Category Archives: Disinformation

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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MORE MICE BELLING THE CAT?

Salisbury, September 2018. Six months after the Skripal assassination(opens in a new tab) attempt, there still was no clarity on what had happened exactly. It was a standstill, although the pro-Kremlin media RT and Sputnik published 735 related articles containing disinformation,[1] of which many found their way into our database. Then something happened: the British police released images of two

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From the Kremlin Without Love

This was a busy week for the pro-Kremlin media: besides fending off imaginary “Anglo-Saxon” provocations and disclosing evil globalist plots involving the Pope, it had to deal with trouble closer to home. Following the brutal crackdown of protests(opens in a new tab) in Russia in support of the imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny, his team invited Russians to participate in

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Putin the Poisoner

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is a media-savvy man who appreciates the importance of memorable soundbites. This talent first became apparent back in 2011, when he branded Vladimir Putin’s United Russia “the party of crooks and thieves.” Much to the chagrin of the Kremlin, the name stuck. Even while incarcerated, Navalny remains eminently quotable. During a

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Russia should pay up to $800 BILLION for ‘Soviet crimes’ of Ukrainian & Georgian leaders, says Lithuanian independence figurehead

Warning! More whining from the Kremlin Liberating the Baltic nations from Nazi occupation cost more than a quarter of a million Red Army soldiers their lives. Now, though, the ‘father of Lithuanian Independence’ wants Russia to pay the country in cash as compensation. Vytautas Landsbergis, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania, who led the nation as it

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MEPs write letter to Josep Borrell on Ukraine’s violation of the principles of freedom of speech and laws due to blocking of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels

The parliamentarians want to get an answer from Borrell whether President Zelensky’s decision meets international legal standards in the field of freedom of speech and press MEPs Kateřina Konečná, Mick Wallace, and Clare Daly wrote a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, drawing his attention to the situation in Ukraine

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West Mistakenly Takes at Face Value Moscow’s Names for Institutions in Russia, Martynov Says — StopFake

By Paul Goble, Window On Eurasia Europeans and people in the West more generally make a major mistake by accepting Moscow’s designations for institutions in Russia, Kirill Martynov says. When they talk about Russian media, for example, they are “inclined to see “journalism and its crisis and not propaganda factories serving state corporations or the… West Mistakenly Takes at Face Value

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TV channel in Ukraine faces probe for airing fugitive PM’s propaganda-laden statement

Azarov has blamed Ukraine Army for Russia’s armed aggression. A national broadcasting watchdog has appointed an audit at Nash TV channel over the airing of a propaganda-filled statement by former Prime Minister of the Yanukovych era, Mykola Azarov. The relevant statement was published on the website of Ukraine’s National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council on February 12. The statement says

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Leading European politicians, experts, world media criticize Zelensky’s decree on closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK

Numerous European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and world media such as Reuters, Associated Press, Washington Post, criticized Zelensky’s decree on the termination of the work of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK Nicolas Bay, the French politician, and MEP: “It always raises concerns when you see that censorship is applied to media. Especially when the head of

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National Whataboutism as a State Ideology

The Kremlin and the Art of Pointing Fingers “Whataboutism” is a rhetorical device to deflect attention to an unpleasant issue. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as(opens in a new tab): The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. The method is very popular in the pro-Kremlin

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Manufactured Support Part 2: Using Western voices to spread disinformation

In Donetsk, a small media outlet translates pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns into French and English for Western audiences Previously, EUvsDisinfo described how pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets present sympathetic Western bloggers as mainstream journalists. In this post, we will have a closer look at one such person who serves as a conduit for disinformation and conspiracy theories. Of course, voicing political opinions favourable

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Manufactured Support Part 1: The Kremlin’s Pocket Journos

Part 1. Outlets Pretending to be Western Pro-Kremlin media outlets recycle the conspiratorial musings of sympathetic Western bloggers, falsely implying they are journalists who represent the mainstream views of the West. Previously, EUvsDisinfo has reported on a common disinformation technique: creating websites(opens in a new tab) and think tanks(opens in a new tab) that present themselves as objective forums for

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