Russia has a history of co-opting anti-war movements
In the 1980s, the largest Soviet front was the World Peace Council. An article from the 1980s states:
The C.I.A. has described the World Peace Council, a Soviet front, as receiving over half the $63 million it estimates Moscow provided in 1980 to ''its 13 major international fronts.''
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence published a report in 1985 about the “peace” movement and soviet manipulation:
Key Soviet personnel have been placed in UN offices responsible for UN relations with nongovernmental organizations and Soviet front groups. Nongovernmental organizations such as the World Peace Council participate in UN activities. Soviet interest in these groups stems from their ability to influence UN debate and the domestic political process in their own countries (pg 1).
The KGB and the Central Committee actively promote the connection between UN and Soviet front organizations such as the World Peace Council (pg 10).
Poster created by groups influenced by Russian intelligence
Subcommittee on Oversight of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (1980). Soviet Covert Action (The Forgery Offensive): Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Ninety-sixth Congress, Second Session, February 6, 19, 1980. US Government Printing Office.