Russia’s military spy agency, the GRU, launched a covert influence operation — one that presaged what Moscow has done in the United States two years later. The campaign was part of an all-out propaganda offensive against the new government in Kyiv and pro-Western demonstrators. This was reported by The Washington Post.
Its goal was to influence key decision-makers and the wider public to pave the way for the Russian military action that was launched Feb. 27th with the seizure of the Crimean parliament building by armed men, according to a classified GRU report obtained by The Washington Post. Crimea was ultimately annexed by Russia.
The report provides a unique window into one GRU team’s effort across six days in 2014. Starting the day after Yanukovych’s fall, the military spies created a slew of fake personas on the social media platforms of Facebook and its Russian equivalent VKontakte, or VK for short. The personas were meant to represent ordinary people from across Ukraine who were disillusioned with opposition protests at Kiev’s central square, called the Maidan.
By the morning of February 22, 2014, it was clear that the government of Viktor Yanukovych, the beleaguered pro-Russian president of Ukraine, had fallen, amid protests sparked by his decision not to move toward a closer relationship with the European Union.
Yanukovych’s Russian allies denounced his political collapse as a “coup,” and the crisis became a flash point in relations between the Kremlin and the West.
As it was reported earlier the court in ex-Berkut case satisfied the request to question the Georgian “snipers” regarding shooting during Euromaidan.
Earlier, the lawyer of "ex-Berkuts" Oleksandr Horoshynsky said that two witnesses in the murder case on the Maidan are ready to testify. It is about two citizens of Georgia, - Aleksandr Revasishvili and Koba Nergadze.