A sock puppet farm acted in Lutsk, northwestern Ukraine. The group of culprits used it to promote the ideas of "Russian World" in Ukraine, enjoying the funding from the Russian Federation. Press office of the SBU, the Security Service of Ukraine reported that on August 19.
"The criminals used social networks to urge people to breach Ukraine's territorial integrity. Apart from other things, they promoted creation of the so-called "Malorossiya" and "Novorossiya", and for integration of Ukraine's East with "Great Russia", reads the message.
Ukraine's special service reports that the culprits used special devices to conceal their communication channels. The devices were deployed in six various undercover adresses. The wrongdoers created thousands of fake accounts and used them to spread destructive statements in the Internet. They received money in foreign currency across the Russian payment systems.
According to the SBU, one of the organizers of that sock puppet farm is a local resident.
The law enforcers searched the buildings located in all six adresses; they found computers, bank cards, over a thousand SIM cards, financial documents and other materials with proof of illegal activity.