Ukraine, in a tweet via its Defence of Ukraine handle, has asked people to add news on Ukraine in Google Reviews of Russian restaurants. The handle posted a detailed instructional video to that end. “Detailed instructions on how to “reach” the Russians, breaking through the information blockade of the Russian Federation,” reads the caption. Even before the tweet, people on the Internet had been leaving these “reviews” for Russian eateries on Google, as reported by NDTV. On Afisha.ru, a review for one of Moscow’s most popular seafood restaurant reads, “The place was nice! However, Putin spoiled our mood by invading Ukraine. Rise up against your dictator, stop killing innocent people! Your government is lying to you,” as per the NDTV report. This is only one of many.
According to the CTN News before this, a Twitter user going by @Konrad03249040 had come up with the idea. It had been reposted by one of the handles of hacktivist group Anonymous. “Go to Google Maps. Go to Russia. Find a restaurant or business and write a review. When you write the review explain what is happening in Ukraine.