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Forum Post: Ostrovsky Released in Ukraine.

Posted 2 months ago on April 25, 2014, 11:42 a.m. EST by shooz (17910)
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"On Thursday, armed gunmen who held me prisoner for three nights and three days released me into the streets of Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. My release was as unexplained as my capture.

On Monday night I was pulled out of a car at a checkpoint, then blindfolded, beaten, and tied up with tape. After spending hours alone on the floor of a damp cell with my hands tied behind my back and a hat pulled over my eyes, I was led into a room where I was accused of working for the CIA, FBI, and Right Sector, the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group.

When I refused to give the password to my laptop, I was smacked in the arm with a truncheon. When I was asleep on the floor, masked men came to wake me up and tell me how no one would miss me if I died, and then kicked me in the ribs as they left.

But as it turns out, I had it pretty easy, because I was let go."

https://news.vice.com/articles/i-had-it-pretty-easy-because-i-was-let-go-simon-ostrovsky-on-his-detention-in-sloviansk?trk_source=homepage-lede

In case you missed his reports from the street.

parts 1 through 29 can be found here.

http://www.vice.com/vice-news/russian-roulette-the-invasion-of-ukraine-part-1

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[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 2 months ago

Seems like the game is changing. Lot's of armed masked men in Ukraine these days on both sides.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

What it seems and what it is can be very different things.

Especially a statement that is that fact free.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 2 months ago

Are all these pictures of masked-men photoshopped or made up? This isn't the black-bloc, these people have guns.

[-] -2 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

It's called international diplomacy perched on the razor's edge of geopolitical calculation.. It's not all that new . . .

Once is was known simply as M.A.D.ness

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 2 months ago

I could be wrong. At this point it seems like masked-man diplomacy.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

Or they're chicken shits.

But there's the one on the front page at prisonplanet.

Is that the one you're talking about?

Then again, you very well could be wrong.

maybe it's just cold out.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 2 months ago

Of course they're chicken shits.

[-] -2 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I notice their site does not have any of those really irritating ads that are becoming far more popular these days.

I guess that's nice.

[-] -3 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

Somebody didn't like that idea.

They voted you down for noticing.

[-] -3 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

then I would suggest they failed to grasp what it was I had said relative to their role upon this stage and lines within this script . . . but perhaps we should not dwell on it over long . . .

we can call it a small clash of personalities and snicker . . .

[+] -4 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

I suppose. what good is web site without all those garish ads?

Now that net neutrality is dead, you can expect even more of them.

And we'll get to pay for the bandwidth.

[+] -4 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I confess it is a subject I have not been able to commit any time or effort to - the entire price structure for phone service and internet access really pisses me off.

There are fewer jobs associated with phone service today as opposed to 30 years ago, and I am certain the cost has far outpaced the rate of inflation.

Whether it has or has not - the fact remains. The fukers selling the phones have us all - or most of us - duped into paying for that very technology with which the corporate sector keeps a very close eye on its most precious commodity - THE CONSUMER.

[-] -3 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

Shhhhhhhh.

Look!

Over there!!!

Hilary!

Don't concern yourself with what the SCOTUS does.

Here's those pesky people from Vice again.

http://www.vice.com/read/former-comcast-and-verizon-attorneys-now-manage-the-fcc-and-are-about-to-kill-the-internet

What's with all this actual reportage?

Haven't they heard? Chelsea's pregnant.

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[-] -3 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

There's more truth to be found in those 29 reports, than in every word posted to this forum, so far.

Ostrovsky, has literally put his life on the line to bring these reports.

Not surprisingly, Those who've posted the "other" stuff, don't have a word to say.

Perhaps they think RT, will tell them all they need to know?

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 2 months ago

Why was he asking people for their 'papers' and why wasn't he asked to stop doing that?

Another fail from both sides.

[-] -3 points by shooz (17910) 2 months ago

Yeah, you're correct, we should listen to people who aren't there.

[-] -3 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

LoL!

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[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13552) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

No, of course. Russia Today does work hard to provide the semblance of balanced reporting, toward that end they may do some better than Fux snuz, but what does that say really?

Nothing.

I was merely expressing some dismay over the fact that we do appear to be losing the internet regardless of the outcome of issues like net neutrality. We are losing it to the economic pressures faced by individual site developers and the lure of advertising revenue.

I imagine Simon Ostrovsky fully expected to die. Not an enviable position. As any honest man must, he has reached back into that cellar where he was held, and brought out to us the names, if not the persons themselves, of those still held there.

It was selfish of me to focus so exclusively on the over all and gradual decline of this medium that embodies so much potential to something so tedious as avarice and greed.

Honestly, I am glad he is safe. I do hope that somehow the freedom of those still held may yet be secured.