Odessa, Ukraine (SCF) – The first attempt by Mikheil Saakashvili, the U.S.-imposed Governor of the Odessa region of Ukraine, to win an election there, has failed, and he’s now trying to throw out the election-results, which were an overwhelming defeat for his chosen candidate, Alexander Borovik, who was trying to become the Mayor of the City of Odessa.
Here’s the relevant background of this internationally significant case:
Saakashvili is a former President of Georgia, who had led America’s anti-Russia campaign there, was voted out of office, and then promptly emigrated to his foreign backer America. In February 2015, a year after the February 2014 U.S. coup that established an anti-Russian government in Ukraine (a government even more rabidly anti-Russian than Saakashvili’s in Georgia had been), the U.S. agent running Ukraine (Petro Poroshenko, who admitted that it had been a coup, no real ‘revolution’ such as is asserted by the people who enabled him to gain power, the U.S. regime in Washington) appointed Saakashvili to become the new Governor of the Odessa region.
Odessa is a region that has always been pro-Russian and where many of the same «Right Sector» U.S.-operated mercenaries who had done the coup in February 2014, then also perpetrated on 2 May 2014 a massacre of Odessa locals, who had been distributing literature against the coup-regime, a massacre of them by clubbing, shooting, and finally burning these people alive inside Odessa’s Trade Unions Building. Saakashvili was brought in from America to become the man who would shape-up Odessa to accept America’s coup-imposed Ukrainian government. However, in Saakashvili’s first electoral test, his candidate for Mayor of the city of Odessa has lost, by a two-to-one margin; and Saakashvili doesn’t accept the result of the election; he’s trying to annul it.
The Russian international news site vz.ru headlined on October 28th, «Saakashvili Calls for Odessans to Protest» against the election-result, and the article reports that Saakashvili and Borovik are calling for protests to overturn the election. Another news-report at the same site on the same day asserts that the Odessa-region’s chairman of the «Poroshenko Bloc» in Ukraine’s parliament has joined them in demanding a recount (of this vote, which wasn’t even close).
They don’t want merely a ‘recount’; they want the election-results thrown out. This is a demand for a ‘recount’ in an election where the winning candidate, the pro-Russian candidate, had received 52% of the vote; and Borovik, the anti-Russian candidate, had won 26%. Furthermore, the entire Odessa region had always, in prior elections, voted against anti-Russian candidates, and favored instead candidates who preferred neutralist and even pro-Russian positions. This was especially true inside the City of Odessa itself (where the vote was held).
Furthermore, Poroshenko, who is the current U.S.-backed President of Ukraine, and who has been trying his utmost to get an anti-Russian to become the Mayor of Odessa, has publicly insulted on national Ukrainian television, the people who were murdered inside the Odessa Trade Unions Building. He has rallied the rest of what remains of the Ukrainian population, to despise and reject those people — people who are heroes to probably the vast majority of residents of Odessa.
A U.S.-operated July 2015 poll of residents in the region of Odessa found Poroshenko’s job-approval rating to be 17%, and his job-disapproval rating to be 79%. Clearly, Odessans aren’t going to vote for Poroshenko’s man to replace the existing Mayor, who was voted by Odessans into that office right after the 2 May 2014 massacre largely because he passionately opposed Ukraine’s coup-installed government, which had perpetrated the massacre. (And the coup itself had been extremely violent. The protesters who were subsequently massacred at the Odessa Trade Unions Building were protesting against that bloody coup; they were for peace, and against war, a war which the new leaders who were installed by Obama, craved to have against Russia.
These people were protesting against takeover of Ukraine by anti-Russian racist fascists, some of whom even are overtly pro-Hitler). There is a photo of the existing Mayor taken only weeks before the massacre, and its caption reads: “Odessa, Ukraine. 10th April, 2014. lawmaker Gennady Truhanov on reconstruction parade April 10, 1944, dedicated to the liberation of Odessa from the German fascist invaders.» He was referring there to Obama’s people (including Poroshenko), and not merely to Hitler’s. After all: Obama has installed racist fascists and some overt Nazis into power in Ukraine, and they’re even teaching the children now.
Obviously under circumstances such as these, there can be no authentically democratic motivation to seek a nullification of the pro-Russian candidate’s election. If Truhanov’s re-election is nullified, Odessans will be absolutely furious.
This election-result presents to the Obama Administration in Washington a perhaps insoluble problem. Will Washington go public in its support for dictatorship? How would the U.S. (and other Western) ’news’ media handle that? Would they simply ignore it?
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
For the Strategic Culture Foundation.