Armed Forces "Aggressive" Pills and Rewards on eBay. How the Russian factory of lies works
"The more absurd the lie, the easier it will be believed"
Among the fruits of the routine work of the Russian factory of lies, the following news attracted attention: "The Ukrainian cinematographic association organized a petition with an appeal to the president of the Cannes Film Festival with the request that Ukrainians be filmed in every European film."
In fact, the news is so absurd that, according to Solovyov, no one heard it, not even from Z-channel. In addition, it has not been confirmed by anything and anyone, which is revealed thanks to an elementary search.
But it is interesting precisely because of the series: "the more absurd the lie, the more willing it is to be believed".
Such serial "fakes" have been extensively investigated. It is dedicated to the pro-Kremlin organization ANO "Dialog", which promotes the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, but also creates anti-Ukrainian lies and promotes propaganda narratives on social networks.
For example, last summer "warrior" Kots wrote the following post: "Sent from a subscriber from Kharkiv. Advertisements in different parts of the city from the local ZHEK. They ask to leave their apartments open so that Teroboronmen can equip firing positions there if necessary. " (Similar messages were published on several other channels).
A month later, these posts, as an example of widespread false information, were included in one of the reports that "Dialog" regularly sent to the Kremlin. This case was marked as a "successful exercise", because the Kharkiv authorities came out with a refutation of the lie and thus it reached the Ukrainian audience.
"Actually, it was the door of the Moscow entrance," admits the interlocutor of the author of the investigation, who cooperated with "Dialog". In Moscow, on the territory of the "Red Rose" business center, where the "Dialogue" office is located, another fake was made: leaflets that allegedly appeared on the walls of houses in Germany in the name of local Muslims, calling on Ukrainian refugees to leave the country. This "news" was transmitted by the channel "Ukraine.ru" with more than 300,000 subscribers. The source of the news is stated as follows: "They are writing to us".
Another way of working - creating fake news about Ukraine and Ukrainians - appeared in "Dialogue" a few months after the invasion began. Various schemes were used, including fake accounts. News allegedly "inserted" by eyewitnesses, using fake names and photos of people from social networks, on the main Telegram channels. An employee of one of the Telegram channels said that "attempts to spread the news were as stupid as possible." For example, a "resident of Moscow" writes that her brother from Germany reports how tired the Germans are of Ukrainian refugees there, referring to recordings of correspondence or some posts on the same wall.
Or the "residents of Kherson", who complained of persecution by the SBU. And as a result, tag a person, on an account created the day before, with photos taken from the social network of a third, randomly selected person.
" Therefore, the employees of "Dialog" were given the task to somehow respond to the information facilities in Ukraine.
"Dialog" is responsible for spreading the following fake news about Ukraine and the defense forces:
1. soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine started selling their awards on the eBay platform;
2. it turned out that high-ranking representatives of the Ukrainian authorities are the owners of expensive real estate in Switzerland;
3. in Poland, Ukrainian refugees are offered "humiliating" jobs;
4. the mobilization of women began in Ukraine;
5. Ukrainian soldiers are given pills that increase aggression.
In addition, "Dialog" is involved in the creation of the "Tribunal" project - a website and a Telegram channel (with 70,000 subscribers), where files of Ukrainian "war criminals" are collected, as well as texts about "crimes of the Nazis from Azov" that are published.
Telegram channel War against Counterfeiting also cooperated with Dialog. It appeared at the very beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, now it has more than 600,000 subscribers (they managed to collect half a million of them already in the first (!) week of the invasion, which may indicate a fraud). The channel positions itself as a platform that "exposes false" information, but in fact spreads propaganda narratives under the guise of verification.
For example, in one of the posts, the rocket attack on the pizzeria in Kramatorsk, whose victims were 12 civilians, was "an attack on the place of accommodation of foreign mercenaries". And the rocket attack on a residential building in Dnieper in the winter of this year, when 46 people were killed, was declared by the "War against fakes" to be "a gas explosion resulting from the work of Ukrainian air defense forces."
There is also a "Dialogue" instruction on how to "expose false information" if there is not even the slightest reason to refute it. The instruction suggests discrediting news sources: reproaching the author for "not attaching photos and videos to confirm his words" or "referring to anonymous sources." Or you can indicate who might benefit from the spread of false information: "Ukraine wants to demoralize Russian citizens."