Monday, July 16, 2018



Because Google-Blogger  appears to be determined to destroy my political and science rhymes blog based upon their witch hunt against us who are not in their opinion  'politically correct' I am hoping they might at least be kind enough to allow me to save this unique writing on science, church and western history here. At the time I thought it would be the most controversial thing I ever wrote.Ha.



https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/10/326685.html


Pope's Misconceptions about conception and science history

Tony Ryals | 29.10.2005 05:40 | Culture | Ecology | Gender
The pope's apparent ignorance of science history and modern agricultural technology obscures from his vision the disastrous effects of his policy of unchecked population growth on future generations who will find "no food on the table" nor the resources with which to grow it. This ignorance also shows that the pope has no more expertise in the fields of agricultural science, population planning, or resoure management than the pope in Galileo's time did in the area of astronomy. 

Pope John Paul II may be gone but Pope Benedict XVI maintains a tradition of ignorance and human materialism that has no justification even in a literal interpretation of the Bible and only insures perpetual human ignorance and misery.

And this statement goes double for the fundamentalist protestants such as America's Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and their ilk, who have promoted human ignorance, hatred, and greed everyday of their worthless lives.



Pope's Stances Lack Scientific Basis
by Tony Ryals
The Daily Californian September 22, 1987

On Nov. 10, 1979, a meeting was held in Rome by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein. The meeting marked the first time in the history of the church, since the formation of its own science academy, that any pope had presided over such a session.

This meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences may well be more memorable for Pope John Paul II's statements regarding science, Galileo, and the church than for the honoring of the centenary of the birth of Einstein himself.

In discussing the case of Galileo and the church, Pope John Paul II addressed the academy as follows:

"Mr.President, you said very rightly that Galileo and Einstein each characterized an era. The greatness of Galileo is recognized by all, as is that of Einstein, but while today we honor the latter before the College of Cardinals in the apostolic palace, the former had to suffer much - we cannot deny it - from men and orgainzations within the church. The Vatican Council has recognized and deplored unwarranted interferences..."

Approximately one year after his Pontifical Academy of Science speech on Galileo, the pope, in criticizing what he termed "artificial" methods birth control, made a notable statement on modern agriculture, simultaneously. The pope stated:

"There are attacks on fecundity itself with means that human and Christian ethics must consider illicit... Instead of increasing the amount of bread on the table of a hungry humanity as a modern means of production can do today, there are thoughts of diminishing the number of those at the table through methods that are contrary to honesty. This is not worthy of civilization."

Now that the pope has pardoned Galileo for telling the church that the earth is in orbit around the sun, it is time to tell the pope that the other half of Aristotle's church-approved cosmology has also come unglued. The "Four Element" concept (earth, air, fire and water) was the other half of the Aristotelian Earth-centered universe adopted by St.Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century.

Although the Renaissance astronomers successfully challenged Aristotle's and the church's geocentric universe several centuries later, atoms still had not been discovered. For this reason the Four Elements remained intact and unchallenged long after the death of Galileo in 1642.

The discovery of atoms in the last couple of centuries has totally transformed our concept of elements. The former "elements", earth and air, are both composed of a variety of elements. We now know that even the ancient element "water" can be further divided into the elements of hydrogen and oxygen. And the element "fire" is now understood to be a form of radiation.

Justus Von Liebig, the 19th century father of agricultural chemistry, and other pioneering chemists did to Aristotle's Four Elements what the Renaissance astronomers did to Aristotle's concept of the Earth as the center of the universe - they overturned it!

Liebig first pointed out the for plants to utilize carbon dioxide in the air for growth, they must have adequate amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in their soil. Unfortunately, in popularizing the N,P,K concept of modern chemical agriculture, Liebig paved the way for overreliance upon energy-intensive fossil fuel consumption in the mining of phosphorus and potassium as well as in industrial production of nitrogen fertilizers.

We now know that for every orbit of the Earth around the sun - one year - the pope, each member of the Catholic Church, and everyone else on the planet consumes in their food and excretes from their bodies approximately two pounds of phosphorus and various quantities of nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, and other trace elements. All these elements generally go unrecycled, often into rivers and oceans or even municipal dumps, further enriching fertilizer industries (who will sell the farmers more for a price) at the expense of the Earth's non-renewable mineral nutrient resources.

When the remaining fossil fuels, particularly natural gas, are exhausted, only bacteria and blue-green algae utilizing phosphorus, potassium, and trace elements in "soil-culture" and "aqua-culture" will be likely candidates to fix atmospheric nitrogen for agricultural fertilization.

Both the trade of grains and the direct trade of phosphates speed the depletion of our limited reserves of phosphate rock in the United States, which comes mainly from mining operations in Florida. Deposits in Idaho are also being mined, at present, and Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum has eyed public land near Ojai, Calif. to strip-mine for phosphates.

We should realize the need to conserve our dwindling reserves of phosphates for future generations. The United States not long ago was a net exporter of petroleum, but now we are importers. The same situation could occur with phosphates if we refuse to learn from the past. Some researchers have suggested that we may become dependent upon yet a new OPEC (or Organization of Phosphate Exporting Countries), such as Morocco, with its relatively large rock phosphate reserves.

The U.S. General Accounting Office estimates that our reserves of phosphorus will be depleted some time in the next century. This will inevitably lead to a food and population crisis that will make our oil crisis seem minor by comparison.

The pope's apparent ignorance of science history and modern agricultural technology obscures from his vision the disastrous effects of his policy of unchecked population growth on future generations who will find "no food on the table" nor the resources with which to grow it. This ignorance also shows that the pope has no more expertise in the fields of agricultural science, population planning, or resoure management than the pope in Galileo's time did in the area of astronomy.

The nutrients that subsidize the life of the pope, and everyone on the planet, are a finite resource. Unless the pope realizes the seriousness of the linear flow of elements through himself and the rest of humanity, he shall be partly responsible for contributing to the collapse of modern agriculture.

To sum up, Pope John Paul II is as confused about the movement of atoms as the pope of Galileo's time was about the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies. Based upon the rate of depletion of chemical fertilizers, the present pope does not have 300 years to re-evaluate his view on modern agriculture and birth control. The question still remains as to why the Pontifical Academy of Sciences has not made this disastrous movement of atoms clear to the pope.
Tony Ryals 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Guatemala Russian Igor Bitkov ;"Comte & Font - Legalsa" was related to Israeli Passport Money Landerer Uri Roitman, because David Font, regularly visited the office of Uri Roitman and later to Uri in Mariscal Zavala prison, before he obtained his freedom mysteriously.


Guatemala Russian Igor Bitkov ;"Comte & Font - Legalsa" was related to Israeli Passport Money Landerer Uri Roitman, because David Font, regularly visited the office of Uri Roitman and later to Uri in Mariscal Zavala prison, before he obtained his freedom mysteriously.

http://supportthebitkovs.com/2017/12/20/banco-ruso-vtb-bank-apela-amparo-definitivo-familia-rusa-bitkovs/

I am most interested in your opinion of Israeli sheister money launderer and I believe worse,who appeared in Guatemala on the eve of the Maya holocaust of the early 1980s,At first I tought you had gotten your Guatemala passport from from him but that appears not to be the case and his Florida corporation and Guatemala government contratct to issue passports in fact occured after you aleardy had your passport.
Roitman was set free obviously because of his Israeli government connections including with ex Israeli Ambassador to Guatemala Bacchar and more so to the Israeli military industrial complex who who he was allied to and with just like his pal General Otto Perez Molina who some believe was responsable in the assassination of Bishop Gerardi.Under pseudo nym Major Tito he(ex President General Oscar Perez Molina)  was a walkng advertisement for Israeli arms sales around 1980
What do you think of Israeli,Chabad Lubavitch control of Guatemala and Russian and U.S.and UK governments?


Banco Ruso VTB Bank APELA AMPARO DEFINITIVO de Igor Bitkov ...

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Dec 20, 2017 - Los abogados que representan en Guatemala a dicho banco ruso ... regularmente visitaba la oficina de Uri Roitman y posteriormente a Uri en ...
Missing: passport ‎2010


Uri Roitman con más contratos con el Estado - Prensa Libre

www.prensalibre.com/guatemala/politica/roitman-ha-sido-contratista-de-estado

24 feb. 2016 - El empresario israelí Uri Roitman aprehendido por el fraude en el Lago ... la emisión depasaportes en Guatemala, así como en 69 ciudades y ...

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The dark powers
Written by Igor Bitkov on May 27, 2017 Leave a comment
CLARIFICATION: The following analytical article is based on journalistic publications, well-known facts or of public knowledge of which I quote the sources at the end.
Dear friends:
Every time, when I write about injustices that happen to us, I feel that someone, who handles this situation and is making fun of all the justice in Guatemala ... In the case of our family (#Migration Case) there have been a number of irregularities which have been challenged by our lawyers without giving the fruits that "Justice" establishes.

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Let's fix our attention to what should be but regrettable it is not:

WHAT SHOULD BE ACCORDING TO LAW: The law is very clear in defining what and who can be listed as adhesive plaintiffs, as well as the legitimate interests that must be accredited THEREFORE the Russian Bank VTB Bank as required by law should not be admitted as Complainant adhesive situation that several lawyers who have approached me coincide.

AND WHAT ACTUALLY OCCURS IN THE COURT: The Russian bank VTB is within the case of migration as a plaintiff sticker with the lie of a supposed millionaire swindle which has never existed and the "alleged" evidence that Judge Erika Aifan assessed as legitimate interest were "simple illegible photocopies."

I wanted to understand what motivated the Representatives of the Russian Bank VTB in Guatemala to carry out their arguments so full of lies for my case and that of my family so I started from the beginning to ask who was the lawyer, or signature that He represented that Russian bank in Guatemala with the purpose of facing and demanding that he stop telling us so many lies and at the same time the information that everyone knows ... The lawyers representing in Guatemala to that Russian bank (VTB Bank) belong to a signature which is known as "Comte & Font - Legalsa"

And who hired "Comte & Font - Legalsa" for our case? I asked myself? ; more what I found in the background was overwhelming and worse than happening in Guatemala
I get information that the people who hired them and pay the owners of the firm are the people of the Russian embassy ... This is what a person close to this firm told me. !Incredible but true!. It is known throughout the world that the majority of the staff of the Russian embassy is an FSB official.

Because of my education and culture, I can say that I know a little bit about the methods of the Russian intelligence service (FSB) that used to be KGB, and this is precisely their method - to use mercantile entities as a camouflage of their operations. It turns out that the information arrived and I learned that although it is said that there are many "partners" in that legal firm, the owners of the firm are people are: Henry Philip Comte Velásquez and David Font Verdugo and I could verify it with an impression that They made it to my cell on their public website which I share below:

comte & Font

There are several other partners of this firm but only names of these two people are in the title of this firm and in jail there are several colleagues who know very well this firm "Comte & Font - Legalsa" I asked about them. Everyone told me the same thing:

"You Igor ... These people, for the money they can do anything. They work only for money and they do not care about anything. "
What they told me is very true:
"You hand them they are lawyers and they know very well that the accusation is false, but they prepared and promoted it in the Judiciary. !All for money!
And it turned out that as there are no coincidences in life for some reason, it came out that I in prison received the delicate information about these characters ...

Analyzing everything, I understood what kind of people are hiring Russian intelligence services.
I came to the conclusion with the documents, articles, journalistic notes, testimonies and comments that behind the law firm "Comte & Font - Legalsa" could be hiding a powerful structure of parallel power by means of a dark power center.

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I must confirm that FSB found a structured and influential law firm in many areas of the State of Guatemala and especially in the Judiciary.

And how did you reach this conclusion?
According to the information handled, it is curious that "Comte & Font - Legalsa" is related to RENAP . It is that "Comte & Font - Legalsa" , is said to have a close relationship with the company "Easy Marketing" This company was born in the time of Álvaro Colom, and a few months later he won a contest to produce DPI for RENAP

Easy Markenting

Here I understand something : The firm "Comte & Font - Legalsa" that is contracted by Russians to harm us and coincidentally said firm also has a relationship with RENAP and both are "plaintiffs" so it concluded that both will be in a part being assisted by the same firm (In theory or maybe practice it)

According to what is handled in the media:
The idea was that RENAP had no experience in IPR production and they wanted to find some company that would already have experience and production lines. The idea was nice but in reality the contest won the Easy Marketing entity, new born, without experience, without production lines but with several powerful shareholders, among which are: Alejandro Sinibaldi, Gregorio Valdez and Chelis Font - the brother of David Font. The entire business was notarized by David Font, a member of the aforementioned powerful law firm, Receiving money from the state (the contracts were more than a billion QTZ.), They distributed a large part to all the interested parties and also bought the equipment to produce DPI through of the company "Sagem Morpho", which is linked to Uri Roitman, who is also the creator of "the magic formula" of the Amatitlan lake scam.

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And it is also said that:
"Comte & Font - Legalsa" was related to Uri Roitman, because David Font, regularly visited the office of Uri Roitman and later to Uri in Mariscal Zavala prison, before he obtained his freedom mysteriously.

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The contract with Easy Marketing was so altered that the partners were forced to pay many bribes and the profitability of the project was worse than expected. They tried to lower the cost, worsening the quality of the documents and at some point, for this reason, the conflict arose with member of the board of directors of RENAP - Julio Alvarado, who wanted to defend the interests of the state and denied participating in acts of corruption. As a punishment, against Julio a suit was filed in civil court.

And who filed the lawsuit against Julio Alvarado?
The lawsuit was filed by "Comte & Font - Legalsa" . For the punishment to be more painful, "Comte & Font - Legalsa" , managed to seize the bank accounts of Julio Alvarado and others ...

It seems that Easy Marketing's adventure benefited the most powerful people of that time like Álvaro Colom , Sandra Torres and etc ... But, those who executed this project, also prospered with a new government to such an extent that it is said that Alejandro Sinibaldi For example, he bought more than 30 properties in 3 years of his trade as communications minister, with a value of more than 100 million QTZ.

Who is the lawyer and notary of Alejandro Sinibaldi?
David Fernando Font Verdug is a lawyer and notary of Sinibaldi and made public deeds of his numerous properties in Guatemala.



Font is Sinibaldi's former partner at the Javier high school and without a doubt is his notary and lawyer of full confidence.



David Fernando Font Verdugo was the notary, who legalized the modification of contract 085-2013 between the Odebrecht company and the Ministry of Communications of Guatemala headed by Sinibaldi.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018




Russian bitkov family cicig guatemala


Nómada .::. Russian “fake news” against the CICIG has a dark origin in ...

https://nomada.gt/.../russian-fake-news-against-the-cicig-has-a-dar...


11 abr. 2018 - Russian “fake news” against the CICIG has a dark origin in a case that reaches Minister ... 
The alliance among the corrupt in Guatemala is starting to get ... Furthermore, what O'Grady says about the Bitkov family, that it was the ..

https://nomada.gt/pais/la-corrupcion-no-es-normal/russian-fake-news-against-the-cicig-has-a-dark-origin-in-a-case-that-reaches-minister-degenhart/


It all started with an opinion column published on March 25th in the conservative newspaper The Wall Street Journal under the title: Kremlin Revenge in Guatemala. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the author, accused the CICIG and the Public Ministry of having turned into an arm of the Russian government to take revenge on the Bitkov family, presumed political dissidents.........

That’s how O’Grady’s conspiracy started to echo among political actors in the United States Senate.
This is a conspiracy that has little logic and that also ignores the gruesome origin of the case.
It doesn’t hold up because the case did not begin in 2013 as O’Grady argues in response to the lawsuit of the Russian bank VTB. It started three years earlier, in 2010, due to a complaint about a ring that supplied fraudulent passports made by Fidel Pachecho, a member of the Immigration Office’s union.
Furthermore, what O’Grady says about the Bitkov family, that it was the only one convicted, is not true. The Bitkovs were convicted on January 5, 2018 with sentences between 14 and 19 years of prison for identity theft and use of falsified documentation. But 36 other people were also convicted. And Colombian citizens, Marcela Ortega Bejarano, Luis Valencia Luque, and Jonh Alex Carmoma Salgado were also convicted, in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
That Russia has influence over the CICIG also makes little sense.............................



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How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala's Corrupt Elite

The Intercept-7 abr. 2018
CICIG was a plot by the United States, an “invasion of sovereignty. ... attack detractors, according to a report by the nonprofit Freedom House.


Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de Publinews Guatemala

Asesora de la Casa Blanca responde a nota de The Miami Herald

Publinews Guatemala-hace 21 horas
Vemos a la CICIG y a su comisionado (Iván Velásquez) como una parte ... de Asuntos de Medios de Prensa de la Casa Blanca @WhiteHouse.
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de McClatchy Washington Bureau

Trump works to thank Guatemala for moving embassy by weakening ...

McClatchy Washington Bureau-10 jul. 2018
The White House was particularly grateful to Morales for backing Trump's ... “Just because the president (Morales) is upset that CICIG is ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de St. Lucia News Online (press release)

Engel on Trump administration's western hemisphere policy

St. Lucia News Online (press release)-hace 4 horas
And I must say, since I've been critical of the White House, this time I was pleased that the White House came out in strong support of CICIG just ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de Publinews Guatemala

CICIG ofrece oportunidad de empleo ¡entérate!

Publinews Guatemala-22 may. 2018
Formulario de Antecedentes Personales CICIG completo y firmado. ... correspondiente; permisos especiales, home leave, acreditaciones, etc.
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de teleSUR TV

Comisión de DD.HH. de ONU respalda trabajo de jefe del Cicig

teleSUR TV-25 ago. 2017
Velásquez preside la Cicig desde 2013 y se ha encargado de ... jefe de la Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (Cicig), ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de The Hill

Web of intrigue as Guatemala president fends off corruption probe

The Hill-29 may. 2018
Since 2007, CICIG has helped secure the arrest of scores of suspects once ... Morales next set out to curry favor with the White House. On the ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de Siglo.21 (Comunicado de prensa)

Trump se reúne con familias de víctimas de los “animales” de la ...

Siglo.21 (Comunicado de prensa)-24 may. 2018
El presidente de Estados Unidos (EE. UU.), Donald Trump, se reunió este miércoles en Bethpage (Long Island, Nueva York) con las familias ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de U.S. News & World Report

US Envoy Tells Guatemala President: We Back UN Graft Body, Chief

U.S. News & World Report-28 feb. 2018
"I told him that we supported CICIG and supported the commissioner," Haley told two reporters traveling with her in the poor, violent Central ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de teleSUR TV

Guatemala: arrestan a expresidente Álvaro Colom por corrupción

teleSUR TV-13 feb. 2018
El Ministerio Público y la Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (Cicig) adelantaron 14 allanamientos a exfuncionarios de ...
Imagen de la noticia para white house cicig de The Intercept

How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala's Corrupt Elite

The Intercept-7 abr. 2018
CICIG was a plot by the United States, an “invasion of sovereignty. ... attack detractors, according to a report by the nonprofit Freedom House.




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The Bitkov Family, Who Fled Russia and Are Now Imprisoned in ...

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25 abr. 2018 - Igor Bitkov and his son, Vladimir The ordeal of a Russian family .... Mind you, CICIGand Guatemalan law enforcement were chasing some very ...

Bitkov Family in Guatemalan Prison After Russian Persecution ...

https://www.nationalreview.com › Magazine › May 14, 2018, Issue

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26 abr. 2018 - Igor Bitkov and his son Vladimir (born in Guatemala, after the family .... ten years now,CICIG has worked alongside the Guatemalan authorities.

Russian family jailed in Guatemala seeks Ottawa's help - The Globe ...

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2 may. 2018 - Bitkov family asking federal government for identity certificates that ... the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), ...

Ocho puntos para entender el caso de la familia Bitkov - Canal Antigua

https://canalantigua.tv/familia-bitkov-caso/

27 abr. 2018 - Igor, su esposa Irina y su hija Anastasia, de apellido Bitkov, fueron ... Público (MP) y la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (Cicig). 4. ... at today's @HelsinkiComm hearing on the case of the #Bitkov family. #Russia #Guatemala #CICIGgt @SupportBitkovs pic.twitter.com/XMFrMxRQl2.

#CasoBitkov: CICIG se involucra en casos que no le competen - El Siglo

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27 abr. 2018 - Profesorlegal: court that sentenced #Bitkov family applied maximum prison ... familywho went to #Guatemala to flee persecution in #Russia.

Is Russia interfering in Guatemala's anti-corruption commission? The ...

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9 may. 2018 - In 2008, the Bitkov family fled Russia following threats from the Putin-allied VTB ...CICIG and the Guatemalan public prosecutor's office led the ...

The CICIG has been attacked unfairly - The Washington Post

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6 jun. 2018 - Guatemala's efforts to fight corruption are under attack ... They have used false claims regarding the Bitkovs, a Russian family convicted of ...

For a Russian Couple, Safe Haven in Guatemala Is Fleeting - The ...

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30 may. 2016 - GUATEMALA CITY — Irina and Igor Bitkov were once ... No trial date for the couple has been set, and the family is seeking political asylum in Guatemala. ... International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or Cicig, ...

Support The Bitkovs - Pagina Oficial

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The Bitkovs family remains in jeopardy thanks to a U.S.-funded rogue U.N. agency. ... ¿Se atreveríaCICIG a impedir la libertad de la familia Bitkov en los próximos días? 10 de junio de 2018 10 ..... (English) Russia's Dubious Guatemala Story.
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https://nomada.gt/pais/la-corrupcion-no-es-normal/russian-fake-news-against-the-cicig-has-a-dark-origin-in-a-case-that-reaches-minister-degenhart/


Russian “fake news” against the CICIG has a dark origin in a case that reaches Minister Degenhart

A Nómada investigation into the origin of the case in the Guatemalan Immigration Office led to a document that could give Jimmy Morales’ Interior Minister a hard time.

Enrique Degenhart, ministro de Gobernación desde 2018, tiene una página oscura en su pasado como Director de Migración.
FOTO: CARLOS SEBASTIÁN
The alliance among the corrupt in Guatemala is starting to get recognized around the world for its propaganda and defamation campaigns. The most recent made-up, false story goes like this: Iván Velásquez, Commissioner of the CICIG [International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala], and Thelma Aldana, Head of the Public Ministry, are part of a conspiracy of President Vladimir Putin to carryout political revenge against a Russian family, the Bitkovs, arrested for buying passports in Guatemala. But the real case is more complex. It arose from a complaint filed by a unionist about a network involved in the sale of passports operating in the Guatemalan Immigration Office. The unionist was murdered. Nómada found an official document in which the unionist blamed those around the then-director of the Immigration Office and current minister of Interior, Enrique Degenhart, for his possible murder. Below are the two versions of the story, one of conspiracy and the other a journalistic investigation.

The Conspiracy: A columnist and her version of the Russians’ story

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It all started with an opinion column published on March 25th in the conservative newspaper The Wall Street Journal under the title: Kremlin Revenge in Guatemala. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the author, accused the CICIG and the Public Ministry of having turned into an arm of the Russian government to take revenge on the Bitkov family, presumed political dissidents.
The version of the story that O’Grady presents argues that Igor Bitkov, his wife Irina Bitkova and his daughter Anastasia escaped Russia in 2008 because the state bank, BTV Bank, pressured them not only because of a debt default, but also because they refused to sell the shares of their business, Nort-West Timber Company.
They arrived in Guatemala in 2009, allegedly responding to an online advertisement that offered to take care of immigration procedures in Guatemala. According to O’Grady, when the Russian financial system sued the family, the CICIG and the Public Ministry offered to prosecute them and were able to arrest them in 2015 and convict them this year, 2018.
In her same article, she overlooks the fact that the representative of the Russian bank BTV was Henry Comte, designated by president Jimmy Morales as a substitute justice of the Constitutional Court. She also overlooks that the lawsuit of the Russian bank was dismissed and that the CICIG and the Public Ministry continued with the investigation into the network involved in the sale of fraudulent passports.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady is a columnist and member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. She is known for being a pen of the right and for publishing conspiracies. In 2002, for example, she raised the alarm about intelligence information from the George W. Bush administration that accused the Fodel Castro regime of developing biological weapons to sell to the Iranian and Iraqi governments. At the same time, officials of the Bush administration created the idea that there  weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Both ended up being lies.


O’Grady, Wikipedia´s photo.
O’Grady has been to Guatemala. She received an honorary doctorate degree at the libertarian University Francisco Marroquín.
O’Grady’s accusation, this time against the CICIG, needed someone to give them echo and lend them more credibility.
That’s when two key figures appeared. The American businessman, Bill Browder, who had hired lawyer and accountant, Sergei Magnitsky to investigate a corruption case involving Putin’s government. In retaliation, Magnitsky was murdered. Browder invested high sums of money to lobby for the Magnitsky law, a tool that honors his memory and is now key against corrupt individuals and human rights violators around the world. Browder tweeted out the publication that same day.

Absolutely appalling story of how Kremlin tracked down one of its enemies, Igor Bitkov, in Guatemala and got the Guatemalan gov’t and a UN ‘anti corruption’ organization to sentence him, his wife and daughter to 19 years (& 14 yrs) for passport violations https://www.wsj.com/articles/kremlin-revenge-in-guatemala-1522005077 

A day later, Senator Marco Rubio, the ex-presidential candidate from Florida appeared. He posted a tweet in which he said that he supported “the idea” of the CICIG, but that he was worried about it being manipulated by Vladimir Putin.


That’s how O’Grady’s conspiracy started to echo among political actors in the United States Senate.
This is a conspiracy that has little logic and that also ignores the gruesome origin of the case.
It doesn’t hold up because the case did not begin in 2013 as O’Grady argues in response to the lawsuit of the Russian bank VTB. It started three years earlier, in 2010, due to a complaint about a ring that supplied fraudulent passports made by Fidel Pachecho, a member of the Immigration Office’s union.
Furthermore, what O’Grady says about the Bitkov family, that it was the only one convicted, is not true. The Bitkovs were convicted on January 5, 2018 with sentences between 14 and 19 years of prison for identity theft and use of falsified documentation. But 36 other people were also convicted. And Colombian citizens, Marcela Ortega Bejarano, Luis Valencia Luque, and Jonh Alex Carmoma Salgado were also convicted, in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
That Russia has influence over the CICIG also makes little sense.
The CICIG does not receive one cent of financing from Russia, a country famous for promoting structures that encourage impunity and murders, just like their old spies in London. CICIG’s $18 million annual budget comes from the United States, Sweden and the European Union: three sources of financing that have been considered by Russia as “its enemies” in the world.
It is not the first time that the version of the Bitkov case presented by O’Grady, has been heard in Guatemala. Since his arrest in 2015, Igor Bitkov used to publish this version of the story in his blog igorbitkov.com that he ran from the Mariscal Zavala prison, which houses most of the politicians and businessmen prosecuted by the CICIG, among them Gustavo Alejos and Otto Pérez Molina.
The column by O’Grady was also questioned in the United States. On April 4th, The Wall Street Journal published a response from the American Bar Association, the equivalent to the School of Lawyers in the United States. Hilarie Bass, president of the association, wrote:
“Ms. O’Grady neglects the important role that the prosecutor general of Guatemala and the CICIG have played in combating corruption. The American Bar Association has observed remarkable progress by the CICIG in combating deep-rooted corruption and promoting a just rule of law. To address this one case in isolation, omitting the contribution of CICIG in seeking to dismantle the complex criminal structures that have co-opted the Guatemalan government, plays into the hands of those who are threatened by its accountability efforts and seek to discredit them by any means.”

The journalistic version: The story of the union member who reported the network involved in the sale of passports and the circle surrounding Degenhart before his murder

The origin of the investigation initiated by the Public Ministry and the CICIG against the Bitkovs traces back to 2010, when Fidel Pacheco, Secretary General of the unions of the Immigration Office, accused a group of officials from the Office of being behind the  illegal entry of people into Guatemala, the CICIG noted in a statement.
Fidel Pacheco’s accusation pointed out that 66 officials within the Immigration Office were part of a corruption network that charged up to USD$5,000 for bribes and falsification of documents and passports. Charges that even Fidel Pacheco was arrested for and accused of in 1992 and 2005. Between 2010 and 2012, the comptroller of the Immigration Office was Enrique Degenhart Asturia, the current Minister of Interior of President Jimmy Morales; position that he obtained at the recommendation of Mayor Alvaro Arzu, for him he worked as advisor at the municipal government in Guatemala City
But the case is even worse.
Fidel Pacheco feared that he would be assassinated for his denunciations. This is why on May 8, 2018 he turned to the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman (PDH), at that time headed by Sergio Morales, who filed his complaint (EXP ORD GUA 32452010).
In the complaint to the PDH, Fidel Pacheco denounced Degenhart’s network for threatening his life.
“The complainant makes known that he is a victim of death threats being made by employees of the General Directorate of the Immigration Office  within the Ministry of the Interior (he does not recall full names), who are his enemies and close to the current comptroller. He has received information that they are planning to kidnap and kill him but will first start with his loved ones because officials of the General Directorate of the Immigration Office have knowledge that he has provided information that could affect the current administration … On Friday 04/23/2010 he was chased by a black vehicle, with tinted windows, Toyota brand “.


La primera parte de la denuncia de Fidel Pacheco.


La denuncia de Pacheco contra Degenhart. Fueron tachados los nombres de los hijos de Pacheco.
Three months after he made the denunciation, on August 6, 2010, the union leader, Juan Fidel Pacheco Coc, was tied up by his feet and hands and assassinated in his home in zone 6, in Guatemala City.  The door was not forced open, which suggests it is possible that he knew his torturers and assassins.
We asked for comments from the former director of the Immigration Office and current Minister of Interior Enrique Degenhart about the case related to the Immigration Office and especially regarding Fidel Pacheco’s case but neither him nor his spokesman in the Interior Ministry have answered our calls or messages with questions.
In 2011, Degenhart did not wish to respond to the newspaper, La Hora when he was asked about the assassination of Fidel Pacheco and about his relationship with Gustavo Alejos, the then all-powerful private secretary of former President Alvaro Colom, who brought him to the Immigration Office as comptroller.  He also did not respond to La Hora about the assistance that the institution he directed gave to Roberto Barreda, the primary suspect in the disappearance and murder of Cristina Siekavizza, so that he would flee the country.
Degenhart arrived at the Ministry of the Interior in January of 2018, coming from the municipal government of Guatemala City to replace Francisco Rivas, an ally of the fight against corruption. In the three months he’s held the position, Degenhart has dedicated himself to upending the efforts of the Public Ministry and the CICIG, firing technical teams in the Ministry of the Interior and in the National Civilian Police, going so far as to withdraw police assigned to the CICIG for their safety and to carryout arrests of individuals accused in corruption cases.
Now, Degenhart should be questioned by the PDH and the Public Ministry with regards to another case: the one of the unionist who filed a complaint before the MP about corruption within the Immigration Office and who left a note with the Human Rights Ombudsman (PDH) in which he blames Degenhart’s circle if he was assassinated.
Pia Flores
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Buscadora de las historias invisibles y experiencias con sentido. Antropóloga irreverente y amante de la diversidad, la noche, las auroras cansadas y los cuentos que tardan.

Gabriel Woltke
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Guatemala / Xibalbá 1988. Ingresó al seminario queriendo ser sacerdote, salió a estudiar literatura y luego hizo carrera como periodista. Avanza sobre el río. Desea ser escritor, corrector, carpintero, programador, diseñador, monje, mago, árbol, pájaro, ballena