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How to fight information war with Russia

What does the Russian propaganda war mean for Ukraine and the world? How do you fight it? Experts from the United States, Britain and Ukraine attempted to answer these and other questions at the Kyiv Post Tiger Conference. Below are some of the highlights from their talks. Macon Phillips, coordinator of Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State “Russia, the Kremlin push a lot of disinformation

How to deal with a propagandist

Spanners need to be thrown into Russia’s lie-machine – but how? The British humourist PG Wodehouse made five light-hearted radio broadcasts about his life during internment under the Nazis; he faced only social censure, and lived abroad ever after. The Mussolini-loving crackpot American poet Ezra Pound fared worse. He was arrested for treason after the war. “Lord Haw-Haw” (William Joyce) was hanged – wrongly, as he was from neutral Ireland

Lugansk News Today: One Man’s SEO Battle with Russia Today

An anonymous blogger has been covering events in Eastern Ukraine on the English-language Lugansk News Today website, offering an alternative to Russia’s anglophone media and raising the Internet’s awareness of the events in his hometown. The language of blogging in East Ukraine and Crimea is overwhelmingly Russian. In some ways this mirrors local ‘offline’ preferences: both regions are heavily russophone. In other ways this mirrors a general Ukrainian trend: Russian

Warcrime: Graham Phillips documenting shelling of villages?

Several videos have been released of a heavy artillery team firing hundreds of shells. One of the cameramen was formerly RT-journalist Graham Phillips filming an event on September 19th. It had never been possible to geolocate them until now… Here are the videos. Video #1 Released Oct. 9th but covering the same Sept. 19th event: The bald guy walking around in a camera must be Graham: Video #2 This is

Historian Timothy Snyder: Ukrainian crisis is not about Ukraine, it’s about Europe

Events in Ukraine have no effect on what Russia does or says, because its propaganda is not based on reality but on pushing Europe’s sensitive buttons. The true object of Moscow’s policies is not even Ukraine, it is Europe, which finds it hard to accept what the Ukrainian crisis is really about, says Yale University professor Timothy Snyder in an interview to DELFI. The historian has recently dedicated much attention

Russia’s global media operation under the spotlight

The Kremlin’s international media operation appears to be going from strength to strength with two recent high-profile launches and more in the pipeline. But it is also coming under increased scrutiny over its lack of editorial balance and accusations that it is deliberately using disinformation to counter and divide the West. In a spanking new press centre in Moscow on 10 November, controversial TV news anchor Dmitry Kiselev, who is

How Russia Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare

At the NATO summit in Wales, General Philip Breedlove, the military alliance’s top commander, made a bold declaration. Russia, he said, is waging “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.” It was something of an underestimation. The new Russia doesn’t just deal in the petty disinformation, forgeries, lies, leaks, and cyber-sabotage usually associated with information warfare. It reinvents reality, creating mass hallucinations that

Putin waging information war in Ukraine worthy of George Orwell

It was a familiar scenario this week. First the government in Kiev said that Russia was sending convoys of men and weapons to support pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. Then U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, confirmed those claims, saying “there is no question anymore about Russia’s direct military involvement in Ukraine.” His remarks were summarily denied by the Russian Defense Ministry, which said it had stopped

Lies: Kyiv to Legalise Prostitution

Russian TV-Channel NTV in its programme Emergency. Week’s Digest showed a report with information that “exotic news have come from Ukraine: new Kiev authorities are serious about legalising prostitution. They think selling love will save the country’s economy.” In particular: “Vitalii Klichko suggests legalising prostitution, so it serves the country.” This information has nothing to do with reality. Neither Ukrainian Parliament nor Kiev city administration have draft laws or even suggestions about it.

Lies: Petro Poroshenko Promised that Children from Donbas would be Sitting in Cellars

On November 14, Russian Channel One informed in its evening news broadcast that, while officially speaking about peaceful settlement of the Donbas problem, in fact the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was going to strangle Donbas economically and to put Donbas children into cellars. This is not true, and proofs of it were obtained by the Channel One by means of taking Poroshenko’s words out of context and falsely interpreting

Russia’s Second Invasion of Donbas is Well-Orchestrated

Russian tanks, heavy equipment, and soldiers are once again streaming across Ukraine’s now nominal border in the Donbas, reinforcing pro-Russian positions and greatly escalating the risks of new open conflict in Ukraine. To be clear, the ceasefire proclaimed in September has never been successful. The Minsk Protocol, signed on September 5 and which was designed to bring peace to Ukraine, instead resulted in a ceasefire in name only. In reality,

Russian Media Columnist Alexander Mercouris struck off over claim that senior law lord had him kidnapped

Another author on Kremlin’s Sputnik International will be A. Mercouris, disbarred for deceiving a client. Now A. Mercouris is a columnist of RT, Voice of Russia and russia-insider.com. Alexander Mercouris concocted a web of “tortuous deceit” to convince a client he was pursuing the bogus claim, including forging a Supreme Court judge’s signature, a tribunal heard. He even alleged that Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, President of the Supreme Court,

The Soviet Union may be dead, but Soviet disinformation tactics remain

There’s a poster near my house in London, writes Padraig Reidy for www.indexoncensorship.org. It shows a poorly illustrated George W. Bush, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln early in the Iraq war, with the now infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him. To his side, the tally of dead in the Iraq War (at least according to Iraq Body Count). Underneath is emblazoned the slogan: “This is what happens when there is no

Lies: Russian Channel One Demonstrated a Satellite Image of the Malaysian Boeing Being Attacked

On November 14, on the Russian Channel One TV presenter Mikhail Leontiev announced in his program “Odnako” that he had a “sensational image”, supposedly made by a foreign spy satellite in the last seconds of Malaysian Boeing flight over Ukraine: “I totally agree with the results of your analysis of the causes of Boeing crash”, writes a man, who introduced himself as a graduate of MIT, air expert with 20

David Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany on eve of Putin meeting

PM says that the world must ‘learn the lessons of history’ and be prepared to step up sanctions against Russia David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the

Fake: The Monument to the Main Character of the Film “Vesna na Zarechnoy Ulitse” was Demolished in Zaporizhzhia

A fake is being spread around social networks, publics of so-called “Donetsk People Republic” and “Novorosia” and pro-Russian sites.  This false news alleges that the monument to Sasha Savchenko – the main character of the film “Vesna na Zarechnoy Ulitse” (eng – “Spring in Zarechnaya Street”) was demolished in Zaporizhzhia It is reported that the monument was destroyed, after a mob did not succeed to fall down the monument to

Kremlin’s propagandists created a network of pseudo-Ukrainian Internet news portals

Editorial teams for Internet news portals that pose as Ukrainian actually work out of St. Petersburg offices on Savushkin Street, while media sites supporting activities of the Russian terrorist DNR and LNR “republics” in the east of Ukraine are controlled from Moscow. This is reported by the Russian media site “Snob,” referring to “Delovoi Peterburg” newspaper. Despite its name, “Kharkov News Agency” is not located in Kharkov, Ukraine, instead it

The Kremlin’s Octopus of International Propaganda—Obvious and Hidden Tentacles

Russia is rapidly expanding its global propaganda empire, and while some of its mouth pieces and media outlets are broadly recognized as closely tied to or owned by the Kremlin, others continue to escape the world’s attention, passing themselves off as independent projects, Fatima Tlis writes for Eurasia Daily Monitor. In the most recent major example, on November 10, the director of the Kremlin-backed international media corporation RT (formerly Russia

Photo Fake: Atrocities of Banderovits Descendants

From time to time Internet resources post fake pictures, which allegedly demonstrate atrocities of “fascists banderovits” during World War II. Among them a picture of a woman with a child, which has become popular recently, especially in social networks. In this article it was posted along with pictures of the Trade Unions Building in Odessa, which was burned down on May 2 2014. In fact, it is a screenshot from

Fake: Well-known British Terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite was Killed in “Luhansk People Republic”

Russian and pro-Russian media informed with a reference to Regnum news agency that Interpol wanted international terrorist Samantha “White Widow” Lewthwaite was allegedly gunned down by a Russian volunteer sniper near Debaltseve of Donetsk region. She is reported to fight in Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar. This news was spread by many international mass media, including British Daily Mirror, Evening Standard and Daily Mail. However, this information does not correspond to reality. The

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