Putin planned to attack Japan in 2021. How the Russian secret service plan was replaced by the invasion of Ukraine

Friday, November 25, 2022, 10:49 a.m

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Russia was planning to attack Japan in the summer of 2021, before Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, writes Newsweek with reference to an email from an FSB (Russian security service) informant.

An email dated March 17 was sent to the founder of the Gulagu.net project, Volodimir Osiecikin, by an agent known as “Wind of Change” who is now hiding in France. According to the informant, dissatisfaction with the full-scale war launched by Putin in Ukraine is growing within the FSB.

Igor Sușko, head of the Wind of Change research group, forwarded the letter to journalists. The letter was later read by Bellingcat representative Hristo Grozev, who showed it to some FSB officers (one former and one current), who said they had no doubt that the letter was written by their colleague.

It is reported that in August 2021, the Kremlin had “quite serious plans for a local military conflict with Japan”. But at the same time, the Russian leadership thought it would be better to start with an invasion of Ukraine.

“Confidence that a confrontation and even a war between the countries would start was high. Why Ukraine was chosen for the war, in the end I cannot say,” the informant wrote.

In addition, the Russian propaganda machine was also prepared for this purpose, which was ready to stick the labels of “Nazis” and “fascists” on the Japanese.

According to the informant, Japan’s entire geopolitics is centered around the Kurile Islands.

“World War II loser status still prevents Japan from organizing a formal military or foreign intelligence service. For the Land of the Rising Sun, regaining the Kurile Islands would mean a revision (or even cancellation) of the post-war status,” the source said.

For Moscow, these islands are probably the main asset and argument in negotiations.

In August 2021, the FSB declassified details of how Japanese special services tortured Soviet citizens during World War II.

According to an FSB informant, the department was tasked with conducting an information campaign against Japan among the population of the Russian Federation.

“It happened suddenly and almost unexpectedly,” the informant wrote.

Among the declassified data was information obtained during the interrogation of the general of the Japanese imperialist army, Otozo Yamada.

It is reported that on August 16, the Russian media literally exploded and began to discuss documents according to which the Japanese conducted terrible biological experiments on Soviet prisoners and treated Soviet soldiers terribly.

Details of plague lice, which were used to torture prisoners, were everywhere. Russia Today joined this campaign.

The whistleblower referred to information from the pro-Kremlin media. In particular, on one of the documents, which bears the title: “How the USSR saved the world from the biological war that Japan was preparing.” Another document by Russian propagandists said that Japan was preparing for war with the USSR.

In August 2021, the FSB published data that Japan planned to use a bacteriological bomb to make the Russian population believe that the Japanese were fascists.

Such an information campaign was prepared for Japan, but later they simply replaced Japan with Ukraine.

Source: Breaking News – Cele mai importante stiri – Ziare.com by ziare.com.

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