Zatulin is one of the most active ideologists of "Pax Russica" (Russian world) and director for the Institute for CIS countries, which has been promoting Russian interests abroad since 1996 as an NGO. UkrainianCyberAlliance, a union of several cyber organizations in Ukraine, has passed a dump of files received from hacking of the Institute's employees to InformNapalm.
The investigation revealed that the Institute is financed by state oil company Gazprom. With the company's money, the Institute researches the following issues:
- · Federalization of Ukraine: problems and perspectives
- · Humanitarian policy in Ukraine: problems and perspectives
- · Interregional cooperation between Russia and Ukraine
- · Religious situation in Ukraine
- · Language situation in Ukraine
- · Russian-U.S. relations against the Ukrainian crisis
- · Ukrainian refugees in Germany and Poland, and others.
Part of the money was spent on financing the Institute's website materik.ru, as well as various conferences on Ukrainian issues, among other. Gazprom also sponsored the operation of the Institute's Kyiv office, which is still functioning. One year of its operations cost the oil giant about $2 million.
In addition, Zatulin hosts his own TV show Russky Vopros (Russian issue), which is also sponsored by Gazprom. The show is created by the same Institute staff who are credited as 'journalists.'