Germany had seen Covid-19 cases decline last month, but official figures have now shown the infection rate increasing for nine consecutive days.
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An investigation has uncovered a coordinated campaign to pay Russian TikTok influencers to post videos pushing pro-Kremlin narratives about the war in Ukraine. Vice News:Numerous campaigns have been coordinated in a secret Telegram channel that directs these influencers on what to say, where to capture videos, what hashtags to use, and when exactly to post the video. These campaigns were launched at the beginning of the invasion and have involved a number of the highest-profile influencers on TikTok, some of whom have over a million followers.
And even though TikTok has banned new uploads from users located inside Russia, the campaigns have not stopped. The Telegram channel is run by an anonymous administrator who recruits social media influencers and told VICE News he was a journalist. The administrator lays out the requirements, such as minimum views required and the date and time the video needs to be posted. He also asks potential recruits to say how much money they demand per post. It remains unknown who is paying for the campaigns. Source: Russian TikTok Influencers Are Being Paid To Spread Kremlin Propaganda – Slashdot
Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol Photo Radio Svoboda
Ivan Fedorov, Mayro of Melitopol, has, reportedly, been abducted by the Russians who have seized control of the city and tried, in vain, to get him to collaborate with them. This new abduction comes a day after Russian soldiers burst into the Melitopol home of Leila Ibrahimova, a Crimean Tatar and Deputy Head of the Zaporizhya Regional Council, carried out a ‘search’, seized her mobile phone and took her away. She was later released, but that abduction and now that of Fedorov are chillingly reminiscent of the lawlessness, the abductions and enforced disappearances, especially of Crimean Tatars, that Russia brought to Crimea with its invasion in 2014.
Source: Mayor of Melitopol abducted after refusing to collaborate with Russian invaders