The translation of the article from La Repubblica follows this analysis.
From Sputnik News
by Daniele Pozzati
Italy’s second largest newspaper La Repubblica has broken western media’s silence over the latest wave of political murders in Ukraine.
In an unusual for mainstream western media frank assessment of Kiev’s post-Maidan regime, La Repubblica has denounced “a ruthless sweeping away of every form of political opposition taking place in Kiev”. The paper was reacting to yet another assassination in Ukraine — this time of a popular journalist Oles Buzina.
Not shy of calling a spade a spade, the article leaves no doubts as to what has happened, and is happening in Ukraine, right from the headline: “Pro-Russian journalist murdered in Kiev. It is the third political homicide in 24 hours.”
The captions describe Oles Buzina as a “journalist and writer very well known in the Ukrainian capital” and his murder as an “execution on his door step”.
“Somebody is systematically killing all those opposed to the Ukrainian government borne from last year’s ‘revolution’.”
Noteworthy here are the inverted commas into which the Italian newspaper puts the word ‘revolution’, thereby putting in doubt the democratic nature of the regime change in Kiev.
The article then quotes President Putin as saying that this is “one of the many crimes of the new Ukraine”.
One would be hard pressed to find, anywhere in western mainstream media, other articles like this, which report Putin’s statements without the slightest attempt of casting his words in a somewhat negative or misleading way.
Coverage of the Ukraine crisis by La Repubblica has been so far little better than those of its British and American counterparts. The editorial line was usually biased against Russia.
In a departure from this bias the article says that murders in Ukraine are taking place “within the silence of many western media”.
More importantly, Buzina’s assassination is set in a context of a series of political homicides with the assassins described as “organized commandos” and “professional hit men” — implying an instigator.
The motives behind the assassinations are clearly explained:
“Yesterday evening [Wednesday], again in the Ukrainian capital, a commando killed Sergey Sukhobok, owner of an internet site and of a small newspaper which contests government policy and puts forward the reasons of the people in rebel Donbass.
“Earlier still, in the afternoon, other hit men had carried on an identical mission near the home of Oleg Kalashnikov, former MP of the pro-Russian Party of the Regions, and considered a great opponent to the movements that protested last year in Kiev’s Maidan and that now run the country.”
Giving readers a taste of Ukraine’s new political climate, the article says that “several oligarchs, politicians and celebrities made creepy statements filled with ‘at last’, ‘he deserved it’, ‘an enemy gone’,” upon hearing news of Kalashnikov’s murder.
The Ukrainian ministry of Interior itself is quoted describing the slain Buzina as “the notorious journalist”.
“Neo-Nazi ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] movement is probably behind these murders, at least as far as their material execution is concerned,” says the article, again leaving open the possibility of there being an instigator behind such “systematic killings”.
But after a year of seeing the ‘Pravy Sector’ movement dismissed by western media to the tone of “oh, you’ve got some Nazi lunatics everywhere, not just in Ukraine,” it is refreshing to read La Repubblica’s article pointing out that:
“Pravy Sector heavily influences the choices of both government and president Poroshenko, boycotting every attempt to search for a peaceful solution and sending punitive expeditions against anyone who dares to dissent from the new hyper nationalistic and patriotic line”.
Having quoted President Putin’s firm assurances that “there will never be an open war between Russia and Ukraine,” the article concludes that in Ukraine itself “the beginning of a new wave of uncontrollable terror does not bode well”.
Copyright by Daniele Pozzati April 17, 2015
From La Repubblica:
Ukraine, pro-Russian journalist killed in Kiev. It is the third political murder in 24 hours. The outrage of Putin
Oles Buzina, journalist and writer well known in the Ukrainian capital, was executed below the house. Russian President: “one of the many crimes of the New Ukraine”
April 16, 2015
from our correspondent NICOLA LOMBARDOZZI
MOSCOW – Someone is systematically killing all the opponents of the Ukrainian government born of the “Revolution” a year ago. This morning it happened to a very well-known in Kiev, Oles Buzina, journalist and writer, the great protagonist of the television talk shows, and deployed positions openly pro Russian. They waited below the house and have him executed according to the precise script for a crime designed and executed by professionals. Vladimir Putin, who announced live while he was participating in the telethon usual spring and answering questions from the audience, called the murder “one of the many crimes of the New Ukraine”.
In fact, in the silence of many Western media, in Kiev and in the Democratic race to join Europe, is taking place a ruthless operation clean sweep of all forms of opposition. Even last night, always in the Ukrainian capital, a commando killed Sergei Sukhobok, owner of a website and a small newspaper that opposes the government’s policy and supports the rationale of the people of Donbass rebellious. Earlier in the afternoon, other killers had made an identical mission under house Oleg Kalashnikov, former deputy of the pro-Russian Party of Regions and considered a great opponent of the movements that have protested last year on Majdan of Kiev and now lead the country.
Three political murders in less than 24 hours, which inevitably raises the indignation concerned Putin and the Russian press. But it is disturbing the climate of hatred and desire for revenge that reigns at this time in Ukraine. After the news of the killing of former deputy many oligarchs, politicians and popular in Ukraine have released gruesome statements peppered with “finally”, “deserved it”, “eliminated an enemy.”
Even earlier, immediately after the assassination of the writer Buzina, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has published the news, calling it “the notorious journalist”.
Probability that the killings, at least for the execution, are connected to the most extreme fringe of the “revolutionaries” of Ukraine, the neo-Nazi movement Pravj Sektor who handled the most violent phase of the tilt in power and now participates with its paramilitary units to the repression of the pro-Russian uprising in East Ukraine. Since the beginning of the great turning point of Kiev, Pravj Sektor seriously affects the choices of the government and the President Poroshenko, boycotting any attempt to seek a peaceful solution and preparing punitive expeditions against anyone who dissents from the hyper nationalist and patriotic new line.
The result is to tighten even further the relations with Russia and complicate any possible mediation. Yesterday, talking about Ukraine, Putin has continued to accuse the West of “support a government of the extreme right” and denied again that on the territory of Ukraine there are Russian troops deployed as claimed by Kiev and many average Americans. “Rest assured, I do not think it will ever be an open war between Russia and Ukraine,” said Russian citizens worried. But the beginning of a new wave of uncontrollable terror in Ukraine does not promise anything good.