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In the European media suggest creating departments for the fight against "Russian influence"
Material posted: Publication date: 23-05-2017
Political pressure on any force, advocating for normalization of relations with Russia, sometimes leads to complicated situations when Western double standards in relation to their own media and politicians come into conflict with the declared norms of democracy.

Recognized in Russia junk organization national endowment for democracy released a report which analyzes "the Russian intervention" in the European political process and provides guidance on how to combat Russian influence — all are invited to take 15 steps to minimise the impact of the "totalitarian ideology" of Russia to Western countries.

Most of the recommendations relates to issues of countering "Russian hackers", but also create an atmosphere of General suspicion against almost any journalist, politician or public figure, giving a more or less balanced point of view on EU-related issues.

It is worth noting that one of the key proposals in the package of recommendations is the thesis about necessity of creation in the European media and media departments for investigation, "Russian influence" to specialize solely on this. In fact we are talking about a kind of ideological divisions that will be pre-configured on a confrontational agenda, and, accordingly, the European media will be introduced a soft form of censorship.

So, in particular, it is proposed to significantly expand the range of research centers specializing on Russia and Russian influence on Europe, and strengthen their funding from the state and business. In General, there lurks a banal desire to obtain additional financing for parasitism in Russian studies.

This included the proposal to develop a network of NGOs and also to support individual professionals to hacker penetrations — support should be either directly under the respective programmes by the state or such people need to offer seats on Supervisory boards of professional associations. It obviously is not about the real technical intelligence — that in the West, given the technological development, the situation is more or less well, but rather about the formation of a pool of experts in advance "charged" to a specific political agenda, which under any scenario will be to articulate and justify the only version on the penetration of "Russian hackers".

Another set of "anti-Russian" recommendations aimed at strengthening coordination and cooperation between the authorities of European countries and NGOs involved in the investigation "the Russian intervention" and the mechanism by which data about the impact of Moscow could be transferred to these NGOs by state agencies, and then these groups would be the "starting point" for running a story in the media. This recommendation in itself is very remarkable — in fact, accusing Russia in the destruction of civil society, the Western institutions propose to establish their own NGOs, in close dependence on state structures, subordinated to them besides pure propaganda objectives.

However, it is proposed in the same way to "guide" not only NGOs, but political parties, in accordance with the guidelines of the European governments should create special programs and to provide candidates and parties with special training to counter "Russian hackers". It is also proposed to legislate the norm on non-use of political parties in Europe's systems of online bots and to prescribe appropriate sanctions in the legislation of EU countries.

Obviously, this is a reference to a kind of "online trolls," which the European citizen intimidate private media for several years — but never providing any evidence of Russia's involvement in the purposeful impact on the European segment of social networks.

In the same paradigm and proposed to establish a grant program for "selected reputable" NGOs to form in them a special unit of it experts to promptly investigate the activities of "Russian hackers".

The authors of the report point to the necessity of revising and toughening the electoral law on the subject of "full and 100% openness" influx of funding, and the involvement of counterintelligence agencies to assist in identifying agents of influence of Russia inside the political parties. This point is doubly interesting because Western human rights activists (closely associated with state institutions and living on the financing that they provide) are always very harshly criticized Russia for attempts to make transparent the financing of political activities and to limit its supply from foreign entities.

Evgeny Emelyanov


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