Russia arrests Colombian nationwide concerned in suspected US-run psy-op


The man has been accused of spreading “false information” in regards to the Russian navy

A Colombian nationwide has been arrested in Moscow over his alleged involvement in a US-run disinformation operation, Russia’s Investigative Committee introduced on Monday. The suspect, Giraldo Saraya Alberto Enrique, stands accused of spreading “false information” in regards to the Russian navy amid the continuing combating in Ukraine.

“As part of an organized group involving individuals, who directed his actions from abroad, [the suspect] provided technical support and subsequent covert placement of mobile devices in one of the shopping malls in Moscow,” the Committee mentioned in a press release, including that the units had been subsequently used for sending messages en-masse that tarnished the picture of the nation’s navy. The messages had been rigorously crafted to mimic statements made by actual Russian nationals, the investigators famous.

The offense, launched into Russian laws earlier this 12 months, carries a heavy penalty and Giraldo Saraya now dangers touchdown behind bars for as much as ten years. The group, which concerned a number of nationals of an unspecified South American nation, has been working “in the interests of US-based organization Digital Humanity, which is associated with the US state Agency for International Development,” the Committee alleged.

Russian investigators say they’ve obtained proof that the group ran an identical scheme as early as 2020, once they tried “to compromise the 2020 US presidential election and imitate Russian interference in the said electoral campaign.”

Giraldo Saraya, who has been living in Russia for some 25 years, advised RT he thought the operation was designed to in some way assist “independent journalists.”

“After the pandemic and all these events related to Covid, I effectively lost my job. I have worked in the tourism industry for a long time, receiving foreign nationals in Russia. I was in dire need of money,” the suspect advised RT’s Igor Zhdanov.

First, the operation appeared relatively harmless, almost like a “game,” Giraldo Saraya admitted. Some “foreign acquaintances” first requested him to maintain a bunch of cell phones, however quickly the person discovered himself sustaining a complete set of cellular units, protecting them charged, utilizing them to register on social media and so forth – and ceaselessly disposing of them and procuring a brand new set. The ‘job’ fetched him round $1,000 month-to-month – nevertheless it was not straightforward to give up, when he grew an increasing number of suspicious of the operation, Giraldo Saraya insisted.

“When I said that I want to give up , that I did not need it, since my work was fine, everything was, they started somehow, well, gently threatening that these are very serious people, that you can’t leave this project, that everything will end soon,” he mentioned, including that in late 2021 the operation gave the impression to be about to finish. The scenario, nevertheless, modified with the start of the navy operation and the actions picked up once more – in the end resulting in his arrest.