SBU goes Coup Coup
Outside the wire
BELLINGCAT sleuths continue to wonder aloud about the key findings of an announced report about a years-long attempt by Ukraine’s special forces to lure Russian war criminals to Minsk (and then Kyiv) in July 2020. It’s difficult to find anyone who will deny there was such an operation, with the possible exception of Ukraine’s moron president and his advisors. Agents from Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) aren’t talking about the mess.
They are too busy trying to kill one another.
The most recent SBU skullduggery involves top SBU officers fighting for control over illicit revenue from contraband.
[This all was] the result was a radical plan to liquidate [head of the SBU’s internal security directorate Andriy] Naumov. After it failed, the standard propaganda scenario along the lines of ‘Who yells louder to arrest the thief’ ensued. Conclusions? There are almost none. It’s just the end of a banal many-month special investigation, Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to President’s Office Head Andriy Yermak, said on Facebook.
Which brings us back to the Wagner PMC scandal. YouTube has been busy taking down videos of Wagner PMC members fessing up to numerous murders in interviews with their Ukrainian handlers. But volumes of written proof documenting their clandestine fuckery continues to leak out on social media platforms.
According to BELLINGCAT’s Christo Grozev, Russian President Vladimir Putin has killed too many people. Grozev says that the Kremlin is portraying Ukraine’s special operation against Russian mercenaries as an attempt to drive a wedge between Belarusians and Russians. Whatever.
Intelligence chiefs in United States, the UK and Europe have for years known about Russia’s state-sponsored assassinations. Kremlin agents routinely roam throughout Europe stalking their targets and killing them. Little has been done to address the problem. Looking on the bright side, newly installed U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered a review of Russia’s wet work, including the GRU’s infiltration via SolarWinds of dozens of government agencies, as well as the as yet unaddressed counter-intelligence threat of Rudy Giuliani.