Facebook Inc. removed a network of more than 500 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and targeted audiences in support of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, according to a new report from the social media company.
The campaign relied on fake accounts to post critical or irrelevant content with hashtags associated with protests in January that backed the imprisoned opposition leader, a phenomenon known as hashtag poisoning, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy. The process involves posting irrelevant or critical content to drown out relevant information and redirect the conversation. In some cases, fake users posted memes suggesting protesters got Covid-19.
Facebook’s automatic systems often detected and removed the fake accounts, prompting the bad actors to create new ones, so there were never 500 accounts in operation at the same time, Gleicher said.
The social media campaign targeted domestic audiences throughout demonstrations attended by tens of thousands of protesters in dozens of cities over the weekends of Jan. 23 and 31. The protests provoked a violent response from authorities, who accuse Navalny of working with foreign governments to try to destabilize the regime.
A video on my YouTube channel showing a violent protester of North Caucasus origin fighting the police was removed on grounds that violence is not allowed on the website. However, my channel contains other videos that could be interpreted as violent, why was this chosen? Maybe because it was posted shortly after the protests and would conflict with the Western media narrative of the protesters being “mostly peaceful.” My Twitter account was suspended because I criticized Navalny. And this leads me to believe that there was a command from somewhere to censor any critical content related to Alexey Navalny.
Guys, I am amazed about the level of discourse concerning the jailing of Navalny…
Alexey Navalny has a reputation of a fraudster, who has a contempt of court. Remember Kirov les? Now the authorities stepped in, and finally jailed the guy. The reason he was getting away from jail for so long, despite the many cases of fraud against him, is partially due to foreign pressure. And you see European parliamentarians, foreign minsters, members of national assemblies, presidents and prime ministers do not care whether Navalny is guilty as charged, all they care about is that he is a pro-Western rabble rouser that is going to jail and will not be able to influence the kiddies…
Markéta Gregorová is a Czech MEP representing the leftist Pirate Party, who almost constantly makes statements critical of Russia. The main object of her critique is the Russian law on foreign agents that she calls an attack on civic society. Because it ain’t civic society unless it is financed from abroad by George Soros…
It does not matter that he is guilty before the Russian courts. What matters is that it was without a doubt proven that there was an order to have him killed as was proven not only by the investigative group Bellingcat?
So, the Russian court does not matter. It does not matter that the Yves Rocher case was purely commercial, it was launched by the Russian branch of the Yves Rocher, and Navalny was given a suspended sentence, and he was now jailed for failing to fulfil the requirements of that suspended sentence.
Bellingcat? Are you kidding me? The same people that have uncritically peddled Ukrainian secret service fakes regarding the doomed MH17 flight? Here on this blog I let my dog tear apart Belligcat.
Oliver Carroll has allowed himself one of the most idiotic and uninformed comparisons on Twitter…
The term “animal show” was likely inspired by “zveriachi bobyt’ia” (animalistic beatings), a term coined by the Ukrainian media, who were almost ubiquitously for the Maidan. It was almost like the owners of the media supported what was happening in central Kiev. Also, the revolution was not just televised but it was properly organized with media support, buses, food, blankets, tents, portable toilets etc. Furthermore, the state apparatus was paralyzed by sabotage an inaction.
The Russians in fact have more self worth because they would not wreck their country like the Ukrainians did. Imagine if anyone tried Maidan in Ollie’s native United Kingdom, how long would he last? Besides, this British interloper appears to support the opposition tactic of drawing out the kiddies, that is mobilizing teenagers for protest. I think the Russians are masochists allowing this creature to live and work in Russia.
And also, the claims that children were beaten are in themselves a propaganda tactic. In Kiev, it was later discovered that many of those beaten children were over 30.
I made a screen shot back then but got to writing this post only now…
In total, around 20 representatives of the diplomatic mission in Russia attended the hearing. The support for this petty criminal in the West is overwhelming. In the Czech Republic, the Senate voted to condemn the trial of Alexey Navalny. The Parliament and the presidential office remained neutral, which is commendable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not and engaged in shameful and unproductive virtue signaling by summoning the Russian ambassador.
Anywhere else in Europe and North America we have witnessed absolutely baseless attempts to condemn the Russian justice system for trying to their job. And I wonder, do the Russian political attachés in Western countries also visit trials of local dissidents? The Russian diplomats are often not allowed to attend trials of their own citizens.
One only wonders whether there would be any Russia at all?
In Ukraine, the local nationalist crowd seem to hate Alexey Navalny and think that he would be just like Putin. A video that has surfaced from recent protests in support of Navalny, which also took place in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, which shows a confrontation between a Russian speaking individual, who says that “The sooner Putin is removed, the sooner Crimea will return back to Ukraine.” To which the nationalists say that Navalny is no different from Putin to put in decent terms…
The fist gentleman represents the globalist point of view on Russia. To them any Russia that acts independently of the West is a problem. And they prefer a manageable Russia, preferably carved up into small manageable pieces. Carve it up like Africa and create new nations in Cossackia, Siberia, Moskovia etc. with new mickey mouse identities a la Ukraine and Belarus, that will be too weak and prone to outside influence, where the West could control the regimes, and if need be support friendly regimes militarily to quell any resistance. NATO countries like my own have a lot of experience in chasing a variety of savages in exotic lands. The Czech troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan and Mali for instance. And I have met Czech soldiers in Jordan rather recently.
Maybe I am exaggerating but I think it was Brzezinski, who said something along these lines. And I hear from other sources invested in influencing countries in the Former Soviet Union that this belief may not be all that uncommon. The wish for an absolutely compliant regime in the Kremlin is definitely there. The idea that the Russians act wrongly and they need to be punished for their actions is certainly almost ubiquitous in Western political circles.
One of glaring transgressions of Putin against the West was the annexation of Crimea in Spring 2014. In 2014, following an unconstitutional overthrow of power in Kiev, the Kremlin found the guts to take a Russian majority peninsula that hitherto belonged to Ukraine under its protection thus saving the people from political repression and forcible Ukrainisation. And also saving Russia from the humiliation of having to vacate their naval base. And the question is, would president Navalny do the same?
If we look back to an interview Navalny did with Ksenia Sobchak, he made his point on Crimea clear. He said that the referendum in 2014 was faked and that it would need to be repeated. To which Ksenia answered that what is the point of even suggesting a referendum with international observers when the West will not accept in anyway? Navalny also called for sanctions against Russian officials on the pages of the New York Times. (hat tip Anatoly Karlin) Navalny is basically a puppet, who is completely afraid of saying anything that could anger his Western handlers, and even if we assume that he does not have Western handlers, which is hard to do with every Western politician coming out in his support, he is surrounded by people, who are definitely in the pockets of Western interests. But we can of course give him the benefit of a doubt and assume that he will become a Russian patriot upon becoming a president. How then will he be different from Putin? Does Russia need Navalny?
Apart from Ruslan Shavetdinnov, whose case has been widely reported by the likes of the Washington funded RFE/RL, the rest of the individuals I have covered are low level activists really. This time, I discovered the brother and husband of Lyubov Sobol, the Moscow resident activist, and close Navalny comrade.
The information is now relatively dated, it actually comes from 2016 but it has resurfaced recently, and it is worth reposing here because it adds to the series I was running.
It turns out, the brother of Lyubov Sobol, Grigory Musatov took active part in the Euromaidan.