The Anonymous hacker group published an analysis of documents belonging to various British government agencies, including the Foreign Office, according to the local media reports.
Anonymous previously accused British authorities and media organizations of influencing Russian-language media and attempting to shape the minds of their audiences in the way the West wants. In support of their position, the hackers published hundreds of copies of files that they called documents of the British Foreign and Parliamentary Ministries and organizations working for the authorities.
The analysis notes that the purpose of such manipulations is to change power in Russia and change the Kremlin's foreign policy.
It is also pointed out that the council is cooperating with British intelligence to be more effective.
The hackers noted the organization's activity in Russia's neighboring states: in the Caucasus, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine.
"The British Council's operations in the Baltic States are well documented: they are designed to socially unite Russian-speaking communities in these countries, to make sure they have strong ties among themselves and feel an affinity with British and European values and culture, and are resistant to destabilizing narratives. Brilliant brainwashing," writes Anonymous.
The group cites photocopies of files to prove their claims, which include a call for proposals for communication in English in the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Belarus for fiscal years 2019-2022. Anonymous claims that it is a copy of the Foreign Ministry document, but there are no logos or markings on it to confirm this.
According to this document, the British State was willing to allocate 650,000 pounds per year for English language training in the regions, so the total cost of the three-year program should not exceed 1.95 million pounds.
However, according to Anonymous, the real purpose of the humanitarian programs of the British authorities in the post-Soviet space is "to break the foundations of the regime in Russia or to change its foreign policy".