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UK Gov pays big money to ‘Demonize Russian politicians’

This extract from a form describing a project to be funded by the United Kingdom’s inter-agency “Conflict Pool” indicates one of the ways HMG is spending British tax money.

In the wake of the latest of the endless outcries about “Russian trolls” in Western media, this should be of interest to all who may be interested in the truth of the matter — or as close as we can come to that, at least.


Documents posted on the web reveal a high-level anti-Russian propaganda war being waged in south and eastern Ukraine by the US, the UK and NATO on behalf of the Kiev Government, using non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as agents.

According to the Drakula blog, the West is raising its game in its campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin. While it is — on the one hand — pumping up the military volume by moving NATO and US hardware nearer to the Ukraine and Russian borders, it is also playing a hybrid war by pumping funds into an anti-Russian propaganda war.

NATO documents show that a “co-ordination meeting on StratCom training for Ukraine” was held in Riga, Latvia on February 19, 2015 as part of its “on-going capacity building programme”.

StratCom stands for Strategic Communication, which means dealing with the “inability of Ukrainian media to provide sufficient reach for the south/east of the country; vast reach of media originating from Russia; lack of strong Public Broadcaster; lack of success stories; [and] lack of trust of the population of the south/eastern regions in the central government”.

The NATO document reveals the Kiev Government has a “weak Public Affairs capacity” and sets out proposals to counter Russian influence and tackling what it describes as a lack of cross-government work and co-ordination as well as a lack of understanding of the importance of “national narrative”.

“Decreasing the Russian Information Influence”

all-troubles-on-putinFurther documents reveal a project run by the UK Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence worth $360,500 with the purpose of: “National reconciliation in Ukraine through effective communication for restoring public trust and empowering of the participatory democracy mechanisms using regional media coverage, counteraction to Russian information influence”.

It outlines a pro-Kiev propaganda battle using Ukrainian agencies including the Ukrainian Institute for International Politics (UIIP); the Analytical Center for Geopolitical Studies ‘Borysfen Intel’ (BI); and the Department of the civil-military cooperation, HQ of the armed forces.

Sputnik News has independently gained confirmation of the existence of the Conflict Pool project through the UK Department for International Development and the British Embassy in Kiev.

Read more at Sputnik News

7 Comments

  1. Jen says

    At the very least the British government should have allocated some of that money on improving its public servants’ spelling and grammar and punctuation skills when writing documents, and on proof-reading the results before printing copies. But even in the smallest things, as elsewhere, the Cameron government just doesn’t seem to care or comprehend the damage it’s doing and the extent of it.

  2. Why waste all that money when The Guardian is already doing the job so very effectively? All they have to do is to begin dstribution of a Russian language edition in the Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine.

  3. Theodorakis says

    This stuff is blood-curdling indeed. After following a few links I stumbled upon this part in Document 111 (drakulablogdotcom3.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/111.png)
    “Challenges for Ukraine
    3. The following specific Ukrainian challenges were identified
    … Population located in the east and do not want/cannot leave the conflict zone”
    This, I think is as close to “desirable depopulation” or “ethnic cleansing” as it could be. Europe’s worst nightmares seem to be bubbling in NATO’s cauldron.

    • Indeed. And ‘facts on the ground’ certainly don’t call your assessment into question. Even conservative official estimates tell us that at least a third of the entire population of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts have either been internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighboring nations as Kiev’s attacks have continued. The real numbers, of course, are almost certainly much larger, and we know that the places subject to the worst and most persistent assaults have been nearly emptied of their populations.

      What we are seeing is certainly a case of ethnic cleansing, and the evidence continues to build that it is no accident.

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