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Propaganda War: Russian Flag Flies On Scaffolding At Salisbury Cathedral. Facebook Bans RT’s In The NOW


Propaganda War: Russian Flag Flies On Scaffolding At Salisbury Cathedral. Facebook Bans RT's In The NOW

On February 17th, a Russian flag appeared on scaffolding outside Salisbury Cathedral, almost 1 year after the alleged “Novichok” poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4th, 2018 in the city.

By noon on the same day, John Glen, Salisbury’s MP said it had been removed, calling it a “stupid stunt.”

The prank is most likely related to an interview posted by RT in September 2018, with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two men accused by Britain of carrying out the attack. The two men claimed they visited Salisbury to see the 123-meter tower of the cathedral.

“It’s a touristic city. There’s a famous cathedral there, the Salisbury cathedral. It’s famous not just in all of Europe, it’s famous all over the world. It’s famous for its 123-meter spire, it’s famous for its clock, the first clock made in the world that still runs,” Boshirov said.

“The cathedral is very beautiful, there are lots of tourists there,” he added later.

In January, a Russian toy company released a board game called “Our Guys in Salisbury” and it mocks the alleged “assassination attempt.” The game begins in Moscow and ends in Salisbury with figures in Hazmat suits.

The attaching of the Russian flag on the scaffolding is little more than an attempt to fuel the anti-Russian hysteria further.

Meanwhile, Facebook on February 18th suspended several accounts operated by Maffick Media, without prior warning. The action was undertaken after CNN ran a report about the company’s presumed ties to the Kremlin.

The social media network said it would ask the administrators of Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed to disclose their “Russian affiliations.”

“People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them. Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.


Facebook has blocked all of Maffick’s pages including In the NOW after CNN “investigated”. The corporate news outlet…

Posted by Anissa Naouai on Friday, February 15, 2019

The accounts were suspended after CNN’s report named “Kremlin funds viral videos aimed at millennials,” in which it listed all three pages as part of the Kremlin’s “influence campaign” targeting unsuspecting young American adults.

CNN spoke to representatives from Maffick before Facebook suspended the pages. Maffick’s chief operating officer, J. Ray Sparks said Maffick is editorially independent of RT and claimed that it was “standard business practice” not to disclose ownership of a Facebook page. “The general audience never is interested in these things and the standard practice is simply not mention them, because the audience is not interested,” he said.

The perpetuation of the Russian spy hysteria, together with the combat of “Russian disinformation” and “Russian aggression,” and the actions of the, now infamous, Integrity Initiative and its parent the Institute for Statecraft are all more than likely part of the same coordinated campaign.




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  • Redadmiral

    I’m Russian, get me out of here… Lol

    • Harry Smith

      Be steady. I think before USA presidential, it will be enough to say “privet” and you will be proclaimed by CNN as Russian spy and departured to Russia. And don’t forget the Russian hat “ushanka” with vodka so the CNN viewers will be 100% sure you are the authentic Russian spy. ROFL.

  • Redadmiral

    Anyone know who I should contact regarding posts: SF or Discus? 8 out of my last 16 are ‘pending’ or ‘”Detected as spam’, Thanks, we’ll work on getting this corrected.”

    • Barba_Papa

      Discus I would think.

    • Pave Way IV

      Under the flag pulldown: “Before flagging, please keep in mind that Disqus does not moderate communities. Your username will be shown to the moderator, so you should only flag this comment for one of the reasons listed above.”

      SF can see the username that’s trying to censor your posts, and only SF can release pending or unmark ‘spam’ flags. I think they can ban the account from the SF board. Disqus doesn’t do anything.

      SF has to look in a separate queue to see the pending/spam flagged posts – a simple email will alert them if they haven’t checked lately.


  • verner

    a russian flag, why not netanyahu’s head! would cheer people up better than the russian flag!