Today, everything is decided not only by rockets and guns, but also by information operations”

Игорь Панарин. © / Кадр телеканала Спас
Skripalov’s pois­on­ing is the first time in his­tory when a fake inform­a­tion mes­sage is used as a weapon in a hybrid war against Rus­sia, says Pro­fess­or, Doc­tor of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, head of the InfoS­pet­snaz asso­ci­ation Igor Panar­in.
The inform­a­tion cam­paign unleashed around the pois­on­ing of ex-Col­on­el GRU Skri­p­al is a stra­tegic oper­a­tion of the hybrid war against Rus­sia, which is being con­duc­ted by Great Bri­tain. Its spe­cificity is that for the first time it was offi­cially announced at the highest level that a per­son was poisoned by a nerve gas in real­ity, although there is a big doubt that this fact took place. Nev­er­the­less, on the basis of a dis­in­form­a­tion mes­sage, a num­ber of real anti-Rus­si­an actions have been taken over the course of six months by a num­ber of coun­tries. The fake in new pack­aging became the reas­on for the expul­sion of dip­lo­mats and oth­er hos­tile steps.

Threats to des­troy the new Rus­si­an mis­sile weapons, which will viol­ate the Treaty on the Pro­hib­i­tion of Medi­um and Small-Range Mis­siles, a pro­pos­al to imple­ment a nav­al block­ade of Rus­sia with US Navy war­ships and the like is not the stu­pid­ity or inad­equacy of Amer­ic­an politi­cians, but a con­scious part of hybrid war. The author of many such state­ments, US Sec­ret­ary of Defense James Mat­tis, is a fam­ous the­or­ist. He under­stands that in a mil­it­ary sense, Rus­sia is not inferi­or to Amer­ica. How­ever, his escapades and state­ments by oth­er US offi­cials in this sense are clearly struc­tured: this is part of the inform­a­tion­al and psy­cho­lo­gic­al pres­sure on the mil­it­ary-polit­ic­al lead­er­ship of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion. The answer here is simple: we must have our own game.

Our weak­ness is that we are late in respond­ing to their inform­a­tion oper­a­tions. The task is to impose your agenda. But, of course, not fakes, but real com­plaints. For example, in Alaska: why did not all the money for it go to the Rus­si­an budget?150 miles from the recently closed Rus­si­an con­su­late in San Fran­cisco is the so-called Rus­si­an Cali­for­nia: Fort Ross Fort­ress and its environs. At one time there were more can­nons there than on the entire US Pacific coast. For these lands Amer­ica remained owed Rus­sia a lump sum, but the money was not giv­en to us. Where are they? Let’s start the tri­al, make state­ments, make your claims. The second example is two Rus­si­an squad­rons in San Fran­cisco and New York, which for 2.5 years defen­ded the Amer­ic­an coast from the attacks of the Brit­ish fleet. We then defen­ded the inde­pend­ence of the United States. Why not raise this ques­tion today, put a monu­ment to Rus­si­an sail­ors there and not receive mon­et­ary com­pens­a­tion?

We must more act­ively oppose the use of inform­a­tion tech­no­lo­gies for mil­it­ary-polit­ic­al pur­poses con­trary to inter­na­tion­al law. There is no inform­a­tion spet­snaz as a sep­ar­ate struc­ture with­in the Rus­si­an Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces. Mean­while, in Feb­ru­ary 2017, Rus­si­an Defense Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu announced the cre­ation of inform­a­tion oper­a­tions troops: the form­a­tion of the Rus­si­an army, whose main tasks are to man­age and pro­tect mil­it­ary com­puter net­works, pro­tect Rus­si­an mil­it­ary com­mand and con­trol sys­tems from cyber attacks, and provide reli­able cov­er for them inform­a­tion. In the near future, this dir­ec­tion of ensur­ing the secur­ity of the coun­try should become a pri­or­ity.