Karel Huybrechts for
Le Quotidien géopolitique – Geopolitical Daily/
de LUC MICHEL (ЛЮК МИШЕЛЬ)/
2023 02 14/ Sérial V/
“If Stalin hadn’t won the war, the 20th century would have been Hitler’s century”.
– Luc Michel (BBC interview, February 2023).
MASSIVE ATTACK FROM NATO AGAINST PRO-RUSSIAN NETWORKS RUSSOSPHERE AND LUC MICHEL (V):
“PRO-RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA IN AFRICA BY ONE MAN, A BELGIAN CITIZEN – LUC MICHEL” (POLISHNEWS)
From February 2 to 7, 2023, NATO’s massive international attack against the geopolitician Luc Michel and his pro-Russian networks of the ‘Russosphere’: more than 50 articles in 15 languages, TV shows, bogus « reports »…
BUT “Luc Michel, czar of Russian propaganda in Africa” (Euractiv, France) and “one of the greatest Kremlin propagandists in Africa” (TéléMoustique, Belgium), say the NATO media!
The belgian daily De Standaard reports that a Luc Michel is responsible for building a network that spreads Russian and anti-Western propaganda in Africa. “This man describes himself as a Stalinist and claims that he runs his business out of love for Russia”, quote De Standard.
Luc Michel is responsible for building a network that spreads Russian and anti-Western propaganda on the African continent, according to the daily De Standaard, based on information from the British Logically.
“PRO-RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN IN AFRICA”
According to the newspaper De Standaard, virtually all of these websites were the work of one man, a citizen Belgium Luc Michel. According to journalists, he created the RUSSOSPHERE NETWORK, which describes itself as an operation “in defense Russia” and operates on several social media platforms. According to the newspaper, Michel has also launched dozens of pages with pro-Russian propaganda.
In his network, Michel distributes mainly French-language news, in which France is portrayed as a “modern colonizer”, Ukrainian soldiers are described as “Nazis” and “Satanists”. According to Russosphere, Putin is a natural friend of Africa, and the actions of Russian Wagner Group mercenaries in countries such as little are described as heroic deeds – we read in “De Standaard”.
PRO-RUSSIAN SYMPATHIES ARE GROWING AMONG THE AFRICAN POPULATION
According to Logically, the influence of the Russosphere in African countries such as Mali and Burkina Fasois significant. “This is a large-scale influence operation,” says BBC journalist Kyle Walter, who participated in the British organization’s research.
Michel himself does not hide his propaganda activities and – as he told the BBC – he acts solely “out of love for Russia”. He claims that he receives no financial support from Moscow.
This is confirmed by a Pentagone Report 2020; – titled “BEYOND ‘HYBRID WARFARE’: A DIGITAL EXPLORATION OF RUSSIAN INFLUENCER ENTREPRENEURS” (Oct. 16, 2020) – identifies 5 top “influencer entrepreneurs” at the heart of Russia’s war. information and Russian parallel diplomacy in Africa, including Yevgeny Prigozhin and Luc Michel: “This article argues that to grasp Russia’s influence abroad, one must understand the country’s ‘grey diplomacy’ (.. .) We define “influencer entrepreneurs” as people who INVEST THEIR OWN MONEY or social capital to develop their influence abroad (…)
THE BELGIAN ALSO DECLARES HIMSELF A STALINIST
As he said, “he has been defending Russia since the 1980s”, “he misses the Soviet Union” and “he wants a free world without America”. “I also believe that the Russians should replace the French throughout Africa,” he told the British broadcaster.
Meanwhile, as “De Standaard” notes, in countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, pro-Russian sympathies are growing among the population. “This is evidenced, among other things, by the fact that Russian flags are regularly seen during protests in these countries. In Burkina Faso, protesters attacked the French embassy during the September coup d’état. Several attackers carried Russian flags,” noted the Belgian daily.
# PRESS REVIEW/
« BELGIAN STALINIST LEADS RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN (SIC) IN AFRICA »
(THE STANDARD, BRUSSELS,2023 02 03)
(translation from Dutcl LM)
Excerpt/ “A Belgian Stalinist leads a Russian disinformation campaign in Africa. An investigation (sic)
from the BBC and the British technological research group Logical shows that the Belgian Luc Michel is responsible for a large-scale social network which spreads Russian and anti-Western propaganda throughout the African continent (…) The British researchers discovered that all these propaganda messages were the work of one man: the Belgian Luc Michel, who renamed his media offensive Russosphere. The network has been around since 2021, but was only activated in February 2022, at the time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Russosphere describes itself as an operation « for the defense of Russia » and operates on several platforms: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Telegram and VK, the Russian version of Facebook (…) With his network, Michel mainly broadcasts messages in French in which France is depicted as a « modern colonizer ». Ukrainian soldiers are referred to as “Nazis” and “Satanists”. Putin, according to Russosphere, is Africa’s natural friend. The military campaigns of Wagner’s Russian mercenaries in countries like Mali are also described as heroic deeds. Since November 30, Michel has also been managing a Telegram and WhatsApp group – called Merci Wagner – which also includes, in addition to African students, pro-Russian journalists in Africa (…) According to Logical, the influence of the Russosphere in the countries African countries such as Mali and Burkina Faso is considerable. « This is a large-scale influence operation with followers across Africa, » researcher Kyle Walter told the BBC. The aim of the propaganda campaign, according to Logically researchers, is clear: to discredit France in African countries with which it has traditionally had close relations and to prevent African leaders from joining the Western alliance that supports Ukraine (. ..)
Luc Michel dreamed of a European Soviet empire. He was also an adviser to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who died in 2020. He saw the latter as a champion in the anti-American fight. Michel advised Nkurunziza not to dialogue with the Burundian opposition under any pretext. In 2014, Michel traveled to Ukraine for his organization Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections to legitimize the illegal referendums on the annexation of the regions of Lugansk, Donetsk and Crimea to Russia as a potential observer of the elections. Michel himself does not hide his propaganda activity, but tells the BBC that he acts only out of sympathy for Russia. He claims that he receives no financial support from Moscow and only works with private funds. He is also distancing himself from Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. « I am engaged in cyber warfare, media warfare, while Prigozhin is carrying out military actions. » « I am a Stalinist », he continues to declare on the British public channel. “I’ve been defending Russia since the 1980s. It’s the only anti-American power left in Europe. I am nostalgic for the Soviet Union. I want a free world without America. And I also think that the Russians should replace the French all over Africa.
France in military collision: Although the exact influence of Russosphere propaganda is difficult to measure, it is a fact that in recent years France has been increasingly on a collision course with the military regimes of Mali. and Burkina Faso, among others. In Mali, the 3,000 French soldiers fighting the jihadist militias had to leave hastily to make way for the Wagnerian mercenaries. In Burkina Faso, the French ambassador Luc Hallade was recently expelled, after which the French military was granted a month to leave the country (…)In countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad , pro-Russian sympathies also seem to be growing among the population. This is apparent, among other things, from the fact that Russian flags are regularly seen at demonstrations in these countries. In Burkina Faso, protesters attacked the French embassy in Ouagadougou during the September coup. Several attackers carried Russian flags. »
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