The Orange Revolution: The Ukraines Fight Against Election Fraud

The so-called “Orange Revolution” was orchestrated by the CIA, its modern day surrogates, including the National Endowment for Democracy, the State Department, various subversive NGOs, the IMF and NATO. After the authoritarian government of pro-Russian Leonid Kuchma was accused of election fraud in favor of his preferred candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, tens of thousands of Ukrainians filled the streets of Kiev in protest. The disputed election resulted in Viktor Yushchenko, a former banker favored by Wall Street and the elite, taking over the presidency.

The company that ran Yushchenko’s election campaign, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, bills itself as an “international strategic communications consultancy” with offices in London, Moscow, Kiev, Riga, Almaty and Chisinau. The president of PBN, Myron Wasylyk, is also the Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. “Wasylyk’s past is revealing in that he has worked for the US Departments of State and the Interior,” writes Andy Rowell for Spinwatch, “and the Republican National Committee. For the Republicans, Wasylyk worked on the election campaigns of former U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush senior.”

“Hill and Knowlton’s overseas offices were perfect ‘cover’ for the ever-expanding CIA,” former CIA official Robert T. Crowley told Johan Carlisle of Covert Action Quarterly in 1993. In addition, the firm was responsible for orchestrating the now largely forgotten Kuwaiti “Nurse Nayirah” scam instrumental in drumming up support for the first U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nayirah, it turned out, was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S. and her testimony before Congress about Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators and leaving them to die was a calculated lie.

In addition to the operative Wasylyk, a roster of usual suspects worked to destabilize Ukraine. In 2004, then congressman Ron Paul told the House International Relations Committee “one part that we do know thus far is that the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the US-based Freedom House.” PAUCI funded various Ukrainian NGOs, including the International Center for Policy Studies, an operation founded by George SorosOpen Society Institute. Viktor Yushchenko was a member of the NGO’s the advisory board, according to Paul. Freedom House specializes in undermining foreign governments disfavored by the ruling elite and receives its funding directly from the U.S. government. “Freedom House is classified in the same group with other CIA-linked organiza­tions like the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, National Endowment for Democracy, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the International Center for Journalists,” writes Phyllis Kachere. “Freedom House took an active role in the overthrow of Slobodan Milose­vic in 2000, specifically in training the non-violent student movement, known as Otpor.”

Otpor is a National Endowment for Democracy spawned operation, thus a CIA project. In addition to NED and Freedom House, Otpor received funds from USAID, the International Republican Institute, and Soros’ Open Society Institute. Pora, ostensibly a Ukrainian youth organization, was created by Otpor in 2004 specifically to oppose president Leonid Kuchma. According to WikileaksGlobal Intelligence Files project, Pora members traveled to the United States to train in non-violent subversive tactics and strategize with the National Democratic Institute, NED, USAID, the International Republican Institute, and Soros’ Open Society Institute. Alexander Marich, the founder of Otpor, was denied entry into Ukraine during the U.S.-generated uprising. “He is a consultant with a US based institution called the Freedom House that conducts studies for the ‘export of global democracy,’ with the sponsorship of various US institutions including George Soros’ Open Society Institute,”, a Turkish news website, reported in November, 2004.

In 2010, following the success of the Orange Revolution, Justin Raimondo wrote that “the orange sheen” of the Yushchenko “revolution is long gone, as his regime turned out to be just as incompetent and rife with cronyism as his corrupt and venal predecessors, if not more so.” The Ukrainian “economy was paralyzed by the imposition of price controls, and corrupted by brazen influence-peddling.”

“The failure to stamp out corruption, speed up the reform process or run the country in a more inclusive way stopped the advance of democracy and ultimately put the opposition at the helm,” Deutsche Welle reported earlier this year. Endemic corruption and cronyism in government, a control mechanism favored by the global elite, has resulted in the destruction Ukraine’s middle class and business sector. As a result, many in the country hark back to the old days when Ukraine was firmly in the orbit of the Soviet Union. Others believe a European Union subsumption will cure the nation’s problems.


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