Another Ukrainian-based theme today. My starting point is this piece from PolitNavigator. Tags are: “Medicine”, “Scandal”, “Ukraine”. The headline reads:
Minister (of Health) who happens to be an American woman, just signed an order about testing vaccines on Ukrainians.
The piece is short, and I translate in full:
The diaspora Ukrainian woman Ulana Suprun, who heads the Ministry of Health of the Ukraine, signed an order permitting the testing on Ukrainian (human subjects) vaccines which happen to be produced by the firm in which she previously worked.
This allegation was made on the TV talk show “Black Mirror”, by Parliament Deputy Alexandra Kuzhel.
“The first order which she signed – it is #835. With this order she is allowing 95 pharmaceuticals into the Ukraine, to be tested on Ukrainian citizens. Such testing when conducted abroad costs around $50,000. But here it’s done for free. Of these 95 medications, seven are formulas which are produced by the very same firm where she used to work, and where one of her deputies used to work. The name of this firm is Parexel Ukraine. Do our citizens know that they are being used as guinea pigs?” Kuzhel inquired.
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I decided to stage this story as a catfight between two middle-aged ladies (ages roughly a decade apart), who are both blonde but who possess very different pedigrees.
A Non-Diaspora Ukrainian Woman
Let’s start with Alexandra Kuzhel. I found this Russian-language wiki bio. Kuzhel was born in 1953, in the city of Konstantinovka, Donetsk Oblast. Kuzhel had typical Soviet parents — her dad was an engineer and factory supervisor. Alexandra herself graduated from the Dnepropetrovsky Metallurgical Institute in 1975. She took a job as an engineer and also taught Economics as a Junior Professor at the Zaporozhie Industrial Institute. At that same institution, in 1983, she completed her post-graduate degree with a specialty in Engineering-Economics. That was all in the Soviet era. Now draw a line of demarcation, as the post-Soviet era of Ukrainian independence begins.
From 1990 to 1993 Kuzhel had a job as Chief Bookkeeper for the Joint Stock Company “Vostok”, still in the city of Zaporozhie. From 1993 to 1994 she served as the General Director of a joint Ukrainian-Canadian company called “Independence”. I did my due diligence on the web, but cannot find what exact product this company produced. I did find this post, called “Canadian Companies Succeeding in Ukraine”. Pickings seem fairly slim, but perhaps Kuzhel’s company produced something like railroads or borsht?
In any case, 1994 was the year when Kuzhel, now in her early 40’s, decided to enter politics. The rest of her biography is a series of elections and government appointments. Like many Ukrainian politicians, she switched back and forth between several parties. Sometimes quitting, sometimes being expelled. Even taking part in the occasional obligatory Rada Fist Fight. Alexandra served in the Kuchma government, and later in the Yanukovych government. She is a valuable resource because of her economics background and auditing skills. In 1999 the hard-working Kuzhel studied at night and successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation on the topic “Regional programs to support enterpreneurship in Ukraine”. In 2007 Prime Minister Yanukovych appointed Kuzhel Deputy Minister for Regional Development. But Alexandra had to resign a few months later when Yulia Tymoshenko took the post of Prime Minister. Based on serious “ethical differences”.
Although Kuzhel butted blonde heads with Tymoshenko over the years, the two women seem to have kissed and made up in 2009, when the former became the latter’s official Advisor. At this time Kuzhel was still a member of the Party of Regions, until they expelled her, presumably for fraternizing with the enemy (=Tymoshenko).
Despite this slap in the face, Kuzhel expressed her willingness to work with the new Yanukovych government of 2010. Yanukovych and Azarov were not so forgiving, Kuzhel had to pack her suitcase and leave her post. Later, though, she found a new home in the political party “Strong Ukraine”, led by Sergei Tigipko. During the regional elections of October 2010, Kuzhel won a seat as a representative of the Crimean Autonomy.
In 2011 Tigipko announced his intention to merge “Party of Regions” with “Strong Ukraine”. Kuzhel, still holding a grudge — you know how women are! — refused to re-join Regions. At the Party Congress she delivered a speech denouncing the merger and demonstratively resigned from the party.
In 2012 the feisty Kuzhel became a “non-party” deputy serving in the Supreme Soviet of the Crimean Autonomy. Later that year, now a member of Tymoshenko’s “Fatherland” party, Kuzhel won a seat in the Supreme Rada. She chairs the Committee for Enterpreneurship, Regulatory and Anti-Monopoly policies.
A Diaspora Ukrainian Woman
Switching now to the other blonde in this catfight, Ulana Suprun. She’s the one whom Kuzhel accused of testing her company’s vaccines on Ukrainians, as if the Ukrainian people were a bunch of lab rats.
When I began researching this story, I was curious to learn if “disapora woman” Suprun is the daughter or granddaughter of Nazi collaborators who settled in the U.S. The answer to that burning question depends on her age, and the age of her parents.
Recall that after their team lost World War II, tens of thousands of Ukrainian rank and file who had collaborated with the Nazis — as foot soldiers, partisans, or simple concentration camp guards — fled from the avenging Red Army. The American government, other European governments, and the Catholic Church hierarchy helped to save as many of these war criminals as possible. Rat lines were set up, the pro-Nazi Ukrainian families fled, first to Germany, and then were eventually resettled in North America. The social support infra-structure set up for them was admirable: They got high-paying jobs as industrial workers, their children received scholarships to college. One could call this operation the poor-man’s analogue to the concurrent “Operation Paperclip” which “saved” Nazi rocket scientists and other bigshots. The difference is that the Ukrainian operation, let’s call it “Operation Red Stapler” [I made that up myself, so don’t get too excited] rescued small-potato type losers who actually had little to offer the American government, no special skills or education. All they had was their set of pro-Nazi beliefs and a ferocious hatred of Soviet Communism. (And of ethnic Russians, in general.) These people were perfect for America’s anti-Communist propaganda efforts such as the “Captive Nations” project. The only catch was this: These people had to be muzzled somewhat. They couldn’t be openly pro-Nazi in the U.S., they had to follow a bogus cover story that they were “freedom fighters” who fought AGAINST the Nazis, as well as against the Soviets.
Operation Red Stapler was a success from the American geopolitical point of view. This was a long game — took a couple of generations to come into fruition — but it was played well [gotta give credit where credit is due] and produced results which we see today. Where the children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren of Ukrainian Nazi collaborators return in triumph to the land of their forefathers to take up posts in the American-installed puppet government of Banderastan.
Why were these Ukrainian peasants and factory workers ultimately so successful and so useful to the American government? The resettled Ukrainian families formed a thriving diaspora in communities throughout the American Midwest and across the border in Canada. Thanks to the “American Dream”, they were able to buy homes and send their kids to college. Each generation did better than the one before. And due to their tight family structures, community cohesiveness, and extensive social support mechanisms, the diaspora families were able to keep their pro-Nazi and pro-Banderite ideology intact going on four generations now. The nationalist ideology passed on from fathers to sons, and mothers to daughters. Ukrainian families in the diaspora are also very good about keeping their language skills current, making sure that their kids continue to be fluent in Ukrainian. This is a very important point, Russian diaspora families could borrow a leaf from their book. Because, as soon as the opportunity arrived (Ukrainian political independence, decades of political turmoil, and then a pro-Western junta), many of these diaspora “children”, still fluent in the old “mova”, were able to return to Ukraine and take up positions in the new government. Acting on behalf of their American bosses, but convinced in their own minds that they are the ultimate Ukrainian patriots.
A Cagey Bio
Ulana Suprun, née Ulana Nadia Jurkiw, was born in Hamtramck, Michigan on — well, I can’t find her actual birthdate, but it is known from public records that she is currently 53 years old. Here is her father, George Jurkiw, a devoted Catholic, 82 years old, born probably in 1933. Known fact: George was born in Soviet Ukraine. How do I know this? Because his own daughter let it slip during an interview: Suprun said she and her husband for many years planned to move to Ukraine, where their parents were born [….]. People who know Ukrainian-Americans know that they can sometimes be vague or cagey about the life stories of their parents and grandparents. They actually have little to fear: Most Americans don’t have a clue what happened during those years, and could not point to the Ukraine on a map if Hannibal Lecter was holding a carving knife up to their brain cavity.
Educated guess: George’s parents were most likely Nazi collaborators, he had to have been only 12 or so when the war ended, migrated with his parents to German “displaced persons” camp, then put on the Diaspora Pipeline for Michigan, USA.
Like his beloved daughter, Ulana, George is a fervent Ukrainian nationalist. He did well in life and earned a comfortable living as a Defense Contractor. Even in his old age now, George has been active in raising money for Petro Poroshenko’s war machine.
Ulana’s aforementioned hubby is a man named Marko Suprun. According to the inspirational piece I just cited, the couple were married in 1991, at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warren, Michigan. Inspired by the “Euro-Maidan”, they moved to Ukraine and set up an organization called Patriot Defense, which supports “tactical”, combat medicine for Ukrainian “punishers” involved in the Poroshenko government’s hybrid war against Donbass civilians. The linked piece notes that the NGO “Patriot Defense” is part of the Ukrainian World Congress, “where Ulana is director of humanitarian initiatives. It raises the funds for the Combat Lifesaver Training program.” The piece also notes that Ulana and Mark “reside in Kiev, which is free of combat, but often travel to the areas of conflict.” Perhaps the writer did not see the irony of a world in which “Russian aggression against Ukraine” means Kiev residents can live a fairly quiet lifestyle “free of combat”; whereas the “aggressors” in the Eastern part of the country are forced to endure a life of perennial artillery shellings and other forms of “conflict”.
Here is Ulana appearing at the annual Ukrainian Nazi festival, humorously dubbed “Bandershtat”. In honor of the sacred location where Bandera’s Ukrainian Insurgent Army originated. While explaining the need to keep “Punishers” alive and healthy, so that they can carry on their work on the battlefields, Ulana tells the crowd a few tidbits about her personal biography: “I was born in the US, but three weeks ago I was granted my Ukrainian citizenship. I grew up in a Ukrainian family, went to the Ukrainian church, and my first language was Ukrainian. I met my husband at a winter camp for Ukrainian youth; I was in Plast, while Marko was in CYM.” The youth scouting group CYM, by the way, is affiliated with the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). These were the charming people who carried out mass genocide against ethnic Poles and Jews in 1943, in Volhynia and Galicia. In other words, Ulana’s mild-mannered hubby Marko is a f**king fascist!
But still, love is sweet. Singing those old Bandera songs by the campfire while toasting smores… Scouting led to romance. Romance led to Maidan. Maidan led to Ulana’s current gig in the Ukrainian government, as Deputy Minister of Heath. I forgot to mention that Ulana’s medical specialty is Radiology. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Year of graduation not listed, but she “has been in practice for more than 20 years.” So, I’m guessing around 1996 (?) A search of the American Board of Radiology shows that Dr. Suprun is certified in Diagnostic Radiology, but is not required to maintain her certification through participation in the MOC (Maintenance of Certification) program. All I know is that I don’t want that lanky-haired Banderite ghoul turning her X-ray machine on me!
So, folks, that’s about all I could find about Dr. Ulana Nadia Suprun. As to Kuzhel’s accusations that Ulana has a conflict of interest due to her involvement with the clinical research firm Paraxel, I have no facts. Paraxel has an office in Kiev, on 9 Moskovsky Prospekt. That part is true. And I did find the online form, where one can volunteer to be in a clinical trial, if one is so inclined. Aside from that, as Sergeant Schultz used to say, “I know NUSSING!”