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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

11.09.2017

Facebook statement on fighting fake accounts

We were pleased to hear about the statement by Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos made on 6 September. It states that an investigation conducted by the website’s administration identified a group of 470 fake accounts, which spent about $100,000 to promote their Facebook posts in 2015-2016.

We are glad that Facebook is at last beginning to take the issue of fake accounts seriously. They should have done it long ago. We could not get the attention of this social network’s administration when fake accounts appeared, and not just some incognito structures but those that presented themselves as official agencies and claimed to be the only official accounts of, for instance, a Russian embassy in some country. We tried everything – publishing our Ministry’s comments, drawing attention to this in social media, making official statements during briefings – but there was no reaction. And, finally, a breakthrough! We hope that now when we publicly mention fake accounts posing as Russian foreign missions, these accounts will be promptly blocked.
Moreover, I have mentioned this many times during briefings, interviews and media comments, let alone in social media, we tried to draw attention to attacks by Lithuanian fake accounts and bots on the social media accounts of Russian foreign missions and the Foreign Ministry. Unfortunately, once again, no reaction from the Facebook administration followed.
We see that this discovery by Facebook security experts has expectedly turned once again into an element of the anti-Russia information campaign. Allegedly, these accounts were managed from Russia and, again, were directly connected with the US elections. I have just one recommendation or a proposal to the administration, the management team, the owners: let us coordinate the efforts of the social network’s administration and the relevant Russian government authorities (law enforcement agencies, oversight bodies), and all other agencies that should be involved in this matter. Provide us with your information, and we will make our information readily available to you too. Why should we always operate through third parties? Why should these things always turn into information campaigns? We have a great opportunity here to launch a constructive dialogue. You will hear us and we will hear you, and this will turn into a normal exchange of information as it should be. If we encounter any issues or problems on this path, we can share these problems with the media. Today, in order to block a fake account of a Russian embassy, we have to come to a briefing and speak from the rostrum in a conference room. Unfortunately, there is no normal communication between us and Facebook administrators. This is a problem not just for us, but also for many Russian government agencies that cannot get the attention of Facebook and other social media in their attempts to get the fake accounts blocked. Now the social network itself has faced the same problem. To reiterate: Russia is open to cooperation at the level of relevant agencies.




LATEST EVENTS

23.11.2017 - Joint statement by Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey

President of The Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of The Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of The Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gathered in Sochi on November 22, 2017, for а tripartite meeting, reaffirmed their determination to continue active collaboration among Iran, Russia and Turkey with а view to establishing peace and stability in Syria, envisaged by UNSCR 2254.


22.11.2017 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky passed away

The Embassy deeply regrets to inform about the death of a renowned Russian opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky, holder of Order “For Merit of the Fatherland” (2017), Order of Alexander Nevsky (2015). Book of condolences is open 22nd November 15.00-18.00, 23rd November 10.00-18.00, 24th November 10.00-18.00 at the Embassy (6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP). You can also send your condolences by e-mail: condolences@rusemb.org.uk. The Embassy contact telephone number: +44 (0) 20 7221 3147.


18.11.2017 - Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on Syria

Question: UK Special Representative for Syria Martin Longden via Twitter accused Russia of “lack of commitment to protecting international peace and security in Syria” after Russia vetoed the UNSC draft resolution, put forward by the US, on renewal of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria. What is the Embassy’s comment on this matter?


14.11.2017 - Comment by Russian MFA Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the anti-Russian statements by Theresa May

We have taken note of the statement concerning Russia made on 13 November by the British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet 2017. This time our country is ranked first among “threats to the international community”, not just equal to others as before. Thus, the United Kingdom is making an attempt to claim global leadership in deterrence of Russia, in order to protect the existing world order, as PM Theresa May put it.


13.11.2017 - Russian schoolchildren, winners of the Robert Burns Competition, visit Scotland

In 2017, a student of Gymnasium No. 61 in St. Petersburg Tamara Santrosyan became a winner of the the Robert Burns competition. This creative competition is held annually among schoolchildren of St.Petersburg in honor of the national Scottish poet through the efforts of the local charity forum St. Petersburg with its permanent leaders Tom and Elizabeth Clark and the International Federation of Robert Burns with support of the Robert Burns Museum.


12.11.2017 - Visit to Glasgow Prestwik Airport

During a visit to South Ayrshire on 3d of November 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov had a tour of Glasgow Prestwik Airport and a meeting with the management of the airport.


12.11.2017 - Visit to Scottish textile company Beggs of Ayr

During a visit to South Ayrshire on 2d of November 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov visited a textile company producing cashmere and woolen cloth Beggs of Ayr where he had a meeting with the management of the company and enjoyed a mill tour.


12.11.2017 - Commemorative ceremony at the Memorial of the Russian legendary Naval cruiser «Varyag»

118 years ago on 1 November 1899 the Russian legendary Naval cruiser «Varyag» was launched. In memory of this event on 2 November 2017, Consul General of Russia Andrey A.Pritsepov and Provost of South Ayrshire Helen Moonie laid wreaths at the monument commemorating the legend of the Russian fleet in Lendalfoot. Representatives of the South Ayrshire City Council and local residents also took part in the event. «Varyag» became famous for her crew's stoicism during the unequal battle of Chemulpo Bay on 9 February 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War.


11.11.2017 - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump approved a joint statement on Syria

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the United States Donald Trump approved a joint statement on Syria following a conversation on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The statement reads:


10.11.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, November 9, 2017



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