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This is part 3 of Undermining Russia investigation.
Part 1 is available here.
Part 2 is available here.
Here you can download a complete archive containing more than 200 FCO files on Undermining Russia:
Capacity Building in the Russian Media
It's time to turn our attention to the CDMD operations inside Russia. They are aimed at working with the Russian journalists. And we simply can't understand why this KGB Evil State allowed dozens of its journalists and online influencers to go to Britain for retraining. However, the fact remains. It seems that only the journalists working in the self-proclaimed 'Force For Good' have to hide in foreign embassies only to eventually get jailed in HM Prison Belmarsh. Looks like there's more freedom of speech in Russia than there is in the UK. If the Russian embassy in the UK transferred British journalists to Russia for retraining, would the Integrity Initiative tell us that those journalists were Kremlin puppets, we wonder?
UK embassy Moscow and the FCO define the goals.
Terms of Reference https://ufile.io/4377knx1
Who do you think was among the first to mount a bid? It was Thomson Reuters Foundation, a great friend of CDMD's ZINC Network that is also engaged in establishing 'independent' media in the Baltic States and nurturing investigative YouTubers in Russia. They disclose their extensive networks in Russia and the number of journalists that have been 'exposed to new perspectives and critical thinking'. We wonder if the journalists realised they became a part of the FCO's global operation to overthrow Russian government, when those smiling UK diplomats and such an honourable organisation as Reuters invited them to Great Britain. That's unlikely.
15k journalists and bloggers worldwide and 400 in Russia, 20 courses.
Methodology. Pay attention to the real journalism. And again, we remind you that real journalists in the UK partake of Her Majesty's hospitality in Belmarsh.
Despite their 'openness' they were quite afraid of the Russian Government. And the FCO was the risk owner.
We don't usually show you the parts of the bids dedicated to monitoring and evaluation so as not to make our long reads even longer, but this one is extremely important because the essence of the whole project is described in one sentence: 'the primary objective is to expose participants to British culture and values and improve perception'.
We think the following people are of special interest.
TRF bid on Capacity Building in the Russian Media
Enhancing journalistic standards in Russia
This is the second part of the Russia project. The FCO and the UK embassy in Moscow moved from capacity building to enhancing journalistic standards. Pay attention to the wording. It is much sterner and more specific.
Note that the FCO in its previous project only asked 'to develop their skills and capacity whilst contributing to a greater understanding of UK journalistic standards and ethics'. Now it asks for more.
Now they order that Russian journalists be enabled to understand the UK media standards and that a network of project participants across the country be created. This project will support a wider regional HMG programme to counter the Russian government's narrative and domination of the media and information scene.
WTF!? The UK embassy in Moscow is creating networks of journalists that will counter the government's narrative and domination of the information scene!
And we are talking about the internal information scene of Russia. This is beyond belief!
Just imagine that the Russian embassy in London is creating networks of journalists that will counter HMG's narrative. Did you imagine? Those scoundrels from the Integrity Initiative must have dreamt about this so that they could accuse the Russians. Yet, the Russian embassy in London did nothing of the kind, so the Integrity Initiative had to invent the Russian interference.
Statement of Requirement
Here is the bid of Thomson Reuters Foundation. They managed to take 80 Russian journalists to the UK during their previous project. This project's estimate was 64 journalists. In all we have at least 144 Russian journalists that have been handled by the TRF.
Note that the second bid is marked Confidential!
It is written in the bottom left corner of every sheet of the bid. And it was for a reason that they tried to conceal the information. It is a crime!
The contract is also marked Confidential.
Monitoring and evaluation has also changed.
The project team is almost the same.
A certain Ilya Kachaev appears among the project team.
TRF bid on Enhancing Journalistic Standards in Russia through Themed Press Tours
This is Thomson Reuters Foundation's re-tender. It is of interest as well. And it has a nice design. Editors from BBC should either take a lesson from Reuters or hire its designer. But enough jokes. The work of those intelligence cutouts raises nothing but concerns.
Pay attention! They plainly state that they consider Russian state narratives extremist.
TRF Conflict, Stability Security Fund (CSSF) Framework Re-Tender 2018
We'd like to remind you that by now our investigation has covered pillars ENGAGE (working with the population through offline people 2 people projects) and ENHANCE (creating an alternative reality) of the CDMD Theory of Change. Now it's time to cover the most secret part of the ToC - EXPOSE. Its outputs, outcomes and impact were REDACTED even in the confidential file distributed among bidders.
This part of the investigation updates our work of 2018-2019. Even if you followed all our publications, and know exactly what is going on in the world, we recommend that you read on, bearing in mind that all the projects that we have exposed over the past three years are in fact just parts of a global and most widespread black propaganda operation of the CDMD in the history of humanity. Understanding this makes it all sound even scarier.
As part of the Russian Language Strategic Communication Programme the FCO allocated 2 million GBP to a previously unknown charity the Institute for Statecraft so that it could conduct two phases of the Integrity Initiative project in 2017-2019. Some time later independent journalists found out that it was not a charity but an intelligence cutout staffed with ex and acting officers of MI-6 and Defence Intelligence and headed by an honorary colonel military intelligence Christopher Nigel Donnelly. In fact, its registered office was listed as an old and almost completely ruined mill in Fife, Scotland. While in truth the firm was operating out of one of the most expensive historical buildings in central London at Two Temple Place.
Under the project HMG established secret organisations (clusters) in many European countries as well as in the United States and Canada to promote its interests there. The primary cluster was situated in London and staffed with experts on Russia. They included a lot of former and acting officers of the UK military intelligence and MI-6. The clusters were composed of well-informed representatives of political, military, academic and media spheres of the countries. They exerted influence on the leaders of those countries so that they made decisions favourable to London. Besides that, local anti-Russian think tanks, media outlets and specific researches received funding from the UK to make 'reports' on Russian meddling in internal affairs of those countries and to cover the reports in the media. It created the information scene suitable for the UK.
The number of people in the clusters varied from 2 to 26, totaling 253. All of them were British influencers. Secrecy was of primary concern - identities of clusters' members were highly confidential and even the FCO received reports that didn't disclose their names. Only heads of clusters or their deputies could directly contact London after signing non-disclosure agreements.
A UK embassy representative in each country supervised a cluster and provided support to all operations. At the time London had a tight control over all clusters, but the plans were to provide more latitude, turning the headquarters in the UK into a coordinator of major strategic information operations.
The work in each country was organised so as to take into account its particularities, as well as the interests of Russia in that country and the leverages Russia had to promote its interests there. E.g. they took into consideration the increasing influence the Kremlin had on political parties in Italy, in Germany they were concerned about Russia's energy projects and worried that Russia could influence public conscience, Russian oligarchs kept a lot of money in Greece and Russia had strong positions of its Orthodox Church there.
French cluster was in close contact with a think tank of the Ministry of the Interior and could informally reach out to diplomats and officers of law-enforcement agencies working in Russian departments. A remarkable fact is that the British weren't acting directly in the United States where they planned to establish a whole network of clusters, instead they conducted operations through their personal contacts in the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
The FCO received a report about a successful operation Moncloa (La Moncloa means government in Spanish). It took them only one day to prevent Pedro Banos - they considered him to be a pro-Kremlin politician - from being appointed as the Director of the National Security Department (NSD) on the 7th of July 2018. Two weeks later a member of the Spanish cluster Borja Lasheras infiltrated the NSD.
And if Emily Thornberry (we mention her in the beginning of this investigation) was outraged only by the fact that the Integrity Initiative operated inside the UK, Chris Williamson - being an honest socialist to the very end - recorded a video message demanding that the operations of the II be thoroughly investigated.
He also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Spain informing him that HMG interfered in internal affairs of his country.
Well, we told you what price he paid for his honesty and insubordination...
However, they arrogantly interfered not only in internal affair of the EU member-countries but in the affairs of the United States as well. Recall that they planted a mole inside Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. To truly understand how Orwellian the project was - from its title to its operations, you should carefully read our complete series of investigations.
Or you can read articles of the progressive media. Unfortunately, the mainstream media totally refused to cover the scandal.
The gist of it all is the following. HMG used its agents (totalling 253) in other countries to invent facts about the Russians waging a 'hybrid war', to promote the facts in the media and to inform leaders of foreign countries of the fake information. HMG managed to create a parallel reality, secretly pushing European countries as far away from Moscow as possible. In some cases, they were able to convince those countries to take specific anti-Russian steps. They invented Russia's meddling with the Catalan and Scottish independence referendums and the US elections, they orchestrated the MH-17 case etc.
One of their primary objectives was to label any information that didn't suite them as 'Russian disinformation'.
Even worse. Recall that they convinced members of clusters to commit perjury during the hearings of select committees of the House of Commons on the Catalan independence referendum.
Yet, the people failed to stop the criminals, so they continued their operations even on a greater scale. They managed to mislead the entire House of Commons about the Russians and basically convinced the British intelligence community to start preparations for war against Russia.
The Integrity Initiative had its hand in preparing the Intelligence and Security Committee report, that had been delayed for a long time.
It is a long read as well, so we will show you only its conclusions.
The report contains 47 sheets of 'evidence' that the Integrity Initiative and similar project invented.
Pay special attention to the witnesses.
Aren't they familiar to you? Let's recall who they really are.
It's absurd, isn't it? And all of it is directed by a leader of the spy den from a half-ruined mill in Fife, an honorary colonel military intelligence Christopher Nigel Donnelly. Topping it all up is Chris Steele and his FBI-supported report about Russia's meddling with the US elections. We wonder if the US intelligence community and people know that the Brits manipulated them?
There's also a bothering question. Why did Ben Nimmo, this major hunter of Russian trolls, stay in the shadow? We assure you that this knight in shining post-truth armour will yet make a statement by 'debunking' us as the Russian GRU.
This is the list of respectable MPs who got deceived into preparing the report.
All of it is proven by the documents we published and the FCO admitted the documents were authentic. And still, nothing has been done about it! No charges were filed against those people, although there's plenty of evidence of their guilt.
Let's refresh our memory about the second secret project that we exposed in the beginning of 2019. It was a part of the EXPOSE pillar and it was named accordingly - EXPOSE Network that received a new name Open Information Partnership after we debunked it. It is also allegedly aimed at countering disinformation. But now we know for sure what the British mean by it.
Well, here the FCO is outlining the goals.
Above we've mentioned a Scoping Study. This is how it was prepared.
They thoroughly checked every member of the project team and prepared a file that contained all the organisations they selected.
Did you notice another organisation that supports 'independent investigative journalists'? It is OCCRP. We wonder if they are going to investigate themselves as well. Btw, this document contains the FCO's killer-description of Bellingcat.
In accordance to the document, the project's aim was to 'unleash the capacity of civil society to counter disinformation'. At the same time, they referred to the FCO fakes that the Integrity Initiative had been actively disseminating since 2015 to prove that the Kremlin was 'spreading disinformation'. Their proven facts are: campaign against the White Helmets whom HMG trusts, interference in Scottish and Catalan independence referendums, meddling with the US and Italian elections, the so-called Skripals case etc.
It is notable that one of the accusations against Russia that justified the EXPOSE Network was Moscow's alleged establishing and funding alternative media in the West. While the main instrument of countering the Russians' actions was supposed to be 56 CSOs secretly funded by the FCO. And of course there were no evidence supporting the accusations against the Russians.
Basically, the British habitually and falsely accuse others of their own crimes, whereas the sheer scale of their own operations transgresses all possible bounds of decency.
Do you get it now? Every piece of information about the Russians you received from those 56 CSOs was nothing but HMG propaganda.
Two British consortiums were competing for the UK grant. And we didn't pay much attention to the following names two years ago: Sibylline, Albany Associates, Stratagem Consulting, The Stabilisation Network, Torchlight Group, MC Saatchi, Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
While now we know all of them pretty well by their projects on Syria, Lebanon and Russia!
However, the second consortium is of greater interest because it includes ZINC Network, The Institute for Statecraft and Bellingcat. The IfS is at the same time inventing 'evidence' as part of the Integrity Initiative.
The documents we showed above are truly explosive.
And since we decided to cover Bellingcat, let's show its team.
And they understood the risks pretty well.
This document contains the information that we brought your attention to.
This is the investigation that we conducted two years ago.
Well, what do we have to say about these latest intelligence cutouts? You saw, as ZINC suggested, that pillar ENHANCE is intertwined with the secret CDMD pillar EXPOSE.
It is interesting that ZINC is implementing an ENHANCE project in the Baltic States and an EXPOSE project all across Europe at the same time telling about the added value and complementing rather than duplicating the existing programmes.
Recall that ZINC's project in the Baltics and its re-render show that the company has a wide network of popular pro-Western YouTubers in Russia who investigate government corruption and receive support from journalists from the Baltic States.
Bellingcat is working with them within the framework of EXPOSE/OIP project.
And they mentioned something about complementing existing programmes.
Essentially, at the end of the previous year we must have seen a practical implementation of the programme when they combined Navalny and Bellingcat projects.
And now many journalists around the world help those bastards promote the fake news. Those damned useful idiots of neocolonial warmongers! It's simply because Eliot Higgins Co managed to gain people's trust by creating around themselves an aura of digital Sherlocks and valiant fighters with the global evil. Although now we know that they are in fact the very Evil.
And if they think it prudent to use the name of Arthur Conan Doyle to achieve the goals of their black propaganda operations, then we feel it our duty to remind them of William Shakespeare's brilliant quote:
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!"
If someone still doubts our conclusions then you are welcome to carefully read all the documents of the EXPOSE Network project as well as other highly sensitive files that we have revealed in our investigation.
We need to point out that HMG planned to get first results from the CDMD programme by mid-2020, but apparently COVID-19 changed its plans and made it postpone the implementation for about half a year.
Doesn't it catch your eye that the UK accuses the Russians of interfering in internal affairs of other countries, of disseminating propaganda and inventing 'evidence' of some covert operations while London is virtually doing just the same sort of things. And they don't provide any forensic evidence of the Russian malign activity, while we show you authentic documents that confirm their malign activity. Maybe the time has come for the international community to discipline them and hold them accountable for all their crimes? It's just a rhetorical question.
Now we would like to ask a question of masters of propaganda from Bellingcrap. You have repeatedly said that you investigate state crimes. Will you investigate the crimes of HMG? Don't those secret operations against Syria, Lebanon and Russia constitute a state crime? We bet you won't stir a finger, because you receive your exclusive material from HMG as well as instructions on how to cover it. And although it would be very British-like, you won't investigate your own activity, because you are hypocritical bastards and because you know that investigation of real state crimes in the UK is usually followed by an imprisonment in Belmarsh.
Moving away from small malefactors like Bellingcat and other useful idiots to major CSSF projects, we'd like to make some generalisation of all the documents from the CDMD programme. Have you realised what exactly they did? As part of the EXPOSE pillar they implemented projects like the Integrity Initiative and EXPOSE Network/OIP to invent 'Russian disinformation' and 'hybrid war', they convinced global community that the Russians can't be trusted, they labeled all facts that run counter to their political positions as 'disinformation' and 'fake news'. At the same time, they were waging a global propaganda war against the Russians, and when those Russians tried to clear their names, no one listened to them because clusters of the Integrity Initiative and OIP puppets as well as some useful idiots had achieved their goals. If any western journalist or academic expressed an idea that ran counter to the official position, a smear campaign was immediately launched labelling the idea as a mere conspiracy theory. They also worked with people through offline events conducted by the British Council. All in all, they have shaped a parallel reality. And this reality will eventually lead Western democracies to a point when they turn to dictatorships commonly practicing witch-hunt without even a hint of the freedom of speech.
Well, do you think they will achieve the REDACTED impact?
Will they change the regimes in Russia, China and some smaller states? If they succeed, people in their own countries will be their next targets because those professional revolutionaries and manipulators can't do anything else.
Another interesting fact. The process of interoperation of all those intelligence cutouts with HMG that we systematically expose shows that they set goals during case studies and target audience analyses, after that FCDO uses those documents as the basis for Terms of Reference and Statements of Requirements, and then the cutouts proceed to carry out their missions and monitor the effectiveness. Now these intelligence cutouts staffed with retired intelligence officers and public servants act in the interests of Western countries because they share the same values. But what if the people in the UK or in any other country legitimately elect parties or leaders with different political views and values? Will these intelligence cutouts let the people of the country live in peace? Now they act on behalf of HMG and the US Government, but what if some non-government corporations buy them to impose their evil will on the rest of the world? Have you imagined it? Are you scared?
We wonder if the people in the UK or the Conservative Party know about what's going on. Are they aware that their intelligence services have gone out of control? Maybe it's time to stop spending millions of taxpayer GBP on disgusting neocolonial operations aimed at undermining the situation in other countries? Maybe if the money they spend on supporting jihadists in Syria was instead spent on protecting the people from COVID-19, there would have been far fewer deaths? Maybe if the intelligence cutouts worked for the good of their country instead of undermining other countries, we would have seen greater positive changes in our society? Unfortunately, it's just wishful thinking. The British elite that is still carrying the 'white man's burden' cares neither about the Syrians, nor the Lebanese, nor the Russians, nor the British for that matter who are dying like flies. They pursue their own selfish goals. However, we promise to continue our work and expose all their dirty secrets.
As tradition demands, we allow HMG to get rattled while figuring out what other HMG Trojan Horse programme we are going to expose and in which country.
Our war on the British neocolonialism has just begun!
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We do not forget.
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