Wild mainstream media rumors about ‘Russian Special Forces operations’ in Norway found own supporters among Russian-language media focusing on spreading pro-globalist propaganda and anti-Russian rumors.
One of such media outlets, Novaya Gazeta, took the rumor released by Aldrimer and made an Instagram investigation claiming that these photos are a smoking-gun proof confirming ‘Russian Special Forces operations’ in Norway. Novaya Gazeta claimed that “the Flying Squad of Kadyrov [the head of the Russian Republic of Chechnya] has been working in the Arctic, including its Norwegian part, since 2016”.
Let’s look at this ‘smoking gun’:
According to Novaya Gazeta, on March 2, 2018, an Instagram user with the nickname bes_600 published a group shot of men on the front of the Grozny airport, Chechnya. Novaya Gazeta claims that these men are in ‘military uniforms’. However, this is untrue. They are dressed in uniforms of the Russian University of Spetsnaz – a private training center located in Chechnya. It is the only private educational institution in the country that trains professional security officials Let’s keep in mind this.
Comments under the phono says that the group of men visited the Arctic. To the question about the missing comrade, the author of the photo says that this ‘comrade’ with another person went to Norway on business.
This Instagram post is the corner stone of Novaya Gazeta’s fake story about ‘secretive Russian special operations in Norway’. Probably, Russian special agents from Chechnya were instructed to publish Instagram photos and comments to keep their HQ informed about the course of the operation.
In another photo, the same user is captured against the backdrop of the nuclear-powered ice-breaker Soviet Union with an older man in civilian clothes. The photo was made in Russia’s Murmansk. This is another ‘evidence’ of the Russian invasion of Norway.
Fortunately for Novaya Gazeta, there were more photos.
There are also Instagram photos and videos on which @bes_600 is photographed with @akhaev_07_95. On February 9 of the same year, akhaev_07_95 published a selfie against the backdrop of a snowy airport. The photo allows to see is a gas carrier with the inscription “Svalbard lufthavn” – “Svalbard Airport”. The geotag in the corresponding photo is “Spitsbergen”.
The man is captured in a uniform of the the Russian University of Spetsnaz with a patch of the parachute center DZ Grozny and another with the word “Fierce” written in Russian (probably a call sign). The user’s profile contains photos with the hashtag @ruspetsnaz – the official instagram account of the the Russian University of Spetsnaz.
Probably, this person insidiously crossed a border between Russia and Norway (probably, using some mini-submarine), carried out a secret operation on Norwegian soil and, then, came to make a nice photo for Instagram at Svalbard Airport.
Another photo found by Novaya Gazeta shows an armed man, supposedly @akhaev_07_95. The geotag is Longyearbyen, a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island. It remains unclear where the photo was taken. However, the flag behind the man clearly reads DZ Grozny – the parachute center DZ Grozny. Probably, Russian agents just took a few flags to showcase them during a secret operation in Norway.
Using these photos, Novaya Gazeta makes a conclusion that the pictured persons are servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces that have been involved in some secretive Russian operations on Norwegian soil.
Novaya Gazeta is intentionally mixing Spetsnaz (task forces) of the Russian Armed Forces and private people that receive Spetsnaz training for some purposes (for example, to serve as a private military contractor around the world) to make the story more credible and argue that Russian servicemembers violate the territorial integrity of Norway. A similar approach is used to describe uniforms – private school uniforms are described as ‘Russian military unifrorms’.
The Russian University of Spetsnaz openly states that its attendees participate in training in the Arctic. Its attendees have a legal right to use arms during this training. The same persons can legally visit Norway for training in the Arctic conditions. Therefore, the Novaya Gazeta story is just an ordinary example of fake OSINT investigation. The story is intentionally-created in a manner that would allow the author to make conclusions that he wants to make.
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