1 November 2014

Fake monitors "observe" fake elections in the Donbass

The "Donetsk People's Republic" (DNR) and "Luhansk People's Republic" (LNR), which are officially considered terrorist organisations by the Ukrainian authorities, will hold "parliamentary elections" on Sunday, 2nd of November, on the territories occupied by them with the help of the Russian army.

These "elections" are widely considered illegal and illegitimate, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored "the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine of their own “elections” on 2 November, in breach of the Constitution and national law" adding that "these “elections” will seriously undermine the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum, which need to be urgently implemented in full".

Nevertheless, the Kremlin is said to be willing to recognise these "elections", yet again completely dismissing the advice from the UN let alone defying the laws of Ukraine that Russia has invaded in February-March 2014. The DNR/LNR "elections" will not be recognised as legitimate either by the EU or the US that threaten Russia with further sanctions for undermining Ukraine's independence and sovereignty.

As it happened before, the Kremlin will employ puppet "election monitors" that will "observe" and legitimise the "elections" held by the terrorists. Evidence suggests that two "election monitoring organisations" have been in charge of setting up the "election observation missions" for the DNR/LNR: the Eurasian Observatory of Democracy and Elections (EODE) run by Belgian fascist Luc Michel and the European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis (ECGA) run by Polish far right politician Mateusz Piskorski - both have been in the service of the Kremlin's foreign policy since 2005-2006.

(left to right ) The leader of the DNR terrorists Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Mateusz Piskorski, 1 November 2014, Donetsk
(left to right ) The leader of the DNR terrorists Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Fabrice Beaur (EODE / extreme right Parti communautaire national-européen), 1 November 2014, Donetsk

The following names of international "observers" hired by the the EODE and ECGA can be revealed:


Name
Country
(Political) affiliation
Frank Abernathy
USA
EFS Investment Partners LLC
Fabrice Beaur
Belgium
Parti communautaire national-européen (extreme right/National Bolshevik) / EODE
Alessandro Bertoldi
Italy
Forza Italia (right-wing)
Fabrizio Bertot
Italy
Forza Italia (right-wing)
Tamaz Bestayev
“South Ossetia”
???
Anatoliy Bibelov
“South Ossetia”
“Parliament of South Ossetia”
Branislav Blažić
Serbia
Serbian Progressive Party (right-wing)
Aleksandr Brod
Russia
Civic Control Association (fake NGO)
Mikhail Bryachak
Russia
A Just Russia (centrist)
Frank Creyelman
Belgium
Vlaams Belang (extreme right)
Stevica Dedjanski*
Serbia
Centre for International Corporation (???)
Felipe Delgado
Spain
Mediasiete Corporation
Aleksey Didenko
Russia
Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (extreme right)
Vladimir Djukanovic
Serbia
Serbian Progressive Party (right-wing)
Jaroslav Doubrava
Czech Republic
Severočeši.cz (regionalism/populism)
Márton Gyöngyösi
Hungary
Jobbik (extreme right)
Gábor Gyóni**
Hungary
Eötvös Loránd University
Sasha Klein
Israel
???
Nikolay Kolomeytsev
Russia
Communist Party of the Russian Federation (ultranationalist/Stalinist)
Vladimir Krshlyanin
Serbia
Movement for Serbia (extreme right)
Georgios Lambroulis
Greece
Communist Party of Greece (extreme left/Stalinist)
Renato A. Landeira
Spain
Mediasiete Corporation
Viliam Longauer
Slovakia
Union of Fighters against Fascism (...)
Max Lurie
Israel
Curson Info (Russian language website)
Lucio Malan
Italy
Forza Italia (right-wing)
Alessandro Musolino
Italy
Forza Italia (right-wing)
Manuel Ochsenreiter
Germany
Zuerst! (far right journal)
Oleg Pakholkov
Russia
A Just Russia (centrist)
Vladimir Rodin
Russia
Communist Party of the Russian Federation (ultranationalist/Stalinist)
Aleksandr Ronkin
Israel
Ekho (Russian language weekly)
Slobodan Samardzija
Serbia
???
Jean-Luc Schaffhauser
France
Rassemblement bleu Marine (radical right)
Georgi Sengalevich
Bulgaria
Ataka (extreme right)
Leonid Slutskiy
Russia
Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (extreme right)
Ewald Stadler
Austria
Die Reformkonservativen (right-wing)
Adrienn Szaniszló*
Hungary
Jobbik (extreme right)
Magdalena Tasheva
Bulgaria
Ataka (extreme right)
Dragana Trifkovic
Serbia
Belgrade Centre of Strategic Research
Srđa Trifković
USA
???
Evgeni Velkov***
Bulgaria
???
Galina Yartseva
Russia
Russkiy Karavan (newspaper)
Aleksandr Yushchenko
Russia
Communist Party of the Russian Federation (ultranationalist/Stalinist)
Sotirios Zarianopoulos
Greece
Communist Party of Greece (extreme left/Stalinist)
Ladislav Zemánek
Czech Republic
No to Brussels – Popular Democracy (ultranationalist)
Aleksey Zhuravlyov
Russia
Motherland (extreme right)
 * - Part of the "observation mission" in the Russian Rostov region.
** - Part of the "observation mission" in the Russian Voronezh region.
*** - Part of the "observation mission" in the Russian Belgorod region.

My analysis of the movements of these international "election monitors" shows that they arrived in Donetsk from Moscow via Rostov-on-Don. This means that they have all entered Ukraine illegally, as they did not pass the official Ukrainian border control. Thus, all of them can be prosecuted for the crime of illegal border crossing.

The press conference of the international "observers" in Donbass, 1 November 2014. Second from the left is Alessandro Musolino, third is Ewald Stadler. Photo by Alec Luhn
According to Moscow-based journalist Alec Luhn, at the press conference in Donbass, the international "observers" suggested creating the Association for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ASCE), but then Stadler proposed the name "Agency for Security and Cooperation in Europe" (ASCE). The name obviously refers to the Oganisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), an international organisation that, in particular, monitors elections in different parts of the world. Since it provides objective and independent monitoring of elections and referenda, the OSCE is hated by the EODE and ECGA, as well as Russian authorities.

However, while constantly vilifying and trying to discredit the OSCE's observation missions, Russian state-controlled media intentionally present fake "election monitors" as members of the OSCE. For example, in March 2014, Russian TV channel "Rossiya 24" claimed that notorious fascist Michel was the "organiser of the OSCE observation mission" at the illegal "referendum" in Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea that Russia annexed afterwards.

Belgian fascist Luc Michel, the head of the EODE, in Crimea. The caption reads: "Organiser of the OSCE observation mission in Crimea"
In the same vein, on the 1st of November, Russia's major disinformation source, RIA Novosti claimed that OSCE monitors were present at polling stations controlled by the DNR/LNR terrorists. The OSCE promptly responded:

This imposturous presentation of Belgian fascist Luc Michel, to the Russian-speaking audience, as the "organiser of the OSCE observation mission" and frequent references to the OSCE monitors allegedly present at dubious "elections" reveal the high status value of the OSCE even in the generally anti-Western context of today's Russia.

The "elections" planned for the 2nd of November may be a start of a new offensive of the DNR/LNR extremists against the Ukrainian forces. There is a non-zero chance of a false flag operation against either the "observers" or people at "polling stations" that would be a pretext of such an offensive. Someone may be killed by the (pro-)Russian extremists dressed in uniforms of Ukrainian forces to discredit Ukraine and/or divert the international attention from the illegitimate "elections" to the killing(s) of "election observers" or "voters". The chances are low, but such a development cannot be ruled out.

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6 comments:

  1. Better ignore the outcome of this fraud election at all. http://philippika.blogspot.de/2014/11/die-wahlergebnisse-in-der-ostukraine.html (in german)

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  2. Anton, can you tell me where this list of observers was made available? Thanks!

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  3. May I ask why do you call RIA Novosti and Russia Today "disinformation services" - no offence meant, just curious.
    Also, what do you think these observers are hoping to get from this mission? It may be obvious to you, but not so obvious to me. Would appreciate if you comment.

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    1. sorry about responding in Anton's stead

      they're that because they spread disinformation, made up, non-factual, twisted and heavily biased information

      the fake observers were handsomely paid by Russia, this is not only what they expected from their mission but what they have actually achieved

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  4. this list makes a lot of clearness because some name in the list is told to be part of OSCE staff

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