Ukraine Putschists Like Chile’s Pinochet Regime
by Stephen Lendman
According to Russia’s upper house Federation Council first deputy defense and security committee chairman, Franz Klintsevich, US-installed Kiev putschists are as ruthless as Chile under Pinochet – following the Nixon administration’s 9/11/73 coup, elevating him to power.
Klintsevich called illegal arrests, torture, detentions in secret prisons and disappearances daily occurrences – Ukraine’s security service, its SBU national Gestapo, responsible for what’s happening.
State terror overrides everything for full control, he explained. Comparison to 17 brutal years under Pinochet is chilling.
A climate of fear included mass arrests, disappearances, torture and murder. Opposition government officials, academics, union heads, independent journalists, student leaders, activists, and other suspected regime opponents were eliminated.
A story in The Times of London highlighted what’s ongoing, headlined “Kiev allows torture and runs secret jails, says UN.”
It quoted UN assistant secretary-general for human rights Ivan Simonovic, saying Kiev’s “disregard for human rights” is entrenched, systemic, and urgently needs addressing.
His agency documented hundreds of cases of illegal detentions, torture and ill-treatment of detainees, as well as extrajudicial executions and other human rights abuses, exposing the “scale and brutality” of the US-installed regime – crimes against humanity occurring in five secret detention centers.
Simonovic cited a case of a victim seized by “masked men,” believed to be SBU agents. In detention, he was brutalized, tasered multiple times in the head, his left hand, back, knees and head smashed with a hammer.
Forced to confess to being an armed group member to stop the brutal torture, he was taken to state security services and arrested.
Another incident Simonovic described involved chaining an alleged anti-regime rebel group member or sympathizer to a radiator, stifling his ability to breathe with a gas mask, electro-shocking and waterboarding him – while beating and kicking his genitals.
The SBU denied Simonovic access to five secret detention centers. UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture head Malcolm Evans responded, saying:
“This denial of access…meant that we have not been able to visit some places where we have heard numerous and serious allegations that people have been detained and where torture or ill-treatment may have occurred.”
Simonovic also accused Kiev authorities of failing to investigate the May 2014 massacre of hundreds of defenseless peaceful anti-regime protesters in Odessa’s Trade Union House.
Police stood by and did nothing, letting Right Sector thugs mass-murder unaccountably. A new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on Ukraine accused regime authorities “of involvement in or affiliation with (extremist) armed groups.”
Earlier Russian White Book reports documented horrendous Kiev human rights abuses, targeting anyone questioning regime authority along with waging dirty war without mercy on Donbass freedom fighters.
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