Russia is trying to influence the voting results of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines the winners of the Oscar. This is stated in The New York Times newspaper from February 21.
It is noted that the Kremlin wants to prevent the winning of two documentary films that "provoke anger" against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is the movie about the war in Syria "The Last Men in Aleppo" by Syrian director Feras Fayyad and the investigation by American Brian Vogel names "Icarus" - about the Russian state doping program.
According to Fayyad, his work, as well as members of the film crew, were targeted for criticism of Russian media and attacks of Internet trolls.
Vogel was forced four times to change the location of his production office, use different phones and carefully hide the whereabouts of the protagonist of the film - the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov.
Vice President of the Carnegie Endowment Andrew Weiss explained to the newspaper that "dirty media campaigns" using attacks in social networks are the "standard operating procedure" that the Russian Federation uses against its alleged enemies.