Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Evan Kohlmann
Chief Innovation Officer
Evan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.
Josh Devon
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Product Officer
Josh Devon focuses on product vision and strategy at Flashpoint while ensuring the company’s departments function synergistically during its rapid growth. He also works to ensure that customers receive best in class products, services, and support. Previously, Mr. Devon co-founded the SITE Intelligence Group where he served as Assistant Director. He holds an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins Univ. At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Camacho
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s FPCollab sharing community. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has spearheaded initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. Most recently as a Senior Vice President of Information Security at Bank of America, Mr. Camacho was responsible for overseeing the Threat Management Program. An entrepreneur, Mr. Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs: a career-matching community for elite cybersecurity talent. He has a BS in Decision Sciences & Management of Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lisa Iadanza
Chief People Officer
Lisa M. Iadanza leads all functional areas of People Operations at Flashpoint, including human resources, talent acquisition & management, employee engagement, and developing high performance teams. In addition to collaborating with the executive team to drive strategic growth, she plays an integral role in fostering Flashpoint’s culture and mission. Driven by her passions for mentorship, employee advocacy, and talent development, Ms. Iadanza has more than twenty years of experience in building, scaling, and leading human resources functions. Prior to Flashpoint, she held leadership roles at Conde Nast, Terra Technology, and FreeWheel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in human resources and marketing from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Donald Saelinger
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP Finance and Corporate Development
Rob Reznick leads the finance, accounting, and corporate development teams at Flashpoint. Rob previously served as Director of Finance & Accounting for 1010data (acquired by Advance/Newhouse), and Director of Finance for Financial Guard (acquired by Legg Mason) after prior work in forensic accounting and dispute consulting. Mr. Reznick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA and MAcc from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Tom Hofmann
SVP Intelligence
Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep and Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.
Jake Wells
SVP Solutions Architecture
Jake Wells leads strategic integrations and information sharing as part of the client engagement & development team, which serves as an internal advocate for our government and commercial clients to ensure Flashpoint’s intelligence solutions meet their evolving needs. He leverages a decade of experience running cyber and counterterrorism investigations, most recently with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, to maximize the value customers generate from our products and services. Mr. Wells holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University.
Brian Brown
SVP Strategy and Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.
Justin Rogers
VP Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance across vision, planning, process, and goals. He leverages over 15 years of experience in security, strategy, product design, and implementation to drive growth, provide an end-to-end view of the customer journey, and a seamless customer experience. Recently, Justin led Marketing for Centripetal, bringing the first Threat Intelligence Gateway to market. Previously, he managed operations of a Counter IED lab electronics forensics division while forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Justin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Peter Partyka
VP Engineering
Peter Partyka leads Flashpoint’s engineering teams. Peter previously worked in the quantitative hedge fund space in New York City, implementing security and administrative solutions around proprietary trading platforms, high-availability cloud deployments, and hardening of applications and infrastructure. Peter leverages more than 16 years of experience in technology specializing in application security, red-teaming, penetration testing, exploit development, as well as blue-teaming. Peter has a long track record of managing tech teams and implementing engineering security best practices. Recently Peter led Flashpoint toward GDPR and CCPA compliance and has been a key architect of Flashpoint’s robust compliance programs. Peter has taught advanced cybersecurity courses at New York University and consulted at various tech startups during his career.
Paul Farley
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement at Flashpoint. He previously served as the acting Director of Citigroup's Cyber Intelligence Center where he was responsible for analyzing and reacting to intelligence from a variety of threats. These threats ranged from fraudulent activity and attempting to defraud Citi's clients to supporting security operations for the firm's worldwide network presence. He has extensive experience working with multiple clients across the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and public sectors. Glenn also has more than 26 years of intelligence experience within the operational and support communities in the U.S. military and federal civilian service; seven of which focused on both defensive and offensive cyber operations. While working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional committees and member requested open and closed sessions.
Steve Leightell
Steve started his career in Internet sales in the early 1990s and was always a top sales rep before transitioning to business development. By the early 2000s, he was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. In 2008, he left IBM to found a niche consulting firm focused on business development for SaaS organizations. Steve holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ellie Wheeler
Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft and is based in the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston. Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Glenn McGonnigle
Glenn McGonnigle is a General Partner at TechOperators. Prior to launching TechOperators in 2008, Glenn was CEO of VistaScape Security Systems, a venture-backed provider of enterprise intelligent video surveillance software. He lead the company through its successful sale to Siemens Building Technologies. Previously, Glenn was a co-founder and senior executive of Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) where he helped raise initial venture capital and launch the business. For 7 years, he led the business development team in developing sales channels and entering the managed security services market. During his tenure, the company grew from startup to revenues of over $225 million and was later acquired by IBM for $1.3 billion.
Brendan Hannigan
Brendan joined Polaris Partners in 2016 as an entrepreneur partner. In this role, he focuses on funding and founding companies in the technology sector with a concentration in cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity. Brendan is a co-founder of Sonrai Security and chairman of Twistlock, both Polaris investments. He also currently serves on the board of Bitsight Technologies and Flashpoint. A 25 year technology industry veteran, Brendan was most recently the general manager of IBM Security. Under Brendan’s leadership, IBM Security grew significantly faster than the overall security market to become the number one enterprise security provider in the world with almost $2B of annual revenue.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.
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All Eyes on Red Square: Why Victory Day on May 9 Could Be a Tipping Point In Russia’s War Against Ukraine

May 6, 2022

From honoring the fallen to parading arms 

Russia’s Victory Day, which occurs every year on May 9, was initially intended to commemorate Soviet losses during World War II; this year marks the 77th anniversary. Over the last decade, however, President Vladimir Putin has transformed Victory Day into a nationalistic instrument.

Victory Day has become a crucial element in the wider process of crafting the unofficial ideology of Putinism: a state that derived its legitimacy from its victory in World War II, which allowed the government to establish an ideological bridge between the USSR and today’s Russia.

Now, what was once a solemn holiday devoted to the remembrance of fallen relatives, has become a government opportunity to brandish new artillery, armored vehicles, and missiles in Moscow’s Red Square. 

What’s changed: Crimea annexation, War in Ukraine

The Immortal Regiment—a grassroots initiative where descendants of World War II victims march through city thoroughfares with photographs of their ancestors—was co-opted by the Russian government in the 2010s and transformed into a nationalized ritual. 

Every year, Vladimir Putin also used the opportunity to invite foreign leaders to observe the parades. However, following Crimea’s 2014 annexation the number of foreign officials willing to participate in the parade has constantly dropped. This year, for the first time in recent history, no foreign leader is expected to arrive. Russia’s current war is premised as a false, “de-Nazification of Ukraine” narrative, which is an element that will surely play a symbolic role in Vladimir Putin’s May 9 speeches. 

The Immortal Regiment parade in Saint Petersburg, 2016. (Image: Wikimedia commons)

Possible mobilization and declaration of war

Rumors have recently circulated that Vladimir Putin will announce nationwide mobilization in order to bolster its depleted troops—and to issue an official declaration of war against Ukraine on May 9. 

In April, conservative estimates from Western intelligence showed that Russia has already lost at least 10,000 soldiers, including a slew of high-ranking officers and generals, and military equipment. 

Current Ukrainian estimates of Russian military deaths reach over 20,000. 

The speculations of a mobilization have been purported by Ukranian intelligence, as well as by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who both believe that Putin could try and galvanize the public for a final push, and accelerate the stalled progress the invasion is currently suffering. 

Online job boards

In the week leading up to May 9, independent Russian journalists noticed that the websites of various Russian state enterprises, not connected to the military, had job postings for “mobilization and wartime experts.” On Headhunter, meanwhile, vacancies searching for “wartime mobilization readiness and training” experts began appearing in Russian job searches. On their online job boards, local Russian police stations began to stress that new recruits would “not be mobilized.” If these job postings are genuine, rather than part of a coordinated hacking provocation to sew further panic into the Russian public, then the Russian government could very well be readying country for mobilization.

Such a scenario would entail a nationwide draft of conscripts, many of whom are not combat-ready, but could still be necessary “fodder,” depending on the scale of Russia’s ambitions in Ukraine. 

Additionally, Flashpoint analysts assess with moderate confidence that full nationwide mobilization could also allow the government to transition its economy into a wartime economy, enabling wartime rationing as the Russian economy will begin to experience the full effects of sanctions and withdrawals over the summer.  

Draft prospect

At the end of February, Ukraine intelligence reported that Russia would declare martial law and draft conscripts by the first week of March, which contributed to a large exodus of Russian males who are of military age. The Russian government denied the allegations, and ultimately did not declare martial law. 

Flashpoint analysts assess with low confidence that the Ukrainian intelligence reports may also be a tactic to try to usher in fear and confusion into the Russian public, as the Russian government has made no clear indication that it plans on pursuing a mass mobilization. Nevertheless, many Russians who fled their country in the weeks following the invasion are reportedly also using May 9 as a barometer to gauge the safety of their return home. 

Declaration of victory

The second theory concerning May 9 is that Vladimir Putin will use the occasion to declare some form of victory in Russia’s “special military operation.” 

In an interview, Pope Francis said that in a recent conversation with Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary relayed to him that Russia has specific plans to end the war by May 9. 

Russian forces’ sudden withdrawal from the Kyiv region, and their concentrated pressure onto the eastern regions of the country, may indicate that the Russian government has made internal concessions as to what it hopes to achieve with its invasion. 

Domestic opposition

According to surveys conducted throughout the month of April by independent Russian pollster Levada Center, 74 percent of the Russian population “support the actions of Russian armed forces in Ukraine.” 

The “special operation” is still facing little domestic opposition, either due to fear or misguidance, and in order to sustain this trend, the Russian government could declare a symbolic victory. Drawing out the war, or drafting conscripts, could work against the Kremlin’s domestic ratings. Regardless of the war, conscription has a bad reputation in Russia due to bad conditions of service and persistent hazing. Beyond this, overall mobilization would bring the war close to a large number of Russians who have not been personally affected by it so far. 

Symbolism of ‘Victory’: Donetsk, Luhansk, and Mariupol

If the Kremlin chooses to pursue the “victory declaration” path, then it will likely look to occupied oblasts in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions, or the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. In late April, Vladimir Putin claimed that the city of Mariupol, the second largest city in the Donetsk Region, had been “liberated”. As the last remaining stronghold of Ukrainian forces in the Azovstal steel plant could potentially fall to Russian forces in a matter of days, Vladimir Putin could look to use his Victory Day speech to declare victory over Mariupol. 

Another possible option for a symbolic victory, would be to conduct or announce referendums of occupied territory in Ukraine. Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the OSCE, told journalists on May 2 that Russia will look to annex the Luhansk and Donetsk regions by mid-May through staged referenda. Russia could also turn to the occupied city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, which surrendered to Russian forces early on in the invasion. 

Kherson region

The Russian government is already beginning to conduct infrastructural changes to the Kherson region. As of May 1, Russia reportedly rerouted internet traffic through its own communications infrastructure. Russian officials also announced that starting May 1, the Kherson region would make a currency transition into rubles, while a new, pro-Russian city administration has already reportedly been formed. 

Flashpoint analysts assess with moderate confidence that all of these maneuvers by Russian authorities in the region may be preemptive attempts to set the stage for a referendum, which they could either conduct, or publicly announce, on May 9. 

In late April, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych named May 1 – 10 as the likeliest dates that Russia would conduct a referendum in Kherson. 

Many experts believe that if a referendum is conducted, the Kherson region will become a “people’s” republic, like the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, recognized by Russia as an independent state. Voters will likely be presented with one of two options: 1. Do you support the creation of HNR (Kherson People’s Republic) or 2. Would you like for the Kherson Region to become a part of Russia?. Kherson locals, however, have resisted the Russian occupation of their city by peaceful means and Russian authorities have resorted to violent means to disperse pro-Ukrainian rallies. Flashpoint analysts assess with high confidence that if a referendum is to be conducted in the region, the votes will likely be fabricated, as they were during the annexation of Crimea.

Possible physical and terrorist risk

Fires and attacks on military and infrastructural targets in Russia

In recent weeks, a string of reported fires and explosions have broken out across various military and industrial infrastructural facilities in Russia. While fires due to poor wiring in structurally dated, Soviet-era buildings are common in Russia, the rapid frequency of these incidents in recent weeks have given rise to a variety of speculations linking them to the invasion. 

Speculations range from false-flag operations—which could be used to later blame Ukrainian perpetrators as means to justify a nationwide mobilization, to domestic opponents of the war—who target military infrastructure in an attempt to stall Russian progress and legitimate Ukrainian operations. 


One of the first major fires occurred on April 21 in a Tver research facility, belonging to Russia’s Aerospace Forces, where, according to Russian state news outlets, research on the Iskander missile was being conducted. Five were confirmed dead from the fire, while 21 suffered injuries. The official cause of the fire was due to wiring malfunctions. 

On April 22, two more fires broke at major facilities in Russia, one at a chemical plant in the city of Kineshma, and another in the College of Aerospace Engineering and Technology, located in a Moscow suburb. The official causes of both fires have not yet been confirmed. 

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Beyond these reported fires, various buildings in Russian regions close to the border with Ukraine have suffered a string of explosions and fires in recent weeks as well. There are more grounds to directly link these incidents, unlike the fires that occurred further inland, to Ukrainian attacks. 

On April 25, two oil depots, one a civilian facility, and another a military facility, in the Russian town of Bryansk caught fire. One US military analyst claimed that due to the proximity of the facilities to the Ukrainian border, the explosions could have been caused by a Ukrainian Tochka U missile. 

In the Belgorod, Voronezh and Kursk regions reports of sporadic fires were also surfacing in the last two weeks, including two erupting at  ammunition storage facilities. 

While the Ukrainian government never admitted to the attacks, in a Telegram post on April 27, an adviser to President Zelenskyy, Mikhailo Podolyak referred to the burning of munitions depots as “karma” against the Russian army. 

More recently, on May 3, a fire erupted in a warehouse just outside of Moscow. The warehouse was owned by the publishing company Prosveshchenie, which had earlier been the focus of news due to their decision to remove positive mentions of Ukraine from their history textbooks. While authorities have not provided an official cause of the fire, this may have been an act of arson against a symbolic target. 

Kerch Bridge

On Wednesday, May 4, a website with a Ukrainian domain shortly appeared, counting down the “destruction of the Kerch bridge,” before it was swiftly taken down. At the time Flashpoint analysts observed the website, the countdown showed 4 days, and eighteen hours, which, in the Moscow time zone, counted down to exactly May 9. 

The Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to mainland Russia, was built in 2018 as a government initiative meant to symbolically cement Russia’s engulfment of the contested peninsula. Flashpoint analysts assess with moderate confidence that the website is a provocation, but cannot determine whether the website was launched by non-state actors, Ukrainian state-directed actors, or as a false-flag provocation by Russian authorities. 

On April 24, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, a former FSB agent and former commandant of the military forces of Donetsk People’s Republic, who played an instrumental role in Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea as well as the war in Donbas, said in a YouTube video that there is a high likelihood that Ukrainian armed forces, with the help of “foreign weaponry,” could blow up the Kerch Bridge. 

Strelkov’s video came in response to comments made on April 21 by Oleksiy Danylov, Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, that Ukrainian armed forces would destroy the bridge as soon as they acquired the right weaponry to do so. Following these comments, the Russian-backed head of the Crimean Republic Sergey Aksyonov, declared a state of emergency over the peninsula due to “terrorist dangers.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also responded to the comments, referring to the potential destruction of the Kerch Bridge as a “terrorist act.”


A number of Russia military recruitment centers, “voenkomats” have also been targeted with arson attacks across the country in recent weeks. On May 4, a voenkomat in the Russian town Nizhnevartovsk caught fire, and local authorities believe that an arsonist used a molotov cocktail. Throughout the last month voenkomats in the Moscow, Sverdlovsk, Ivanov, Mordovia, and Voronezh regions suffered fires and acts of vandalism. While authorities have not made comments as to whether these fire incidents are part of a broader coordinated effort, these acts of arson are likely intended to protest the war by disrupting the military draft process. Because all of the personal information about potential conscripts in this recruitment center is not digitized, but is only stored in paper format, the destruction of these voenkomats would hinder local recruitment efforts. 

Flashpoint analysts asses with moderate confidence that if a nationwide mobilization is declared on May 9, Russia will see an increase in such acts of arson committed against military recruitment centers. 

Potential scapegoating of Ukrainian Nationals in false-flag operations

In recent weeks, Flashpoint analysts have observed conversations on pro-Ukranian Telegram channels predicting a mobilization in Russia, which the government, according to these conversations, would justify using a false-flag terrorist act perpetrated by alleged Ukrainians. 

Last week, reports from Moscow surfaced that city police, while conducting routine door-to-door visits to Moscow residents ahead of the May 9 parades, were asking locals if they were aware of Ukrainians living in the buildings. Due to the lack of further context or information about these searches, Flashpoint analysts cannot make any definitive conclusions as to whether the police were motivated by wartime suspicion, or whether they were searching for subjects to use for false-flag operations. 

Assassination attempt 

On April 25, the Russian government claimed to have foiled an assassination attempt against main Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov. According to the official narrative, a group of six Ukrainian nationals attempted to plant a bomb on Solovyev’s car in Moscow, working under the orders of Ukrainain special forces. A video of their arrest was published by the Russian government, which was swiftly criticized by a number of independent Russian journalists for its staged appearance. 

Ukrainian Secret Service also denied any involvement in the alleged assassination plot on their Telegram channel. 

Based on the available information, Flashpoint analysts assess with low-confidence that the alleged assassination plot against Vladimir Solovyev could be a Russian false flag operation to further villify the Ukrainian government in the eyes of the Russian public. Foiled assassination attempts and terrorist plots in Russia have always given rise to suspicions of false-flag operations. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a number of terrorist attacks on Russian soil were used to garner public support for Russia’s war against Chechnya and boost Vladimir Putin’s ratings; many independent Russian journalists and Kremlin critics believed the attacks were staged.

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