Category Archives: Disinformation

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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NATO prepares to attack, says Kremlin propaganda amid record Russian troop buildup at Ukraine border

Article by: Bohdan Ben Edited by: Michael Garrood Editor’s Note After a failed “Gleiwitz boy” incident, when propaganda claims that a Ukrainian drone killed a boy in Russian-occupied Eastern Ukraine turned out to be physically impossible, Russia is escalating a propaganda campaign about a purported attack plot by NATO and Ukraine, all while amassing 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border —

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How to impose costs on perpetrators of disinformation?

Last week we wrote about the recent wave of disinformation on sanctions. Sanctions, or in EU jargon – restrictive measures, are part of the toolbox countries have to impose costs on other (non-)state-actors spreading disinformation. Why does spreading disinformation remain an attractive option for interference in the information space and how to disrupt this? We present an overview of recent

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How to (Not) Become a Target of Disinformation

Looking at disinformation examples from pro-Kremlin media this week, a clear hierarchy becomes visible: amongst the targets are many organisations, countries, and people that all share similar values. Western organisations can be accused in organising seminars on how to destroy Russia or blamed for deceitful behaviour like OPCW. But NATO is on a different level: A. NATO destroyed Europe’s security

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Clinging to the Eternal Russia

Inevitability and Eternity Time is one of the most fascinating concepts the mind has come up with. How one understands it, has far-reaching consequences, including for spread of disinformation. In his gripping book The Road to Unfreedom, Timothy Snyder discerns how the historical narratives of inevitability and of eternity deal with time. Narrators of inevitability claim that history is necessarily

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Silence More: RT Boss Demands All Foreign Social Media Be Closed

In November 2019, Russia adopted a law on developing a sovereign Internet(opens in a new tab). Recently, the Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor declared(opens in a new tab) that access to Twitter, after the company’s violation of Russian law, should be “slowed down”. On 10 March, the agency pulled the trigger. As a result, most Russian state agencies were temporarily blacked

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The Culture of Resentment Revisited

“The Russian word обида – obida – umbrage, resentment, pouting, holding a grudge – has become a core element in shaping public attitudes by the Russian state media’s spin doctors”, we wrote back in early January 2020. Just before the start of the global pandemic, the pro-Kremlin media was gearing up for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory over

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Kiev should plan to sever all ties with Russia & only contact Moscow through 3rd parties, says former Ukrainian ambassador to US

Warning! This article contains the usual verbal diarrhea from mafia land. Ukraine should be ready to completely cut all diplomatic relations with Russia. That’s according to Valery Chaly, the country’s former ambassador to the US, who believes Kiev should only communicate with Moscow through proxies. Speaking to Ukrainian channel Espreso TV on Monday, Chaly said Kiev should be ready to

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Ukrainian government sanctions pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader

Warning! Article is full of Russian BS Jason Melanovski The government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday announced sanctions targeting the oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of Ukraine’s leading opposition party. Medvedchuk, who has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, has played a major role in Ukrainian politics ever since the restoration of capitalism by the Stalinist bureaucracy

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Putin signs law allowing Kremlin to fine YouTube and social networks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an amendment to the Code on Administrative Offences, which will allow to fine foreign Internet platforms that allow discrimination against Russian state media. The document provides for sanctions for non-compliance with the regulations of the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which previously received the right to block or slow down access to resources listed as

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