About the conflict between Kolomoisky and Poroshenko. NEW! The video with English subtitles was added.
Crabs in a barrel
The public feud between Poroshenko and Kolomoisky around the valuable energy assets is a reflection of the old intra-oligarchic struggle, where the "sharks of intra-Ukrainian looting" try to take a bite not only from the local population but also from their opponents. We already saw a lite-version of such arguments during the period of the Orange Revolution, where the oligarchs who supported Yuschenko received their benefits not only from the state assets but also from the property of the defeated opponents. The losers bent on their knees before Yuschenko and Tymoshenko in 2005-2006 just to preserve their positions in business, after losing their positions in power. But this was just the beginning, the worst happened after the coup of 2014. The oligarchs like the younger Yanukovich, Firtash, and Akhmetov became hostages of the political situation and, after losing the influence in power, their property was subjected to mundane plunder, where in the name of the state - which was captured by the junta - the oligarchs who stood behind the coup started to recoup their losses at the expense of the opponents.
Kolomoisky was the most active in this area. He engaged in war profiteering and seized the orphaned regions of the South-East under the disguise of the struggle against separatism. Kolomoisky became a symbol of sorts of the bloody business done on this war. The absolute cynicism and lack of principles, which distinguished Kolomoisky, highlighted him even among the current lineup of the Kiev junta bosses. Using anarchy and the collapse of the previous state, Kolomoisky ran a successful business, but by the spring of 2015 the situation has changed somewhat. Akhmetov, following the unsuccessful attempt to stay in the Ukrainian or the Novorussian politics, is gradually leaving the stage (his influence on the processes in the DPR is weakening, his property in Crimea is nationalized, in the Ukraine it is expropriated by the oligarchs who stand behind the junta - the once powerful business-empire is openly torn into pieces).
Due to the continuation of the competitive struggle, after taking care of the previous opponents, the oligarchs who stand behind the junta started to bite each other. Kolomoisky has long since undermined Poroshenko, trying to push Yarosh, whom he sponsors, into the leadership of the General Staff so that he can have at least partial control over the army. The permanent campaign against the chief of the General Staff Muzhenko is primarily a strike against Poroshenko, who covers Muzhenko despite all of the military catastrophes. He covers him because Muzhenko and Poltorak maintain the control over the army for Poroshenko. By losing this control Poroshenko will lose the most important element of his power, because it is precisely the war in Donbass that determines military, political, and economical support for the Ukraine. Whoever controls the war is also in touch with the financial flows from the West and the diplomatic support of the "free world". Kolomoisky, with his reputation of a bloody gangster turned major businessman, is in dire need of this international recognition and legitimation, because the west makes its principal bet not on him but rather on Poroshenko. And he can only attain this recognition by undermining Poroshenko and his proteges like Muzhenko. Naturally, the opponents don't just sit idly. The attempts to expropriate "his precious" from Kolomoisky are a retaliatory strike following his previous insinuations. It is even more weird that Kolomoisky didn't anticipate such an obvious move as a strike against his state-related assets.
His hysterical run in the company of armed thugs to the rescue of an asset as it is drifting away is a reflection of the essence of Kolomoisky: he is just a regular raider-bandit, just a very rich and influential one, but also the one who kept every single habit of a thug from from the 90s.
It is even funnier that he partially got what he wanted http://lifenews.ru/news/151571 (in Russian), Poroshenko didn't give in completely, but nevertheless accepted some of Kolomoisky's conditions, forming a temporary compromise with him and having satisfied himself with only a part of the loot. Nevertheless, this story left a very interesting impression: the junta is still quite heterogeneous with respect to organization and subject to internal conflicts, which are mostly restrained by the US, which are not interested in the junta getting bogged down in its internal arguments. So despite all of the antagonism between Kolomoisky and Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko, Lyashko and Kolomoisky, Tymoshenko and Poroshenko - all of these strifes between crabs in a barrel do not lead to the consequences desired by many of us.
There are certain rules of the game set by the USA and implemented by the US embassy in Kiev, which the feuding junta bosses are afraid to violate, because this may lead to the loss of the "shortcut to reign". Because the US have full control over the politics and the economy of the Ukraine, anyone who runs beyond certain boundaries will be swiftly stripped of their "democratic legitimacy" and will be removed from the deck, or it may even so happen that he may shoot himself in the chest twice or jump out the window. The fact that Kolomoisky is allowed to continue doing what he does suggests that the US maintain the system of checks and balances, in which not a single puppet is allowed to become sufficiently powerful to attain the status of a political subject. In this respect the USA act intelligently, not putting all eggs in the same basket, but in the long-term this may indeed be detrimental, because the USA don't resolve these internal conflicts between their puppets, but rather sweep them under the rug. At some point all of this will blow up, but likely not now, because the next stage of military action lies ahead and so Washington doesn't need a "hot" war against Kolomoisky at this point.
But if Washington feels that Kolomoisky's arbitrariness in the questions of looting is going to impede the "US national interests", which are currently associated with the preservation of Poroshenko in power in the Ukraine (due to which Tymoshenko was written off last year), then Kolomoisky won't be able to rule the south-east for much longer. He will be removed without much hassle, even without Poroshenko's order of removing Kolomoisky from the position of the head of the Dnepropetrovsk region, by applying certain pressure on the assets of the chief jew-bandrovite in his Swiss and American banks.
There is also a scenario in which Poroshenko will become a fuhrer of the nation for a long-term hot war and then such people as Kolomoisky will be sacrificed for "higher goals". The rumors of the naziguard deployment in the Dnepropetrovsk region with the goal of securing Kolomoisky's resignation are a reflection of these far from baseless fears of Kolomoisky for his own fate. He really doesn't want to end up like a used rubber product [see the transcript for the video below].
From the point of view of our interests, weakening Poroshenko as the main puppet of the USA is more likely to be beneficial for us, because it will be associated with the intensification of the internecine struggle for power and property inside the junta. But I would more likely bet on that given the need to make a hard choice - Poroshenko or Kolomoisky - the USA will choose Poroshenko because he is more controllable and somewhat less densely smeared.
My personal wish for these remarkable characters is that they devour each other as soon as possible, because actually their feud isn't funny, if one recalls how much blood is on their hands. The present story, among other things, shows how far the major capital is from the needs of common Ukrainians who were deceived by the promises of the bright European tomorrow and "improvement already today". Ukraine and Ukrainians became expandables in the hands of the bosses of the fascist junta, which is based primarily on the Ukrainian oligarchs. The struggle against the "golden loaves" in the end brought the most radical representatives of major capital with the fascist inclinations into power. And no lace panties may explain this horrible mistake of the Ukrainian people, who now pay for this choice with their blood, while the bloodsuckers such as Kolomoisky and Poroshenko torment the dying country.
Original article: http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2099272.html (in Russian)
Yandex translation of the comments posted to the original Russian blog entry:
Note from the translator: the following video of Kolomoisky's "interview" given to the Radio Svoboda right after emerging from the building of the state oil company in question is a good illustration to this text. The English transcript, which is 18+, is given below the video. New! The video now has English subtitles.
And here is another video of the same incident that is a bit longer and gives a bit of context in the beginning and illustrates the 'armed thugs' mentioned in the article.
Amazingly, the correspondent of Radio Svoboda from the above interview didn't get enough K and tried to ask more questions (towards the end of the second video). Perhaps, some of the K's 'criticism' of Radio Svoboda (the who*e and bit*h parts) wasn't all that far off the mark.