The UCCLA continues to bring light to the attention of Canadian authorities dragging their heels to enforce a court ruling to remove a KGB operative currently hiding out in a local church:
The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched a postcard campaign to pressure the government to deport Mikhail Lennikov, a Burnaby resident and former KGB agent who has been in church sanctuary for more than a year.
In recent weeks, the association has been distributing postcards, which read "No KGB in Canada," to the public and mailing them to politicians, the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
The Canadian government wants to send Lennikov back to Russia because he worked for the KGB for five years in the ’80s. Canadian immigration law states members of an organization that spied on a democratic government are not allowed to stay in the country unless the public safety minister deems they are not detrimental to national security.
Luciuk also questioned "well-intentioned but ignorant MPs" who have thrown their support behind Lennikov.
"The reality of it is it’s not a matter of opinion. The law is clear," he said.
The federal government’s position is the same: "The immigration and refugee board and the courts have determined that Mr. Lennikov is not admissible to Canada under our laws. The removal of admissible individuals is key to maintaining the integrity of the immigration program and to ensuring fairness of those who come to this country lawfully."
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For those new to Lennikov, you can read about the facts of the case, how some sympathetic media are twisting the facts and what they donâ€™t want you to know about it.
Two weeks ago NDP MLA for Surrey-Whalley Bruce Ralston introduced Bill M 207 for Holodomor memorial day, similar legislation which has already passed elsewhere. The Victoria Times Colonist has confirmed that the bill is officially dead – along with every other NDP bill put in front of the majority Liberals:
the Liberals had good reason to cheer on election night. By defeating the NDP at the polls on May 12, Campbell had steered his party into a third straight government majority.
If the NDP doesn’t do a better job of getting some scandals to stick to government, they’ll continue to be ineffective and government will continue to roll out an unopposed agenda, Pilon said.
“I think it speaks to the arrogance of this government, and they are incredibly confident,” he said. “It seems like the Teflon premier rides again.”
BILLS THAT FAILED
The NDP Opposition tabled its own bills, but none received Liberal support, so none passed. Their proposals included:
– Memorial: Designating the fourth Saturday in November as Holodomor Memorial Day, to recognize the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians during Soviet occupation.
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It’s quite sad that politics has got in the way of paying tribute to this crime, but this is the same government who’s helping keep KGB spies in Canada. If you were wondering, yes Lennikov is still hiding in a Lutheran church and continues to receive sympathetic press – but don’t be fooled by the propaganda.
[Victoria Times Colonist]
Last week we gave you the facts about the Lennikov case so you can be informed while left-wing media snuffs out important details in an attempt to keep this KGB spy in Canada, defying the law and a judge order deportation. Some outlets are saying that he feared for his life and was conscripted into the KGB, while claiming he committed no crime acting as an agent for a spy agency that claimed tens of millions of lives in enslavement and murder. But what the media is telling you is quite different than what was testified before a court (emphasis mine):
For anyone interested in this case, I encourage you to read the Federal Court judgment against Lennikov, which at least provides the bare-bones facts. You can find it here:
You’ll find a lot of intriguing information there, including:
– Lennikov did not fear for his personal safety if he refused to join the KGB, testifying that “he did not really fear for his life, but more for his career propects” if he turned the job down.
– His career did prosper after taking the job, as Lennikov was twice promoted within the KGB, rising to the ranks of Senior Lieutenant and Captain.
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For a man who spent a career with the KGB and enforcing its rules, Mikhail Lennikov has a lot of trouble following them from a Canadian judge: Get out of Canada â€“ no spies allowed! If your knowledge of the KGB only comes from movies, it was the Soviet Unionâ€™s secret police – out living Naziâ€™s Gestapo police by 60 years and killed and enslaved more innocent people than Hitler by an order of magnitude!
The facts speak for themselves:
- Lennikov, a former leader of the Communist Youth League, was recruited into the KGB in 1982 after leaving university and worked first as a translator than as a spy for Japanese businesses.
- He left the KGB in 1988, and left Russia in 1995 for Japan.
- He came to Canada in 1997 on a student visa without disclosing his KGB past (otherwise he would have never been admitted).
- Applying for permanent residency in the Fall of 2008, Lennikovâ€™s background as a KGB officer was disclosed and their application was denied under Section 34 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, deemed a security risk and his family ordered to be deported:
34. (1) A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on security grounds for
(a) engaging in an act of espionage or an act of subversion against a democratic government, institution or process as they are understood in Canada;
(b) engaging in or instigating the subversion by force of any government;
(c) engaging in terrorism;
(d) being a danger to the security of Canada;
(e) engaging in acts of violence that would or might endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada; or
(f) being a member of an organization that there are reasonable grounds to believe engages, has engaged or will engage in acts referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).
- March 2009 -Â Lennikovâ€™s wife and son were granted permanent residency in March on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
- June 1 2009 – A judge denied the appeal of Lennikov, disputing the man’s claim his life would be at risk in Russia as he would be considered a traitor.
- June 3 2009 – Lennikov was ordered to board a flight for Vladivostok, Russia, but has taken sanctuary with his family at First Lutheran Church by Rev. Richard Hergesheimer.
- Since then there hasnâ€™t been many updates, besides some opportune political photo-ops.
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From Burnaby News Leader:
A local Russian family has lost its bid to stay in Canada after Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan turned down its special application to remain in the country.
At issue is Mikhail’s past as a former KGB agent, recruited from university to spy on Japanese businessmen visiting the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
This article is basically just an update from an earlier write up in the Vancouver Sun, with minor edits to be more sympathetic to their situation.
Burnaby News Leader:
He says he was coerced into joining the spy agency and eventually quit.
Lennikov has maintained that he was virtually coerced into joining the KGB and that he was always looking for a way to quit.
Burnaby News Leader:
The family left the country after learning he was marked as a traitor and faced retribution.
He was dismissed from the KGB in 1988 on the grounds that he was incapable of service after submitting a report to his superiors explaining why wasn’t suitable for employment.
But after he left he received a number of warnings from KGB contacts that he was a marked man and was considered a traitor, he said.
Burnaby News Leader:
They moved to Canada in 1997, when Dmitri was only six. Mikhail was open about his past when the family applied for permanent residency status.
The family was denied permanent residency in Canada by an immigration officer after Lennikov’s background as a KGB officer was disclosed.
The issue received lots of press in the Fall, mostly sympathetic to the Lennikovs but some not.Â Last week Ukemonde pointed out an Op-Ed in the Winnipeg Press called “KGB killers enjoy life in Canada” that highlights KGB officers – torturers and murderes who still reside in Canada and must be removed.