The West must learn from Ukraine’s experience of dealing with Russian provocateurs

By Jamila Mammadova

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others”, goes a famous line from Otto von Bismarck.

As the Paris protests have recently exposed, European societies currently face a twin threat – the inability of their own elites to deal with internal crises and external agents using those same crises to stoke unrest.

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has claimed that the Russian secret service has trained the “radicals” involved in disturbances not only in France, but Germany, Belgium, Spain and Bulgaria. What does this mean for Britain, being at the crossroads of its own history as it prepares to leave the European Union?

Clearly, the UK does not face the same level of interference as Ukraine, which for five years has been dealing with sabotage and disinformation efforts backed by the Russian state, while simultaneously engaged in a military conflict with Kremlin-backed separatists. Western Europe is nowhere close – yet. Things may change though, if those in power do not start learning from the experiences of their not-so-distant-neighbours.

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