Russia’s Defense Ministry has bought advertising on Vkontakta, the country’s most popular social media site, to lure those who want to serve their country but are better with a keyboard than a rifle.
“If you graduated from college, if you are a technical specialist, if you are ready to use your knowledge, we give you an opportunity,” the ad promised.
The ad went on to assure recruits that they would be part of units called science squadrons based at military installations where they would live in “comfortable accommodation” and showed an outfitted appartment.
The Defense Ministry even dangled the chance to dodge Russia’s mandatory draft by allowing university students to join a science squadron instead and then questioned them about their proficiency with programming languages, the report said.
Apparently this has been part of a three year programme and the US press considers it sinister. To be fair, the US government had been doing exactly the same sort of thing. We guess there has been no point gaming the Russian elections as they have been pretty much already decided in advance for hundreds of years. However, Russian hackers involvement in the US elections have bought Putin's team to prominence and moved the spotlight away from China's efforts. We expect that this will change when Trump takes office and will be looking for weapons of mass distraction to use against China.
This week President Obama ordered sanctions against Russia and tossed out a number of diplomats in retaliation for Russia’s alleged meddling in the presidential election and breaking into the computers of the Democratic National Committee.
“Russia’s cyberactivities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government. These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” a White House statement said.