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MV-Lehti

Today I'll be introducing one of the most infamous Finnish ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ disinfo site on the web: MV-Lehti (AKA MV-Media or UMV-Lehti).During its existence, the site has had three Chief-Editors:Ilja Janitskin, Juha Korhonen (.@Juha_Korh2) and currently Janus Putkonen (.@janus_putkonen).1/10
The latter two have already been introduced in my Finnish #vatnik's series:

Juha's bio:
Janus' bio:

I would still like to tell you little about Mr Janitskin, the sole founder of MV-Lehti:
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Ilja started MV-Lehti while living in Spain back in 2014 after a series of failed businesses. Initially it was used as an marketing tool to get ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ to come and work in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ. The website became quite popular and at some point was amongst the top 10 visited websites in ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ.
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This crowd was attracted by publishing fake news stories, insulting profile articles and anti-immigration and anti-semitic propaganda (at that time, MV-lehti was the only media that published full names of immigrant criminals). 4/10
MV-Lehti's popularity peak was in 2015, when over 30 000 immigrants flooded into ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. Ilja wrote daily articles about the topic. 5/10
At this time the website didn't contain much ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ disinfo as their campaign - ran by Yevgeni Prizoghin - was just getting started. So the site was mostly stories about immigration and curing cancer with baking soda (incidentally, Ilja died of cancer in 2020). 6/10
In 2017, Ilja gave up the position of Chief-Editor in MV and gave (or sold) the position to Juha Korhonen. I have already written a lot about Juha, but I'll say a few things more: Juha likes to take on projects, even though all of them fail. 7/10
Currently he is running the YT alternative Tokentube, and he has also tried to create a FB clone called "AD Yhteisรถ".During '17-'19 MV posted slander about Finnish journalists,politicians and provided output channel for far-right hinge groups such as Soldiers of Odin and SVL.8/10
In 2019 Putkonen took over the site and changed the name to UMV-Lehti. News are focusing on anti-Ukraine/NATO and pro-๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ rhetoric with occasional conspiracies and antivax articles. Most of the news are translated from websites such as LifeSiteNews and The Gateway Pundit. 9/10
Even though MV has become only a shadow of its past in popularity - it still has a marginalized audience. In their study, "Information Laundering in the Nordic-Baltic Region", Stratcom stated that MV-Lehti is part of the ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ disinformation laundering network. 10/10
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