Ukraine’s “Ministry of Truth” is hiring Internet trolls (and spies?)

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2/23/2015

Ukrainian Ministry of Truth is Hiring Bots. A SmallInvestigation.

By Geoboris

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

The Ukrainian Ministry of Truth [officially the Ministry of
Information Policy] debuted a new resource: http://i-army.org/.
There you can join the team of bots who will then proceed to troll the internet
with their “objective” and “free” opinions.

What exactly is this resource? Most importantly, who
established it?

After examining the html code, it becomes clear that the
whole point of the site is to create a database of email addresses in order to
distribute messages using the getresponse.com service. We can even see how many
people have signed up. [A little over 13 thousand as of Monday evening].

The project is hosted on the US CloudFlare hosting service.
It seems that all the functions of the resource are using that hosting service.
The site uses Yandex Metrika statistics as well as Google Analytics. And here
we catch our hero:

The counter number UA-3789523 can be found through search
engines and, apart from other sites, also yields a personal web page belonging
to Andrey Bogdanovich, a journalist and the deputy chair of the “Democratic
Alliance” political party.

He is also the director of several business projects,
including the Web101 web studio, whose clients include…the Russian Embassy to
Ukraine!

Andrey is also an active member of the administrative
commission at the Kiev City Administration and collects funds for the punitive
operation on the Donbass.

Here is an interesting detail: Andrey completed a number of
courses for “young leaders,” including administered by Ivan Ninenko the Deputy
Director of Transparency International—Russia. While international branches of
foreign organizations are not the topic of this post, perhaps someone else will
take up this line of investigation.

In addition, the UA-37889523  also yields the site skoty.info, on which “peaceful
demonstrators” were compiling lists of  inconvenient
individuals.

This completes the portrait of a “democratic activist” who
conceals the fact of his participation in a propaganda project of Ukraine’s
Ministry of Truth.

J.Hawk’s Comment: The site in question indicates that once you sign up, you will receive further instructions on the missions to be carried out on the internet. One has to also consider the possibility
that, in view of that last tidbit of information, the purpose of the “Information
Troops” is not just to spread propaganda but to report those who speak ill of
the junta. We have seen several cases of individuals being accused of high
crimes (including treason) for merely opposing the Ukrainian military mobilization.
The idea may well be not merely to flood the internet with propaganda but to identify
and suppress the opposition as well. 

But, being a nationally conscious cyber-cyborg, I have signed on, and received the following reply:

My first mission (should I accept it) is to recruit as many of my friends as possible into Ukraine’s “Information Troops”. Further instructions will follow shortly! I can hardly wait…
 

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