Sunday, December 8, 2019

3 year old boy killed in Kiev, Ukraine by Right Sector sniper after getting in a car with his parents. Right Sector professional snipers, key in US 2014 coup of Ukraine, are free to commit terrorist killings because police are run by corrupt Avakov-wsws

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“In virtually all these [15+ sniper murder] cases, the perpetrators have been protected from serious legal prosecution. One of the murderers of Handziuk received a barely three-year prison sentence. A critical role in shielding the neo-Nazis is played by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Arsen Avakov, who controls the country’s police force and possesses well-known ties to Ukraine’s most notorious fascist militia, the Azov Battalion.…He [Avakov] was recently praised by former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch while testifying before the House of Representatives regarding the Trump impeachment investigation.”…In what has become Obama’s third term, Trump allowed Obama appointee Yovanovitch to stay on the job for two and a half years.
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12/6/19,Ukraine: Three-year-old boy killed in attempted political assassination by the far right,” wsws, Jason Melanovski 

“A botched assassination attempt against Ukrainian politician and businessman Vyacheslav Sobolev has resulted in the death of his three-year-old son, Alexander.

[Image] Three-year-old Oleksandr Sobolev, son of politician Vyacheslav Sobolev, shot to death in Kyiv on December 1, 2019 [Source: Facebook, Inna Soboleva]

While Sobolev and his wife were leaving his high-end restaurant “Mario” in Kiev this past Sunday, right-wing thugs opened fire on Sobolev’s Range Rover, missing him but hitting his son who was seated in the back of the vehicle. The three-year-old died on the way to the hospital. 

Police later apprehended two men who had fled the scene in a black Lexus sedan, Oleksiy Semenov, 19, and Andrei Lavrega, 20. Both are veterans of the ]Ukraine led] war in Donbass in eastern Ukraine where they served as members of the fascist Right Sector’s paramilitary formation until June of this year. 

The Right Sector was instrumental in the US- and EU-backed, fascist-led coup in February 2014 that toppled the Yanukovitch government and replaced it with a pro-Western and anti-Russian regime. Since then, the Right Sector has been among the far-right forces that have been heavily involved in the war against Russian-backed separatists in East Ukraine.

As is usual when members of neo-Nazi groups carry out political attacks, the Right Sector and their former battalion commander fraudulently attempted to distance themselves from Lavrega and Semenov, claiming they had lost contact with them since they left Ukraine’s armed forces in June. These claims are not credible. 

Lavrega, who has been identified as the principal shooter in the killing, has been a member of the Right Sector for at least half a decade. He had participated in the Maidan movement of 2014 as a member of the Right Sector and perfected his shooting skills as a sniper killing separatist soldiers in eastern Ukraine. According to his Right Sector battalion commander, Andrei Herhert, Lavrega—also known as “Quiet”—was “one of the best snipers in the war” and “very ideological.” 

As a thanks for his service to the right-wing Kiev government, Lavrega received a military decoration from former President Petro Poroshenko for “courage” just last year, in October of 2018. 

It is yet unclear exactly why Sobolev—who currently serves as a deputy in Kiev’s Regional Council as a member of Poroshenko’s political party—was targeted for assassination by these fascist thugs, but Sobolev’s business ties to separatist-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine may have run afoul of right-wing forces within the Ukrainian state. 

In 1997, Sobolev founded a popular supermarket called “Obzhora” in Donetsk, now the capital of the separatist-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic, and subsequently became wealthy. From 2010 to 2011, Sobolev served as an executive of Ukraine’s state energy company Naftogaz, which is rife with corruption and currently embroiled in the Trump impeachment scandal in Washington. 

When the war broke out between the US-installed Kiev government and regions of eastern Ukraine in 2014, several of Sobolev’s supermarket stores found themselves operating under separatist control. In 2016, Ukrainian prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into ties between Sobolev’s supermarket chain and separatist forces. Sobolev maintained that he had sold his share in 2007 and no longer owned stake in the company. 

Other reports have suggested that the assassination attempt on Sobolev may have come from rival Donetsk businessman and a former judge of the Ukrainian Economic Supreme Court Arthur Emelyanov. Following the death of his son, Sobolev called for both Emelyanov and another oligarch and associate of former President Poroshenko, Alexander Granovsky, to take lie detector tests along with six other individuals. 

Whoever is ultimately responsible for ordering this political assassination and the murder of the three-year-old boy, it is clear that the same far-right forces that were instrumental in the coup in February 2014 and the civil war are now being employed to carry out political assassinations by the Ukrainian oligarchy. 

Since the 2014 coup, the number of targeted political assassinations by right-wing neo-Nazi groups like C14 and the Right Sector has skyrocketed. At least 15 people have been murdered in such hit jobs by the far right since 2014. Among them was the well-known Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet and the politician Kateryna Handziuk, who was killed in a horrific acid attack by right-wing thugs last year. 

In virtually all these cases, the perpetrators have been protected from serious legal prosecution. One of the murderers of Handziuk received a barely three-year prison sentence. A critical role in shielding the neo-Nazis is played by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Arsen Avakov, who controls the country’s police force and possesses well-known ties to Ukraine’s most notorious fascist militia, the Azov Battalion. 

Avakov is one of the few members of the previous Poroshenko government that have remained in the current Cabinet of Ministers under President Volodmyr Zelensky. He was recently praised by former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch while testifying before the House of Representatives regarding the Trump impeachment investigation (see also: “The impeachment crisis and American imperialism”). 

President Zelensky, who was elected in April this year on the basis of promises that he would bring an end to the widely despised civil war in eastern Ukraine that has claimed the lives of over 13,000 people, has maintained a conspicuous silence on this latest political assassination attempt by the far right. Instead, the day after the murder, he posted a message on Facebook to honor two Ukrainian soldiers who were killed while fighting in eastern Ukraine this past weekend.”
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Additional source: 

12/1/19, “Two Suspects Detained In Killing Of Ukrainian Lawmaker’s 3-Year-Old Son,” rferl.org
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Two among comments
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“Charlotte Ruse 

The CIA always manages to dig up the most despicable characters to overthrow governments-Christian fascists in Latin American, Nazis in Eastern Europe, and ISIS in the Middle East and Africa.”
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“Felix Kreisel 

Nationalists train kids as young as ten and twelve to use rifles and to think of targets, not people. Various businessmen subsidize these gangs of nationalists to go to the front for weeks or months to train up. Then the thugs come back to the city and need to earn a living. Their profession is “killer”….The question is really not: Who is the dastardly paymaster? Sure, it would be good to find out, which oligarch ordered this hit. The real question is: What kind of a system is it that bases itself on stirring up nationalism and training young men to be killers?
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Added: 1/1/2017, War lobbyist and fake US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is near front lines in eastern Ukraine to cheer on Ukraine military against Russia.Our fake Ambassador joined US Senators Amy Klobuchar, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham.
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1/1/2017, Image: US officials including US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch tell Ukraine military they’ll go back to Washington and get US taxpayers to give Ukraine soldiers what they need to to fight Putin."US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, US Senators Amy Klobuchar and John McCain, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, and US Senator Lindsey Graham (left to right at center) pose for a photograph with Ukrainian servicemen. Photograph: Mikhail Palinchak/TassUS,via UK Guardian, “Speaking during tour of Baltic states, Ukraine, and Georgia, McCain and fellow senators say US will support the countries despite Trump’s comments [for which he was elected by voters]”

Fueling More Bloodshed in Ukraine: In January 2017 Marie Yovanovitch, US Ambassador to Ukraine, was near the front lines in eastern Ukraine with a contingent of Ukraine troops and billionaire Ukraine President Poroshenko. Also present were Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar.

“In the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Graham told the soldiers: “Your fight is our fight2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia.McCain promised the assembled troops, “we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. [Meaning US taxpayers will give you money and weapons to kill Russians.]

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Comment: It’s not Marie’s fault that she’s in the wrong job and that she should be a lobbyist. The entire US political class is happy to load up the “interagency” with people who function as war industry lobbyists while on the payroll of US taxpayers. The US is just as corrupt as Ukraine. Solution? There’s only one. The US must be broken into parts.



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Ghosts of poisonous and deservedly mocked Reagan and Bush era neocons are shockingly reborn as saints in 2019 impeachment witnesses whose delusions point to a larger problem-Moon of Alabama

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US and NATO “helped” Ukraine by removing thousands of tons of its conventional weapons stockpiles in 2000s that in 2019 Ukraine says it desperately needs.


US grim reaper, “State Department’s Mission: Coup d’etat," The Technocratic Tyranny, 2/27/2016
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Ukraine’s IMF $17 billion bailout in 2014 required Ukraine to continue violence against Russian speaking regions in Eastern Ukraine: 5/1/2014, IMF warns Ukraine on bailout if it loses east,CNBC. This despite that Mr. Putin says while Russia respects “the will of the people of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions [to declare their independence]”…“I would like to stress that Russia is interested in and will strive to ensure the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements, and I don’t believe there is any other way to settle this conflict today." 6/6/2015...The $17 billion IMF “loan” was made for political reasons: ““This is something of a leap of faith for the IMF and is politically driven by key IMF shareholders to support the [US selected Yats is the guy"] (interim prime minister Arseniy) Yatseniuk “kamikaze” administration in its [alleged] reform efforts,” according to Tim Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank.”...Yats’ “reforms” of course made things even worse in Ukraine than they’d been before the “revolution.” “Yats” remained Prime Minister for two years, 2014-2016, and unfortunately never overcame his addiction to oligarchs. Congratulations to Crimea for dodging a major bullet when they said to the US, thanks anyhow-–but we’re not interested in being violently forced to become a US colony, run by a US puppet, and plundered to death, per standard US boilerplate. After their referendum, Crimea was fortunate to be able to rejoin Russia.


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Above, 11.8 mile Crimea bridge, (19km), May 2018, screen shot euro news


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Above, crowds cheer at opening of Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with Krasnodar, Russia, May 2018


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12/5/19, “The Delusions Of The Impeachment Witnesses Point To A Larger Problem,” Moon of Alabama 

“During yesterday’s [Wed., 12/4] impeachment hearing at the House House Judiciary Committee one of the Democrats’ witnesses made some rather crazy statements. Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, first proved to have bought into neo-conservative delusions about the U.S. role in the world:

“America is not just ‘the last best hope,’ as [Democrat Rep. Hakeem] Mr. Jefferies said, but it’s also the shining city on a hill. We can’t be the shining city on a hill and promote democracy around the world if we’re not promoting it here at home.” 

As people in Bolivia and elsewhere can attest the United States does not promote democracy. It promotes rightwing regimes and rogue capitalism. The U.S. is itself not a democracy but a functional oligarchy as a major Harvard study found: 

“Economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.” 

But worse than Karlan’s  pseudo-patriotic propaganda claptrap were her remarks on the Ukraine and Russia: 

“This is not just about our national interests to protect elections or make sure Ukraine stays strong and fights the Russians so we don’t have to fight them here, but it’s in our national interest to promote democracy worldwide." [Who could’ve predicted a Democrat in 2019 would parrot the once rightfully mocked, “so we don’t have to fight them here” claim by George Bush administration mass murderers?].
 
[Image: 9/2018, George W. Bush with Mrs. Obama at McCain funeral, ap] 

That was not a joke. From the video it certainly seems that the woman believes that nonsense.


[12/4/19, Aaron Mate twitter: “Thanks to Pamela Karlan for so aptly capturing Democratic elites’ delusional, Reaganite, jingoistic Cold Warrior mindset in your claim that we need to arm Ukraine “so they fight the Russians there and we don’t have to fight them here” and we remain “that shining city on the hill. ] 

(continuing): “For one the Ukraine is not fighting “the Russians”. The Kiev government is fighting against east-Ukrainians who disagree with the Nazi controlled regime which the U.S. installed after it instigated the unconstitutional [2014] Maidan coup [“Yats is the guy.”] Russia supplies the east-Ukrainians and there were a few Russian volunteers fighting on their side but no Russian military units entered the Ukraine. 

But aside from that how can anyone truly believe that the Ukraine “fights the Russians so we don’t have to fight them here”? 

Is Russia on the verge of invading the United States? Where? How? And most importantly: What for? 

How would that be in Russia’s interest? 

One must be seriously disturbed to believe such nonsense. How can it be that Karlan is teaching at an academic level when she has such delusions? 

And how is it in U.S. interest to give the Ukraine U.S. taxpayer money to buy U.S. weapons? The sole motive behind that idea was greed and corruption, not national interest: 

“[U.S. special envoy to Ukraine] Volker started his job at the State Department in 2017 in an unusual part-time arrangement that allowed him to continue consulting at BGR, a powerful lobbying firm that represents Ukraine and the U.S.-based defense firm Raytheon. During his tenure, Volker advocated for the United States to send Raytheon-manufactured antitank Javelin missiles to Ukraine — a decision that made Raytheon millions of dollars.” 

[Ed. note: Never allow the US to “help” your country: US and NATO “helped” Ukraine by removing thousands of tons of its conventional weapons stockpiles in 2000s that in 2019 Ukraine says it desperately needs.]

(continuing): “The [javelin] missiles are useless in the conflict. They are kept near the western border of Ukraine under U.S. control. The U.S. fears that Russia would hit back elsewhere should the Javelin reach the frontline in the east and get used against the east-Ukrainians. That Trump shortly held back on some of the money that would have allowed the Ukrainians to buy more of those missiles thus surely made no difference. To claim that it hurt U.S. national interests is nonsense.

It is really no wonder that U.S. foreign policy continuously produces chaos when its practitioners get taught by people like Karlan. In the Middle East as well as elsewhere Russian foreign policy runs circles around U.S. attempts to control the outcome. One reason it can do that is the serious lack of knowledge and realism in U.S. foreign policy thinking. It is itself the outcome of an educational crisis. U.S. ‘political science’ studies implement a mindset that is unable to objectively recognize the facts and fails to respond to them with realistic concepts. 

The Democrats are doing themselves no favor by producing delusional and partisan witnesses who repeat Reaganesque claptrap. They only prove that the whole affair is just an unserious show trial….Do the Democrats really believe that their voters will not notice this?” 

“Posted by b on December 5, 2019 at 15:40 UTC | Permalink”
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Added: Russian President Putin urges Ukraine eastern regions to remain part of Ukraine:  

6/6/2015,Vladimir Putin Urges Donetsk And Luhansk To Remain Part Of Ukraine,” International Business Times, Christopher Haress

“This is a fundamental issue.”…
 
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Added: Russian President Putin fully endorses Minsk agreements: 6/6/2015: 

6/6/2015, Putin: self-proclaimed republics’ readiness to remain in Ukraine is precondition for talks, unian.info 

“I would like to stress that Russia is interested in and will strive to ensure the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements, and I don’t believe there is any other way to settle this conflict today," he [Mr. Putin] added.”…"The leaders of the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine have publicly stated that under certain conditions-meaning the implementation of the Minsk agreements-they are ready to consider themselves part of the Ukrainian state, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview in an Italian newspaper on Saturday.”…
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Added: In 2014, Donetsk region of Ukraine declared its independence and asked to join Russia. While respecting the will of Donetsk citizens to declare their independence, the Russian government didn’t invite Donetsk to join Russia, instead advised dialogue with Kiev: 

May 12, 2014, “Ukraine crisis: Donetsk region asks to join Russia," UK Guardian, Shaun Walker in Donetsk and Oksana Grytsenko in Luhansk 

“Instead of previous statements saying it would protect people in the regions with troops if need be, the Kremlin called for dialogue between the government in Kiev and the south-east regions of the country. 

“In Moscow, we respect the will of the people of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions [to declare their independence] and are counting on practical implementation of the outcome of the referendum in a civilised manner, without any repeat of violence and through dialogue,” the Kremlin said.”
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Added: George Bush Middle East invasions began the enslavement of Americans to the war machine. (First published in 2003 as US began Iraq invasion): 

March 19, 2003, “Shine, Perishing Republic: Kiss the good old USA good-bye, say hello to the American Empire,” by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com 

“Can “democracytake root in the arid soil of the Middle East, forcibly implanted and fertilized with plenty of U.S. tax dollars? To the social engineers of the neoconservative persuasion, who see the world as their laboratory, it is an experiment worth conducting. The threat of terrorism, they maintain, cannot be defeated unless we go in and yank it out by its roots – and plant something else to take its place….They see themselves as revolutionaries, and that they are. But their revolution is not directed primarily against foreign tyrants: for even as they put on a great show of “liberating” foreign peoples, they are in the process of enslaving the American people, and destroying the remnants of the Constitution. They are worse than mere hypocrites: they are defilers, who pray loudly even as they desecrate the gravestones of their ancestors. 

The era of the American Republic is over, and age of Empire is begun. Where the US once fought wars in self-defense, it now wages wars of outright conquest. Where once we fought to preserve our constitutional form of government, today we must fight to restore it. The difference is that now we are fighting a rearguard action. The enemy is not only within the gates: he has seized our main headquarters, and is now conducting mop-up operations against such pockets of resistance as still persist....

The war on Iraq is going to be short, but the occupation will a task without end, a heavy burden that will be more than just punishment for our vainglorious “victory.” 

“A future of endless conflicts, perpetual war for perpetual peace, and color-coded terror unto infinity – that is what we have to look forward to…. 

Our old Republic, once the enemy of kings and contemptuous of empires, is now donning the imperial purple…. 

The America we loved is lost, perhaps forever. That is the meaning of this [2003 Iraq] war. The republic that bound its rulers with the chains of the Constitution and freed the rest of us to live in peace is no more.”… 

[Comment: US genocide and money laundering machine will end when it's denied access to US tax dollars. This can be accomplished by breaking up the US into a few parts.]
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Added: Ukraine’s $17 billion IMF bailout in 2014 required Ukraine to continue violence against Russian speaking eastern regions: 

5/1/2014, IMF warns Ukraine on bailout if it loses east,“ CNBC, Catherine Boyle 

“Ukraine, struggling with a stuttering economy…has had its $17 billion International Monetary Fund bailout signed off. But international lenders are already warning of threats to its funding…. 

"Should the central government lose effective control over the east, the program will need to be re-designed.”… 

The IMF predicts Ukraine’s economy to shrink by 5 percent at least this year [2014]. The country has been hidebound by corruption in business and politics….

“This is something of a leap of faith for the IMF and is politically driven by key IMF shareholders to support the [US selected Yats is the guy"] (interim prime minister Arseniy) Yatseniuk “kamikaze” administration in its [alleged] reform efforts,” according to Tim Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank. 

Ukraine will get $3.2 billion straight away to help stabilize its economy, which was already in troubleThe ratio of public sector debt to gross domestic product, a key measure of how heavily the government is indebted, will rise from 41 percent at the end of 2013 to 57 percent at the end of 2014 following the deal.”…
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Added: More on failed US puppet “Yats” who was addicted to oligarchs and created a worse hell in Ukraine than existed before the “revolution:”


Image: 2/7/2014, “Yats” [US puppet] is seen front, right, with l-r Klitschko, and Americans Nuland, and Pyatt in Ukraine, Reuters (“Yats” was selected by the US to be Ukraine’s first post “Maidan revolutionPrime Minister, a job he held for two years, 2014-2016. Yats” of course was addicted to oligarchs, so created an even worse hell in Ukraine than existed before the 2014 US-led “revolution.” Lesson: Never accept US “help” for any reason.) 

The first thing Yats (Yats is the guy") did after Ukraine’s “democracy revolution” in 2014 was to call in the oligarchs, (who control 80-85% of Ukraine’s GDP as of 2015), ask for their help, and give them parts of the “new” government….3/2014, Ukraine Turns to Its Oligarchs for Political Help," NY Times, Andrew E. Kramer, Kiev, Ukraine: The interim governmentis recruiting the country’s wealthy businessmen, known as the oligarchs, to serve as governors of the eastern provinces.”...Two years later in April 2016, “Yats” resigned as Ukraine Premier, having been unable to wean himself from oligarchs: He couldn’t abandon the former practice of consulting the oligarchs before making decisions,” Yuri V. Lutsenko, the head of the president’s faction in Parliament, said in a telephone interview.” 



Image: 3/12/2014, Yats and Obama at the White House, Reuters..."US President Barack Obama smiles while he hosts a meeting with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk [Yats is the guy"] in the White House in Washington, March 12, 2014."




Image, Yats rides in a tank west of Lviv, Ukraine, Reuters, Radio Free Liberty, photos of the week, Oct. 26, 2014 












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Added: 3/10/2014, US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt says US taxpayer funded personnel from FBI, Dept. of Justice, and Dept. of the Treasury are on the ground in Ukraine to help investigate so-called "financial crimes." (When they're done, we could really use their help in the US):


At 1:15, Pyatt: "We have already on the ground here in Ukraine experts from the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Treasury who are working with their Ukrainian counterparts to support the Ukrainian investigation."

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Added: Oligarchs gained even more power after US "help:"

As of Oct. 2017, political influence of some Ukraine oligarchs has only increased since 2014 US led regime change: 

"Since 2014 [through 10/3/2017] there has not been much change [in Ukraine]. Business people continue to hold leading political roles.After the Euromaidan protests [and US regime change], the political influence of some oligarchs increased even further."…10/3/2017
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To defeat Putin, US-led "NATO" built a lavish country club in terrorist infested Brussels conceived in 2005 at cost of $1.23 billion taxpayer dollars. via Assar architects
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