MOSCOW, Feb 9 – RIA Novosti. The working group of the RF OP on countering the dissemination of inaccurate information, public control and Internet security in less than a month revealed over 500 fake messages in connection with illegal actions in Russia, said the head of the working group Alexander Malkevich.
“In less than a month, over 500 fake messages were revealed by us in the Public Chamber only in connection with illegal actions that they tried to carry out in our country. And the number of them is growing, technologies are improving, very serious forces, means and human resources,” Malkevich said on meeting of the coordinating council at the OP for public control over voting.
According to him, the work is going “very professionally … using the most modern social technologies to destabilize the socio-political situation in our country.”
He noted that therefore the commission of the OP RF on the media is now completing work on an educational workshop for regional journalists in terms of countering fake information.
“In parallel, for our interested colleagues from the regions, for public chambers, we are preparing a similar educational program, which we are ready to implement on the basis of regional universities,” Malkevich explained.
According to him, there is not much time before the September 19 elections, so not only the number of fake messages will grow, but also the quality of creativity in the preparation of various kinds of protest actions, including the delegitimization of the electoral process.
“There is no hope that this year we will be able to use our countermeasures technologies successfully implemented last year. We must also improve in countering the weapons that are used against us,” he concluded.
Uncoordinated protest actions took place on January 23 in various cities of Russia and continued on the 31st, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, and on February 2 after the court's decision on Alexei Navalny. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs. President Vladimir Putin stressed that everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous,” all the more so “in no case should minors be pushed forward.”