Alexander Semyon Vindman (Олександр Семен Віндман b. 1975) was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated with his family to the United States after President Nixon arranged for Jewish families to escape leftwing anti-Semitism in the communist-controlled Soviet Union. The Vindman family was featured in a Ken Burns documentary in 1985. Vindman attended Harvard, is fluent in the Russian and Ukrainian languages, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. The government of Ukraine offered the position of defense minister to Vindman.
Lt. Col. Vindman's twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, who likewise infiltrated the White House National Security Council (NSC) staff, reportedly was in charge of reviewing all publications by current and former officials at the NSC. In January 2020, a belated attempt to subvert the Trump administration occurred again in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial when excerpts of former National Security Advisor John Bolton's kiss-n-tell book was leaked to the rabidly partisan extremist publication, The New York Times.
According to Lt. Col. Jim Hickman who served on a combined US-Russian exercise with Vindman,
I verbally reprimanded him for his actions, & I’ll leave it at that, so as not to be unprofessional myself. The bottom-line is LTC Vindman was a partisan Democrat at least as far back as 2012. So much so, junior officers & soldiers felt uncomfortable around him. This is not your professional, field-grade officer, who has the character & integrity to do the right thing. Do not let the uniform fool you…he is a political activist in uniform. I pray our nation will drop this hate, vitriol & division, & unite as our founding fathers intended!
April 21 Zelensky phone call
Vindman prepared the public readout of President Trump's congratulatory phone call to Ulrainian President-elect Zelensky. The summary readout said that Trump
"underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders – and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelensky and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption."
On Friday November 15, 2019 President Trump released the call transcript from an April 21, 2019 conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky. Reporters noted there was a discrepancy between the call transcript and a separate summary of the call sent to reporters in April.
The actual transcript of the phone call documents Trump congratulating Zelensky on his election victory and pledging to send a "very, very high level representative" to attend Zelensky's inauguration. However, it does not include Trump explicitly promising to work with Zelensky to "strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption" in Ukraine.
The first confidential human source for the CIA Ukraine dossier, written by CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella and also known as the “Whistleblower report”, is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman a Ukraine expert inside the National Security Council on assignment from the Dept. of Defense intelligence unit.
CIA Agent Eric Ciaramella never delivered his dossier briefing to the upward chain-of-command within the CIA. Instead Ciaramella subverted the formal process and transmitted his hearsay complaint, derived from material provided by Vindman, directly to principal officials who could assist in the removal of the President.
Vindman was the majority (#1) source for the material CIA operative Eric Ciaramella used in a collaborative effort to remove President Trump from office.
October 28 deposition
Within his deposition the ideology of Lt. Col Vindman is clear. Vindman's mission focus is to shape U.S. policy toward Ukraine (and by extension NATO) regardless of the actual policy view of President Trump. Within his deposition Vindman admitted to giving countermanding instructions to his Ukraine counterpart two weeks after his understanding of policy objectives that were exactly opposite of the commander in chief.
During his deposition Lt Col Vindman also admitted that he was intentionally usurping the chain of command in an effort to follow his own ideological agenda. Despite his admitted usurpation of President Trump policy, Vindman was sent back to his post in the NSC with the full support of the United States Department of Defense.
The onus of action to remove Vindman from the NSC does not just lay simply with the White House and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, but also purposefully with the Dept. of Defense. The Pentagon could easily withdraw Vindman from his position at the National Security Council; the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff have done nothing to diminish the appearance of a coup and removal of President Trump.
Vindman grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn NY. Its nickname, Little Odessa stems from the large Russians and Ukrainian enclave that grew big from the 1970s onward.
During the 1970s and 80s through the end of the Cold War was a dense anti-Communist population of which the leading edge was the Ukrainian nationalist Yaroslav Stetsko. After World War II, the Russian anti-communist émigré's that fought with the Germans against the Soviet Union relocated from the Displaced Person camps to the US. This anti-Communist wave sought to be active in US countermeasures against the Soviet Union alongside the Ukrainian nationalists.
This is a slice of the Russian emigration experience. The Russians kept the important cultural ties but assimilated politically into US democracy. Many did maintain a staunch anti-Communist stance throughout the Cold War which transformed into a strong anti-Putin stance during the years after the wall came down.
For the Ukrainians, almost 50 years of Cold War intrigue kept them bound inside the politics of extreme nationalism. For Soviet émigrés from Ukraine, Little Odessa's Russian speaking Ukrainian community which developed in the 1970s would be the most comfortable place to live. The anti-Communist tag meant they came from one side of the Bandera experience or the other. Ukrainian anti-Communism is synonymous with Ukrainian nationalism. Your grandparents either fought for the Soviet Army or they fought against them. This means they were a victim of Nazi aggression, or fought with the Nazis.
New York is the headquarters of the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America (UCCA). If you take part in public Ukrainian cultural life in New York, you rub shoulders with Bandera's OUNb.
During and after the Cold War, NGOs formed claiming representation in the U.S. Congress for entire Diasporas like the UCCA does for Ukrainian-Americans. Today is no different. Many anti-Putin Russian nationals living in the United States find UCCA better organized for lobbying in Washington, D.C..
- Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused 'Meddling' in U.S. Election, The New York Times, December 12, 2018. National Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Artem Sytnyk and legislator Serhiy Leshchenko broke the law by revealing Manafort's name. The disclosure “led to interference in the electoral processes of the United States in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state,” the court said. https://www.theepochtimes.com/ties-to-ukrainian-national-a-unifying-theme-in-early-attacks-on-trump_2872609.html
In October 2019, an audiotape of Sytnyk was release discussing his efforts to help Hillary during the 2016 election. He and Leschenko were responsible for publishing the Black Ledger which forced Paul Manafort to resign from Trump’s campaign.
- According to Ukrainian nationalist scholar Taraz Kuzio, in 1945, Yaroslav Stetsko was still asking Adolf Hitler for armies to continue the fight on the Eastern front against the Allied Powers of World War II. The OUNb reorganized itself within Ukraine as the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists (CUN) and registered as a political party in January 1993. Конгресс Українських Націоналістів, Database DATA. Until her death in 2003, CUN was headed by Slava Stetsko, widow of Yaroslav Stetsko.
Many OUNb nationalists ("Bandarists") who escaped Stalin captured in German uniform emigrated to the United States and formed the backbone of the Ukrainian Diaspora.