Russia Sent GRU Spies Alongside Aid To Italy: La Stampa Newspaper

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Russia Sent GRU Spies Alongside Aid To Italy: La Stampa Newspaper

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Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that Russia’s group of military doctors and experts most certainly included GRU intelligence officers, in other words spies.

This followed reports by the same newspaper that the Russian aid sent to Italy was largely “useless,” but apparently it didn’t have enough friction, so something more popular is needed, to remind the public that “evil GRU agents” exist and they’re closer than Italians would think.

Russia has sent 104 individuals to assist Italy.

“Without a doubt, there are GRU officers among them,” former NATO chemical weapons expert Hamish De Bretton-Gordon told the paper.

It should be noted that they asked a “chemical weapons expert” and he’s British, after all, London has quite a bit of experience in revealing GRU agents, after the entire fiasco that the Sergey Skripal investigation turned into.

The Russian Defense Ministry accused the Italian paper of “hiding behind the ideals of free speech” to spread stories reminiscent of “anti-Soviet propaganda.”

Then, the Italian government commented in response to the Russian Defense ministry’s statement.

“While grateful for Russia’s support, one cannot but criticize the inappropriate tone of certain expressions used by the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman,” the government said in a statement.

“Freedom of expression and the right to criticize are fundamental values of our country,” it said.

It noted that Russia had “the right to respond (to the allegations), but in a formal and correct manner.”

Then, the Russian Foreign Ministry responded.

talians near Milan “met the Russian column of trucks with applause, singing the Russian national anthem,” ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said.

Zakharova’s briefing was the following:

“The Italian newspaper Stampa has already distinguished itself by a number of articles with direct slander regarding Russia’s rendering humanitarian aid to Italy. The other day it published another fake in order to completely distort the actions of Russia in connection with the sanitary-epidemiological crisis in Italy.

Referring to dubious sources (if any), the publication publicly announced the allegedly sequestered cargo of Russia and provided completely incorrect information.

Of course, we have responded at the level of the Russian Embassy and will continue to respond.

In response to this stuffing, it was possible to establish an intermediary – the Giosar company registered in London, whose representative categorically refused to provide any information about the transaction, which was mentioned in the article, and to answer relevant questions, including regarding the location, cost and characteristics of the cargo , as well as its sender and recipient.

When they started to understand, it turned out that this was a purely commercial operation, which some foreign structures tried to organize according to an opaque scheme. At the same time, the Russian authorities were not informed in advance about this supply and had no relation to it. All this is served by the Stampa newspaper in the context of Russia’s humanitarian efforts.

I think it has already become clear to everyone that some traders, in search of profit, are apparently trying to use problems, trouble, and in this case, the tragedy of Italy. We will stop this misinformation and do it tough, on a regular basis.”

Then, La Stampa, published another report, apologizing and expressing its surprise over the Russian comments.

“”Qui fodit foveam, incidet in eam (whoever digs a pit will end up in it sooner or later).” An authentic intimidation that once again confirms – if ever there was a need – the tools with which Russia controls information, and beyond. But above all the unacceptable attempt to export these methods beyond their borders, in our country, in Europe. A fact that risks becoming a serious precedent if our government does not ask for immediate clarifications. And above all the necessary apology,” La Stampa said.

“Our articles have raised questions — both from Italians and others — about the possible presence of intelligence officers in the Russian mission,” La Stampa further said.

But the paper said it still thought Russia was “demonstrating friendship and solidarity at a moment of great difficulty” for Italy.

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  • John

    Who is La Stampa? Nobody….

    • Lone Ranger

      A cia funded online newspaper.
      Go figure…

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      One of hundreds of opinion pieces among the mass media.

      Just one.

  • johnny rotten

    In Italy the newspaper “La Stampa” is better known as the Liar, more precisely, in the Piedmontese dialect: la busiarda. The property belongs to the Agnelli family.

  • Opinionlader

    Newspaper La Stampa is called since many years: the liar.
    Lately after new director is a sionist Jewish things started to go even wronger.

  • AG Korvin

    No military missions without spooks, ever.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      That’s the NATO version.

  • Daniel Martin

    Fortunately the Italian people as the rest of the so called EU “solidarity” project has seen with their own eyes how the Russian help was both sincere generous and very helpful, compared with the one from their so called allies which was shining with it’s absence. But this headline is believe it or not, not totally useless, because it actually shows the level of panic in the ranks of the Nato deep-state that actually runs this so called newspaper is.

    Meanwhile in France they confiscate medical masks already paid for by the Swedish government and is waiting to be delivered to Sweden. What a “beautiful” partnership tge EU is …

  • Jean de Peyrelongue

    What could be so ineresting in Italy for Russia to send there a GRU team ? Italy bankrupted ? Italy corruption ? The Pope’s panzer divisions ? Is the Stampa belonging to the CIA ?

    • Jake321

      They need to check up on their very special bio-weapon’s virus…obviously…

      • Jean de Peyrelongue

        You mean, the one developped in conjunction between the US and China ? but actualy is there one virus or several ? is the one in Italy, the same as the one in China or Iran ? Is there one source or several ?

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          They have 5 strains of COVID19 in the States.

          It’s been there that long.

      • Lone Ranger

        Nope, they are only neutralizing a U.S. made bioweapon…

      • Gary Sellars

        LOL!! You’re a unique little troll given you undermine your own narratives with each and every post. Langely is certainly wasting their shekels with you! ;-D

      • JIMI JAMES

        gates bio weapon fkhed!

  • Leonardo Facchin

    La Stampa’s series of articles is the usual bull: few facts and lots of innuendo and insinuations (even to the point of throwing into the mix a reference to the Skripal case, as a way of suggesting an obscure motive for Russian military virologists to be in Italy, without actually saying so).

    But I wonder if Russia will ever learn how media communication works. Russian propaganda strategies have to get a little more sophisticated and nuanced, or they will backfire. La Stampa’s articles would have fallen into oblivion pretty quickly and nobody would have remembered them in the span of a week. Instead, the Russian Defense Minister’s reply supplied the excuse for the ENTIRE Italian press establishment to come together and depict itself as the paladin of press freedom, while accusing Russian authorities of authoritarianism.

    Have Russian authorities really not learned anything from the Douma report manipulation? The whole western press reacted to what is one of the most important and explosive news in the last decade in a pretty disciplined way: coordinated blanket silence.
    Russia should have done the same: let that kind of trash journalism fell on deaf years and move on.
    Military men are usually not media savvy. But that’s exactly the reason why the top brass should probably refrain from giving voice to his frustration (no matter how righteous) in a manner that favours Russia’s adversaries.

    As an Italian I feel comfortable in saying that most of the Italian people are very thankful for Russia’s help in the fight against Coronavirus (as we are to any other Country that helped in such a difficult situation).
    I hope we won’t forget and that one day we will be able to return Russian generosity in kind.

    • Jake321

      Yep. Russia has a long history of press freedom and truthful reporting originating in Pravda and the Soviet Ministry of Truth. A proud tradition carried on to this day by the new Kremlin.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      Russia has the right to reply to La Stampa of course, they are a main stream Italian publication, with influence over Italian public and official views.

      What I am disappointed about, is the action of the Italian government in responding to this.

      A simple clarification as to the effectiveness of the Russian help and supplies would have given the Italian public the true facts, rather than the government responding with talk about Italian values.

      Were Italian values of freedom and expression the reason why the EU has still not sent any aid, nor France, Britain or the USA?

      • Leonardo Facchin

        In my opinion, it doesn’t even matter how effective Russia’s help was. The simple fact that Russia contributed to the fight against the Coronavirus is enough. Any contribution is welcome, according to each State capabilities and resources. I’m not questioning Russia’s help at all. I am grateful for it.

        But once the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation replied with that Latin motto, the focus shifted from La Stampa’s trash journalism to the topic of Russian authorities threatening an Italian journalist. And there was no going back.

        The fact that those articles were not grounded in reality, that they were built on the opinions of NATO-aligned hawks and gossip and that they amounted to spitting in the face of a nation that came to our help, suddenly became meaningless in front of a perceived aggressive response to what was being sold as a legit journalistic criticism.

        The Italian government was put in the position of having to choose between commending Russian help and stepping up to defend the “tribunes of the people” (that is: the press). And that’s exactly what the Italian authorities tried to do: confirm the gratitude to Russia while at the same time chastizing the “threatening reply”.
        The aggressor (La Stampa) had an easy time turning the narrative upside down and passing as the victim.

        To me this is a strategic communication mistake. And that’s what I was criticizing about the way Russia managed this situation.

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          I fully understand your stance, and appreciate that the reality of Italian gratitude is the reverse of La Stampa’s disgraceful slander.
          But I am also looking at daily snide attacks on Russia, China or any other non MSM approved body, through the MSM. The question should really be asked of La Stampa, where is there condemnation of the EU, US and NATO to the Italian people’s needs?
          I have asked my MPs, where is the PPE they told us over two weeks ago was being distributed.
          Why are health workers still being denied PPE, and COVID19 testing. These health workers have families whom they return to after work ffs.

          Today I found out through the Daily Mail, that Russian disinformation was spreading rumours that Boris Johnson was on a ventilator. I’ve been reading and watching RT, Sputnik and other Russian sites, and didn’t see any such announcements. DM quoted Ria Novosti, but if its in Russian, then how could non Russians read it?
          Anyway, Al Jazeera are now questioning whether BJ is seriously ill, while the British government admit that BJ was given oxygen over the weekend.
          Technically, a ventilator provides oxygen to the lungs!

          Any chance La Stampa would make enquiries about that! lol

          • Leonardo Facchin

            Honestly, I wouldn’t hold my breath… :)

            Mainstream journalism has become a nest of narcissistic public relations experts and conformists that are prisoner of their own delusional narrative.

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            It’s the same here Leonardo, my local politicians and media would do the same.
            They all play that game, no profit for them if the “Western way of life” collapses.

            I’ve been living here all my life, and I have yet to get a house like the Waltons had, or to go for coffee with my Friends in Central Perk.

            Try living that lifestyle, on minimum wage. lol

    • Gary Sellars

      “But I wonder if Russia will ever learn how media communication works. Russian propaganda strategies have to get a little more sophisticated and nuanced, or they will backfire”

      Have you considered that the Russians may actually have a measure of morality in their character and choose not to dip their hands into the filth of Western-style agitprop reporting? They aren’t beyond stretching the truth for their own interests but they seem to lack the interest in the full-spectrum lying-thru-the-teeth that our regimes and their privately owned media companies do with such reckless abandon.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      La Stampa è stata uno strumento di disinformazione della CIA sin dall’era Aldo Moro e le false bandiere della Brigata Rossa sono molto simili a oggi. La Stampa is a whore like Berlusconi and the Jews. It has no credibility and is tool of Americunt disinformation.

      The GRU is perhaps the best military field intelligence service in the world, their reporting on Afghanistan and now Syria has been realistic. The KGB and its successor the FSB is third rate arse-kissers like Putin.

  • chris chuba

    Journalism 101, never publish a story if you have to use the words, ‘if true’, ‘could be true’, or ‘possibility’. There should be a source indicating that it is true. This gives license to publish any accusation and giving it an aura of undeserved truth. Quoting a NATO flak, speculating on the possibility of GRU agents clearly falls into that category.

    I’m curious about that accusation that their aid is ‘useless’ only because that is so easily fact checked that the paper should be discredited if they got that wrong (if true).

    • Zionism = EVIL

      La Stampa is right wing rag funded by Bilderberg Jews and the CIA and nothing to do with journalism. They are a disinformation tool dating back to the cold war. Most of European puppet media in France, Spain, UK, Italy and occupied Germany takes daily memos from the Jews and CIA. BBC is known as a MI6 and CIA mouthpiece not for nothing.

  • qveenz

    Well there are perhaps some, and so what. Couterintelligence is also required to ansure the correct mission parameters; which some NATO-Potato cowards don’t desire.
    Well NATO-Potatos impotents, keep you holes clean before speaking while you kill our oldies with your idiot games.

    • Jake321

      Mostly those bio-guys are from the Russian bio-weapons program checking up on their handiwork. Try to keep up. Everyone knows that.

      • Lone Ranger

        Everybody knows its a U.S. made bioweapon. ;)

      • JIMI JAMES

        liar,you very sic aids brain,too much sht talk from ye mouth dirty filthy asslicker

    • JIMI JAMES

      all cases of death in wales 50 and under,just saying!

  • Barba_Papa

    That which gets presented without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. Or as they used to say on the internets, pics or it didn’t happen!

    • Jake321

      And the Kremlin Ministry of Truth can provide all the fake and doctored pic’s you want. Orwell would be proud.

      • Lone Ranger

        Sound more like CIA CGI…

        • Jake321

          Still no Kremlin Pandemic cheat sheet, Igor?

          • Lone Ranger

            You are mixing me up with your hasbarat buddies…;)

          • Jake321

            Nahhhhhhhhhh…you still haven’t gotten the Pandemic cheat sheet from the Kremlin in hiding, Comrade Pravda.

          • Lone Ranger

            Only because that’s your modus operandi doesn’t mean everyone else runs like you and your fellow trolls :)

          • Gary Sellars

            Man, that dude (?) is such a fucking retard, but he fulfills a vital community service by so ably demonstrating how damaging the US propaganda group-think is to ones mental development. I’d nominate him for an award if he wasn’t such an insufferable low-brow prick :-D

          • Zionism = EVIL

            He is Jew BOT from Tel Aviv and I outed him months ago, his other accounts are Iron Zion and they both upvote each other at the same time. His twat has posted over 60,000 comments in a few weeks, which is physically impossible even for a dozen hasbara cunts posting lies 24/7/365.

          • Superfly
          • Superfly
      • Zionism = EVIL

        60,000 BOT comments Jew cunt, give it rest :)

      • Superfly

        Mate, your Azriel Herskowitz account keeps on upvoting you. Why not bring out Iron Zion too?

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e96b8959ff1d1da5e930768849f0224fc9f8bacf059be5141e853d4ce00dcbfa.png

      • Barba_Papa

        I apply the same standards to everyone. To the West, to the Kremlin, even South Front, where I have often made the same statement to their claims. That which get presented without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. In this case it’s not up to the Russians to prove there were no GRU personnel with the troops, but the Italian newspaper who made the claim. And what is it? The Cold War still with an Iron Curtain preventing free travel to and from Russia? The GRU can send anyone to Italy via any means if they wanted too without them being part of a highly visible and monitored group. And what would the GRU, which is military intelligence, learn while aiding sick Italian civilians?

        As usual the anti-Russian hysteria from the Western ministries of Truth is full of innuendo, skimpy on actual evidence and logically makes no sense. But we live in a time were logic nor evidence no longer matters. We feel it, therefore it is. Well, I am old school, evidence matters to me. And if neither the Russian nor the Italian Ministry of Truth can be arsed to provide even fake evidence, they can the fuck out.

    • Anna24

      Bored in quarantine … I want to try virtual sex, write to me on this site – https://tinyurl.com/t89ehyg

      • Gary Sellars

        My suggestion is to go and fuck yourself. Get it right before you pester others…

  • Jake321

    In the meantime, Putz Putin the Poisoner goes into isolated hiding to try to avoid being yet another Pandemic stat while his Soviet style Kremlin Ministry of Truth spews out tons of Pravda claims on how Great and Glorious Russia doesn’t have any Pandemic worries. That wimpy Western virus has easily been totally beaten by their Vodka binging Russian he-men with their hypersonic missiles and caveman clubs who can beat anyone and anything…grunt, grunt… Just read their Virus stats…puke, puke…

    • Miguel Angel Solano

      keep being a crybaby, we all are seeing how the glorious west is getting better and better, soon, they will just be heaven on earth with lots angels, fairies, unicorns.

      • JIMI JAMES

        Looking at the stats these millenial lgbtq/cia dictate unelects,not looking good (period)

    • Lone Ranger

      Disney called they want you back…

      • Jake321

        Still no Kremlin cheat sheet, Igor? Maybe your fellow Comrades there are also in isolated hiding like your boss, Putz Putin the Poisoner, and haven’t figured out how to communicate yet.

        • Lone Ranger

          Do you get your news from Soros Today or the Disney channel:)
          Lolz

          • JIMI JAMES

            msn/gates

        • Lone Ranger

          Maybe you should adjust your SSRI dosage.
          Paranoid Schizophreny should be taken seriously… especially if you also suffering from PTSD.

        • JIMI JAMES

          Germans are the cheaters,more deaths but think the world is stupid like days in ww2 where they claimed they fad victory? You lousy stinktank,gates desperato!

    • JIMI JAMES

      Western pro soros/lgbtq nations are the far worse off,you will see aids brain,you will see!
      assflogged!

  • AM Hants

    LA Stampa doubling down on the ‘wrap up smear’. Tell the lie, wait for the media to pick up the lie, then double down, repeating media version of the lie.

    Watch how many of the media, run by the 6 media Corporates will quote LA Stampa as fact. The use this old trick, time and time again.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      La Stampa is known as a Jew right wing rag and a CIA disinformation tool since the cold war era. They planted fake stories about Aldo Moro murder and so-called Red Brigades to fan anti-communism and now fanning the same Russo-phobia. There are lot of anti-Russian leaflets also showing up in northern Italy printed in US and distributed by the Americunt ocupation bases, who incidentally locked out Italians as second class citizens in their own country. Russia, China and even Cuba has saved millions of Italians lives, where as the Americunt mean and nasty lardass arseholes stole Italian medical supplies and even took ventilators out of Italian national hospital system. With “allies” like that who needs enemies.

  • AM Hants

    Wow, just think, Russia, the 11 time zone nation, holding up, despite all that is being thrown at it, prioritises sending GRU intelligence officers to old folks homes in Italy? Guess their brief is to focus on best incontinent pads to use, in times of crisis.

    NATO member states rely on NATO strength Pampers. Guess Russia needs to find out the absorbance rate, for future NATO themed exercises.

  • Bru

    Impressive how orwellian this can get! So absurd, when one think of all the huge US military bases (functioning as cIA hubs), the scandal of the Glaio network… I mean Italy is full of US intelligence agents,… How can people buy such a piece os sh*t of this La Stampa fakepapers?

  • Lone Ranger

    Same fake CIA funded online newspaper, with unnamed sources…
    BS allert

  • Lone Ranger

    Bill Gates and the head of CIA should be arrested for bioterrorism.

  • Lone Ranger

    E cigarette misery was already a coverup up last year…

  • Lone Ranger

    Russia and the Free World is gaining, Bill Gates and the CIA is draining ;)

    • Jake321

      LOL…your Kremlin still hasn’t decided what to hand out to you in its Pandemic cheat sheets yet, Comrade Pravda?

      • JIMI JAMES

        Russia is doing well aidsbrain!you need another checkup sic bot!

        • Jake321

          LOL…that is why Putz Putin the Poisoner has disappeared into hidden isolation to avoid becoming a Pandemic stat from the weakling Western Virus that is too afraid to face you he-man Vodka bingers. Got it, Igor.

      • Lone Ranger

        Still crying about nothing burgergs…
        Time to ask your supervisor for further instructions ;)

  • Lone Ranger

    Only CIA trolls and hasbarats take a fake news CIA funded online newspaper seriously.

    • Jake321

      Damn, they are as bad as you with RT and Sputnik, Comrade Pravda.

      • Lone Ranger

        They are about a trillion times worse.
        Comrade CNN.

        • Jake321

          LOL…still no direction from your Kremlin in hiding, I see.

          • Lone Ranger

            LOL…still no direction from your Papa Soros in hiding, I see.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Now Italy have great bilateral relations with Russia and someone doesn’t likes that. But that is the fact. Italians love Russians, and see what is going on in reality.

  • Raptar Driver

    If I were Russia I would have done the same. Send a few spies along with the cleaners. Why the hell not?I would want to document to fall of western civilization too.

  • Vitex

    It strikes me that the GRU goes where the GRU wants to go, and doesn’t require a “cover”

  • Azriel Herskowitz

    Of course the slimy Kremlin would take advantage of a crisis. Never trust Russia.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      Bibi does!

      But of course, the rest of the world would never trust slimy Bibi, or you.

      • Jake321

        Bibi doesn’t trust Putz Putin. He mostly tries to play him.

        • JIMI JAMES

          They did martail arts together,don’t you understand oh weak nocando gimp?

          Putin earn’t Trust, you and all your stingy fake mates simply have not (period)

          • Jake321

            Did that actually have meaning in the original Russian, Igor? Or does your auto-bot English comment generator need to be reprogrammed?

    • JIMI JAMES

      I don’t think so,usa too appreciates russian generosity,just because you nocando nazi/perverts
      combined are too stingy to even helkp your own familys,and you have the nerve to mock truth?
      shame on you,yes the shame falls on you,the world has awakened,God Bless Mother Russia:

  • Wayne Nicholson

    Exactly what NATO secrets do they believe the GRU are going to collect on this mission? Are they working in hospitals and morgues or in top secret NATO bases full of stealth aircraft or top secret bio labs? Maybe they’ll take pictures of top secret capitalist ICU beds and sell them to the Chinese to counterfeit? Or maybe its the latest high capacity gas fired crematoriums they want.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      They are worried that the tourism photo’s Russians have been taking while holidaying in Italy since the end of the Cold War, may not match up to the GRU photo’s taken during the Cold War.
      Russia needs to be sure of these things, just in case.

      Just in case that the trillions of photo’s from tourists from across the planet, as well as Italian citizens, soldiers and officials on NoseBook and Instgram, disappear! lol

  • Wegan

    This is an example of how the Italian people are ruled over by an elite that controls government and media. And then thy insist that they live in a democracy. A democracy in which they’re being ruled over.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      I never voted for any member of the governments who have ruled here since being old enough to vote. I’m voting a long time, near 40 years. I did vote for one guy, who became a member of government in coalition. He’s gone, but the party he collaborated with, are still running the show, just about.
      I voted against Maastricht, SEA, EU integration, they all won.

      No one I know voted for any of this, probably the same in Italy or most other EU countries.

      Welcome to freedom and demockery!

    • JIMI JAMES

      Tyranny is a curse,look at the plauge,turns out,oh well!

  • World_Eye

    Feed a dog to bark you

  • Jake321

    Nahhhhhhh…they were not Russian spies. They are Russian bio-weapons experts checking up on their handiwork. Everyone knows that. Try to keep up.

    • JIMI JAMES

      sick poof you have aids liar!

      • Jake321

        Damn, you need to tune your English auto-bot comment generator, Igor.

  • JIMI JAMES

    Pretty much explains why the Italians are cursed like the other facists sects/medias whoms societys
    persist to ignore the more dealdly hiv/aods epidemic that kills nearing a million yet whom believe their phaedokweers masters will save their souls,not!
    What a pathedic pandemic,oh yes lets glory same sex marriage,but never condem the aids,but russian
    Utterly shameless and pathedic,seriously Italy it’s time to grow a set and tear that dirty building down!

    • Jake321

      LOL..your auto-bot English comment generator still hasn’t been tuned, Igor. But it needs to be tuned down a bit to spew out less nonsense.

  • El Mashi

    Italy is saturated with the CIA spies and Nato spies: La Stampa says nothing. The writer of that article should be investigated for ties with the CIA.