Elves to fight pro-Kremlin trolls now in Ukraine

2020/12/24 – 01:45  – Euromaidan Press

The first rule of elves – elves do not exist!

A network of activists that will fight pro-Kremlin disinformation has been formed in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. Similar networks already exist in other European countries, where they coordinate to push back against Russian disinformation and influence operations. What follows is a translation of the news release by UCMC.

Elves are not only characters from fiction books. This network of activists, who have chosen a fantasy name to oppose Russian trolls, has long existed in the Baltic countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Since the fall of 2020, they have been operating in Ukraine as well.

“Elven” trainings gathered people from many regions of Ukraine. These trainings were held, of course, in the mystical forests, but the lecturers were very real people with competencies in countering propaganda, misinformation, as well as the military, journalists, volunteers – those who have actively fought against Russian aggression over the past 6 years.

The first elves appeared in Lithuania in 2014, when local activists decided to unite to give an organized rebuff to Russian information attacks against Lithuania, Ukraine, and other democracies. The movement, which includes people with different professional and life experiences, has grown to include about 40,000 Lithuanians, and then residents of other countries, who voluntarily and on a voluntary basis invest time and effort in the struggle for the integrity of the information space.

Ukrainians need no exlanations that information manipulations and propaganda pose a direct threat to state security and the well-being of Ukrainians, so they have always made their own contribution to the fight against Russian interference — online and offline. Now we have borrowed the Lithuanian experience and created our own network of activists, which covers 8 regions from Kyiv to Donetsk oblasts and will only grow – and with it the resilience of Ukrainian society.

Related: Baltic “elves” launch online database of pro-Russian trolls to tackle propaganda

4 comments

  • Elves are always welcome here on UkraineToday.org
    Slava Ukraini~~!!

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  • англійський масон

    Excellent, I very much doubt that the trolls are unpaid volunteers, so ramping up the Elves will hopefully mean more trolls. More trolls will mean more shithouse money spent and accelerate the decline back to the stone age where they belong until they come to their senses and join the rest of the World in civilisation.

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  • Good! The more resistance to mafia land the better.

    “This network of activists, who have chosen a fantasy name to oppose Russian trolls, has long existed in the Baltic countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Since the fall of 2020, they have been operating in Ukraine as well.”

    If the cowards in the West won’t do it, leave it up to the Eastern European countries to pick up the fight with Mordor!

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