Smear campaigns in Ukraine:

Everyone’s favorite weapon

Al Jazeera aired docudrama about Ukrainian corruption on January 7, 2017
Antikor ezine (January 10, 2017)
Officials stunned: American media uncover ties between Fuchs and Kyryliuk (January 10, 2017)
Huffington Post (December 29, 2017)
Luke is a blogger based in Dehli, India

Observations:

  1. Budget. The fee for placing the Huffington Post article starts at $2,000, not including the fee charged by the placement agency. The 50-minute Al Jazeera docudrama cost at least $150,000 to produce, not including the network’s extensive pre-airing publicity campaign. The price for placing and disseminating fake news pieces linking Gosgeonadra to Pavlo Fuchs in hundreds of Ukrainian ezines is an estimated $15,000.
  2. References to Trump. Al Jazeera’s docudrama features an interview with disgraced Ukrainian parliament deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who talks about his good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump. The previous smear campaign also linked Trump with shenanigans in Ukraine.
  3. Most likely, the organizers of the revived smear campaign assumed they would remain incognito by using several media agency intermediaries. But the number of cutouts matters little when Trump is mentioned and U.S. intelligence agencies begin digging. The Huffington Post will likely retract the bogus article authored by Ronnie Luke, hopefully with an apology. As for the numerous inaccuracies in the Al Jazeera docudrama, Onyshchenko on January 11, 2017 reportedly announced plans to collect $20 million in damages from the network for defamation. Pavlo Fuchs has so far refrained from commenting about his alleged ties with Gosgeonadra, Onyshchenko or Trump.

Conclusions:

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