Photo Fake: Shelling in Israel Presented as Donetsk

Photo Fake: Shelling in Israel Presented as Donetsk

A photograph taken in Israel in 2014 was recently posted as a photo from Donbas taken in 2015. The fake was first discovered by Israeli journalist and Ukraine-expert Shimon Briman, according to the Huliay Pole website. Source: politua.su.

Debunking the fake article on 2000 Russian soldiers killed in Donbas everyone fell for

Several days ago WarInUkraine team saw the following text on a website bs-life.ru: The article talks of a Russian Government decree to compensate the families of over 2000 Russian soldiers killed and 3200 wounded in Ukraine The text was as groundbreaking (wow, finally here’s Russia’s confession of their troops fighting in Ukraine!) as it was absurd. The absurdity comes from the fact that adopting such a decree or even discussing

Russia Today not welcome in Latvia

Kremlin propaganda TV channel Russia Today has been refused permission to set up shop in Latvia, the LETA news agency reported Friday. The official Register of Enterprises has decided not to enter the Russian state-owned ‘information agency’ Russia Today in the list of representations registered in Latvia, the Register of Enterprises told LETA. The decision was taken by a state notary of the Register of Enterprises who also concluded that

Media Misrepresent Fitch’s New Ukraine Rating

On August 27, Russian and Ukrainian media reported on a new rating by Fitch for Ukraine. But they presented only some of the ratings agency’s outlook, thereby importantly distorting the information. Lenta.ru reported, for example, that Fitch acknowledged the inevitability of a default: “International ratings agency Fitch downgraded Ukrainian foreign-currency country ceiling from under-default ‘CC’ to ‘C’ which means that default is inevitable.” However, while this is partly true, these

Dmitry Glukhovsky: Everything Is Possible

Rustem Adagamov tweeted this post by Dmitry Glukhovsky earlier today and it’s worth taking note of. Глуховский о том, как путинская пропаганда смогла оболванить русских быстрее, чем Геббельс оболванил немцев https://t.co/UpIySrQFjf — Рустем Адагамов (@adagamov) 27 августа 2015 I remember two years ago, I loved to speculate: how, I wondered, the German people, who are not only proud of, but boast a complex culture, refined and Western literature, advanced philosophy,

Discovery Moves Russian Channels to Venture With Putin Ally

Discovery Communications Inc. will move its Russian business to a venture with a company co-owned by billionaire Yury Kovalchuk, a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, to comply with laws that will limit foreign ownership of media next year. The venture, called Media Alliance, will license and distribute the Discovery and Eurosport channels and will also create a local free-to-air channel, Discovery said in a statement Thursday. Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic

Fake: France Pays Russia More than One Billion Euros for Non-delivery of Mistrals

On August 25, the Russian news agency Interfax falsely reported that France had paid Russia more than one billion euros for its non-delivery of French Mistral helicopter carriers, citing an anonymous military attache as its source.   This news was then reposted by such news sites such as Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russkaya Sluzhba Novostey, Rosbalt, Kapital, Korrespondent, News-front, and others. French government spokesman Stephane le Foll refuted Russian media reports, saying

BBC: What media get wrong about Ukraine anti-red laws

Ukraine’s anti-communism laws have received much flak in foreign media, but not all of it is well-deserved. The legislation orders the removal of communist symbols such as monuments and street names, and one frequently made criticism is that it may also affect the remembrance of Soviet Army soldiers who fought against Nazi Germany. In fact, the law makes an exception for World War II, and some of the critical reporting is based

Putin’s Magnificent Messaging Machine

By pretending to be real news, RT is much better than your grandfather’s Soviet propaganda. In trying to create a likeness of Soviet power, Vladimir Putin is doing one thing demonstrably better than the Kremlin masters of old: propaganda. During the Cold War Soviet outlets like Pravda would disseminate outlandish claims so crass and obviously false that even true comrades  turned the page or flipped the channel (and there were

Did Russia’s Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin’s Spokesman?

Dmitry Peskov, the long-time spokesman for Vladimir Putin, can’t seem to get his name out of the news. Earlier this month, Peskov weathered two media storms about his expensive tastes: one about an opulent wristwatch he wore to his wedding, and the other about the pricey yacht he allegedly rented in the Mediterranean for his honeymoon. Now “Peskov’s watch” is buzzing online again, after Russian Internet users discovered this weekend

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