Active Measures

Активные Мероприятия | Aktivnyye Meropriyatiya: Agent-operational measures aimed at exerting useful influence on aspects of the political life of a target country which are of interest, its foreign policy, the solution of international problems, misleading the adversary, undermining and weakening his positions, the disruption of his hostile plans, and the achievement of other aims. (Mitrokhin, Vasili (2013-01-11). KGB Lexicon: The Soviet Intelligence Officers Handbook (p. 13). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.)

Maria Butina Social Network Sampler Part 2

Published: 2018 September 15

This is one of four five posts dealing with Maria Butina and her social network:

This entry builds on Part 1, except that in this case I present Butina friends in order of their connectedness, rather than selecting representative types of people one finds in her network. As noted in Part 1, connectedness here is a measure of the degree to which these friends of Maria Butina are themselves friends with other members of Putin's adhocracy. Maximum score is a 10, and anything above a 2 is likely significant even when the significances is not readily apparent.


Gubareva, Ekaterina

Member of puppet government legislature in 'Donetsk Peoples Republic'

Gubareva, 2nd from right


Roman, Kris

Belgium pro-Kremlin far right activist.

Roman (bottom) appearing on News Front


NYC, Resident of

Not afaik *the* Resident of NYC, just a Russian national residing in NYC who plays a prominent role in the local Russian diaspora community, works closely with the Russian Consulate in NYC, and working in association with a prominent retired US diplomat in NYC brings promising young Russians to New York to become more familiar with the United States while under close supervision.


Khanin, Nikolai

Businessman and Rodina Party activist, heavily involved in Russian occupation of Donbas.

Khanin (right) with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of Putin's Night Wolves motorcycle gang.


Linter, Dmitri

Advisor to the Executive Director at the Russian Military Historical Society. RIPO. Also associated with, makes appearance on RU military TV channel Zvezda. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Linter was involved in pro-Russia subversion culminating in riots in 2007. Subsequently relocated to Russia, and involved in Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Linter (left) with Andreas Maurer of the German far left Die Linke party (center) and Rodina Party's Fyedor Biryukov (right)


Korovin, Valeriy

Member of the Public Council of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for North Caucasus Affairs. Previously: Deputy Head of the International Eurasian Movement; Director at the Center for Geopolitical Expertise; Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation; Founder at Eurasian Union of Youth.

Korovin (left) in Russian-occupied Crimea


Fefelov, Andrey

CEO of Zvatra Media Co. See also note about Vladislav Shurygin in Part 1.


Slutskiy, Leonid

Yes, that Slutskiy.

Slutskiy (right) with his boss.


Kanischev, Pavel

Eurasian Movement activist.

Kanischev (back row, left)


Rogozin, Alexey

Director-General at Ilyushin

Rogozin (left) explaining aircraft manufacturing to a malignant dwarf (right)


Ryleev, Alexey

Advisor to the Chairman of Rodina Party and CEO of Rodina's Congress of Russian Communities organization.

Ryleev (right) appearing on News Front


Dzhigalov, Dmitriy

Anticorruption Bureau of the Republic of Crimea, Head of the regional branch of the Union of the Paratroopers of Crimea. Currently appealing a conviction for online extremism(?)

Dzhigalov (right) with American foreign fighter Russell Bentley (center) and Zaldostanov of the Night Wolves


The Network


See also: Part 1