The British newspaper the Guardian broke a story about that Russian football fans involved in the fighting in Marseille and Lille for Euro 2016 are not ordinary hooligans, and members of the security services. According to the newspaper, all of these riots were sanctioned by the Kremlin.
The publication claims that a significant number of Russians who participated in a well-coordinated attacks on English fans in Marseille, and Lille were unable to relate to “power structures” of Russia.
The publication believes that the riots are a continuation of the process which was called as the Russian campaign a “hybrid war”. Experts of the British government fear that this was a deliberate tactic and a ploy on the one hand to demonstrate the power of Russia, and on the other to show Russian citizens that the rest of the world lined up against her.
The newspaper reminds that after a fight in Marseilles, there was the fake Twitter accounts that spread information that the Russian fans were provoked, and a number of Russian officials in social networks supported the actions of the fans.
Read the article about how the journalist “MK” experienced the hatred of the British and came from under them with tear gas.
The publication reports that two English fans Andrew Bach from Portsmouth, and Stuart gray from Hinckley, Leicestershire are currently in a coma after being beaten by the Russians, armed with hammers and iron bars.
A government source told the publication that it is difficult to prove the fact that the riots were sanctioned by the Kremlin, but in Whitehall you can see that some Russian fans were power structure. However this statement is also left without proof.
Perhaps we are talking about the statement of the head of British police at Euro 2016 Mark Roberts, who said that the actions of the Russian fans was the most serious and coordinated what he saw for 10 years and that about 150 of them wore mouth Boxing mouth guards had fingerless gloves and bandanas.
This fact, of course, can prove that these fans were preparing for fights, but does not prove the fact of belonging to the security forces. The fan movement involved in skirmishes in Russia, have long used similar equipment.
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