May 17, 2022

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Russia is using the “goblin factory” to issue its London warning


The report, which did not identify its authors for security reasons, said the report “shows how the Kremlin uses a giant factory to spread lies on social media and in the comments of highly visited sites.” The UK Foreign Office said in a statement. .

According to the report, Russia’s misinformation campaign is “designed to manipulate international public opinion regarding the Russian war in Ukraine”. According to research, pro-Russian activists employ telegram trolls who target Western media accounts and leaders on social media and receive money to relay the pro-Kremlin campaign.

Among the targeted leaders are Boris Johnson, but not German Chancellor Olaf Scholes or Joseph Borel, the head of European diplomacy.

Taft Punk, David Gutta and the German metal band Rammstein have also been targeted as part of this vicious campaign that is very active on Instagram, YouTube and Dictac.

Another technique used by these trolls is to amplify the posts of ordinary users heading in the direction of the Kremlin and provide more visibility, the study said. Social networks are a way to escape from the activities that fight against misinformation on their sites.

A group called the “Cyber ​​Front Z” in the Telegram is said to be at the center of the maneuver, and has rented out its premises at a former arms factory in St. Petersburg. The British ministry says the group is suspected of being linked to Yevgeny Prikogin, who is close to the Kremlin and has been accused of meddling in Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. Mr Brigadier General Lukashenko was one of London’s allies with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“The Kremlin and its giant factories cannot be allowed to occupy our online spaces with their lies,” said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. “The UK government has warned its foreign partners and will continue to work with allies and online sites to counter Russian actions.”