Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Russians Active Measures Support Both Sides

Russians Active Measures Support Both Sides --- ===


*Sources

Russian-Backed Facebook Accounts Staged Events Around Divisive ...
https://www.wsj.com/.../russian-backed-facebook-accounts-organized-events-on-all-sides...Oct 30, 2017 - They publicized or financed at least 60 events—on all sides of most polarizing ... Theevents show that the Russian-linked account activity went far beyond ... People representing “Black Matters US,” one of the Russia-backed ...

[pro and anti-police ] 

July 2016, as outrage swelled over fatal shootings in Dallas and Minneapolis, alleged social-media agitators tied to Russia worked quickly to capitalize on the emotionally charged atmosphere.

Workers linked to a Russia-based firm organized two gatherings, both for July 10: In Dallas, a “Blue Lives Matter” rally honored the five police officers slain there on July 7; and near Minneapolis, nearly 300 people rallied in support of Philando Castile, a man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.

. At least 60 rallies, protests and marches were publicized or financed by eight Russia-backed Facebook accounts from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.,

[anti-Islam]

At least 22 of the 60 events actually took place, such as a May 2016 protest of an Islamic center in Houston planned by “Heart of Texas”, a Russia-created page that supported Texas secession

 and posted the “Blue Lives Matter” rally in Dallas two months later. On June 25, 2016, following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla, 

[pro-gay]

“LGBT United” organized a candlelight vigil, where one of the victim’s brothers spoke. Both were covered by local media and attracted a dozen or more attendees.


Were the Russians Playing Both Sides? - The American Interest
https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/07/28/russians-playing-sides/
Jul 28, 2017 -They publicized or financed at least 60 events—on all sides of most polarizing issues—before and after the 2016 election  It is now widely known that the Russian government interfered in the ... support for theMagnitsky Act, the bill Browder backed that froze the ...

it is too simplistic to think about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election as the product of a single, streamlined campaign with a clear objective devised by the Kremlin. Competing Russian oligarchs, government officials, and intelligence agencies have different interests and are prone to freelancing. As Graham says, it’s quite possible that the Russians were collecting dirt on both sides in a bid to sow chaos above all else.  

Russia Bought Ads Against Both Sides! - Patheos
www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2017/11/russia-facebook-ads-targeted-both-sides/
Nov 3, 2017 - [Russia Facebook Ad] The Russians are being accused of intervening into the U.S. presidential election in support of Donald Trump. But the ...


How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online ...
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/us/.../russian-operatives-facebook-twitter.htmlFeb 18, 2018 - Both sides were organized by Russian groups. .... Americans but also to denigrate Hillary Clinton and support her rivals, mainly Mr. Trump. The ...

their English sometimes seemed a little odd. [supporting both black and white nationalists]

“We are looking for friendship because we are fighting for the same reasons,” someone purporting to be with an online group calling itself Blacktivist wrote via Twitter to the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, a Baltimore pastor, in April 2016. “Actually we are open for your thoughts and offers.”

In late October 2016, in Nederland, Tex., the Texas Nationalist Movement got a Facebook message from someone representing a group called Heart of Texas, which planned to organize rallies in favor of Texas secession on the eve of the election. But on a follow-up call, “something was off,” said Daniel Miller, the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement.


Russian Strategy and Europe’s Refugee Crisis By J.R. Nyquist and Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea
https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Russia_Refugee_05-28-18.pdf
Moreover,
the Russian leaders still function according to a mentality shaped by Marxist dialectics, which
says that progress results from the constant struggle between contrary elements.
It looks like the West is only now discovering that, for instance, Russian internet trolls
simultaneously support a certain cause and its contrary.30
Bostan has laid out one of Russia’s key strategies. He says this kind of strategy is
“difficult” for the West to understand. As Rudyard Kipling expressed it, “East is East,
and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” At some point in the future, however,
the West must learn to appreciate Russia’s “scissors strategy” – “that Russia usually acts on
both sides of a … conflict.” If there is one central lesson to be drawn from this study,
Bostan has underscored it.
In their Atlantic Council article, “From Russia with Hate,” Péter Krekó and Lóránt Győri
explain how Polish counterintelligence “is currently investigating Mateusz Piskorski, the
leader of the Polish leftist party … as well as former activists of the far-right Polish
Congress of the New Right (KNP) on charges of espionage on behalf of Russia.”31 Here
is the classic Russian “scissors strategy” at work.