First the good.
In 2010 on orders by the Obama/Biden regime, Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko was kidnapped by Liberian authorities in Monrovia on phony allegations of attempted bribery and cocaine smuggling.
Handed over to the US, he was denied due process and judicial fairness in kangaroo trial proceedings, pronounced guilty by accusation and sentenced to 20 years in prison for being Russian.
After release this week following lengthy negotiations in exchange for US citizen Trevor Reed —imprisoned on charges of endangering the “life and health” of Russian law enforcement personnel — Yaroshenko explained the ordeal he endured in US custody, saying:
He was tortured in Liberia before handed over to the US for more of the same.
In US custody, he was forced “to sit on a chair without one leg for several days.”
“Three agents beat his “heels and kidneys around the clock.”
He “was tortured and strangled. It was very serious,” he stressed.
At the time of his arrest, Russia’s Foreign Ministry called it “unacceptable that the Russian side had not received proper notification” of what happened to one of its citizens as prescribed by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and bilateral consular convention.
Russia’s New York Consul General, Andrey Yushmanov, added:
“We (learned) that conditions in which our citizen was held were beyond all ethical norms and were unacceptable.”
He was horrifically mistreated in custody – beaten, denied food and water for two days, as well as forced to sign papers he didn’t understand, indicating crimes he didn’t commit.
His lawyer called him entirely innocent of bogus charges.
His poor health worsened under draconian prison conditions.
Russian Foreign Ministry human rights official, Konstantin Dolgov, earlier said:
“We addressed the US embassy in Moscow in connection with Yaroshenko’s deteriorated health at Fort Dix prison.”
“We emphasized that (US) prison (authorities) denied Yaroshenko” vitally needed medical treatment.
He was abducted, extradited, mistreated and imprisoned on baseless charges.
He’s one of many examples of how contemptuously the US treats Russians they arrest on phony charges – ignoring rule of law principles and fundamental human rights.
Moscow earlier warned its citizens to avoid visiting the US and nations with bilateral extradition agreements with Washington if they’re concerned about being falsely charged for what they had nothing to do with.
In February 2015, the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals denied Yaroshenko’s appeal for a new trial on legitimate grounds of wrongful conviction for being Russian.
It’s the wrong time to be Russian in America or a nation willing to extradite Russian nationals to the US on fabricated charges.
Russian UN envoy, Anatoly Antonov, earlier accused Washington of “unjustly hunting for Russian citizens not only in the US but in other countries too.”
Thousands of political prisoners language in America’s global gulag.
It’s the world’s largest prison system domestically, along with countless facilities abroad in numerous countries.
Torture and other forms of abuse remain official US policy.
Political prisoners are especially harmed, including by protracted isolation, amounting to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.
Isolating people in cages longterm with minimal human contact flagrantly violates what’s prohibited by the Constitution’s 8th Amendment.
Societies are are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners.
Hegemon USA fails on all counts.
Yaroshenko is free at last and home with his loved ones.
Other Russian political prisoners languish in US gulag confinement — guilty of being a citizen of the wrong country.
Now the bad news.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unacceptably crossed the line to Russia bashing.
On April 27, it asked if “Will Putin go nuclear” — knowing he might only authorize use of nukes if Russia’s security is gravely jeopardized, clearly not preemptively against Ukraine or any other countries.
The Bulletin quoted retired General Wesley Clark, the butcher of Belgrade, saying:
“(W)e have to start from the presumption that he would welcome the opportunity to use nuclear weapons (sic).
“He wants to show his determination (sic).”
“He wants to intimidate the West (sic).”
“He thinks he has a nuclear advantage (sic).”
Putin and other Russian officials want peace, not war.
Hegemon USA-dominated NATO bears full responsibility for Russia’s SMO in Ukraine — in defense of its security, to end 8 years of Kiev’s war on Donbass and to free its people from brutal Nazified occupation.
There’s no chance of Russia using nukes except in self-defense.
Instead of stressing what’s true, the Bulletin suggested otherwise.
In late March, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, explained the following:
“We have a special document on nuclear deterrence.”
“This document clearly indicates the grounds on which the Russian Federation is entitled to use nuclear weapons.”
It’s “when an act of aggression is committed against Russia and its allies, which jeopardized the existence of the country itself…”
In early April, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Dmitry Polyansky said the following:
“Russia firmly adheres to the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, and it must not be unleashed.”
In mid-April, Biden regime CIA director William Burns said the following:
“Given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership (sic), given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far militarily (sic), none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons (sic).”
A day later, puppet Zelensky said the regime he nominally heads “must prepare for (Russia’s) use of nuclear weapons (sic).”
On Wednesday, the Bulletin falsely claimed:
“As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous.”
Instead of pointing fingers where they belong — at hegemon USA-dominated NATO — the Bulletin falsely pointed them at Russia, knowing that Putin has no intention of using nukes unless the existence of Russia is gravely jeopardized.