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Research of forms, methods and effectiveness of GRU RF’s and SVR RF’s contact with opinion-influencing agency in media, politics and paramilitary organisations

Year of granting the aid: 2017
Realisation date: 01.12.2016 - 30.09.2017
Amount: 80 000 CZK
Organization: Radovan Bránik

Given the long-term underestimation of this issue, the mainstream media lack own capacities and quality expertise in the field. Hence, the media mostly focus on secondary aspects of operation of the Russian Secret Service in Slovakia. In the face of the enormous increase in the influence of the pro-Russian propaganda on social networks and the so-called ‘alternative media’, the mainstream media respond to the increasing number of attacks on the nature of the state establishment and current foreign policy orientation of Slovakia with low effectivity, and often counterproductively. In combination with the low performance of the Slovak counterintelligence civil and military services, the media allow for undisturbed hostile and illegal operations of the GRU and SVR. A collateral positive effect of these weaknesses in the immunity of our state rests in the carelessness with which the services operate in contact with the influencing agency. This weakness can be used to uncover illegal activities and identities of concrete persons, and hence bring about revelations of currently unknown realities.