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Leaked Correspondence Shows Agency’s “Trolling”

Anonymous International last week uploaded hacked correspondence alleged to be between employees and their superiors at the Internet Research Agency, a secretive company based in the village of Olgino near St. Petersburg, which revealed its extensive pro-Kremlin activities on the Internet. The correspondence showed that paid bloggers and commenters have been heavily used to infiltrate the Internet forums of Western media outlets and blogs, even posing as Westerners despite their

The Infowar Rages in Moscow

From flying corpses to Spanish air traffic controllers, Russian media are doing their best to muddy the waters around what happened to MH17. MOSKOW — One of the first of the various bizarre theories to emerge from the Russian media’s coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 downing was also one of the most outlandish: the Tale of the Spanish Dispatcher. The night of the disaster, a certain “Carlos,” presenting

Malaysian Jet Tragedy: Analysis of Hypotheses

On July, 17 at about 16:20 Kyiv time, a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was downed above the Donetsk region of Ukraine while performing the MH17 flight Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur. After this tragedy, a number of hypotheses have been put forward, some of which blame the Ukrainian side for what happened. StopFake tried to analyse some of them. Hypothesis: Ukrainian air traffic controllers re-routed the flight According to some media outlets,

RT “Covers” the Shooting Down of MH17

Operating a fake news channel to promote state propaganda comes with considerable intrinsic problems and contradictions. Propaganda and news reporting have contrary purposes that propagandists carefully work to obscure by various means. That’s the art of propaganda: blurring the line between reality and BS, creating false equivalencies between the two, and implicitly arguing that the BS is superior. That’s easy for the propagandist when he can cherry-pick what he covers

Lies: Spanish Flight Operations Officer from Kiev Informed about Ukrainian Planes Involved in Boeing Tragedy

July 17 Russia Today quoted some Carlos, who is claimed to be a Spanish flight operation officer allegedly working in Kiev airport «Borispol». According to the aforementioned Carlos, Ukrainian jet fighters were in air near the Boeing when it disappeared. He posted this information on Twitter (a repost from Russia Today can be found there as well). His account https://twitter.com/spainbuca is no longer active at the moment. It is inaccessible, though

NATO: Russia’s accusations – setting the record straight (July 2014)

NATO’s main public website published rebuttal of a series of russian accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts. Here is document that sets the record straight. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia. To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations

Throwing a Wrench In Russia’s Propaganda Machine

RT, also known as Russia Today (that’s not entirely accurate anymore, but it’s a long story), is the English-language Russian media Goliath which has a lot to boast about, writes James Miller in his article for The Interpreter. A 2012 Pew Research poll found that RT had the most Youtube videos of any news agency on the planet. The Kremlin-operated agency is now available to more than 86 million cable

The Lie: Russian Militants were not Killed in Ukraine

July 10 Russian news agency ITAR-TASS published on its site the news with a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia: information about dead Russians in Ukraine is a result of Ukrainian propaganda. Answering a question of a Ukrainian journalist if Russian diplomats have information how many Russian citizens were killed in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said: “I’m unfamiliar with such statistics and I think

TV channel Russia-24 used a faked photo in its news item about Donetsk

TV channel Russia-24 in its news broadcast from July 8 informed that Ukrainian aviation had allegedly attacked the mine Petrovska in Petrovskyi region of Donetsk. “A coal mine and a neighboring plant were bombarded”, says a news anchor. As it follows from the news item, the part of the building is destroyed. This is alleged by a photo that shows firemen extinguishing fire in a burnt building. However, this photo was made

One Photo Manipulation: from Refugees in Rostov to Filtration Camps

Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Piddubny made an investigation about a “trip” of one photo under different titles across the information field. He published the results in his blog. With Oleksandr’s permission we translated his article. Since June 10 mass media have been using actively the same photo of a girl, evacuated from Sloviansk by Ukrainian authorities on June 6, 2014, as an illustration for different news. For the first time the

The Lie: the Former Tymoshenko’s Lawyer Traded in Organs of Wounded Soldiers

The main Russian TV channels and other mass media spread untrue information about the trade of organs, taken out from heavily wounded soldiers, being allegedly conducted in Ukraine by such persons as the former layer of Yulia Tymoshenko Serhiy Vlasenko, the commander of the Donbass battalion Semen Semenchenko and a Germany resident Olha Viber presented in the news item as a doctor. As TV channel Russia-24 alleges, Vlasenko corresponded in

Contradictions Define Kremlin Apologists

According to the conventional wisdom, Vladimir Putin and his Western supporters propagate a uniform message throughout the world. At its most extreme, this view sees Russia as having a formidable propaganda machine that is running roughshod over the Western media and public, writes Alexander J. Motyl in his blog. In fact, Putin and his supporters and apologists often disagree. One reason may be that the machine just isn’t as formidable

Videofake: counterfeit graves in Sloviansk

July 7 a video or rather a slide-show with open graves and an audio appeal to spread around this video appeared on Youtube. A voiceover alleges: “At this moment in Sloviansk Ukrops dug out graves of their 200th men  that they themselves had executed by shooting. At this moment they are putting newly dead bodies of peaceful people in these graves”. Then it is stated that all this is done

Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Part 3

The American website Examiner.com published Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Russia’s aggressive information war, waged through its vast propaganda machine, continues to produce disinformation to justify its involvement in Ukraine. Deliberately false information and deceptive imagery is being disseminated in every available venue: from leading politicians and Russia’s infamous mainstream media, down to bloggers, useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine, spreading

Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Part 2

The American website Examiner.com published Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Russia’s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia’s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots

Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. Part 1

The American website Examiner.com published Russia’s top lies about Ukraine. In the recent years, the West has been largely oblivious to Russia’s propaganda machine, which managed to use its reach to create a league of clueless Putinistas the world over. The Ukrainian popular revolution shone the spotlight on the outright fabrications and despicable lies by Kremlin-controlled media, which strives to create an alternate reality for its audiences. This includes not

Having accused Stopfake.org in creating fakes Channel One lied

July 9 Russian Channel One showed in the evening news at 9 p.m. by Moscow time a news item “Clear refutation of the most popular myths about holidays in Crimea”. At 3:14 a journalist tells about the exposure described previously by Stopfake.org in the article “Espreso.tv Illustrated Food Shortage in Crimea with a Picture from the U.S.” Particularly, the journalist of the Channel One says the following: “The next myth

Fake: a citizen soldier of the Luhansk People’s Republic threw himself with grenades in front of a tank

Internet teems with stories about “the hero of the Luhansk army” Oleksandr Skriabin, who is said to throw himself in front of a Ukrainian tank with a bunch of grenades. This news was picked up by almost all leading Russian mass media: Interfax, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Vesti and many others. In response to the request about this man Yandex produces about 8 thousand references. This story of a heroic

Fake: City authorities of Vinnytsia will dismantle the Monument of Glory

July 6 faked screenshot from “RIA Novosti” site about the Monument of Glory being dismantled appeared in Internet. The screenshot contains a photo of damaged memorial stones. Social networkers and forumers were spreading and discussing actively this “news”. As informs the site “My Vinnytsia”, journalists were not able to find this publication in the news feed of the Russian site. “This is either a provocation or somebody’s bad joke”, believes

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