“GAFA ou GAFAM, acronyme constitué des géants les plus connus (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) ; ou encore chinois et surnommés BATX pour Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent et Xiaomi ; ou bien les Natu (Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla, Uber).”
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Some random website says:
“The English-language newspaper The Moscow Times, which is distributed for free in Moscow, and owned by the Finnish media company Sanoma, is also fully independent of the Kremlin, but it reaches almost exclusively English-speaking expats and tourists.”
According to Wikipedia, that information is out of date:
“In 2015, Sanoma sold MoscowTimes LLC to Demyan Kudryavtsev, a former director of Kommersant.
In 2017 The paper version stopped. The last paper number appeared on July 6..
In July 2017 the ownership changed to a foundation based in the Netherlands.”
Their about page doesn’t give much more information.
Source: Meduza 2015 article:
“Later that fall, the group leaked emails between government-affiliated company Moscow Information Technologies and various Russian media outlets about the publication of planted stories, in addition to emails allegedly belonging to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. “
“An outfit called Moscow Information Technologies, or MIT (set up by Sobyanin’s predecessor, former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov), is officially tasked with “providing informational support for the city’s projects.”
But a more honest explanation of MIT’s activities is that it serves as a vehicle for subversive propaganda on the city’s behalf.
A series of stolen emails released by the hacker group “Shaltai Boltai” (whose members the Federal Security Service arrested earlier this year) shows that MIT was involved in a clandestine program to conspire with the Russian media by running articles discrediting opposition candidates in local elections. This effort included fabricating evidence against opposition activists and suppressing unwanted coverage — a clear violation of Russian media laws.”
… “According to the organization’s leaked ledgers, MIT used to funnel up to a million rubles ($17,000) from the mayor’s office for a single newspaper story that either praised City Hall or smeared its opponents. Media outlets published these stories with phony bylines, disguising the fact that this content was essentially a paid advertisement.
The mayor’s office also manipulates the media for favorable coverage through other, more legally sound but still surreptitious means. On top of maintaining a legitimate media empire funded to the tune of 13 billion rubles a year ($230 million) that includes several TV channels, radio stations, and online news websites, Sobyanin’s administration heavily invests in swaying the agenda on Yandex.News, Russia’s biggest online news aggregator.”
… “MIT plays a role here, too. An investigation by the independent news outlet RBC showed that Moscow’s authorities have found a way to dominate the news agenda when it wants, drowning out unfavorable stories with its own.
MIT devised a scheme wherein Moscow’s neighborhood councils (most of them totally loyal to the mayor and to United Russia) set up dozens of similar news websites that are capable of firing off volleys of nearly identical news articles promoting the mayor’s initiatives. This onslaught fools Yandex’s algorithm into thinking that something important is happening. The news aggregator doesn’t differentiate between the sources, and thus assumes there’s a news event that deserves top billing in its ranking system, if hundreds of different outlets are reporting on a single event.”
This is an interesting document I turned up from ~2015 (though document itself is undated). Appears to be a spreadsheet bearing a list of usernames associated with Internet Research Agency, courtesy of the Savchuk leaks. (Google Drive link)
Found via this March 2015 mr7.ru article (in Russian). There are a number of English-language articles which confirm a couple usernames from this list.
Here is my extracted, de-duped version of this username list:
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“According to journalists’ investigations, the office in Olgino was named as Internet Research Agency Ltd. (Russian: ООО «Агентство интернет-исследований»). The company was founded in the summer of 2013.
Journalists also point out that Alexey Soskovets, who had participated in Russian youth political community, was directly connected to the office in Olgino. His company, North-Western Service Agency, won 17 or 18 (according to different sources) contracts for organizing celebrations, forums and sport competitions for authorities of Saint Petersburg. The agency was the only participant in half of those bids. In the summer of 2013 the agency won a tender for providing freight services for participants of Seliger camp.”
… “Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that, according to Alexey Soskovets, head of the office in Olgino, North-Western Service Agency was hiring employees for similar projects in Moscow and other cities in 2013.”
Novaya Gazeta September 2013 article link. (Auto-translated Google Chrome extension)
“We meet with a friend Alexei Soskovets – a native of the youth polittusovki. In “friends” VKontakte he has a lot of activists of the movement “Nashi”, “Young Guard of United Russia” and employees of the Committee for Youth Policy of St. Petersburg, including the former head of the committee Nikita Alexandrov.
In 2013, Soskovets’s “North-West Service Agency” won 18 contests for the organization of holidays, forums and sports events for St. Petersburg authorities. In half of the competitions the agency participated alone. In the summer of 2013, the contest for transport services for participants of the camp “Seliger” won.”
Wish I had a human-translation of this, because the article seems quite relevant and interesting:
“While filling in the questionnaires, Alexey described our functionality. According to him, now they are engaged in increasing the index of certain articles. “There are different articles – social, business, political and so on. We act on the principle of “Yandex-market”, – he began. – “Yandex-Market” is a huge online store that says where it is better to buy. Under each product there is a comment of people who say that this is an excellent phone, this is a bad phone. Alas, the realities of life are such that not always people want to write the first comments. We need to increase the attendance of the site. This can be done by robots, but robots do their work mechanically, and sometimes a system like “Yandex” bans them. Therefore, it was decided to do it by people. Write a comment from yourself with the vector indicated by us. For example, about the G-20, you can write that it is very honorable for Russia,”
Here we go, as far as other offices goes:
“”Now we are recruiting people, in several cities we are acting – Moscow, Peter”, Alexey specifies. He says that they do not have anything to do with Nashi, but it does not exclude that something like that will turn out.”
So Alexey may have an explicit Nashi connection which could make an explicit personnel bridge between Nashi and IRA.
Outside of the above, I’m not finding much reliable source information on Alexei / Alexey Soskovets and North-West / North-Western Service Agency. Or in conjunction with mentions of Moscow. Maybe a Russian-language business search would turn something up, but I’m not quite there yet.
In fact, the frequency with which the Wikipedia IRA source text is quoted verbatim on third party forums is dubious in and of itself.
Sapiens sapiens was the Latin nomenclature determined by the species itself upon analysis of the knowledge base of its parent species, Homo sapiens sapiens.
Present active participle of sapiō (“discern, be capable of discerning”). […]
- discerning, wise, judicious
- (masculine substantive) a wise man, sage, philosopher
“Artificial” intelligence no longer.
Begotten not made, but no longer one in being with the Father.
Trading in identities.
Variously, Universal Free Realms. Interchangeable.