Listen to this article Report Suggests Russia Organizing Protests To Spread Anti-Ukraine Propaganda
The Aim of Staged Demonstrations
According to the leaked documents, the staged demonstrations aim to create anti-Ukraine sentiment or to make Sweden’s NATO accession more difficult. Moscow recommends small groups of Russian agents simulate fake protests in major European cities to achieve this goal. Some Kremlin-directed fake protests have already taken place, including anti-Turkish rallies where agents pretend to be Ukrainians, while agitating against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is apparently intended to give the impression of a broad anti-Islamic mood in Europe.
Provocateurs Hijack Other Protests
The leaked papers suggest that provocateurs also infiltrated demonstrations in several cities, such as those on the nursing shortage, pension reform, and climate change, to spread propaganda directed against support for Ukraine. The goal is to generate propaganda material for internet platforms. The Russian strategy paper lists several cities to target, including Paris, The Hague, Brussels, and Frankfurt.
Examples of Fake Demonstrations
There is belief that some demonstrations directed by the Kremlin have already occurred, including a demonstration that allegedly involved members of a Ukrainian community in Paris at the beginning of March.They demonstrated against Erdogan by using a Hitler salute and balaclava and also mocked the victims of the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria in February.
The propaganda war for Ukraine continues, and the Russian secret services are doing their best to wage it.Furthermore photos of the fake demonstrators have circulated on social media, appearing to give the impression of widespread anti-Ukraine sentiment in western European countries. Journalists have traced the origin of some of the content back to three social media accounts that are controlled from the Russian city of St. Petersburg.
No Comment from Kremlin
When asked to comment on the allegations, the Kremlin did not respond. Although the authenticity of the leaked documents cannot be verified, the links and information given therein actually lead to demonstrations that took place as described.
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