Heritage Solidarity Fellowship for Ukraine, Prank Call Hacktivism, A New Dima Maleev Meme Collection, More: Ukraine Update, May 19, 2022


Europa Nostra: Heritage Solidarity Fellowship for Ukraine – Call for Applications. “On International Museum Day, Europa Nostra and Global Heritage Fund, in partnership with ALIPH and with the vital collaboration of the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HERI), are launching the Heritage Solidarity Fellowship for Ukraine. The aim of this scheme is to provide much-needed support to heritage professionals in Ukraine who are currently facing hardships.”

WIRED: This Hacktivist Site Lets You Prank-Call Russian Officials. “Visit the site, click a button, and it will cycle through a leaked list of Russian government, military, and intelligence phone numbers to connect two random Russian officials—and allow the site’s visitor to silently listen in as those officials waste their time trying to figure out why they’re speaking to each other and who initiated the call.”


Ukrainian YouTuber Dima Maleev has a new compilation of Ukraine war-related memes at Memes covered in this video include Denys Shmyhal’s looks, Angelina Jolie visiting Ukraine, Russia propaganda (“Hui budesh”), Russian vocabulary (“cotton”), and May 9th.

Meduza: Deal or no deal? Yandex is looking to sell Russian assets, sources tell Meduza. The company says otherwise. . “Internet giant Yandex is looking for buyers for its Russian assets Yandex Search, Yandex.Mail, and the movie database Kinopoisk, a source close to the company’s co-founder Arkady Volozh told Meduza. This was corroborated by another source close to the company’s management.”

CTech: Yandex wants to move its headquarters to Israel but has some conditions . “Arkady Volozh, one of the founders of Yandex, wrote to the Israeli Prime Minister and three ministers telling them that he has decided to move the company’s headquarters to Tel Aviv. He is seeking special conditions for the company’s non-Israeli workers as he attempts to move the ‘Russian Google’ away from Russia and the sanctions.”


CNN: Pro-Russia online operatives falsely claimed Zelensky committed suicide in an effort to sway public opinion, cybersecurity firm says. “Pro-Russia online operatives falsely claimed weeks into Moscow’s war against Ukraine that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had committed suicide, as part of an aggressive effort to dent public morale and undermine the Ukrainian government, US cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Thursday.”

Navy Recognition: United Kingdom to supply the Ukrainian Forces with cargo drones. “According to information published by Dott Fanculo on May 4, 2022, the United Kingdom will supply the Ukrainian Forces with Maloy T150 drones capable of delivering cargo, or weapons to the front line.”

Washington Post: China cut tech exports to Russia after U.S.-led sanctions hit. “Chinese technology exports to Russia plummeted in March after U.S.-led sanctions took effect, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Tuesday, calling it a sign of Beijing’s wariness about violating the trade prohibitions.”


Reuters: Google’s Russian Subsidiary Files for Bankruptcy -Document. “The Russian subsidiary of Alphabet Inc’s Google has filed for insolvency, according to a message posted on Russia’s official registry Fedresurs on Wednesday.”

CityAM: Google’s Russian bank account seized as Big Tech crack down continues. “Russian authorities have seized Google’s Russian bank account, making it impossible for its Russian office to function, the tech giant revealed today. It comes after Google’s Russian subsidiary declared its intention to file for bankruptcy.”

WIRED: The US Plan to Document War Crimes in Ukraine. “The newly established Conflict Observatory will use open source investigation techniques and satellite imagery to monitor the conflict in Ukraine and collect evidence of possible war crimes. Outside organizations and international investigators would be able access the resulting database, a US State Department spokesperson confirmed in an email.”


Center for European Policy Analysis: Russian Propagandists Regain Footing on Ukraine. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stunned not only the world, but apparently the Kremlin’s own propaganda machine. For weeks after the invasion, state-run media outlets aimed at the outside world struggled to construct a coherent explanation of why the country had sent more than 100,000 troops to attack a smaller neighbor which had done it no visible harm. Now, however, the machine has recovered, becoming more coherent and persuasive, especially in the developing world. How can democratic forces confront these efforts, and maintain broad opposition to the Kremlin’s actions?”

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