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Usovsky Case: The Man Who Wanted More

Usovsky Case: The Man Who Wanted More

Alexander Usovsky was active in the Visegrad region, set up foundations, looked for EU grants, finally received money from Russia in cash, without leaving any paper trail. That’s how he started to organize a network of dutiful and useful people. And indeed, everything went just the way his sponsor wanted. The case of Alexander Usovsky, a Belarusian-born activist, is the first so thoroughly documented example of Moscow’s foreign policy. VSquare.org analyzed his activities, contacts and leaked data to see what he was doing in V4 for Russian money. Our report shows sources of his financing and explains who is answering...

Usovsky case: A Pocket Revolution Bought with Russian Money

Usovsky case: A Pocket Revolution Bought with Russian Money

Perhaps he was a fool, a liar and a fraud, the Baron von Munchausen of Russian influence in Europe. But the case of Alexander Usovsky – even though it may seem like a farce – is actually very serious. It’s the first so thoroughly documented example of Moscow’s foreign policy. It shows sources of its financing and explains who is answering to Kremlin’s propaganda puppet masters. And how it makes use of radical nationalists. The Usovsky scandal erupts in March 2017. Ukrainian hackers release proof that Russia has been financing anti-Ukrainian groups in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Activists from...

Russian Influence in Visegrad countries

Russian Influence in Visegrad countries

For several months, a group of investigative journalists from the VSquare project was researching the problem of Russian propaganda in V4 countries. Our findings prove that Russians are exceptionally effective when it comes to informational warfare. They use propaganda to gain certain advantages and frame the situation in the most favorable way. The way that suits Kremlin’s authorities. Russian propaganda offensive has intensified in 2014, along with eruption of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the „little green men” invasion on Crimea and Donbass. The internet was flooded with anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian comments based on...

Czech Center for Investigative Journalism

Czech Center for Investigative Journalism

investigace.cz brings original investigative stories about cross border organized crime and its impact on the Czech Republic. The website is run by the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, a non profit organization founded by a group of journalists in 2013. We are the sole Czech representatives in the international investigative networks, Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Thanks to our international cooperation we have brought to the Czech media ground breaking investigations such as the Panama Papers. We want to inform the public about the influence of financial crime on Czech politics and economy so that people...