US journalist Ostrovsky freed by Russian puppets in Ukraine

UPDATE: Russia’s puppets in Ukraine have freed their hostage, American journalist Simon Ostrovsky. Screen-Shot-2014-04-24-at-1.19.36-PM Russian puppet Vyachislav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed “mayor” of the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk, held a press conference yesterday in which he explained why his forces, which everyone assumes are working at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, kidnapped an American journalist, Simon Ostrovsky. The Russian puppet’s excuse? He didn’t like what Ostrovsky was reporting. Welcome to Soviet Union 2.0.

Simon Ostrovsky, courtesy of his eponymous Web site.

Simon Ostrovsky, courtesy of his eponymous Web site.

Ukraine Live Blog published a translation of Ponomaryov’s press conference, which was posted on Facebook by Ivar Dale, and then reposted by Oksana Chelysheva. It’s not too long, disturbing and worth a read.  At one point, Ponomaryov appears to suggest that Ostrovsky is being held hostage, in exchange for Russian-affiliated provocateurs. At another point, Ponomaryov mentions, oddly, that Ostrovsky is a dual citizen of Israel (according to Wikipedia, Ostrovsky is Soviet-born, and now a dual citizen of the US and Israel).  Ironically, Israel has not been as helpful as it could be, including Israel recently choosing not to side with the US on United Nations resolutions criticizing Russia for its actions in Ukraine. ukraine-map-slovyanskIt’s not at all clear why that’s relevant, but judging by Russia’s past and present virulent anti-Semitism (the Putin government has been coddling neo-Nazis gangs for several years now), it’s not surprising.  Also, someone recently distributed flyers in the eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with pro-Russian separatists. Of course, Ostrovsky’s kidnapping ups the ante for both the US and Israel. It’s one thing to claim that we don’t have a dog in this fight.  It’s quite another when Russian-controlled forces started holding American citizens hostage, let alone US journalists. (Clearly, the Russians still don’t understand how modern PR works – what a brain-dead move, kidnapping a western journalist). Here’s the transcript of the press conference

Absurd press conference of the separatist mayor of Slovyansk, regarding our dear friend Simon Ostrovsky, who is being held hostage. The translation is from Ukraine Live Blog. —– Reporter: Where is he? Ponomaryov: He’s alive and well, thank God. Reporter: Where is he? Ponomaryov: He’s with us. Reporters: Where? Where? Ponomaryov: [Laughs] In a preliminary detention cell. Reporter: Why are you holding him? Ponomaryov: Huh? Reporter: Why are you holding him?

Ponomaryov: So he wouldn’t put out a lot of provocative commentary, so he wouldn’t conduct hostile activity on our territory. In the final analysis, he is an undesirable element in our area. Since — and I repeat again — we know all the journalists, we are familiar with you all, we talk to you all, we reached a certain agreement about what and how you are to clearly and accurately broadcast information received, not to exaggerate the facts. Reporter: But… you want to tell us… Ponomaryov: Wait. And not to distort reality. Therefore, please, continue to work, we’re not interfering in any way, we are open to you to the maximum. If you don’t violate our agreement and we…will continue to cooperate with you. Reporter: Do you have some kind of proof of his condition, can we talk to him, can we see him? So that we know…well, somehow…we don’t know… Ponomaryov: You know what, I’ll tell you the following. Listen to me carefully. Why do none of you ever pay any attention to the fact that in the isolation cells of the SBU [Ukrainian Security Service] there are a lot of our activists, in particular, Pavel Gubarev, the People’s Governor of Donetsk Region. Why don’t you focus attention on that? But you have intense attention for some journalist provocateur, intense, giving out all sorts of rumors where he is and so on. I assure you — I assure you. Nothing bad is happening to him. He is eating normally. He is being held in normal conditions. He’s clean, washed, that is, well… Reporter: He’s a journalist. Ponomaryov: And so what now? But if he conducts himself aggressively, if he is provocative, what now, he’s allowed to do anything? Or what? Reporter: Yesterday, you said he was writing some material, what’s going on? Ponomaryov: Yes, that’s correct. He’s gathering some material while he’s in the KPZ [preliminary detention cell] so that he can share it with you when he gets out. Reporter: When is he getting out? Ponomaryov: When it’s time, then he’ll get out. When we consider it necessary for him to get out, then we’ll let him out. I could ask the same question, so to say, of the representatives of the Kiev junta. When are you going to let out our activists? When are they going to stop abusing them? That’s it. You understand. We’re not discovering anything new, we’re not doing anything new. Reporter: What do you want from him, in order to let him go? You said you’d let him out “when it’s time,” and “when you’re ready.” What do you want? Ponomaryov: Let him be our guest. Reporter: Is he a hostage? Ponomaryov: Of course not. He’s a walking around. It’s just that we defined his place of stay, so to speak. Reporter: What is his status? Ponomaryov: Huh? Reporter: What is his legal status? Ponomaryov: We said from the beginning that we have one intention. And then it turns out he is nevertheless a citizen of Israel. And then this morning your colleague from Moscow tried to explain that to me that he is a person with dual citizenship, American and Israeli. That is, I myself would like to determine who he is. Either he has American citizenship or he has Israeli citizenship. Or maybe it’s Ethiopian. Let them declare about him his rights from Madagascar or somewhere else… Reporter: What is his status with you? Ponomaryov: Huh?! Reporter: Is he detained, arrested, accused? Ponomaryov: Detained.

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  • 2amor

    @BeccaM I just your writing. However, your comments are even better!! Keep up the good work!

  • Stephen Marsh

    Actually, I’m reading this from Russia, so you’re wrong.

  • Kimm Ryland

    my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle
    Convertible by working parttime off of a home computer… Look At This F­i­s­c­a­l­P­o­s­t­.­ℂ­o­m

  • cold340t

    Well, it’s you that said Putin displaced ALL the Crimean people to get the annexation. Not I.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I don’t respond to those who are being deliberately obtuse and moronic.

  • cold340t

    Well, Putin took over Crimea by displacing ALL the REAL Crimean People, right? Then had them hold a vote for annexation vote. One that was closely observed by Election Watchers from around the Globe. Who then declared the vote as representing the WILL of the People. They missed the displacement/were fooled? That is what you are saying isn’t it? Sorry, I’m no troll.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    As a troll, you’re really shitty at it. Buzz off.

  • cold340t

    So thats what happened in Crimea? Just before the vote and annexation? Is that what you are saying? Proof please.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Don’t know much about history, do you? Or how a solid majority of one kind of people can be almost entirely replaced by another?

    You claim in another comment to be part Native American, yet the core concept of ‘ethnic cleansing’ eludes you?

    Don’t be deliberately dense.

  • cold340t

    Like I said, enlist if you are so ready to go to WAR!

  • cold340t

    How can we know? MSN doesn’t report on who’s being held a Gitmo. Since reporting on Gitmo might help the Terrorist. We will never know will we?

  • cold340t

    Seems that MORE Journalist have been detained/harassed/disappeared/killed since 9/11 then at any other time in recent history. So this guy is lucky to have been freed. Hero NO. Lucky yes.

  • cold340t

    Its the Native American in me that can’t let go, sorry :)

  • cold340t

    So you are saying the Russia sent enough Russians into Crimea, to displace ALL the Crimean Peoples? Is that what you are saying? Then after displacing ALL the Crimean Peoples, they then went ahead with the Annexation of the country? Somehow that dosent’ seem to add up. Please elaborate.

  • FLL

    I think the point of the comment that you’re replying to is that Putin wants war, and he’s demonstrating that by massing 50,000 troops on the border of eastern Ukraine. Aren’t you projecting Putin’s motives onto the West? Are you offended that I disagreed with Aladin’s insistence that NATO shouldn’t exist? And who are you going to convince that NATO should be disbanded? A tiny fraction of the population in any NATO country? I think you need to admit that NATO isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and for good reason, as Putin is demonstrating. I would throw in the towel concerning your campaign to disband NATO. It’s a non-starter.

  • FLL

    As a one-person show, you can judge the actions of the WWII era by the standards of the 19th century. If you want real consideration from other people though, you have to judge actions by the standards of their time, not another century.

  • FLL

    Aladin’s comment, my reply and emjayjay’s reply are all about freedom of the press and journalists. Is there a section of Gitmo reserved for journalists? If not, then shouldn’t you be replying to a different thread?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    34 isn’t “so high”.

  • cold340t

    You forgot Gitmo!

  • cold340t

    You WANT WAR? Enlist, the age has been raised so high my Granda is still eligible and he’s dead. You are welcome to go fight. I will watch on tv. Thanks for volunteering!

  • cold340t

    Its called making life easier….after you delete whats not needed :) If you can!

  • cold340t

    ‘let alone journalist”? Really? Didn’t the husband of a well known journalist get stopped at the airport and held captive because of stories he might have been carrying. He supposedly had some kind of info about a secret Gov. surveillance program. I am just having a hard time achieving some sort of perspective here. Since it seems to be lacking in most of what I am reading on this subject.

  • cold340t

    Same as white settlers did when killing Natives in America. It’s all the same , the victor/conquerer gets the Country.

  • cold340t

    20 million? Really more then those killed in Holocuast of WW2?

  • benb

    Reporter: Where is Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn?

    Ponomaryov: He’s alive and well, thank God.

    Reporter: Where is he?

    Ponomaryov: He’s with us.

    Reporters: Where? Where?

    Ponomaryov: [Laughs] In a preliminary detention cell.

    Reporter: Why are you holding him?

    Ponomaryov: Huh?
    .
    .
    .

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    No, our oligarchy supports banksters, which is actually one thing America and Russia share in common.

    This Ukraine stuff is just a blatantly aggressive expansion of empire and a violation of Ukrainian national sovereignty, which Russia said it would never do, in exchange for the Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons. Guess that teaches them, huh, not to trust Russia to keep its word.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Too easy. He’s left troll-droppings all over the comments.

  • emjayay

    Not always. Sometimes they end up poisoned or dead.

  • emjayay

    Not to worry, just a regularly scheduled troops exercise.

  • emjayay

    And Russian troops that were definitely not Russian troops until later when they were definitely Russian troops, re Putin.

  • emjayay

    Damn. Ads covering the text with Windows 8.1 and latest IE. On the previous computer I updated Mozilla and got a whole load of crap along with it that I had to spend a lot of time figuring out how to get rid of.

  • Thom Allen

    Or have the lamp go back into HIM.

  • Elijah Shalis

    Torture a gay teenager recently?

  • Elijah Shalis

    You might want to go back into your lamp buddy

  • Elijah Shalis

    Yes they are so brotherly after Russia killed 20 million Ukrainians. Learn history before opening your mouth.

  • cole3244

    now you can put your head back in the sand and go back too sleep.

    by the way the gop says way to go comrade.

  • 2karmanot

    Next

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Exactly. And the purpose was clear: To replace the existing population with those deemed more loyal to the Soviet government.

  • FLL

    On target. I understand that ethnic Russians constitute a clear majority in Crimea today. However, I think it’s worth asking exactly how they attained that demographic majority in the first place. You answered that question in your reply above.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    A ‘democratic’ process that begins with Russian special forces infiltrators and a forcible seizing of government facilities, including military assets, followed by a sham vote that consists of two choices: (1) Join Russia or (2) Secede from the Ukraine and then join Russia. Right, sure.

    A mostly bloodless coup doesn’t make it any less of a coup.

    Some of my family’s ancestors fled the Ukraine when Stalin was starving people to death. We remember very well our Russian ‘brothers’ and their murderous campaigns of ethnic cleansing.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Then there was the Crimean Tatar deportations in the aftermath of WWII, nearly a quarter million displaced, many of them ending up in the gulags, and more than 10,000 dead of starvation.

  • FLL

    You obviously dislike the population of Kiev and the population of the provinces other than the two southeastern provinces. But wait. In your comment above, you said, “Russians and Ukrainians are brothers living together for centuries.” I guess you have to be a pro-Russian separatist in Donetsk or Luhansk province to be considered a brother, right?

  • FLL

    No free press in the United States? Not only can reporters write what they want, but if American readers prefer, they can read press reports from Europe or Al-Jazeera for balance. If Russian journalists write something critical of the Russian government, they get fired or wind up in prison. On top of that, Putin has now restricted access to the Internet to keep Russians from reading stories critical of his government. Sir, you are delusional.

  • FLL

    50,000 Russian troops are now massed on the border of eastern Ukraine. I think NATO might just have a few uses left.

  • FLL

    Natasha Fatale asks: “But Boris, will it work?” [Of course, the audience knows that it never does work. Back to the drawing board.]

  • FLL

    From your comment: “Russians and Ukrainians are brothers living together for centuries.”

    Stalin’s planned deliberate actions resulted in the Holodomor, which was the mass murder of somewhere between 4 million and 7.5 million Ukrainians by starvation. Why am I so sure that it was planned and deliberate? Because many Ukrainians sought to escape death by starvation by fleeing to Georgia. Soviet officials in Georgia ordered the local population not to provide food or shelter to Ukrainians fleeing the famine, and those orders are well documented. That is, as we say in English, the smoking gun. Stalin’s government intended to kill millions of Ukrainians. Just this year, Yanukovych, the Kremlin’s puppet, ordered his special police, the Berkut, to shoot 110 protesters dead. So please spare us your fiction about how Russians and Ukrainians have been living together as brothers for centuries. The population of the vast majority of Ukraine doesn’t want to be ruled from the Kremlin, so kindly shove off.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And a comment spammer, too! :-D

  • Aladin

    If
    you think that Russia is an aggressor, then tell me why when the
    Russians came to the Crimea there is no one was against it? There was
    not a single shot! Local residents welcomed the Russian troops and
    rejoiced. And when the “Democrats” puppets of the USA are in the South
    East of Ukraine, there is bloodshed and sacrifice. Why the people of
    Ukraine glad to see the Russian army? And army of Kiev have to kill
    locals. So who captures? Russians and Ukrainians are brothers living
    together for centuries. Democracy is government of the people, and not a
    bunch of scoundrels and traitors managed from the United States, who
    came to power through violent capture and dance to tune of NATO.

  • Aladin

    NATO
    just found a reason for further expansion and arms race. Without war,
    NATO has become useless, and now there is a reason to spend large budget
    money on arms. This is the purpose of propaganda.

  • Aladin

    Eric Hunt you’re a victim of NATO propaganda, and not see the truth! In the U.S., almost no free press.

  • MyrddinWilt

    He was born when the Soviet Union still existed. Working out what nationality people are entitled to after the fall of the Soviet Union has been rather complicated.

  • http://poorimpulsecontrol.net/blog tata

    John, what do you mean by “Soviet-born?”

  • lawguy

    do you think that their fascists are worse than are fascists? Just asking.

  • Indigo

    Wonderful! A bona fide retro-Soviet troll has arrived! “♫ ♪ We’re in the big time . . . ♪ ♪”

  • samizdat

    Oooh, it’s time to play Spot the Loonie!

  • Aladin

    Do not believe those who spread lies about defense forces south-east of Ukraine, they are the real patriots of Ukraine! In Kiev sit real bandits and traitors.

  • Eric Hunt

    Aladin – You are a stupid brain dead moron who knows NOTHING! A waste of a life!

  • Aladin

    USA support gangsters and disseminates propaganda about the population of the southeast Uraine is not willing to pay tribute to Kiev and the fascists!

  • Aladin

    Illegitimate government of Ukraine together with the Nazis are trying to
    destroy the population of the south-east of the country! Even the
    president whom they overthrew force not applied against them the army. New
    Ukrainian authorities – fascists and war criminals!

  • Aladin

    Illegitimate government of Ukraine together with the Nazis are trying to destroy the population of the south-east of the country! Even the president whom they svergline force applied against them the army. New Ukrainian authorities – fascists and war criminals!

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