Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard 01:31:13 16/12/2016 Oleg Tsarev RUSSIAN COURT HEARS CASE ON STATE COUP IN UKRAINE In Dorogomilovsky district court of Moscow the trial began on the claim of the former People’s Deputy of Ukraine, one of initiators of the creation of the Committee of Rescue of Ukraine Vladimir Olienik on the recognition of the coup in Kiev in February 2014. During the hearing on December 15th, 2016, the overthrown President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov made speeches. Also, former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko, ex-head of the SBU Aleksandr Yakimenko, the former head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev, and former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonkain were also summoned to court to testify. However, it is reported that none of them responded to the call. IN THE EXAMPLE OF HONDURAS As was reported by Vladimir Oleinik on his website, he intends to prove the fact of illegal seizure of power in Ukraine and the illegitimacy of all further decisions of the Kiev junta, as well as external interference in the internal affairs of the country by the US and EU states. “We consider it as very important the upcoming interrogations by experts and lawyers who will help to define the term “state coup”. Also important are the testimonies of ordinary citizens, on the basis of which it will be possible to draw conclusions about the manipulation of consciousness of the masses. Because people were thinking that the re-election in 2014 was appointed according to the law, while on Maidan they were simply misled,” said Oleinik. The politician drew parallels with the political crisis in Honduras, where in 2009 President Manuel Zelaya was illegally ousted from power. The new government began the active persecution of all dissidents and brought the economy of this poor Latin American country to collapse. Two years later, Zelaya returned to his homeland from forced exile, created in the country the commission of truth and reconciliation, and recognized the committed against him fact of a state coup. “The example of Honduras and documents about a military coup there we will use in the course of judicial examination of my statement about establishing the legal fact of a state coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine is not Honduras, but the Kiev authorities really remind me very much of it. We will prove that they committed a state coup in Ukraine and now they illegally make decisions on behalf of Ukrainian citizens. We will return power to the people, where it rightfully belongs,” emphasised Oleinik. We will add that Vladimir Oleinik himself, back in December 2014, was announced by the Kiev junta was wanted on charges of organizing an “illegal” vote in the Verkhovna Rada on 16th January 2014. On this day the Ukrainian Parliament, by a majority vote, adopted the so-called package of laws on dictatorship. It is precisely their then opposition and their Western curators who used it as a pretext to launch a state coup. AZAROV: WE HAVE LAUNCHED THE PROCESS OF DELEGITIMIZATION OF THE JUNTA The correspondent of Tsargrad, before the trial, was able to talk with the former head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Mykola Azarov. According to the politician, the proceedings started by Oleinik is the beginning of the delegitimization of the Kiev junta, who seized power. “The purpose is obvious – the legal recognition of the fact of the illegal seizure of power with all the ensuing consequences,” explained Azarov. “The most important consequence of the illegitimacy of the subsequent legal actions, such as amending the Constitution and the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections, the invalidity of all legal acts adopted as a result of a state coup”. The former head of government of Ukraine has no doubts that the recognition by the Russian court of the fact of illegal seizure of power in Kiev on February 21st-22nd, 2014, will accelerate the process of a change of power in Ukraine, after which the normalization of relations between Kiev and Moscow will follow. TSAREV: DPR AND LPR ARE MUCH MORE LEGITIMATE THAN THE KIEV JUNTA Support for Oleinik was expressed by his former colleague in the faction “Party of Regions” in the Verkhovna Rada of VI-VII convocations, the speaker of the Parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsarev. “If it is established that the current Ukrainian government came to power through an armed coup, which I have no doubts about – there are more than enough facts – it will give the opportunity to rebuild relationships and dialogues between Ukraine, the Ukrainian government, Russia, European countries, and the USA in another way,” said the politician. In addition, Tsarev is sure that the delegitimization of the Kiev junta will give a positive impetus for the development of the Minsk process and will create additional leverage for the representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. “Kiev constantly says that it is forced to communicate with the allegedly illegitimate authorities of the DPR and LPR. In reality, Poroshenko’s legitimacy is far less than Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. And the court proceedings, which were started by Vladimir Oleinik, must prove it,” said the Head of the Parliament of Novorossiya. Unfortunately, we were not able to receive comments from representatives of the former Ukrainian political elite, who have received the agenda for this hearing, but ignored it. “Many Ukrainian politicians are now trying less flickering on the screens so that their names are less frequently mentioned. They hope that their names will be forgotten, and they will be able to return to Ukraine even under the current government,” supposed Oleg Tsarev. In our view, the fact that this hearing is being held is an out of the ordinary event. The legal assessment of what happened in Ukraine in February 2014’s events, which led to a bloody civil war and the actual disintegration of the country, is necessary in order to prepare the ground for the subsequent tribunal of the Kiev junta. And the tribunal will take place sooner or later, and all survivors, organizers, and perpetrators of the state coup will be punished for their crimes against the people of Ukraine. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.