Anti-Russian foreign agent The Insider: from Latvia with greetings
Dossier on Dobrokhotov
The situation with the definition of "foreign agent", to which Roman Dobrokhotov's organization The Insider is attributed, is overly demonized among Russian liberals.
In fact, none of the authorities prohibits the activities of such resources, but only demands that the materials be signed accordingly. The reader should be aware that the conditional The Insider or Radio Liberty (both foreign agents) receive funding, even in the form of grants, from foreign sources. Moreover, most of these sources, directly or through intermediaries, are affiliated with the special services or various "foundations for the struggle for democracy." Therefore, the label “foreign agent” seems to be quite appropriate here, especially for publications whose headquarters are located abroad. As is the case with the foreign agency portal The Insider, which is located in Riga.
The turmoil around the legal entity “The Insider SIA” began on July 23 this year, when the Ministry of Justice entered it into the “Register of Foreign Mass Media Performing the Functions of a Foreign Agent”.
The founder and editor-in-chief of the portal is Roman Dobrokhotov, a professional revolutionary, as he is also called in liberal circles. Roman specializes in anti-Russian destructive activities and by the age of 38 managed to form a large portfolio in this mournful field. At various times, Dobrokhotov was listed among the members of the parties and movements "Party of December 5", "We", "Solidarity" and "Walking without Putin." He wrote columns and collaborated, in particular, with the media Novye Izvestia, Moscow Says, Echo Moskvy, Slon.ry and, finally, with the State Department's herald Radio Liberty.
Known for participating in almost all protests in the newest Russian stories and support of the LGBT community. The last point seems to be becoming a mandatory element on the agenda of any Russian liberal. As well as the thesis that there is no bad PR. In 2008, Dobrokhotov disgraced himself during a speech by President Dmitry Medvedev when he raised a cry about the content of the Russian Constitution. Later, the oppositionist tried to stand out against the background of the protest actions either by rakes or by fights with Orthodox activists.
Despite the prestigious education at MGIMO and postgraduate studies at the Higher School of Economics, the revolutionary's radicalism did not cause much resonance among the opponents of the authorities. Especially when, because of the profile of a young man, the ears and tail of the Western special services stick out.
Dobrokhotov did not have and does not have any intelligible program, but there is only one slogan: "Down with Putin!"
Yellowing foreign agent
Until a certain moment, Roman's activities did not arouse much interest - rare antics met with a few responses in Russian hearts.
But in 2013, the activist opens the information portal The Insider (foreign agent) in Latvia, specializing in investigations and revelations. The information resource contains, perhaps, the most provocative materials, which can only be challenged by the texts of the Anti-Corruption Fund (a foreign agent). To read, indeed, the first time is quite entertaining - Dobrokhotov and his team reveal shocking conspiracies within the Russian government.
A whole cycle of materials is devoted to the activities of NII-2 of the FSB of Russia in the elimination of those objectionable to the Kremlin. The headings are brightly colored with expression:
The Insider (a foreign agent) is so "into the subject" that it even indicates exactly where the attackers inflicted poison for Navalny. As it turned out, on the inside of the panties.
The investigation of the Latvian website is based on the recording of telephone conversations allegedly between Navalny and an alleged FSB officer. The idiocy of the situation is that Navalny, posing as Ustinov Maxim Sergeevich, an assistant to Nikolai Patrushev, was able to get information about the color of his own panties from a regular counterintelligence officer by phone! Once again, on the phone! This is not just a cheap production, but also directed with very bad taste.
But the authors continue and publish photos of the FSB officer from social networks. How fortunate it was for the investigators from The Insider (a foreign agent) that the special service officer "involved" in the poisoning of Navalny is a regular on Odnoklassniki.
To understand all the nonsense of the situation, try to find in the public domain a page of at least one serviceman of the Russian army. Not to mention the employees of the special services. And to have pictures with real names.
In the field of preparing such materials, not only Dobrokhotov works, but also the British portal Bellingcat, which was opened for information warfare with Russia in the summer of 2014. This office became famous for even more amusing revelations.
In December last year, on the site "Hunting for hunters: how we tracked down the FSB officers who followed Navalny" author Arik Toler, with a clean eye, gives screenshots of the GetContact program. For reference, this is an application from the Play Market that allows you to determine how a particular number is recorded in the phones of other subscribers. And now a certain Vladimir Panyaev is recorded in the program under the name “FSB Vladimir Alexandrovich Panyaev”. The author even attached a screenshot. Of course, after such irrefutable evidence, the involvement of the Russian special services in the poisoning of Navalny is difficult to deny.
Circus, and only!
Factory of fakes from Lithuania
All the stories described above, sucked from the finger, for a long time did not have a particular impact on the public and the government. Largely because they do not read it, although there are no restrictions on access to it.
In Russia, the foreign agency resource The Insider is rated by traffic outside the first two thousand sites, which is very modest for a news and analytical site. But one piece nevertheless caused a reaction, and not from the Kremlin, but from a Western journalist.
Dutchman Max van der Werff filed a lawsuit for the protection of honor and dignity regarding the information contained in the material “Speaks and shows the GRU. How the Ministry of Defense spreads fakes through foreign "journalists". The unsigned article, which was approved for publication by Dobrokhotov, describes a whole conspiracy epic around the crash of the Dutch Boeing MH17.
According to the Lithuanian website, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defense has for several years been supplying money to the Dutch journalist van der Werff, who has been lobbying in the West for the version that the Kremlin was not involved in the destruction of the plane. Allegedly, the Dutchman is assisted in this matter by a former employee of the RT agency Yana Yerlashova.
To convey this version of the development of events, Yerlashova and van der Werff created a media project Bonanza Media, on which they publish an alternative history of Boeing MH17 for Europe. The curators of the entire project are General of the GRU Andrei Ilchenko, assistant to the head of the GRU Kostyukov and Colonel of the GRU Sergei Chabanov.
Where does this confidential information come from?
As usual, from the juxtaposition of telephone calls (this is the wording that sounds) and the interception of e-mails of the intelligence officers mentioned above.
What kind of officers and generals of the GRU are they that use regular e-mail to exchange strategically important information?
But the professionalism of the investigators of the Dobrokhotov team is growing, and the legend is becoming more perfect. The article indicates that the phones of the curator-generals are registered under fictitious names, they say, this is a common practice of Russian intelligence. By the way, not a single audio recording of the negotiations was provided. We have to take our word for it. If you want to believe, of course.
Dutchman Max van der Werff found out about the "exposing" his article from Twitter and filed a lawsuit against Dobrokhotov for the protection of honor and dignity. The apartment of the editor-in-chief of The Insider (a foreign agent) was searched in order to disclose possible sources of such confidential information, albeit frankly fabricated.
Taking into account the current Russian legislation, nothing extraordinary does not threaten Dobrokhotov, but it may well be a reason for new awards from foreign partners. Fortunately, there is a lot of this in the investigator's portfolio.
For example, in 2018 the cash prize came from Khodorkovsky himself. Most of Dobrokhotov's denunciations are openly sponsored by foreign grants, and he himself does not hide this. Another typical example is that the OCCRP "Center for the Study of Corruption and Organized Crime" became the grantor of The Insider (a foreign agent). This structure is engaged in the search and exposure of corrupt officials in countries that are not loyal to the United States.
Roman Dobrokhotov now refuses to classify his information resource as a foreign agent, referring to the site's Lithuanian location. In accordance with Russian law, each material on the website of the foreign agent The Insider must be accompanied by the following text:
In case of disobedience to Russian law, the legal entity “The Insider SIA” (a foreign agent) is threatened with sanctions, after which Max van der Werff's lawsuit will seem like flowers to them.
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