Category Archives: Disinformation

Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Desperation: MH17 and WWII

This week, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has begun “preparations” for the MH17 trial and continued its attack on Poland. A few weeks from now, on March 9th, the District Court of the Hague will begin the criminal trial of four suspects for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. With the court date approaching, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine is desperate to

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Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro

Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro The divisive situation around the newly adopted Law on Freedom of religion of Montenegro has been used by disinformation outlets in the region to foment division, resembling the practice already detected in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. The adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion, enacted by the Parliament of Montenegro on 27

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The Best Defence is Good Offense

Pro-Kremlin Coordinated Efforts on Disinformation The new coronavirus epidemic is dominating the news this week, and this is clearly reflected in the flow of disinformation from pro-Kremlin outlets. The narrative on the virus is getting focused on hinting on it being man-made, and probably manufactured by the same British lab that poisoned the Skripals. The virus is further tailor-made to

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Nostradamus and coronavirus: How Russian propagandists use names of seers to push own narratives

“The Noble Lady in the City by the Sea. The Chinese Coronavirus Was Predicted by Nostradamus.” Last week, one of Russia’s largest state media companies decided to publish an article under this headline in one of its online outlets. What could be the motivation for promoting this kind of information? The name of the outlet suggests an answer: Ukraina.ru More .ru than Ukraina

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”Disinformation Aims at Undermining Democracy”

EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová at the Opening of EU vs Disinfo Conference Last week, international experts on countering disinformation gathered in Brussels to discuss the development of the issue. Disinformation, as a part of a wider aggression against EU and the Member States, is a challenge the union is determined to address. The meeting was opened by EU Commission

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Fake: Ukraine Launches Obama Investigation

Pro-Kremlin publications Lenta.ru, Ukraina.ru and others announced on January 30 that Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) has launched an investigation against former US President Barak Obama. The source of this fake claim is Renat Kuzmin, the former deputy Procurator General in the disgraced and ousted government of Viktor Yanukovych. Today Kuzmin is an MP from the pro-Russian opposition platform For

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The Kremlin this Week: Let's hate Poland!

As Russia is gearing up for the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, the pro-Kremlin media is attempting to revise history. As the target of more than 15 cases this week, Poland is still in the cross-hairs of pro-Kremlin disinformation. The first indication of this trend came in late December when President Putin described the Kremlin’s worldview during

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Sputnik: Revising History One Infographic at a Time

Every year on the 13th of January, Lithuania commemorates the events of 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the country’s recently re-established independence. On that winter night, Soviet troops, still garrisoned in the capital city of Vilnius, attacked its radio and television centre, killing civilians who had congregated there to form a human shield. More than a dozen people

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Opposition politician suggests forming national salvation government in Ukraine

KIEV, January 21. /TASS/. The number-one threat to Ukraine’s security is flagrant incompetence of the country’s government. Only the national salvation government can steer the country out of the crisis, member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For life party Viktor Medvedchuk said on Tuesday. “Only the national salvation government

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'Nobody in Poland cares about WWII anymore': Warsaw ignores 75th anniversary of its liberation from fascism

The Polish people aren’t interested in the events of the past, being fully consumed by their daily hassles, and the country’s authorities are using this to their advantage, freely rewriting WWII history, academics told RT. Warsaw was taken from the Nazis on January 17, 1945, after a large-scale offensive by the Red Army and the Polish forces. The 75th anniversary

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Who Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752? Iran Shot It Down But There May Be More to the Story

The claim that Major General Qassem Soleimani was a “terrorist” on a mission to carry out an “imminent” attack that would kill hundreds of Americans turned out to be a lie, so why should one believe anything else relating to recent developments in Iran and Iraq? To be sure, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 departing from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International

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StopFake #268 with Marko Suprun: PS752 is Karma for MH17

Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post publishes the English-language videos from StopFake.org, a non-governmental organization that debunks myths and fake news about Ukraine. StopFake began its work after the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, triggering Russia’s war in Ukraine. The project was launched by alumni and students of Kyiv-based Mohyla School of Journalism and the Digital Future of Journalism.

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Russia at War: a review of “From Russia with Blood”

2020/01/09 – 20:11 • Hybrid War Article by: Dirk Mattheisen Heidi Blake’s, From Russia With Blood, about Russian state-sponsored attacks and murders of individuals in Russia and abroad, including Russian defectors Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko and others, is a gripping read. But the real story is the larger picture that emerges from these murders confirming what is already widely

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Disinformation Review: Twenty Years of Distorting the Media

This week’s disinformation cases reflect a culture of resentment that has become an established trend in the loyal pro-Kremlin media over the last decade. The Russian word обида – “obida” – umbrage, resentment, pouting, holding a grudge – has become a core element in shaping public attitudes by the state media’s spin doctors. The Russian writer Andrey Arkhangelsky, featured earlier

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Top Targets of the Pro-Kremlin Media in Arabic in 2019: The Fight Against Terrorism and White Helmets

As the year comes to an end, here is an overview of the strategy of pro-Kremlin media vis-à-vis their audiences in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the most striking recurring narratives that they have been spreading over the year. Over the past year, pro-Kremlin outlets have consistently been spreading narratives and conspiracy theories that are

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