With the killing of a Georgian Chechen man in Berlin, “Russian hackers and spies” have once again become the focus of attention, and “accusations against Russia” has even become a trend in Western media. According to the “Russia Today” report, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 7 Russian companies and 17 natural persons on the 5th, accusing them of using network loopholes to commit financial crimes and stealing world wealth. In this regard, Russian Ambassador to the United States Antonov said: “For a long time, we have suggested that the United States establish a direct dialogue on cyber security issues and reach an agreement on jointly responding to related threats, but the United States has always ignored this proposal.”
A US Treasury statement on Thursday showed that a Russian-based cybercrime group, EvilCorp, used malware to infect computers and stole more than $ 100 million in wealth from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in more than 40 countries. In addition, the organization’s leader, Russian Yakubets, is accused of working for the Russian government and using malicious programs to deceive U.S. companies, and is now on the FBI’s most wanted list of cybercriminals. According to the British “Daily Telegraph”, this is the result of a 10-year investigation by the United Kingdom and the United States. ”
For the United States, sanctions against Russia have become a tradition, but Russian media have found that countries that have recently spread false news about Russian spies are related to building natural gas pipelines to Europe. According to Russia’s Pravda, the next Russian spy scandal could emerge in Hungary. Prior to the German spy case, Austria had a spy scandal against Russia last year, and this year the so-called scandals have occurred in Bulgaria and Serbia. All of these countries are, like Germany, involved in building gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. Bulgaria and Serbia are building extensions to the “Turkish Flow” line to Austria, while Germany is the main beneficiary of the “North Stream-2” line. However, none of these scandals has resulted in disruption of relations between these countries and Moscow, and each country has stated that it will maintain close relations with Russia. Therefore, the U.S. intelligence service will have to find another candidate country to disrupt relations with Russia. Now, only Hungary, the “Turkish stream,” has passed. But the country’s prime minister has been thinking independently, and the US provocation is unlikely to succeed.
At the same time, in response to the forthcoming “Normandy Quartet” talks in Paris, French media provoked a conspiracy theory that “Russian spies use the Alps as a base to attack European countries.” According to the Russian News Agency reported on the 6th, Western media said that a pre-preparation base for the so-called Russian intelligence agency “Gruu” was found in France. The purpose of this incident was to force the French government to protest and expel Russian diplomats. But the French government is not naive. Some EU forces are trying to prevent French President Macron from increasing his influence by restoring normal relations with Russia, which is in the interests of some EU circles.
Bulgaria is also one of the European countries involved in Russian spy fake news. On the 5th, Russia announced the deportation of Bulgarian diplomats in response to the country’s deportation of Russian diplomats in October. Bulgarian “Bulgarian-Russian” forum chairman Shalenkova said that the first case was the Skripal poisoning, and now Georgians have been killed in Berlin. Russian spies have also been found in Bulgaria. The West cannot implement a “color revolution” in Russia Since then, all this series of Russian spy cases have occurred. This is because the current ruling party in the country is pro-Western. Russia’s “Viewpoint” reported on the 5th that Russian President Putin criticized Bulgaria for deliberately delaying the implementation of the “Turkish Stream” natural gas project in his country, and said that the country was obviously under pressure from other parties. Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov responded that Bulgaria was not deliberately delaying pipeline construction, but because it had to implement EU mandatory procedures.
“The world is setting off a new wave of anti-Russian waves,” Russia’s “Viewpoint” reported on the 6th, the United States has been arresting Russian hackers and spies all over the world, and some US politicians and media have suggested that hacking organizations may have links with the Russian government. Such allegations have become standard practice in the United States. At present, any contact between Russia and the United States is extremely politicized. Even in the fight against crime, certain US forces have used it to play an anti-Russian role. Former Deputy Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Willy Weimer, said that over the years, there has been a tendency to accuse Russia of various issues, from the Kiev coup, the MH17 passenger plane was shot down in Ukraine, and the Skripal poisoning case. Now, Germany must explain the expulsion of Russian diplomats. They must have enough evidence to explain this incident that has caused trouble in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.