the West (what i call the banking cartel countries) to encircle Russia with an eventual Empire vs Empire struggle in mind.
But here’s what it’s about for the people of Ukraine.
Say you own a business in Ukraine.. It can be a donuts shop, factory, whatever..
One day a few guys come and tell you that it’s probably a good idea to sell it to them for $10,000. You protest and say that not only are you not interested in selling the business but that it’s worth 100x more and being that your family built it up over the past 50 years you would never think of selling it. The guys tell you they are from The Family (the Viktor Yanukovych crime family). You now understand the severity of your situation and you go to the police to ask for help. At the police station the police see that you are in a bad spot and seize the opportunity to relieve you of any valuables you may have with you. They take your car and cash and throw you in jail until you can come up with $1000. The next day 10 guys come in to your place of business, break your arms and legs and insist you sign the sales contract now to avoid them further hassle in obtaining your profitable business. This time the contract states that you will sell the business for $1. You sign. The police and entire judicial system are owned by the Yanukovych family so really that’s the end of the story.
The tactic above is how one extended family in just a few years has seized most of the assets in this country of 46 million people.
Viktor Yanukovych has gone from potbellied petty ex-con who couldn’t stay out of prison for more than a few years at a time to a respectable coiffed haired head of state maintaining some of the largest private residences in the world and currently constructing another pleasure palace that would even make Ceausescu envious. The rest of the pieces you can figure out for yourself. His son, the “dentist” lives in a $100,000,000 mansion and the rest of the 500 or so extended family members are living just as well. Not to mention the asset holders who are allowed to live the lavish life of a billionaire if they front the family’s stolen factories, mines, media empires. In Ukraine you can go from obscurity to billionaire practically overnight.
See the case of this 27 year old who has somehow acquired many billion dollar mining companies and media empires in a 4 year time span. The guy must be pretty smart eh..
What got me writing this article was a conversation i had with my Ukrainian maid and my general shock at her acceptance of the way things work there. She told me two quick stories just in passing that she had seen just in the past 2 years in her town.
Her neighbor’s son on his 18th birthday leaves the house and goes to the police station to get his license and in his pocket is the $100 bribe that is expected to be paid to get this done. He never returns home. A few months later his family learns that being his birthday the police suspected he had more money on him than the $100. So he was beaten to extract the rest. They beat a little too hard so the boy died. No body was found and the police involved in the beating are known to have committed this crime.. and it’s not a big deal. There is no recourse for the victim’s family.. that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
The Yanukovych clan comes to her town which has an economy that is largely based upon the output and jobs of a certain factory. They are interested in acquiring this factory and all it’s assets. The group that owns the factory and distribution network isn’t interested in selling. A week later the owners and members of their families have their arms and legs broken, some barely surviving. The companies are sold for almost nothing (some saying no money actually changed hands at all) soon after. Guys from Donetsk are all brought in to fill the managerial positions and soon after only the lowest level jobs are filled by locals. Wages are then reduced to a point where many employees just stop going to work. Quality of the end products and consistency then suffered so much that the commercial clients bought elsewhere. This volume was then replaced by government contracts and this is what the factory subsists on today.
This is why you can see shirtless men walking into police bullet fire today in central Kiev. And why Yanukovych is now calling in the military to deal with them.
With the Olympics commencing Putin will not chance backing up Yanukovych. If the Ukrainians want to give this guy the boot then it needs to be now.