Russia is at war not only against Ukraine, but also against the entire civilised world.

The terrorist state is present in all main areas: political, economic, information, and humanitarian.

In each of them, it has been increasing its influence for decades, developing its networks, legalising them in accordance with local legislation for further usage in its favour. .

The family of Russian oligarch Boris Obnosov (owner of Tactical Missile Arms Corporation) lived quietly in the centre of Prague and did business there until we drew the attention of the Czech authorities to this

Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine is the tip of the iceberg.

Behind it is a large-scale infrastructure of individuals, groups, political parties, NGOs and journalists who promote Russia’s strategic interests in other countries and regions. They collect information, influence, national and international political processes, spread propaganda, and implement individual influence campaigns.

Mostly thanks to its network that in late November 2023, Russia increased its missile production despite the sanctions and increased funding for national defence the following year. 

It is time to recognize that Russia is ready to wage a long war and will only stop where it will be stopped.

WHERE DID WE START?

We have conducted campaigns against key Kremlin players such as Viktor Medvedchuk, Renat Akhmetov, Vadym Novynskyi, Dmytro Firtash and Serhiy Lovochkin.

We helped to shut down the TV channels owned by Medvedchuk (a godfather of Vladimir Putin’s child) – NewsOne, 112, ZiK (on 2 February 2021, the channels were sanctioned by the National Security and Defence Council and stopped broadcasting).

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, we have expanded our mission to the whole world, uniting Ukrainians and Ukraine’s partners to #TurnOffRussian

HOW DO WE DO IT from 2022?

Key topics of events and projects:

WHERE IS THE TIME TO #TurnOffRussian?

Russian companies systematically legalise Russian money in foreign markets and finance networks of influence. Only in Europe, there are more than 31,000 companies whose beneficiaries are Russians. 1,400 of such companies are owned by Russians under sanctions.

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Western companies support key sectors of the Russian economy paying their taxes to Russia: only up to 9% of nearly 1,500 global companies have left the Russian market. The remaining ones continue to sponsor the war (19.5% – German, 12.4% – American, 7% – Japanese).

In 2023, analysts recorded at least 155 companies whose products are directly related to Russia’s war: the supply of parts for military equipment and weapons.

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At least 250 foreign nationals from 65 countries have acted as so-called observers during the illegal elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine since 2014. They have become the backbone of Russia’s network of influence on Western society and continue to push the Russian agenda in the European Parliament, national and local parliaments and governments of Western countries.

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There are more than 500 pro-Russian NGOs around the world through which the Kremlin authorities implement and finance projects, forums, rallies and information activities based on Russian propaganda methods.

250+ people and companies responsible for lobbying for Russia’s interests at the political level live outside Russia and may not be Russian citizens, but are happy to work for Russian money

The offices of the main Russian propagandists continue to operate in European capitals: “Russia Today, TASS, RIA Novosti (office in Germany, Berlin, Steglitz district), Moskovsky Komsomolets (office in Germany, Frankfurt, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 41), NewsFront (offices in Bulgaria, Serbia, Germany, France, Spain, the UK and Hungary) (as of May 2022).

In Riga, Argumenty i Fakty, a newspaper associated with the Secretary of the Russian National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, is freely available at a newsagent. Russian channels are also available via satellite in Latvia.

Russian propaganda circumvents sanctions through 250 websites posing as think tanks or media outlets. About half of them are in English, while the rest distribute materials in French, German or Italian.

Opinion leaders, experts and journalists working for various media outlets in different countries who spread Russian narratives and become the leading sources of Russian disinformation for their readers

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Most Russian and Belarusian athletes are simultaneously military personnel and are actively involved in spreading propaganda and legitimising military aggression.

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Orthodox churches in Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, and some parishes in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and many other European countries are subordinated to the Russian Orthodox Church. Separately, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is developing an active infrastructure for working with Ukrainian refugees

(the above are only the identified Russian influences, in reality, these figures may be much higher)

The Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Centre is currently forming a permanent international network to identify and counter Russian influence

HOW CAN YOU HELP US?

Are you a pro-active citizen or a member of civil society organisation working against Russia anywhere in the world?

Join the community of our partners and ambassadors! USCC works with Ukrainian communities and has its own international offices abroad that help to implement a common goal.

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Are you ready to write a joint material or cover the activities of the #TURN OFF RUSSIAN campaign in your media?

Contact us and the Centre’s press department will provide you with all the necessary research and experts working with Russian influences around the world.

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