The article attacking Novaya Gazeta, the internationally renowned independent Russian newspaper, was originally published by an obscure website called Zhurnalistskaya Pravda [Journalistic Truth] on December 3. It then was shared by at least four other agencies and appeared at the top of the Russian search engine Yandex.ru, displaying all the elements of a deliberate information campaign.
The piece accused Novaya Gazeta of working on the West’s orders to undermine the Russian state. In particular, it claimed that Novaya Gazeta is following the orders of exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a longtime rival of President Vladimir Putin. The writer dismissed as “fake” a series of groundbreaking investigative reports by Novaya Gazeta unmasking the activities of the Russian private military company Wagner and its owner Yevgeniy Progozhin, and claimed Wagner does not exist.Read more