Mainstream “journalists” should praise SouthFront Team 7 days a week despite regular and unprecedented attempts of globalist structures to destroy Southfront or at least suppress its work.
Because it is clear. If there is no SouthFront, all these MSM-styled budget suckers would lost their jobs as they would have nothing to write about in their ‘top-notch investigations’ and horror stories about never-ending ‘attacks on democracy’. David stars with laser beams will no more fly over Iranian tankers and words “neo-liberal fascism” will not bother globalist agents that seek to brainwash the international audience.
Fortunately, for SouthFront’s fan base in the camp of globalists’ puppets, our team is not going to halt its work anytime soon. Therefore, we have a brilliant opportunity to take a look at another fairy tale ‘investigative report’ on how SouthFront is playing a core role in disinformation campaign aimed against Germany. Probably, our friends in the State Department ‘investigative branch’ were dusted for the failure with “Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem” report (a large part of which was dedicated to SouthFront) and reassigned the next ‘investigation release’ to their junior colleagues in German mainstream media.
This story started on April 2 when we received the following media request from Christina Brause of Die Welt:
Dear Sir or Madam,
for an up-to-date reporting, we ask you to answer the following questions:
“Southfront” describes itself on its website as a project by an “independent team of experts” and by “volunteers from all parts of the world”. How many people are currently working for “Southfront”?
According to its own information, “Southfront” needs around USD 5,000 as a monthly budget to run the site. To what extent are these just required donations? To what extent does “Southfront” have other sources of income, and if so, what are these.
To what extent is it true that the PayPal account that can be used to donate to “Southfront” belongs to Aelita Mamakowa? If so: What duties or position does Ms. Mamakowa have at “Southfront”?
Between November 2015 and March 2016, the domain “southfront.net” ran through Aljona Tschugulewa. To what extent did Ms. Tschugulewa work for “Southfront”? To what extent is she still working for “Southfront” and if so, what are her duties there?
To what extent is it true that Viktor Stoilov, Brian Kalman, Rene Landry and Holger Frommert are or were active for “Southfront”?
We ask for feedback by Saturday, April 3rd 2021, 10 a.m.
SouthFront aims to be as transparent as possible. So, we provided the detailed answer to these questions:
On March 4, Die Welt published the article entitled „Hilfreiche Idioten gibt es viele“ (There are many helpful idiots). The article written by Christina Brause consists of a summary of various rumors and old claims from Euro-Atlantic propaganda structures staffed with resentments that SouthFront successfully works as a mostly volunteer endeavour, which includes the involvement of volunteer translators from English to German.
About 80% of the article released by Die Welt repeats the old ‘horror stories’ about SouthFront that were repeated multiple times by MSM in the past years. SouthFront repeatedly commented on all of them. This includes the usage of PayPal with a .ru address, the usage of Russian domain registrar Reg.ru and even claims that SouthFront’s content is of ‘too high quality’ (like this is a crime).
Die Welt’s ‘innovation’ is the bet on Holger Frommert as a source of information or as an embedded agent of Die Welt. We do not know how it really was. In any case, we are very grateful to Mr. Frommert for his albeit short-term but productive cooperation with SouthFront as a volunteer translator from English to German. In fact, Mr. Frommert translated more than 100 articles into German and did it so quickly that our main editorial team was not able to put them on de.southfront.org quickly enough.
Another interesting part of the article is the claim of Jakub Kalensky from the Atlantic Council that “SouthFront alone is just a drop in the bucket …but there are hundreds to thousands of them.”
SouthFront would like to ask Mr. Kalensky to provide examples of organizations independent from globalist structures and MSM agenda that work in the field of military analysis and are similar to SouthFront (or at least are capable of producing content of the comparable quality with the comparable scale).
As to the “traces to Russia” section of the article, it barely includes something new besides the ‘deep analytical conclusion’ that SouthFront Team member, Rene, was not able to publish 10 translations per day on de.southfront.org because during that time Russia celebrated Christmas. In fact, that period was closer to the New Year holidays, but who cares.
No ‘investigation’ about SouthFront goes without claims about the usage of Russian domain registrar Reg.ru. Die Welt also pointed out .ru address in our PayPal account, which has been ignored by ‘MSM investigators’ for years. Probably, they were not able to find the donations section on southfront.org. In its open letter to the US State Department, SouthFront drew attention of its staff to the fact that SouthFront has always had an account with .ru address. So, finally, thanks to joint efforts of SouthFront Team and the State Department, we can see this valuable information in Die Welt’s article.
Do the authors of ‘MSM investigations’ really think that if SouthFront Team members were to work secretly for the Kremlin or Russian intelligence services (for example, the mighty GRU), we would not have found the time to obtain southfront.org domain or PayPal address through some non-.ru services?
The simple fact is that as a result of the unprecedented pressure exerted by the globalist structures on SouthFront, it was decided to carry out a part of operations through Russian services. This happened years ago and has always been public information.
Die Welt also repeats the cobwebby information that one of SouthFront volunteers (that participated in SouthFront over 5 years ago for about a year) once participated in a Russian journalist competition, which took place about 11 years ago. The Die Welt article used this event to link this person with ‘top Russian circles’. And further, the genius author invented a fake husband for our lawyer, Aelita, who indeed resides in Russia. SouthFront assures that Aelita was very surprised that she should share bed with some another person, instead of the one she used to.
In the end of Die Welt’s article, Mr. Frommert provides one of the reasons why he halted his cooperation with SouthFront. This is because of the alleged proximity of SouthFront’s position to those of AfD and Donald Trump. SouthFront has to remind once again that the diversity of opinions and the freedom of speech are among the core principles of our work.
Additionally, SouthFront wants to repeat questions to Christina Brause, which we asked in our response:
– How many members work in the Welt team?
– What is the monthly budget required to run the Welt website?
– Who is the ultimate beneficiary of Welt?
– What salary will you personally receive?
– Why you believe that you are allowed to request information about personal data of people, especially if it could endanger their life and health?
It should be noted that we have received no answer from Christina Brause and Die Welt Team.
With much regret, SouthFront has to note the steadily decreasing level of the professionalism of ‘MSM investigators’. We would like to draw attention to the 2017 article of Politico on the same topic. The only difference is that Politico was covering how Big Bad SouthFront was threatening the US military and veterans. Nonetheless, during that case, Politico Team demonstrated much more professionalism than Die Welt in 2021.
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