Category Archives: Disinformation

Deadly Deceptive Disinformation

For more than 20 months, since late January 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak has been among the dominant topics in the pro-Kremlin flow of disinformation. The first piece of disinformation, published by a Russian state outlet several months before the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic, claimed that the virus had been artificially designed in NATO labs. Since then

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The Disinforming Aftermath of Curbing Disinformation

YouTube’s action against RT caused a disinformation backlash, but that’s not stopping RT from spreading disinformation. Last week, YouTube deleted RT’s German-language channels(opens in a new tab) over violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy and its terms of service. This resulted in pro-Kremlin media both pouting over the decision and trying to defend RT Deutsch. Sputnik, an outlet created

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Mordor is mobilized. Review of the penetration of Russian propaganda into the Ukrainian media space in September 2021

Peter Burkovsky Ukrainian intelligence has made a “gift” to Russian propagandists, and the Kremlin has launched a discrediting campaign to mark the anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. “ Not only does Russian despotism put neither ideas nor feelings into anything, it also reshapes facts, fights against evidence and wins in this struggle !!! After all, neither obviousness, nor justice, if they

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Modus Trollerandi Part 7: Denial

How Democracy is SWAMPED: Seven Cheap Tricks In a series of articles, EUvsDisinfo will demonstrate a few of the cheap tricks of the Rhetoric of Disinformation; how the producers of disinformation systematically derail an exchange of ideas – the core of democracy – through a set of handy devices. Kremlin trolls ensure public discourse gets bogged down in a quagmire

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Pro-Kremlin trolls target news website comments, researchers say

Gordon Corera A major operation to influence public opinion saw comments posted on Western media articles in support of Russian interests, according to new research. Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute found 32 prominent media websites across 16 countries were targeted including Mail Online, the Express and the Times. The comments were fed back into Russian-language media outlets as

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Closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels incompatible with international human rights standards, – UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission

It is noted that media plays a crucial role in any democracy and its capacity to operate should not be unduly restricted and journalists should not be penalized for carrying out legitimate activities UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission states that the decision to shut down 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels contradicts international human rights standards. This was reported

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OSCE criticizes Ukrainian authorities due to sanctions against mass media

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media recommends Ukrainian authorities to carefully check mass media before sanctions OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Teresa Ribeiro expressed her concern regarding the imposing of sanctions by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) against a number of mass media, recommending to introduce careful check of each news agency before

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Crimea – a flashpoint for conflict in the new cold war?

Warning! Article contains Commie BS THE forthcoming Kiev summit on reclaiming Crimea from Russia, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, points to a likely flashpoint in the deepening new cold war. China, as the US’s top rival – economically, technologically and ideologically – is certainly Washington’s main target. Nonetheless there is absolutely

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The Kremlin Weaponising Victimhood

Several researchers note that the role of the victim is a coveted position in modern public discourse. Research points to this phenomenon in US politics(opens in a new tab), among men accused of sexual harassment(opens in a new tab) – “I’m the victim here!” – and as an element in Kremlin disinformation efforts. EUvsDisinfo has observed this on several occasions

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Modus Trollerandi Part 2: Whataboutism

How Democracy is SWAMPED: Seven Cheap Tricks In a series of articles, EUvsDisinfo will demonstrate a few of the cheap tricks of the Rhetoric of Disinformation; how the producers of disinformation systematically derail an exchange of ideas – the core of democracy – through a set of handy devices. Kremlin trolls ensure public discourse gets bogged down in a quagmire

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If anyone wrote Russian history the way Putin writes Ukraine’s, Putin would be outraged, Travin says

Paul A Goble Russian President Vladimir Putindescribes the history of Ukraine as the result of the actions of outside powers, effectively negating the role of the Ukrainian people and even making them “disappear,” Dmitry Travin says. But if anyone wrote the history of Russia in the same way, stressing external links and ignoring the people, the Kremlin leader would be outraged. The European University specialist says that he

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Modus Trollerandi Part 1: The Straw Man

How Democracy is SWAMPED: Seven Cheap Tricks Since 2015, EUvsDisinfo has detected, documented and debunked disinformation from pro-Kremlin media. All individual cases are collected and available in a large and steadily growing database. A consequence of EUvsDisinfo having followed pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets for several years is that certain patterns appear. EUvsDisinfo have, on earlier occasions, observed storytelling as a means

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Moscow seized control of Russian émigré group in US to promote Kremlin policies in Ukraine

Edited by: A. N. Paul A Goble A month ago, there were reports in the Russian and American media that the FBI was investigating the activities of the Coordination Council of Organizations of Russian Compatriots in the US, reports that the FBI neither confirmed nor denied but that Moscow insisted were part of a US effort to close down the

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Anglo-Saxons Provoke the Waves: Pro-Kremlin Media Vent about HMS Defender and EU Decisions

This has been a busy time for the Kremlin’s spin-doctors. Russian state-controlled TV channels continued to vent and spin disinformation messages about the recent incident(opens in a new tab) with the UK warship HMS Defender in the Black Sea. At the same time, the head of the Russian diplomacy accused(opens in a new tab) the West of promoting “totalitarian rule

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Potemkin Prophecies

Hoaxes as a Kremlin Tactic The pro-Kremlin media spend much of their time detecting Western “provocations” before they even take place. But as the EUvsDisinfo database will tell you, none of them ever do. This discrepancy does not mean that the Kremlin’s top brass is uniquely terrible at interpreting its own intelligence briefs. Rather, it attests the long-employed Kremlin tactic(opens

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Russia to ask European organization to influence Ukraine

Moscow, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia on Sunday informed that it will ask the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to influence the Ukrainian Government, which is sabotaging the Minsk agreements and evading dialogue with the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released on Sunday, stated that this will be a request

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A Letter to EUvsDisinfo Readers

One of the most frequently repeated lines in various panels, roundtables and discussions on disinformation is: ”We shouldn’t accept disinformation as the new normal”. We believe that acknowledging the reality surrounding us is the best way to build our response to disinformation. EUvsDisinfo has now been raising awareness about pro-Kremlin disinformation for six years. We have seen how awareness of

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The Spirit of Chernobyl: Lie, Deny, Falsify

The Kremlin’s first reaction to the Chernobyl disaster, 35 years ago this week, was to lie about it. For several days, Soviet authorities attempted to convince its own people and the world that everything was fine; keep preparing for the May Day celebrations. The consequences were devastating. But the knee-jerk instinct to lie is still omnipresent in some Russian state

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