Category Archives: propaganda

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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Russia says Sputnik V vaccine equally as effective as US pharma giant Pfizer’s newly unveiled Covid-19 formula

Warning! Article contains Russian BS and fantasy. Over 90 per cent of those given the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine are thought to have developed immunity to coronavirus, matching estimates for an alternative US-developed formula, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Oksana Drapkina, of the ministry’s National Medical Research Center for Preventive Medicine, told journalists, “We are monitoring the effectiveness

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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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The Evil Latin Letters

Russian General Beating R into Я One key theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation is to describe Russia as a besieged fortress. The country is surrounded by enemies, perpetually scheming with malicious intent(opens in a new tab), encircling(opens in a new tab) Russia, preparing a war(opens in a new tab), representing evil(opens in a new tab)… General Sergey Melikov is acting Head

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The Perils of Elections According to the Pro-Kremlin Media

As America and many of her allies around the world are anticipating the results of Presidential election 2020, Russian state-controlled media is anticipating the violence in their aftermath. “Radically divided American society awaits civil war(opens in a new tab)”, a host of a political talk show on state-run Rossiya 24 TV channel claimed a few days prior to the election,

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Markiv initially charged in Italy at the behest of Russian propaganda – Interior Ministry

The National Guard was offered a “deal”: to secure own release in exchange for declaring publicly that the Ukrainian government was to blame for the death of the Italian journalist in Donbas. Ukrainian National Guard Vitaly Markiv, who was yesterday released from an Italian prison after the court of appeal in Milan has cleared him of all charges, was initially

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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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Moscow prosecutors order universities to report virtually any anti-Kremlin activity by students or faculty

9:50 am, October 16, 2020 Source: Znak.com – Meduza District attorneys in Moscow have started reviewing local scientific and educational institutions, asking universities to provide information about any students involved in protests or publications about the difficulties of life in Russia. The “University Solidarity” student union first reported the new inquiry on Friday, citing orders addressed to RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy

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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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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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No Novichok here

10:51 am, September 28, 2020 Source: Meduza Pro-Kremlin pundit broadcasts from hotel room where Navalny was poisoned to ‘prove’ that it couldn’t have happened there. During Sunday’s episode of his television show Vesti Nedeli, pro-Kremlin pundit and state media executive Dmitry Kiselyov visited the Tomsk hotel where opposition figure Alexey Navalny stayed the night before he became violently ill from severe poisoning. In a bid to

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