Kremlin Disinfo by Pepe Escobar, Propagated @ strategic-culture.org & nwoo.org
2015 December 26
Tweet this Follow @webradius Tweet to @webradius

Another item of interest in last week's Disinfo Review is the following, featuring Pepe Escobar, The Strategic Culture Foundation, and the hysterically named New World Order Opposition.

The source article by Escobar

strategic-culture[.]org: Home away from home for everyone’s favorite aging South American communist Pepe Escobar pic.twitter.com/TwtfNEJKZY

— aweisburd (@webradius) December 26, 2015

Promptly translated and disseminated in Czech

nwoo[.]org Propagating Kremlin disinfo in Czech pic.twitter.com/eIqdMiB0jP

— aweisburd (@webradius) December 26, 2015

Disinfo report(s)

Date Lang/Target Summary Link Disproof Reported by
16.12.2015 CZE, ENG Russia covers the Syrian Arab Army and prepares terrain for a setback of Ankara's plans for a safe zone masked as a no-fly zone financed by the EU. http://bit.ly/1S3UBn9 (nwoo.org) // http://bit.ly/1ITVmNs (strategic-culture.org) No evidence for these claims and assumptions provided. European Values Think-Tank

Escobar
This item is interesting for a number of reasons. Escobar, in addition to providing grist for the Kremlin disinfo mill, sits at the center of a number of social networks associated with information operations of Russia and Iran. Most recently Escobar has turned up in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as a hub in the network of Russia's American recruit Russell Bentley, and the ground in Donbass with one of the Kremlin's favorite Finnish tools Janus Putkonen.

strategic-culture.org
The Strategic Culture Foundation appears to be firmly rooted in Moscow, and closely aligns itself with the Centre for Research on Globalization in Canada, and with the Communist Party of China's 4th Media operation. The domain was recently transferred to a Russian whois proxy service, but most likely remains in the hands of Andrej G. Areshev, lately of Moscow. The project leases a server provided by Saint-Petersburg, Russia, company FastVPS a/k/a FastVPS24. It is noteworthy that the server itself appears to reside in Estonia, on an IP address (5.101.113.66) assigned to Pavel Odintsov who is d/b/a fastvps.ee. Odintsov also appears to reside in Estonia.

nwoo.org
That this site makes the effort to promptly translate and post a Czech version of Escobar's screed is perhaps the most interesting element. Beyond that, it is hosted in the Czech Republic on a dedicated IP address (81.2.216.102). The domain name has been held in turn by Vilhem Komodor and Josef Czechacek, and was registered in 2008, making it a rather old site in this context.

About the disinfo report
Information presented here was flagged as source of Kremlin disinformation by the EU's East Stratcom Task Force/EU Mythbusters network (@EUvsDisinfo). The data provided here is based on open sources and is not otherwise associated with the EU, while the characterization of site content represents the individual reporting member of the EU Mythbusters network.

Whois record for strategic-culture.org, cached on 23 February 2015

Domain Name:STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG
Domain ID: D159373322-LROR
Creation Date: 2010-06-08T15:29:02Z
Updated Date: 2014-05-31T20:13:26Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-06-08T15:29:02Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Regional Network Information Center, JSC dba RU-CENTER (R148-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 463
WHOIS Server: 
Referral URL: 
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited -- http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID:MLS9L8J-RU
Registrant Name:Andrej G Areshev
Registrant Organization:Andrej G Areshev
Registrant Street: ul. Soljanka, d. 1/2, str. 2, podezd 11-A, kv. 8
Registrant City:Moskva
Registrant State/Province:g. Moskva
Registrant Postal Code:109028
Registrant Country:RU
Registrant Phone:+7.4956238558
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +7.4956238558
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email:pravo5@zmail.ru
Admin ID:MLS9L8J-RU
Admin Name:Andrej G Areshev
Admin Organization:Andrej G Areshev
Admin Street: ul. Soljanka, d. 1/2, str. 2, podezd 11-A, kv. 8
Admin City:Moskva
Admin State/Province:g. Moskva
Admin Postal Code:109028
Admin Country:RU
Admin Phone:+7.4956238558
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +7.4956238558
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email:pravo5@zmail.ru
Tech ID:MLS9L8J-RU
Tech Name:Andrej G Areshev
Tech Organization:Andrej G Areshev
Tech Street: ul. Soljanka, d. 1/2, str. 2, podezd 11-A, kv. 8
Tech City:Moskva
Tech State/Province:g. Moskva
Tech Postal Code:109028
Tech Country:RU
Tech Phone:+7.4956238558
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +7.4956238558
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email:pravo5@zmail.ru
Name Server:NS1.FASTVPS.RU
Name Server:NS2.FASTVPS.RU
Name Server:NS3.FASTVPS.RU
Name Server:NS4.FASTVPS.RU
				

Whois record for 5.101.113.66

% Abuse contact for '5.101.113.0 - 5.101.113.255' is 'abuse@fastvps.ee'

inetnum:        5.101.113.0 - 5.101.113.255
netname:        FASTVPS-VE
descr:          Network for dc infrastructure
country:        EE
admin-c:        ODIN1
tech-c:         ODIN1
status:         ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by:         PO98712-MNT
changed:        odintsov@fastvps.ee 20140718
created:        2014-07-18T09:32:03Z
last-modified:  2014-07-18T09:32:03Z
source:         RIPE

person:         Pavel Odintsov
address:        Eesti, Rakvere 8, office 310 Johvi, Johvi vald 41532
phone:          +3726878694
e-mail:         odintsov@fastvps.ee
remarks:        ***********************************************************
remarks:        For spam/abuse/security/copyright issues please contact
remarks:        using form: https://bill2fast.com/abuse.php
remarks:        we guarantee answer only via web form
remarks:        ***********************************************************
nic-hdl:        ODIN1
mnt-by:         PO98712-MNT
changed:        odintsov@fastvps.ee 20110915
created:        2011-09-15T09:41:34Z
last-modified:  2015-07-17T15:12:34Z
source:         RIPE
abuse-mailbox:  abuse@fastvps.ru

route:          5.101.113.0/24
descr:          FastVPS routed network
origin:         AS198068
mnt-by:         PO98712-MNT
changed:        odintsov@fastvps.ee 20140718
created:        2014-07-18T09:36:49Z
last-modified:  2014-07-18T09:36:49Z
source:         RIPE
				

Whois record for nwoo.org from 2012 on

Domain ID:D154539477-LROR
Domain Name:NWOO.ORG
Created On:24-Oct-2008 17:31:01 UTC
Last Updated On:28-Jan-2012 21:59:05 UTC
Expiration Date:24-Oct-2012 17:31:01 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Gransy s.r.o. d/b/a subreg.cz (R1863-LROR)
Status:OK
Registrant ID:sub_230015_61950
Registrant Name:Josef Czechacek
Registrant Street1:Nabrezi kpt. Jarose 1000
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Praha 7 - Holesovice
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:17000
Registrant Country:CZ
Registrant Phone:+420.776184926
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:nwoo@nwoo.org
Admin ID:sub_230015_61950
Admin Name:Josef Czechacek
Admin Street1:Nabrezi kpt. Jarose 1000
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Praha 7 - Holesovice
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code:17000
Admin Country:CZ
Admin Phone:+420.776184926
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:nwoo@nwoo.org
Tech ID:sub_230015_61950
Tech Name:Josef Czechacek
Tech Street1:Nabrezi kpt. Jarose 1000
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Praha 7 - Holesovice
Tech State/Province:
Tech Postal Code:17000
Tech Country:CZ
Tech Phone:+420.776184926
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:nwoo@nwoo.org
Name Server:NS.EBOLA.CZ
Name Server:NS1.EBOLA.CZ
				

Whois record for nwoo.org from 2008 till 2012

Domain ID:D154539477-LROR
Domain Name:NWOO.ORG
Created On:24-Oct-2008 17:31:01 UTC
Last Updated On:02-Sep-2010 01:36:44 UTC
Expiration Date:24-Oct-2011 17:31:01 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:ASCIO Technologies, Inc. - Denmark (R76-LROR)
Status:OK
Registrant ID:AT22895557-052
Registrant Name:Vilhem Komodor
Registrant Street1:K Pyramidam
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Babylon
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:57 666
Registrant Country:CZ
Registrant Phone:+420.737360187
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:vilhem.komodor@gmail.com
Admin ID:AT22895558-052
Admin Name:Vilhem Komodor
Admin Street1:K Pyramidam
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Babylon
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code:57 666
Admin Country:CZ
Admin Phone:+420.737360187
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:vilhem.komodor@gmail.com
Tech ID:AT20377854-052
Tech Name:Jan Horak
Tech Organization:Jan Horak G-Hosting.cz
Tech Street1:Podjavorinske 1605
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Praha 4
Tech State/Province:Czech
Tech Postal Code:14900
Tech Country:CZ
Tech Phone:+420.732954549
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:horak@gransy.com
Name Server:NS.EBOLA.CZ
Name Server:NS1.EBOLA.CZ
				

© 2015-2016 Andrew Aaron Weisburd