Oliver Stone on Ukraine Protests: "The Truth Is Not Being Aired in the West"
The director is currently working on a movie about Edward Snowden
Oliver Stone has harsh words for the CIA's Ukraine policy.
The Savages director wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency contributed to the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych, whom Stone recently interviewed for the documentary he's directing about Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"[Yanukovych] was the legitimate President of Ukraine, until he suddenly wasn't on Feb. 22 of this year," wrote Stone, who decided to make the documentary after beginning work on a film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Stone's film about Snowden, who has been granted a three-year residency permit by Russia, is based on a novel by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden's Russian lawyer.
Stone believes the CIA contributed to violence at February protests in Ukraine that left more than 100 dead. "It seems clear that the so-called 'shooters' who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third-party agitators," he wrote.
"Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions — with CIA fingerprints on it," Stone continued.
Stone says that the truth about Ukraine hasn't been told by the Western media.
"A dirty story through and through, but in the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of 'Russia in Crimea,' whereas the true narrative is 'USA in Ukraine,' " Stone wrote. "The truth is not being aired in the West."