Disinfo: British cyber forces are attacking Russia with anti-Russian fuss


A special unit in the British cyber forces is called JTRIG, and it is this unit’s ‘specialists’ who quite often carry out propagandistic cyber operations, which have recently most often been directed against Russia. Among these are the anti-Russian fuss around Skripal poisoning, groundless accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in the crash of the Malaysian plane MH-17 over Donetsk, and accusations of Moscow’s aggressive actions in Syria.


This is an unfounded conspiracy theory that utilises the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative invoking "Russophobia", which is used to attempt to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions as merely being a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" attitudes. In fact, the Skripal case, the downing of MH17, and Russian military aggression in Syria are all well-documented cases of Kremlin-organised acts of violence outside Russia. There is no evidence to support the groundless claim about the British cyber forces.

For similar cases attempting to smear the UK for being Russophobic or anti-Russian, see here.


  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Sergei Skripal, Anti-Russian, Syrian War, Russophobia, MH17


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Russian attempts to interfere in US elections 2020 have already been well documented. In February 2020, US intelligence officers warned lawmakers that Russia was about to help both Donald Trump and Democratic aspiring candidate Bernie Sanders. Some of these efforts were described by social media investigation company Graphika in a report published in October 2019, which includes ample evidence of this process. Facebook also repeatedly suspended Russian accounts targeting US voters in the last months of 2019.

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In an exclusive interview, a US citizen revealed the true state of things in Donbas despite CIA propaganda. He explained that [Ukrainian president Petro] Poroshenko was a US puppet, and that a foreign government came and carried out a coup in the presidential elections. The US wanted more influence in Ukraine because it wanted to stop the supply of Russian gas to Europe and to expand NATO along the Russian border. For this reason, the US interfered in Ukraine’s internal affairs and started a war in Eastern Ukraine. Donbas’ citizens had no alternative but to take up weapons in face of what was basically an invasion of their country.


The article summarises several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine, blaming the US and the West for the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and labelling the protest movement that overthrew him as a coup, and denying any Russian responsibility for the outbreak of violence in Donbas.

The demonstrations against Yanukovych, which began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan",  were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with the president’s last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. When those protests were met with government-led police violence, they became massive, ultimately resulting in Yanukovych’s fall. There is zero evidence of any foreign implication behind the demonstrations. On the contrary, proof of Russia’s involvement in fomenting unrest in Eastern Ukraine and in creating a military conflict has been mounting since an early stage.

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