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Ukraine Unspun

The Social Postings Of A 'Russian Spy'

Maria Koleda is accused by Kyiv of being a Russian spy.
Maria Koleda is accused by Kyiv of being a Russian spy.
If Maria Koleda is a Russian spy, her specialty does not appear to be covert ops.

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) claims the 22-year-old arrived in the southern city of Kherson on April 4, where over the course of two days she met and coordinated with pro-Russian activists.

An April 7, she allegedly traveled to Mykolayiv and shot and wounded three people in clashes. Ukrainian security services say she informed "her supervisor in the Russian Federation" that she had formed two groups to participate in anti-Kyiv riots in Donetsk.

On April 9, the SBU said it apprehended Koleda in southern Ukraine, and that she confessed to the shooting.

Koleda has posted prolifically on Vkontakte, a Russian social-networking site, and Instagram. Here is what we know from those posts.

On the day she purportedly arrived in Kherson, Koleda posted pictures she said were from Kyiv, including this one. "New friends," she wrote:
 

She posted several photos of burnt-out buildings, and this one -- a collage of the arsenal allegedly used by Ukraine's riot police, the Berkut. "Yes...And they've apparently forgotten about how they [the protesters] beat the Berkut," she said of the disbanded force that is largely reviled in Kyiv but has support among pro-Russian protesters:

On April 7, Koleda began posting from the southern city of Mykolayiv, where clashes erupted between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters. Pro-Russian protesters reportedly attempted to take control of the state administration building.
 

Using offensive language, a user warned Koleda that the SBU would seek out and find her. "OK, search, search," she replied. "And what?"

Early on April 8, apparently after security services had cleared out the pro-Russian protesters but before her arrest, Koleda made her last VKontakte post, using the #antimaidan hashtag. "Mykolaiv! Don't despair!" she said. "All is still in front of us for life goes on!"

Koleda, who lists St. Petersburg and Moscow as her native cities and seems to have worked at some point for Russia's Emergency Services Ministry, also appears to be closely connected to ultranationalist groups. Photos uploaded in 2012 show her training in hand-to-hand combat with Dmitry Dyomushkin, the leader of a neo-Nazi organization.
Maria Koleda, during an apparent combat course with Russian ultranationalist Dmitry Dyomushkin
Maria Koleda, during an apparent combat course with Russian ultranationalist Dmitry Dyomushkin


She has attended several nationalist rallies and shared photos from the trial of a man who was alleged to have led a group called "Moscow Shield" in an attack on migrant laborers.

-- Glenn Kates
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 09, 2014 23:37
Double-faced "Strviatnik" has more than two heads,
but one rotten soul - the "Union of Russian People".
Read "All about nations and tribes populating lands,
occupied by Russian Empire" and "All about Jews",
published before Russian Revolution by Romanovs.
_________________________________________
How deal with terrorists-spies occupying government
Buildings?
1.
PROTECT MAJORITY OF UKRAINIANS IN SUCH
REGIONS - THEY WERE INTIMIDATED BY THE
GOLODOMOR, REPRESSIONS AND HOOLIGANS
OF THE RUSSIAN INFLUX, EVEN AFTER WW2 -
IT IS BETTER TO SENT TO THEM RELATIVES OR
FRIEND AND SECURE THEM FROM TELEPATHS,
NLW (korobochkas and chemodanchiks) AND OTHER
FORMS OF RUSSIAN INTIMIDATION.
2.
THAN MOVE IN PEACE SUPPORTED BY LOCALS,
TO SHOW TO THE WORLD WHO ARE UKRAINIANS,
TO CENTERS OF DISTURBANCES, ORGANIZED BY
EXPANDING RUSSIA - BE INTELLIGENT, THEY USE
WELL ORGANIZED HOOLIGANS FROM SECRET
ARMIES - PROBOKE, BEAT AND KNIFE PEOPLE.
3.
ACT ACCORDINGLY, BUT REMEMBER - UKRAINIANS
ARE ON THEIR LAND AND MUST BE JUST TO ANYBODY,
INCLUDING ANTI-UKRAINIAN RUSSIANS - WORLD IS
WATCHING, WHILE USURPERS OF RUSSIA AND
OLD USSR CAN'T WAIT TO GET YOU!
In Response

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 10, 2014 14:31
She is beautiful.

by: Jack from: US
April 10, 2014 00:44
the girl just tries to lose weight, what's wrong with that?

by: JLNancy
April 10, 2014 04:36
So, let me get this straight:

According to on-going and current Russian propaganda doctrine and principles -
Russian *fascists* are *good*.
Ukrainian *fascists* are *bad*.

Hmm...??

by: Krysa from: Prague
April 10, 2014 11:02
This girl seems to have a lot of complexes.. Those people are dangerous. Not for their combat skills but for their emty heads.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 10, 2014 18:07
Even though she is doing an important job in Ukraine, I personally preferred this other Russian spy - you know, the red-hared lady who was (lucky thing!) deported from the country of Beavuses and Buttheads some 3-4 years ago. What was her name? Ah, yes, Anna Chapman.

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