The IT department of the election campaign of presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky is handled by Mikhail Fyodorov, the person who was promoted by Irina Komissar, the confidant of crime lord Anisimov.
In his election campaign, Zelensky focuses on digital technology and actively using modern capabilities of the Internet. For example, in social media and in particular on Facebook along with the already infamous “Porohobots” (bots promoting Poroshenko), recently appeared a large number of bots who are ardently defending the “honor” of Zelensky.
Another example of Zelensky’s marketing team’s usage of dirty PR technologies was the acquisition of the Facebook group “Mikhail Saakashvili is our leader” later rebranded as “Zelensky — people’s president” with all of the old subscribers intact. These people once subscribed to the group in order to receive news about one politician, but without knowing it, they will now receive information about Zelensky. Such groups and the so-called “bot-farms” are being created to carry out a program of disinformation in social media.
It is worth recalling that the US Attorney General’s Office in February 2018 accused 13 Russian citizens of interfering in the 2016 American elections. The indictment concluded that the Russian Internet Research Agency was used to promote the interests of the Russian authorities on the Internet by using paid internet-bots.
Firstly, such manipulations with public opinion can be fraught with, as was in the case with the US government. Secondly, in other countries similar cases are investigated at the state level while the Ukrainian law enforcement authorities do not pay attention to them. This way Zelensky who is yet to become the President is already casting doubt on his intentions to be a “servant of the people” and not to deceive public.
Mikhail Fyodorov, the head of the IT department in Zelensky team, is probably the one who introduced such technologies. He is also the head of the marketing agency “Smmstudio” in Zaporizhia. In 2012, Mikhail won the student elections and became city’s Student Mayor. His interest in digital marketing was already apparent in those days: his program as Student’s Mayor was the creation of the website for students who are looking for a job.
The head of the Zelensky’s IT department has long thought about startling a political career. Speaking about his plans for the publication of “Izvestia” in 2012, Mikhail answered that he would like to become a People’s Deputy:
“After 5 years, I will be 26 … It will be possible to become a People’s Deputy. In these elections, I had an ambitious desire, but I understand that it is not a rational one.”
In the same interview, Fyodorov expressed his support for the vision of Alexander Sin who was the Mayor of Zaporizhia at that time.
“I fully support his policies, his programs. He supports small business, develops it, and contains it within certain limits. For example, now there is a struggle to prohibit the sale of alcohol in the nighttime. And at the same time he supports the business,”— answered Mikhail to the question of the journalist of “Izvestia”.
It is well known that during the time of Sin administration, the secret position of the “lord of the Zaporozhye region” was held by the criminal “beholder” Yevgeny Anisimov and without his approval, no decision was made. Most likely, Fyodorov had to agree on holding public events and allocating budget funds with people close to Anisimov. The answer to the journalist’s question about communication with the Mayor from the same interview in 2012 can confirm this.
It needs to be noted that currently Anisimov is wanted by Interpol.
May it be that the true purpose of so-called “People’s servant” Zelensky is not to introduce fresh faces to the Ukrainian politics, but to bring forth the young minions of the old unwavering rule of bandits and oligarchs?