Posted on Aug 07, 2019
EU Today has consistently written on the disturbing issue of 'fake news' and particularly the insidious ways in which it is disseminated. We have discussed on a number of occasions the activities of the so-called fake human rights NGO, Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) which was named in the European Parliament by French MEP Nicolas Bay as being controlled, and possibly funded, by the Kazakh fraudster and convicted murderer Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Of course, in the present context, fake news is often associated with the Kremlin. It is therefore interesting to note that Luke Coffey, Director of the Allison Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation has, under the headline The Menace of Russian Hybrid Warfare and How to Thwart It, made the connection between ODF and Russia.
Just recently, in a report in the United Kingdom’s Sunday Times, the Brussels-based Open Dialogue Foundation was accused of working with Russian security services and of receiving funding from Moscow to spread misinformation in countries that opposed the Kremlin’s policies... The Kremlin link was dismissed by the foundation, but considering its past support for dubious individuals (for example, convicted fraudster Mukhtar Ablyazov and Uzbek-born businessman Nail Malyutin, who is currently in prison and who has close links to organized crime), it’s not surprising that people question its wider motives... According to another Sunday Times report, 1.5 million pounds (more than $1.8 million) from offshore areas of “dubious, unknown routes and origins” were sent to the accounts of two firms in Britain and ended up in the bank account of the Open Dialogue Foundation, which was allegedly used to fund lobbying campaigns. Its director, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, was even banned from traveling in much of the European Union by Poland last year.
WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU, by Gary Cartwright, is available from Amazon Books.
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