On June 7, pro-Turkish propagandists shared photos of what they claimed to be identity papers of a Russian private military contractor (PMC), who was fighting for the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The supposed “identity papers” were in fact a birth certificate issued by the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (a part of the USSR), which was dissolved in 1991.
The propagandists attached a photo of a man to the certificate, which included the name of a woman – “Inna Nikolaevna Levchenko.” This further confirms that these false claims were a part of a poorly-thought-out propaganda stunt.
Libya Ordusu, bir Rus askerine ait kimlik ele geçirdi. pic.twitter.com/A49JNNLmWS
— Libya Bülteni (@MehmetA89155592) June 7, 2020
Earlier, pro-Turkish propagandists shared fake lists of Russian PMCs in a similar propaganda stunt. The list contained Arab names which had been Russianized to look more ‘Russian’.
Turkey and US propaganda has been pushing the narrative that Russia is planning to intervene in Libya in order to directly support the LNA. However, the supposed intervention does not seem to be really happening. Russia, as a state, provides a limited diplomatic support to the LNA only. As sto the US and Turkish claims, they are likely designed to cover the growing Turkish military support for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.