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Kiev’s supporters in Geneva: can we trust them?

As we mentioned  Odessa massacre was discussed at recent conference in Geneva UN. The conference was visited by Maidan supporters, who tried to negate its main conclusions. A journalist and expert came from Odessa — Zoe Kazanzhi and Vladislav Serduk. Who are these people?
Zoe Kazanzhi is not merely journalist but also a local politician. Kazanzhi has started her public career by serving to regional oligarch Kivalov. She was a chief editor of his newspaper “Slovo”. It is notorious that Kivalov was constantly close to Yanukovich. He was responsible for mass falsification of election’s results in the year of 2004, which led to so called “Orange revolution”. Kivalov and his various media never supported Ukrainian nationalism.
During last political crisis Kazanzhi has changed her mind and unexpectedly jointed to nationalist camp. She has suddenly found herself in the team of Gurvits. Gurvits is well known in Odessa: he was twice elected for cities mayor. Since the early stage of his political career he leant on alliance with radical Ukrainian nationalists. These nationalists like Yusov, Gutsoluk, Borshchenko and others played prominent role in mass clashes in the center of Odessa on May 2 at the part of Maidan. Kazanzhi was also seen among these people. Her real role in the Odessa massacre is not studied yet, although you can see her on video.
But we can suppose it was significant. Kazanzhi is the only one person from Gurvits’s team who was appointed at high administrative position after massacre. She became a vice-governor of Odessa region. Anyway nothing changed in her relations to oligarchs. She served now to a new oligarch Ihor Palitsa appointed to the governor of Odessa region. When Palitsa was dismissed Kazanzhi also lost her position in power.
Thus public career of Kazanzhi is a serving to oligarchs and political unscrupulousness. Add to this her main feature – confrontation style behavior. It is impossible to talk her and negotiate and unrealistic to convince in something. Add her unexpected career took off after May 2 and you can easy conclude: she is not interested the truth to be discovered.
The second delegate is a retired policeman Vladislav Serduk. He is a member of the “Second May group”. The core of the group is an alliance of pro-Banderovits journalists and experts whose position can be a model of bias and prejudice.

It is well known that worst sorts of lies are cooked from the mixture of lie and truth. Serduk serves just this method. For example, one can hear many arguments from his interviews about the supposed killer named Botsman from Antimaidan side, while there are no proven episodes of his responsibility for killings. But Serduk expresses only light regrets that Hodiak from Maidan side is unreachable for punishment, although Hodiak proved to wound Losinsky from Antimaidan, journalist Konstantinov and two policemen. Serduk doesn’t deny Hodiak’s crimes, but never stresses on them and widely lies about opposite side. This is typical for many other episodes there Serduk expresses his opinion. It is quite doubtfully to see him as an objective expert.
The problem is that Serduk is not an expert only. He also politically engaged. He is a member of “Democratic Alliance”. This small party was a founder of Maidan in Odessa but it turned to be its main looser. The party has not got any results for itself and its members. Now “Democratic Alliance” united with Saakashvili and tries to benefit from his propaganda actions. The party tries to prove its needed to Kiev’s regime, and it is questionable would its active member dispute the official view on Odessa tragedy? This view was clearly formulated just after event: “Terrorists burned themselves”.

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