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If you sincerely accept you are a sinner and don't feel good in participating in killing of people then you should call for the abolishment of all militaries which will come through erasing of national borders after all the Nation State is an artificial concept that came recently via the French Revolution of the late 1700s and you should call for a single progressive, truly democratic political system, social arrangement and socio-economic system for all humanity.
haha, good one.
 

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Wow, what a humanitarian thought.



He must have learnt from his American friends :) :
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They are individuals which will be handled by a military court. In contrast to organized thefts organized by state representatives, by Putin and his supporters. Putin lowers his once proud Russia into country of thieves.
 

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haha, good one.

Why ? Yes, world revolution concept is not fashionable now but what is your objection ? Please read this recent thread of mine about the Japanese Red Army though here not the movement itself but the female founder's daughter whose father was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. I also commented in the OP there about related things :

They are individuals which will be handled by a military court. In contrast to organized thefts organized by state representatives, by Putin and his supporters. Putin lowers his once proud Russia into country of thieves.

Ha ha, as opposed to Zelensky and his very honest chums ?
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rode to power on pledges to clean up the Eastern European country, but the Pandora Papers reveal he and his close circle were the beneficiaries of a network of offshore companies, including some that owned expensive London property.

Key Findings​

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his partners in comedy production owned a network of offshore companies related to their business based in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Belize.
  • Zelensky’s current chief aide, Serhiy Shefir, as well as the head of the country’s Security Service, were part of the offshore network.
  • Offshore companies were used by Shefir and another business partner to buy pricey London real estate.
  • Around the time of his 2019 election, Zelensky handed his shares in a key offshore company over to Shefir, but the two appear to have made an arrangement for Zelensky’s family to continue receiving money from the offshore.
Actor Volodymyr Zelensky stormed to the Ukrainian presidency in 2019 on a wave of public anger against the country’s political class, including previous leaders who used secret companies to stash their wealth overseas.

Now, leaked documents prove that Zelensky and his inner circle have had their own network of offshore companies. Two belonging to the president’s partners were used to buy expensive property in London.

The revelations come from documents in the Pandora Papers, millions of files from 14 offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with partners around the world including OCCRP.

The documents show that Zelensky and his partners in a television production company, Kvartal 95, set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012, the year the company began making regular content for TV stations owned by Ihor Kolomoisky, an oligarch dogged by allegations of multi-billion-dollar fraud. The offshores were also used by Zelensky associates to purchase and own three prime properties in the center of London.

The documents also show that just before he was elected, he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner — soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife.

Volodymyr Zelensky
Credit: Mykhailo Palinchak / Alamy Stock PhotoVolodymyr Zelensky.
A comedian and actor who had been famous since the 2000s, Zelensky began his political rise a few years after taking on a starring role in the political satire “Servant of the People,” which began airing on the oligarch’s network in 2015. The show starred Zelensky as a humble history teacher whose anti-corruption rant in class is filmed by a student, goes viral online, and wins him national office.

In a case of life imitating art, Zelensky ended up winning the real-world Ukrainian presidency just three-and-a-half years after the show’s launch, with more than 73 percent of the vote.

Zelensky capitalized on widespread public anger at corruption, but his 2019 campaign was dogged by doubts over his anti-graft bona fides, given that his campaign was boosted by media belonging to Kolomoisky — who is accused of stealing US$5.5 billion from his own bank and funneling it offshore in concert with his partner, Hennadiy Boholiubov.

In the heat of the campaign, a political ally of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko published a chart on Facebook purporting to show that Zelensky and his television production partners were beneficiaries of a web of offshore firms that allegedly received $41 million in funds from Kolomoisky’s Privatbank.

That ally, Volodymyr Ariev, didn’t provide evidence, and his accusations have never been proven. But the Pandora Papers show that at least some of the details in this alleged scheme correspond to reality. The leaked documents show information on 10 companies in the network that match structures detailed in Ariev’s chart.

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The new documents show that part of the network was managed with help from Fidelity Corporate Services, an offshore consultancy that was one of 14 firms whose documents make up part of the Pandora Papers leak. The documents show that Zelensky and his partners used companies based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Belize, and Cyprus.

Two of Zelensky’s associates in the offshore network, who were also part of his TV production company, now hold powerful positions. Serhiy Shefir is Zelensky’s top presidential aide, while Ivan Bakanov heads the Security Service of Ukraine.

These powerful positions also come with risks. Shefir narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt when his car was fired on outside Kyiv on September 22. He was unharmed, but his driver was wounded.

Zelensky has repeatedly pledged to rein in oligarchs. The day after the attack on Shefir, the country’s parliament passed a bill that would create a register of oligarchs and bar them from financing political parties or taking part in privatizations. Zelensky said that the attempt on Shefir’s life will receive a strong response and will not influence his fight against vested interests.

A spokesman for Zelensky declined to comment. Shefir and Bakanov did not respond to questions.

Serhiy Shefir and Volodymyr Zelensky
Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock PhotoSerhiy Shefir (right) and Volodymyr Zelensky (left) at Zelensky’s presidential campaign headquarters in 2019.
Serhiy Shefir’s brother Borys, who is a part-owner of Maltex Multicapital Corp, said he may indeed be an owner, but was unaware of the details of the offshore arrangement, which was largely the work of Ukraine’s now-Security Service chief, Bakanov.

“Bakanov was our financial director, he set up the financial schemes of our company. Speaking honestly, I’m not ready to respond to you,” he said.

Borys Shefir said such offshore arrangements were necessary because of the threat to the company of “authorities and bandits.” Kvartal 95’s members were moving to divest themselves of offshores, but it was a slow and difficult process, he said.

Mr. Holmes’ New Neighbors​

It is unclear what most of the offshore network was used for, but a partial answer to the mystery can be found on London’s Baker Street, near the residence of another famous fictional character: Sherlock Holmes.

Pandora Papers documents show a network company was used to purchase an apartment in London just a short walk from the museum that now stands at 221b Baker Street, the address of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. The area is one of several pricey parts of London favored by foreign investors using anonymous shell companies.

The exterior of the Chalfont Court building in London
Credit: Aubrey Belford/OCCRPThe Chalfont Court building on London’s Baker Street where Serhiy Shefir bought an apartment.
That apartment, a three-bedroom flat on Glentworth Street, was bought for 1.58 million pounds ($2.28 million) in 2016 by a Belize company owned by Shefir, SHSN Limited. A two-bedroom flat nearby in Baker Street’s Chalfont Court building, which was bought by Shefir for 2.2 million pounds (US$3.5 million) in 2014, was also transferred to SHSN Limited in 2018.

The documents also show that another Kvartal 95 shareholder, Andrii Iakovlev, obtained a roughly 1.5-million-pound ($2.3 million) apartment in the Westminster Palace Gardens building, a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, in 2015 after his BVI company purchased another BVI company that owned the property.

When contacted by a reporter, Iakovlev said: “Young lady, I don’t speak with people I don’t know. Contact our lawyers.”

Iurii Azarov, a Ukrainian lawyer who has worked for Zelensky and his partners and whose name appears on some of the documents found in the Pandora Papers, also declined to comment.

Mid-Election Maneuvering​

There is no sign that Zelensky himself was a part of the London property deals. However, the documents show that he was a key player in other parts of the offshore network.

At the center of the web of foreign firms is Maltex Multicapital Corp, which has never before been linked to Zelensky.

By 2017, Maltex was divided equally between shell companies belonging to Zelensky, Iakovlev, and brothers Serhiy Shefir and Borys Shefir. Ivan Bakanov, another Kvartal 95 partner who now serves as Ukraine’s secret police chief, was the beneficiary of another company that acted as nominee and trustee for the four other men’s ownership of Maltex.

Zelensky, together with his wife, owned a quarter of Maltex through a Belize-registered firm called Film Heritage. But in 2019, in the heat of Zelensky’s election campaign, Film Heritage transferred its ownership of Maltex to another company owned by Serhiy Shefir, the soon-to-be presidential chief assistant. The transfer documents were prepared by Iurii Azarov.

The deal provided Zelensky with a measure of distance from the offshore network, while costing him nothing.

“The share certificate demonstrates that no money was paid by the receiving party. Therefore the ownership was merely transferred from one name to another,” said Martin Woods, a financial crime consultant who reviewed the documents for OCCRP.

Roughly six weeks later, the same lawyer, Azarov, signed another document that stipulated that Maltex would continue to pay dividends to Zelensky’s Film Heritage — even though it no longer owned any stake in the company. The document, a client profile of Maltex prepared for Fidelity, disclosed that the company’s five largest sources of revenue were Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Belize, and Cyprus.

The Pandora Papers documents do not contain details on the size of any dividend payments, or how many may have been made. Since 2019, Zelensky’s wife, Olena Zelenska, has been the sole beneficial owner of Film Heritage, according to the online registry of officials’ asset declarations, meaning any subsequent payments would have flowed to her.

Financial crime consultant Woods said the share transfer was possibly a “charade” aimed at hiding a stake in Maltex while still being able to make money off it. Zelensky has not mentioned Maltex in any of his public asset declarations, including one filed for 2018, when he still owned 25 percent of the company.

In such an arrangement, “the real owner has placed another person to act as his or her proxy to pretend to be the shareholder,” Woods said.

“The person making the transfer wants to retain the shares and the benefit of the shares, but doesn’t want other people to know that that is the situation.”

In response to questions sent by Pandora Papers reporters, Fidelity confirmed it was the registered agent for Maltex Multicapital Corp, but it said that Zelensky was not currently an owner or beneficiary of any company under its administration.

“The present Ukrainian president is not our client, nor does he have any ownership or any other position in any entity under our administration,” Fidelity said.

The company also argued that there would have been nothing wrong to have worked for Zelensky prior to his ascent to political office in 2019. “We don’t see any valid reason why such a private citizen should be precluded from venturing to conduct his business internationally, including through a BVI [British Virgin Islands] business Company, if so deemed fit.”

The company did not respond to follow-up questions about Zelensky’s other partners, as well as the transfer of his shareholding in Maltex Multicapital Corp to Shefir’s partners.

A Wider Web​

The documents in the Pandora Papers also contain details that dovetail with broader allegations of offshore machinations leveled against Zelensky and his partners during the 2019 election.

During the campaign, the pro-Poroshenko member of parliament Ariev claimed that Zelensky and his partners were the beneficiaries of an offshore network of companies that received $41 million in payments that originated from Privatbank, the Ukrainian financial institution that the oligarch Kolomoisky is alleged to have looted.

Ariev’s allegations were detailed in a chart he publicized on Facebook showing a complex web of transactions between layers of companies based in offshore havens including the BVI, Cyprus, and Belize. The chart showed money flowing from the bank via a series of apparent shell entities to companies alleged to have been owned by Zelensky and associates.

Ariev has not provided documentation to back up his claims.

However, the Pandora Papers documents do provide the first corroboration for elements of his allegation: that 10 of the companies that allegedly received the money really did belong to Zelensky and his partners. Such information has not previously been publicly available.

The new documents do not, however, corroborate Ariev’s claims that the offshores received funds from Kolomoisky’s Privatbank. They provide only fragmentary information about how money moved through Zelensky and his partners’ offshore network. The financial flows that are visible from the documents appear to be connected to their television production business, of which Kolomoisky was a client.

The leaked documents show the offshore network was set up by individuals behind Kvartal 95 in 2012, the same year in which local media reported that Kvartal 95 entered into a production deal with Kolomoisky’s 1+1 Group.

The Pandora Papers show that SVT Films Ltd, a company that was as of May 2013 half-owned by the BVI holding company Maltex, was to be paid $1.2 million in licensing fees by January 2013 by an offshore company linked to Kolomoisky’s 1+1 network for the television program “Make a Comedian Laugh.”

In 2015, a company called Gimentiano Holdings Ltd, which was ultimately owned by Zelensky’s friend Andriy Iakovlev, also received $750,000 into its account at the Cyprus branch of Kolomoisky’s Privatbank. The money came from SVT Films Ltd. for “payment of interim dividends.”

OCCRP has previously reported that the Cyprus branch played a key role in Kolomoisky and his partner’s alleged multi-billion-dollar theft from the bank. Kolomoisky’s partner, Boholiubov, declined to respond to questions sent by reporters that were addressed to both men.

Even as Zelensky pushes his anti-oligarch campaign, some continue to doubt his sincerity. Among them is Ruslan Ryaboshapka, who was picked by Zelensky as the country’s top prosecutor in 2019, but ousted from the role in early 2020. He told OCCRP he believes this was due to pressure from the oligarch Kolomoisky.

“A president shouldn’t own offshore companies. In general offshore companies are bad, whether they’re owned by a president or not,” Ryaboshapka said.

He called moving money offshore “an old tradition” in Ukraine, because the country was perceived as a dangerous place with “no rule of law.” But still, the use of such companies today raises red flags of “tax evasion or the legalization of dirty money,” he said.

“That’s the essence of offshore companies.”

Aubrey Belford (OCCRP), Margot Gibbs (ICIJ), Luke Harding (The Guardian), and Simon Goodley (The Guardian) contributed reporting.
 

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Why ? Yes, world revolution concept is not fashionable now but what is your objection ? Please read this recent thread of mine about the Japanese Red Army though here not the movement itself but the female founder's daughter whose father was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. I also commented in the OP there about related things :



Ha ha, as opposed to Zelensky and his very honest chums ?
What is my objection??

It's like gun reform, sure, IF everybody is abided by the rules, then gun reform is a good move, it taken off illegal guns on the street or at least the chance of getting illegal guns is not high. But reality is, not everyone is going to follow the rules which mean some point in time, when you buy back all the guns from civilian hand, some criminal will be hiding their stash and just wait for you to disarm.

Same thing with National Border and Military, sure, go cancel the military, until one guy come up and say "Hey, now everyone is disarmed, nobody can stop me if I ignore that"

You live in a fantasy world. That's why I laugh.
 

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According to a Telegram post by the pro-Kremlin account WarGonzo — which is run by Russian journalist Semyon Pegov — General Kutuzov had served in Syria, where he was described as one of the most “authoritative and effective of the commanders of the Russian forces in Syria.”

Kutuzov was allegedly sent to areas where fighting was at its most fierce in Syria, the post said.

News of the major general’s death has shocked pro-war Russian military bloggers, who described Kutuzov as one of the most competent generals of the Russian Armed Forces.


Seems like he was one of their more experienced ones :pop:
 

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What is my objection??

It's like gun reform, sure, IF everybody is abided by the rules, then gun reform is a good move, it taken off illegal guns on the street or at least the chance of getting illegal guns is not high. But reality is, not everyone is going to follow the rules which mean some point in time, when you buy back all the guns from civilian hand, some criminal will be hiding their stash and just wait for you to disarm.

Same thing with National Border and Military, sure, go cancel the military, until one guy come up and say "Hey, now everyone is disarmed, nobody can stop me if I ignore that"

You live in a fantasy world. That's why I laugh.

1. I don't speak of the police to be disbanded, that would be foolish, but of current national militaries to be disbanded ? Police are necessary including armed police and even in the current circumstances don't police act against armed criminals to an extent ?

2. In a circumstance where the socio-economic system has been removed of Capitalism everywhere on Earth and there no longer are traditional Capitalist socio-economic classes ( rich, middle, poor ) and every citizen of Earth is potentially able to access all the goods and services from everywhere on an equal basis either free or paid through an evolved money system and no longer needs to participate in a dog-eat-dog work environment to "pay for the bills" as has been traditional in Capitalist systems currently and land is removed from private possession to become managed by people's land committees on behalf of the masses then why would that person do socio-economic systems like theft, fraud, money-related murders, muggings, gang formation etc ? The only criminals who will operate in the changed system will be sociopaths and psychopaths and will be dealt with extreme prejudice by the police. In a nation-abolished Earth circumstance the polices of cities and regions will collaborate to eliminate any remaining criminals. In the USSR murder was considered a Capitalist crime because of the above reasons and because of the progressed social system there - democratic equality within the family and generally outside.

3. The one to apply the suggestions from the masses of Earth would be a renamed UNO called General People's Congress for Earth. Please read my linked 'political system' thread as to how.

Such were the ultimate intentions of the USSR, the Libyan Jamahiriya, Japanese Red Army, German Red Army Faction, Carlos the Jackal, Che Guevara etc - World revolution.

Laal Salaam !
 
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Such were the ultimate intentions of the USSR, the Libyan Jamahiriya, Japanese Red Army, German Red Army Faction, Carlos the Jackal, Che Guevara etc.

Laal Salaam !
Not Sure about the rest, but the concept of Utopia is not exactly what Che Guevara wanted.

Che saw the world as Capitalist enslaving the poor Hispanic (his people) and see that in his vision of El Mundo (World) that there are no class and no oppression and everyone is equal, he do that in a way thru socialism and communism (Ie promoting Socialist and Communist revolution), but he do not believe in Utopia, because he accepted El Mundo is a faulty culture, but one that needed to rise the bar of his people.

You can see that from how he approach different revolution, he is more like Anti-Capitalist than Communist. And yes, these two are not the same.
 

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Not Sure about the rest, but the concept of Utopia is not exactly what Che Guevara wanted.

Che saw the world as Capitalist enslaving the poor Hispanic (his people) and see that in his vision of El Mundo (World) that there are no class and no oppression and everyone is equal, he do that in a way thru socialism and communism (Ie promoting Socialist and Communist revolution), but he do not believe in Utopia, because he accepted El Mundo is a faulty culture, but one that needed to rise the bar of his people.

You can see that from how he approach different revolution, he is more like Anti-Capitalist than Communist. And yes, these two are not the same.

El Mundo may be faulty but it can be guided from time to time by philosophers and revolutionaries when it develops those faults. I recognize that too hence I speak of maintaining the police forces and maintenance of revolutionary committees to correct corruption among the masses. Can you give me the sources to where Che said he is more anti-Capitalist than a Communist ? Please watch these two vids, the first one being his address to the UN General Assembly in 1964 and the second his letter read out by his comrade Fidel. Che's words declare his intention of liberating the remainder of Earth from the clutches of Capitalist imperialism by using Socialist / Communist revolution :
 
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As opposed to them living in milk and honey like in the Capitalist Britain and USA ?
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I've been to those places, they live much better than eastern Europeans for the most part. Even me in our generally poor India lives much better than those poor as shit former commies.
 

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I've been to those places, they live much better than eastern Europeans for the most part. Even me in our generally poor India lives much better than those poor as shit former commies.

So those two homeless people, one covered by the great flag of Capitalism champion USA, are not real but SFX renders ? Do you want me to again post about India ?
 

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So those two homeless people, one covered by the great flag of Capitalism champion USA, are not real but SFX renders ? Do you want me to again post about India ?
No, most likely just real unfortunate people.. I had nothing to do with their situation.

I know India better than you ever will but you're free to post whatever you wish.
 

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