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Friday, December 9, 2016

Investigative journalists: the “Kremlin trolls” writing petitions on the White house website USA


The community of investigative journalists of OCCRP, earlier it became known by the publication of documents about the Panama offshore, made with the exposure of the “Kremlin trolls”, which, in their view, compose, place the petition on the White house website, U.S. to repeal the Magnitsky act.


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As proof, reporters cite the text of that petition, which appeared on 23 April. It demands the abolition of the Magnitsky act (ban on entry into the U.S. of Russian officials responsible for human rights violations and, in particular, the death of a lawyer in prison) is motivated by the fact that he had been adopted under pressure from the ex-head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Magnitsky’s employer, businessman William Browder.

A substantial portion of the text of the petition, the author of which was signed by the pseudonym R. T., 19 APR appeared in the blog of a certain Ilya Ukhova, which Russian media called the blogger, the journalist, the sociologist.

While OCCRP recalls that in 2012, the leaks from former press Secretary of the Pro-Kremlin youth movement “Nashi” Kristina Potupchik, it became known that Ukhov was a member of an organized group whose goal was to discredit opposition politicians, in particular — Boris Nemtsov.

At the same time for a day before placing of the petition Ukhov wrote an article about it on the website Life, and when the White house removed it from its website, accused the U.S. government of the mockery of democracy. At the same time he informed called to vote for the petition everyone, noting that it does not require verification of identity and proof of U.S. citizenship.

The second petition, directed against the person of Khodorkovsky, appeared on the White house website on June 14. In it former head of Yukos, was accused of financing the campaign of Barack Obama. Later, this same question was asked him and a reporter of REN-TV, that Khodorkovsky suggested not to be distracted by idiots”.

The text of the petition, again signed with Latin initials, was based ostensibly on the article of a certain Mike Rogers, which quickly was translated into Russian language and distributed at the Pro-Kremlin sites. While Rogers told journalists that merely provided the material to his name and earns a promotion of the various texts on the Network. True customer of publication he did not name, adding only that he did not know him personally.

On 9 July, the petition was removed from the White house website because of the cheating votes (real signatures under it were 6 thousand, compared to 90 thousand in total). Soon almost the identical text appeared on the website of the White house again, but he bugey was marked as having a high level of spam activity.

In addition to these data, the OCCRP revealed a large number of Russian-language social media accounts, specifically Purusha described above petition.

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