Declassified CIA Documents Show American Support for Ukrainian Terrorists

Dear Readers:

This piece is from a week ago, January 24, but it somehow slipped past me.  But that matters little – the theme is timeless.  Well, actually there is a timeline.  On January 18 the CIA published online nearly 12 million pages of previously declassified documents which concern the activities of the CIA since the time of its creation in 1947 and up through the 1990’s.  The documents cover the period of the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and lots more.  Previously, these archives were only available, as CNN notes, from four computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  Visitors had to use the CIA’s standalone search tool called CIA Records Search Tool (CREST).  Now the documents are online and anybody can read them.  This is a good thing, it allows historians to really sink their teeth into primary documents.  “None of this is cherry-picked,” stated CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak. “It’s the full history. It’s good and bads.”

Students at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland

Making the documents available on the internet entailed a huge, labor-intensive project of manually scanning, redacting, and publishing the archives into a format (such as PDF) where more standardized search engines can be used.  This project was supposed to be completed no earlier than the end of 2017; however, advances in library science and computer technology allowed the project to be completed well ahead of schedule.  Here is the CIA website which explains all of this.  Instead of the 4 terminals, users can now read the documents from anywhere in the world on the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room.  I tried it myself, punching in a couple of search terms and accessing some very interesting PDF documents.  Couldn’t quite get the hang of it, but it’s there for people with better research skills than I possess.

“Stefan” Bandera

Anyhow, now that we have authenticated the source of information, we can proceed to the topic of this post, namely, the relationship between the CIA and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), led by Ukrainian fascist leader Stepan (who in the CIA archives, is typically spelled as “Stefan”) Bandera.

Readers will be surprised and shocked to learn that the American CIA fostered and assisted the OUN even though the former regarded the latter as a purely terrorist organization.  But then, the CIA has never been particularly squeamish about working with terrorists.

Polish official Bronisław Pieracki

Among the documents is one from 4 February 1948, in which Bandera is dubbed a terrorist, tied to the assassination of Polish Minister of Internal Affairs Bronisław Pieracki in 1934.  Disclaimer:  I didn’t read this document with my own eyeballs, it’s in there somewhere, but I can’t quite figure out how to get to it.  I’m used to easy search engines like Google and Wikipedia, so even this online CREST seems quite cumbersome, at least to me.  Hence, I am just relying on the accuracy of the Russian reporter who wrote the piece, which I linked above, for Ria Novosti.  I am assuming that the Russian government and press are all over these CIA archives, like metallic bears attracted to a giant magnetic honeycomb.  As well they should be, since so many of the nefarious deeds recounted, were directed precisely against their country, i.e., the Soviet Union, and then Russia.

For example, the archives detail how, after the end of World War II, the CIA directly financed the activities of the Banderite marauders.   The exact dollar sums and names of the banks involved in this financing were, however, redacted out of the documents and unavailable to curious eyes.  God forbid some ordinary American citizen would go to cash their paycheck at the local bank branch, knowing that this same bank financed terror squads who literally burned people alive in the marshes of Western Ukraine.


A series of documents concern the CIA’s “Operation Aerodynamic”.  Somebody over at Global Research did their homework on this, which means I don’t have to.  “Aerodynamic” started in 1953 and involved covert support of Nazi “entities”.  Well, Global calls them “Neo-Nazis”, but there was actually nothing “Neo” about these folks.  They were the real Adolph McCoy.  According to the document:

George Soros helped Banderites too.

«The purpose of Project AERODYNAMIC is to provide for the exploitation and expansion of the anti-Soviet Ukrainian resistance for cold war and hot war purposes. Such groups as the Ukrainian Supreme Council of Liberation (UHVR) and its Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN), the Foreign Representation of the Ukrainian Supreme Council of Liberation (ZPUHVR) in Western Europe and the United States, and other organizations such as the OUN/B will be utilized».

The kicker here is that the CIA was supporting two rival groups who hated each others guts:  the OUN and the ZPUHVR.  The latter was directly controlled by the CIA and British MI-6, whereas the classic Banderites of OUN had a tendency to go maverick from time to time.  Even the German Nazis got so sick of Bandera’s antics that they threw him in the pokey for a while, until he could cool off his temper.

Did Dudley help the neo-Nazis?

Meanwhile, along with the Americans, the Brits, the Italians, and even the “good Germans” of West Germany, the Canadian intelligence services also got involved in these covert de-stabilizing activities — tell me it ain’t so, Dudley Do-Right! — they had their own version of AERODYNAMIC, which they codenamed REDSKIN.  Both subversive AND politically incorrect at the same time!   And eventually, guess who else became involved in all these wacky anti-Communist schemes?  George Soros!  This “hedge-fund” tycoon was probably the guy who taught the CIA how to hedge their bets.  By hiring different sets of people at odds with each other, and spending umpteem millions on all kinds of farcical projects, ranging from smuggling Banderite propaganda into the Ukraine, all the way to arming vicious terrorists for guerrilla war.  It all sounds a lot like the Syrian so-called “Moderate Opposition” – no?

Need an Asshole?  Hire A Butcher!

During those Glory Days, the Banderite main liaison to the CIA was a man named Mykola Lebed, the OUN’s Head of Security.  Lebed (Russian for “Swan”) had been convicted of Pieracki’s assassination in 1934.  This violent man was let out of jail when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939.  Lebed is considered directly responsible for the Volhynia Massacres of 1943, a planned genocide directed primarily against ethnic Poles and also secondarily against Jews.  As wiki notes:

Polish children massacred on Lebed’s orders.

The peak of the massacres took place in July and August 1943. Most of the victims were women and children.  UPA’s methods were particularly savage, and resulted in 35,000–60,000 Polish deaths in Volhynia and 25,000–40,000 in Eastern Galicia, for the total of between 76,000 and 106,000 casualties.

With these credentials under his belt, Lebed seemed like a good fit for a position in the CIA.  When his side lost World War II, he was whisked out of the Ukraine and smuggled into the U.S.  The CIA-funded guerrilla war against the Soviet government continued for almost a decade but, inevitably, the Ukrainian nationalists lost.  Like they always do in the end.

Mykola Lebed

Lebed’s consolation prize was a cushy job in the glamorous publishing world of New York City.  Now settled securely in Gotham, Lebed ran the so-called Prolog Publishing House, an anti-Communist propaganda outlet funded by the CIA, as revealed in the now-public archives.  According to Lebed’s wiki:  “In 1991, the CIA still considered him a valuable asset. Federal investigators would consider Lebed a possible war criminal but did not pursue prosecution. He died in 1998.”

Died peacefully in his bed, unlike those innocent angelic children who perished in Volhynia and Galicia.  For no other reason than they didn’t quite fit into Bandera’s vision of a Ukrainian-speaking genetically pure fascist dictatorship led by the great and glorious Leader — you guessed it!  — Stefan Bandera himself!

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27 Responses to Declassified CIA Documents Show American Support for Ukrainian Terrorists

  1. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    That American jackass who died fighting in Grishin’s outfit, wasn’t he Lebed’s nephew?


      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        That’s the one – Knew it was Mark something or other.


        • yalensis says:

          So, he is the original Lebed’s nephew? Funny that all the Westie panegyrics never mentioned that.
          It’s amazing to me that the Banderites have managed to pass this thing of theirs down for at least 3 generations now. Although with Paslawsky, being an older guy, he was only one branch away from the main branch.


          • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

            It’s one thing to keep it going within families, another to keep people within the cult who aren’t blood relatives of Lebed, Stetsko, Bandera et al. I’m not sure they have been all that successful – how many American or Canadian citizens ended up fighting for Ukraine? I can think of maybe three Americans: Paslawsky, one non-Ukrainian fuckup from Texas, and one other character who claimed to be an Iraq vet (he didn’t give his name and most of his face was covered. If he was an ethnic Ukrainian he didn’t mention it).

            Would be useful if there were data on how many Ukrainian migrant descendants remained in the Ukrainian nationalist sphere, and how many shed their heritage and became generic Canadians or Americans. Bandera’s idiot grandson seems to have dropped out of the movement, and I don’t remember Chris Suprun ever trying to present his hostility to Trump in Ukrainian nationalist terms.


            • yalensis says:

              These are good points. Probably nobody has scientific data on how many within these communities are dedicated Banderites.
              I operate maybe on a skewed perception (I hope), based on anecdotal evidence. There are a few examples which I am actually personally familiar with. I personally know some Ukrainian-Americans who are fairly young (like, in their early 30’s) who grew up in Ukrainian-American families and are sympathetic to the svidomite shtick. Not that they ran off to join the ATO, or anything like that. Their sympathies are more platonic.

              More importantly, the cause is kept alive by Ukrainian “Community Centers” in various cities and towns within America and Canada.
              Once upon a time I had a Ukrainian friend who sneaked me inside one of these community centers and showed me around. The old Banderite lounge lizards hanging about in the clubhouse were mildly curious about me, but didn’t care that I spoke only Russian. The lounge was strewed by big coffee-table books showing UPA names and gravesites with the iron cross, etc.

              My friend also showed me the “library” where there was tons of bona fide Banderite and Nazi literature.
              In addition to these ethnic community centers, there are also the Uniate and Catholic churches, of course, which also promote Banderite propaganda.
              In addition, some Ukrainian youth are sent to Ukrainian summer camps, where most of the activities are fairly benign, but there is also a dose of political propaganda involved, and they are taught a skewed vesion of history.
              These are several of the ways in which the Banderites keep their “thing” alive from generation to generation.
              Eventually I reckon it will die out, and the diaspora will dissolve into the rest of the melting pot.


            • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

              Interesting points. It does sound as if they’re going the way of the American Irish, whose identity has dwindled away into ethnic parades and unreasoning hatred toward the English.


            • Jen says:

              Finding out how much financially the Ukrainian diaspora in the US and Canada supports the Banderites through donations, getting total annual figures for the amounts donated and tracking them for several years to find a trend is one way of gauging support and whether it is growing stronger or weaker. Donations can be made anonymously. Even then, donations aren’t necessarily an accurate measure as charities can apply for special deductible gift recipient status that allow donors to apply for tax rebates or refunds if they contribute more than a certain amount to these charities, and if the various charities that fund the Nazis in Ukraine had their DGR status revoked, the donation amounts they receive might fall to crumbs.


  2. Biden, Merkel and Klitschko. What a fiasco that was. The Leaked EU call from Victoria Nuland is still chilling after all this time. The calm demeanor she had while discussing the fate and a nation she wasn’t a part of was eye-opening.


  3. I must admit I’d also love to hear your take of the NG pipeline wars as well as the gas-backed players in the conflict. Biden at Burisma, Trump adviser and Marine Corp intel agent Carter Page at Gazprom, and the sudden sale of 19% of Roseneft (which oddly matches the promises allegedly made to Trump in the Chris Steele dossier).


    • yalensis says:

      Thanks for your comments, knowledgevendor. That’s interesting info about the 19% Rosneft shares, I had not read about that one. I am sure there were a lot of wheelings and dealings behind the scene! One set of oligarchs replaces another, the age-old story.

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  4. The money leads to Singapore, then Switzerland, and Glencore. Ex-BP exec Tony Hayden advised on the deal.


    “Glencore and Qatar take 19.5% stake in Rosneft
    Russian banks to help finance privatisation aimed at raising cash for state budget”


  6. The deal, which was unveiled by Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin and president Vladimir Putin live on state TV on Wednesday evening, is the largest foreign direct investment into Russia since the US and EU imposed sanctions on the country over its actions in Ukraine in 2014.


    “A dossier with unverified claims about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia contained allegations that Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company, offered former Trump ally Carter Page and his associates the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia.”


    • yalensis says:

      Clarification: By “brokerage”, does that mean that Carter Page was going to be a direct owner of these shares just by himself, as a person?
      Or that he would control them on behalf of some other entity?

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      • The final take was 19.5%, which some suggest is .5% broker fees for Page. The 19% allegations in the dossier pre-date the privatization which would seem incriminating, and Just today US intel sources claimed to verify part of the dossier’s allegations, but aren’t saying which. I hate to speculate with such little evidence, but all the chatter suggests that Paul Manafort was the intermediary, Page was the courrier, and this entire US election mess is payback for the “American Political Technologists” meddling in the Crimean post-Olympic bust-out.



        “Washington (CNN)For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent… relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
        But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.”



    “The dossier also claims (on the basis of three separate sources) that Carter Page, a sometime Trump adviser with extensive past ties to gas giant Gazprom, met in July with Igor Sechin, the U.S.-sanctioned CEO of oil giant Rosneft. (Page insists that such claims are “complete garbage.”)
    The notion that Sechin, by most people’s reckoning the most powerful man in Russia after Putin, had sought the lifting of U.S. sanctions in return for a renewed energy partnership, is entirely logical. Sanctions have severely crimped Rosneft’s investment (notably in its joint venture drilling for oil in the Arctic with ExxonMobil), and lifting them would benefit no-one more than Rosneft.
    Less credible is the claim that Sechin offered the U.S. a sizeable stake in Rosneft in return. True, there was a stake in Rosneft for sale last year. But the state budget was due to receive the money from it by December, and there was never any chance of selling to a U.S. entity in that timeframe. It eventually went to a consortium of Qatar and Glencore, with financing by Italy’s Banca Intesa SanPaolo.
    Page, like Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, were withdrawn from Trump’s team after the spotlight on their Russian connections grew too intense, though even the dossier acknowledges there were other factors at work there, too. But one claim regarding Manafort stands out: That Putin refused to believe the reassurances of Viktor Yanukovych, the disgraced ex-president of Ukraine, that there was no paper trail confirming illicit payments made to Manafort that would discredit him in the U.S. Whatever the truth, and Manafort denies any wrongdoing, Putin’s exasperation at Yanukovych’s shortcomings is a matter of record.”


  9. And also, Rosneft is partnered with Exxon in a joint arctic drilling venture sidelined by sanctions. Guess who the New Secretary of State is?

    The 64-year-old Tillerson, a lifetime Exxon employee, came up through the ranks by managing the company’s Russia account.
    In fact, his close relationship with Russia is one of the major reasons Tillerson was selected to succeed Lee Raymond as CEO of Exxon (XOM) in 2006, according to Steve Coll’s book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.”
    Once he became CEO, Exxon bet billions on Russia’s vast but notoriously-elusive oil resources through a bold partnership with Russian oil giant Rosneft. Putin himself attended the 2011 signing ceremony for the deal with Rosneft, which is majority owned by Moscow.
    Russia has already indicated it would welcome Tillerson being named America’s top diplomat.


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