“200 euros for praise to Russia”: a strange campaign is being conducted in Italy


“If you respond well about Russia, I will give you 200 euros. You need to publicly dissociate yourself from all the bad things connected with Putin’s state. ” Such messages appear in the Italian segment of the WhatsApp messenger, writes one of the most popular Apennine newspapers La Repubblica. We are faced with one of the thousands of tricks of propaganda that actively uses social networks to clear the tarnished image of a foreign state.


So, the story is this, the newspaper writes. A number of Russian citizens who permanently live in Italy distribute among their Italian friends and acquaintances a request from an unnamed Russian media. Italians are asked to comment on the arrival of humanitarian aid from Moscow and say “something good” about Russia as a whole. By the way, this topic is currently the most discussed in the context of relations between the two states. Especially against the background of publications in a number of media that Russian assistance is dictated by the desire to earn foreign policy points.

La Repubblica gives the text of a message that supposedly came to an ordinary resident of Italy.

They need 15 Italians who will respond positively about Russian humanitarian aid. A video must be published on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or photos with feedback in text form. For the video format, they will pay 200 euros, for the text a little less

- said in a statement.

The request is very unusual, the newspaper continues. And the point here is not only in the promised monetary reward. After all, if a person really wants to express his gratitude for the help provided, he will do it just like that.

The Russian embassy in Rome commented on the newspaper La Repubblica the appearance of such messages on social networks:

We do not know who urges Italians for money to thank our country. This is the work of scammers. Obviously, Russia does not seek to earn recognition by such methods. Every day we receive hundreds of calls and letters with words of sincere gratitude from ordinary citizens of Italy, as well as heads of regions, politicians and businessmen.
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  1. GRF Offline
    GRF April 14 2020 12: 51
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    The usual method of "saboteurs" is to dress in someone else's uniform, and then mischief, so that everyone would hate anyone ...
    And it is very effective, as evidenced by the high level of Russophobia, decommunization ...
  2. King3214 Offline
    King3214 (Sergius) April 14 2020 13: 14
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    LaRepublic as LaStampa are two newspapers bought by the Americans through the Italian litter.
    Consider them writing on behalf of the US Democratic Party, not on behalf of the Italian people and Italy.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) April 14 2020 13: 39
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      And how many of these "newspapers" are by no means written from the USA? !!
  3. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) April 14 2020 13: 33
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    “If you respond well about Russia, I will give you 200 euros. You need to publicly dissociate yourself from all the bad things connected with Putin’s state. ”

    - And ... personally, I already ... thought of a sinful thing about our site .., about ... about the site-based "digital lobby" ... and others like them ... - such a "naivety" ... with my side ...
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    2. A.Lex Offline
      A.Lex (Secret information) April 17 2020 12: 03
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      lol You thought ... this is nonsense!
  4. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) April 14 2020 13: 38
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    I always thought it should be cheaper. So, no funds for a prosperous future of comfortable and cloudless prosperity will be enough.