Category Archives: Disinformation

COVID-19: Russia Says India To make 100 Million Doses Of Sputnik Vaccine

Russia was the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, long before the candidate had undergone large-scale clinical trials. (file photo)

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English platform linked to Russian Military, MH17 disinformation campaign: Report

Members of the Russian secret service are controlling English-language media platform Bonanza Media, international research collective Bellingcat reported on Thursday. Emails intercepted by hackers show that the platform exists solely to spread disinformation, mostly about the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, according to Bellingcat.  Dutch blogger Max van der Werff and Russian journalist Jana Jerlasjova have

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The Kremlin and the Rise of the Zombie Voters

The US presidential election has predictably dominated world news this week. The protracted tally of the votes; the incumbent president’s persistent refusal to concede, the legal battles – all excellent material for reporting – and for disinformation. While most world leaders and professional and reputable international media have identified Joe Biden as President-elect, the Kremlin and its media continue supporting

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Figure of the Week: 30,000

The sky-high tsunami of stupid Pro-Kremlin media use volume to create an impression. An example: So far in 2020, the word “Russophobia” or its adjective, “Russophobic”, has appeared in over 30,000 articles published across 4,800 Russian-language websites. Russian state-controlled media outlets tend to use loud language. On 2 October, following fraudulent elections and violent reprisals against peaceful protesters in Minsk,

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Disinformation Review: Elections Everywhere

With multiple elections coming up, the pro-Kremlin media is definitely not at ease. Let us start with Moldova. According to pro-Kremlin media, the US is allegedly preparing the opposition for mass protests(opens in a new tab), or even a colour revolution(opens in a new tab). Why should the US do such a thing? Because Moldova supposedly plays a strategic role

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Errare Humanum Est

Mistakes as a Means of Disinformation Lies are more fun than the boring truth and images from the battlefields of video games are more interesting than actual footage from fighting. Once again, a pro-Kremlin outlet is caught presenting pictures from video games as documents from a war zone. Vladimir Solovyov, the host of talk-show Polny Kontakt on Russian state broadcaster

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Six Real Sandworms and Fake Monkey Vaccines

First, some big news. On Monday the US Justice Department indicted six GRU officers working for Unit 74455. According to the Justice Department, the Unit, dubbed in the media as “Sandworm”, is responsible for at least one billion dollars in damages. The indictment further concedes that the group “deployed destructive malware and took other disruptive actions, for the strategic benefit

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Repeating a Lie Does Not Make it True

Regurgitation as Editorial Policy The concept of ”false flag” is deployed as a popular method in pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. South Front, managed and edited in Russia and perpetually loyal to its masters in Moscow, is passionate about the concept. On 14 October 2020, the site excitedly parroted a statement of the Russian military: Russian military officials in Syria have warned

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ukraine: Markiv case: new evidence, witnesses confirm Ukrainian’s innocence

28.09.2020 18:00 – Ukrinform Ukraine, convict’s relatives hope court of appeal will restore justice. Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, has been behind bars in Italy for three years now: a National Guard member was sentenced to 24 years in prison. In Italy, he is accused of his involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter

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MH17, what happened since March?

On March 9th the hearings of the MH17 process started. What happened since then on the disinformation front? There are some regular patterns, and the activities of Alexander Malkevich. The Dutch newspaper NRC reported recently that a day before the start of the MH17 process, a conference was organized in Amsterdam: “MH17, a Quest for Justice”. Amongst the speakers was

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WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage

12 Oct. 2020 – New York Post – Fox News Dr. David Nabarro suggests lockdowns should be a last resort only. The World Health Organization has warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks — after previously saying countries should be careful how quickly they reopen. WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last

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Russian disinformation shadows Ukrainian-British-US Joint Endeavor 2020 exercise

Article by: Yuri Lapaiev, The Jamestown Foundation The Russian Armed Forces’ largest military exercise of the year, Kavkaz 2020, was held on September 21–23, in the southwestern part of the country (TASS, September 20). Although, officially, the Kavkaz maneuvers were presented as having nothing to do with Ukraine, some non-Russian experts warned that these massive drills could serve as a rehearsal for occupation

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The Ghosts of the Kremlin’s Past

On 3 October, Germany celebrated the 30th anniversary of reunification – a defining moment in the history of Europe. And while the Kremlin sent a congratulations letter to the leaders of Germany, Russian state-controlled media did not share the sentiment. East Germany was attached to the West as a colony, claimed the EU-sanctioned TV host and executive Dmitry Kiselyov. “Historical

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Disinformation Review: It’s a Russo-centric world

Be it Nagorno-Karabakh, MH17 or Belarus, everything is always against Russia. Starting off with fresh disinformation about latest events, the pro-Kremlin media claims the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh is directed against Russia because the US was meddling in Armenia. In reality there is no evidence the conflict is meant to destabilise Russia. However, this disinformation claim is greatly outpaced by an

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Moscow Tells Its Story in the Passive Voice

In the Kremlin’s political playbook, grammar matters. The story of Alexei Navalny’s poisoning has created a new divide between Russia and the world. The government of Germany, where the Russian opposition politician is recovering, maintains that a banned nerve agent was used to poison him. Some Russian officials have denied Navalny was poisoned, some have implied that he was poisoned

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Figure of the Week: 1.11 billion euros

Media workers in high regard: budget expenditure earmarked for pro-Kremlin media increases yet again. Last September we wrote that the Russian draft federal budget for 2020 promised 92 billion rubles (1.3 billion euros; since September 2019, ruble exchange rates have changed from 70 rubles to 1 euro to around 90 rubles for euro) for state financed and controlled media. A

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US aims for gas domination in Europe, Ukrainian MP says. Nord Stream 2 is 1st target, then existing European pipeline system

Warning! Contains propaganda from United Russia party of Ukraine If the US succeeds in destroying the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Washington’s next target will be the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System. That’s according to Yury Zagorodny, an opposition MP in Kiev’s parliament. Zagorodny believes that the United States is trying to win the European gas market by ousting its

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Who Benefits from ”Cui Bono”?

Obscuring Facts through Questioning Information One of the Kremlin’s mouthpieces, the Strategic Culture Foundation, suggests in an article that any questions on the attack on the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny should not be directed at Moscow, but to those who gain from the attack: As ever, the old criminologist question of who gains should be foremost here. Indeed, there are

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