Russia-Insider is considered a US corporation, it is incorporated in Connecticut and their website is considered in Arizona. Russia-Insider even says that everyone who works for Russia-Insider lives and works in Russia. They also receive input, they say, from volunteers inside the US and elsewhere.
Russia-Insider is widely considered pro-Russian, a Russian propaganda outlet.
- Russia Hacking The News, 2015, Peter Himler, Forbes. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- Is Russia Insider Sponsored By A Russian Oligarch With Ties To The European Far Right?, 2015, Anton Shekhovtsov, interpretermag.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- Russia’s global media operation under the spotlight, 2014, Stephen Ennis, BBC News. Retrieved 09 March 2017.
- Russia Insider Out, 2016, Russia Without BS, StopFake.org. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
Long time readers and Russia watchers know that one of the most odious pro-Kremlin sites in existence is Russia Insider.
Keep this in mind
First, a question to keep in mind as you read through this. Why is Russia-Insider and their employees not considered Foreign Agents of Influence (The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Title 22 U.S.Code § 611 et seq (1938))?
Second, according to the mailing from the founder, editor, and publisher, Charles Bausman, at the bottom of this blog, readership is increasing steadily. To the United States, this means more anti-American propaganda circulating, unrestricted and without oversight. At the same time, in Russia, similar efforts promoting Western interests, are severely restricted and subject to arrest on spurious charges. Opposition efforts in Russia are stifled, harassed, and often end up dead. How is Russia-Insider allowed to operate as a US entity while spreading such odious pro-Russian propaganda, unmonitored?
Third, does Russia-Insider declare donations as income in the US? Do they pay taxes in the US? Are they officially recognized by the US? How are they allowed to keep a US address for incorporation if they exist wholly outside the US?
I realize Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the First Amendment. As a widely recognized instrument of Russian propaganda, shouldn’t they categorized and their web-site be marked as such?
To provide some context, I present this article from November 23, 2015. Is Russia Insider sponsored by a Russian oligarch with the ties to the European far right?
I’m not saying shut them down, but make them include a disclaimer on their pages that they actually are working on behalf of the Russian government. They’re certainly not working on behalf of the country, the US, which provides them the freedom to express their pro-Russian, anti-US perspectives.
Just the facts – All Open Source
Here is how Russia-Insider describes their origins:
It was started in September 2014 by a group of expats living in Russia who felt that coverage of Russia is biased and inaccurate (http://russia-insider.com/en/about).
Whois information. This is why they are sometimes considered a US entity.
Name: Registration PrivateOrganization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Street: DomainsByProxy.com, 14455 N. Hayden RoadCity: ScottsdaleState: ArizonaPostal Code: 85260Country: USPhone: +1.4806242599Fax: +1.4806242598
Russia Insider is actually using The Rocket Science Group LLC in Atlanta (http://rocketsciencegroup.com/ ), GA, to disseminate its propaganda, which applies a variety of IPs, e.g.: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, etc. I guess they are clients of Rocket Science Group and are using their services.
Here is the truth about Russia-Insider which is buried just a wee bit.
The Registrant of the Russia Insider website is: Mikhail Vladimirovich Golovanov
Mikhail Vladimirovich Golovanov
Address: 121103, Moscow, Minskaya 9-55
Business Email: email@example.com
Business Phone: +7(495) 221-74-32, +7(495)989-41-34
Business Address: 127473, Moscow, 1 Volonskiy per., 9/1
Business Address: 127051, Moscow, Maly Sukharevskiy per., 9/1
Here are the details of this nice group of RU propagandists and assets: Russia Insider
Editor and publisher at Russia Insider
Current: Russia Insider, Global AgInvesting Russia
Previous: AVG Capital Partners, Russian Farm Investment Advisory,
Education: Columbia University – Columbia Business School
Address: 603 Steamboat Rd Unit 6, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
Address: 15 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
Director of Operations at Russia Insider
Previous: B&B Medical Supply Inc., Self Employed, US Army
Mobile Phone: +7(926)542-13-27 (Мегафон – Москва)
Alexey Y. Komov
Business Phone: +7(495)960-04-60
Business Address: 129323, Moscow, Lazorevy pr., 2-68
Business Email: info@FamilyPolicy.ru
“We are launching our first crowdfunding campaign on the largest American platform, Kickstarter at the end of Febraury 2015, and intend to run campaigns regularly on both Western and Russian platforms for the coming years.
Our Kickstarter page – Please donate!”
This is what got me alarmed. Russian propagandists are openly operating inside the United States and not registered as a foreign agent, a Russian agent of influence, or acting on behalf of a foreign government. Please note his IP address is 184.108.40.206, or Atlanta, GA, but he’s probably using a TOR browser.
Subject: Juicy update from Russia Insider (and an inside look at our Moscow HQ!)
From: Charles Bausman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Oh that sweet, sweet smell of crushing victory…
You made us what we are, and now you are getting some seriously
impressive returns on your support. Behold:
Just yesterday, we made the front page of The Drudge Report! We were
number 2 on the right column with this article, getting over 83k
Wikileaks: CIA ‘Stole’ Russian Malware, Uses It to ‘Misdirect
Attribution’ of Cyber Attacks
The day before that, we also made the front page of two major Reddit
“subreddits”, with over 16 million subscribers. This is now almost a
We are now a go-to source for alternative media organizations. For
example, Alex Jones has cited and shared our stories with his audience
of 20 million.
Russia Insider has just sailed past two major milestones: We now boast
160 million total views (from 18 thousand articles and YouTube videos
— in only 28 months). Meanwhile, in social media land, our Facebook
and Twitter pages are now reaching up to 3 million people weekly.
But websites that slay corporate lies don’t grow on trees.
Your monthly contributions allow us to beat back the corporate media
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One last piece of exciting news.
We recently achieved yet another astounding feat: Ascension into the
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We are also now on Patreon. This is another great way to automate a
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we’re sure you want to know where your generous patronage is going, we
made a fun little video documenting a “typical day” at RI’s Moscow HQ.
On behalf of our hard working team,
Copyright © 2017 Insider Media, LLC, All rights reserved.
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