The Daily Vertical: Natural Born Liar (Transcript)

The Daily Vertical: Natural Born Liar (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, The Daily Vertical The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. What is the point of lying when what you are saying is obviously, demonstrably, and often ridiculously false? It’s a question worth asking in the aftermath of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone’s recent interview series with Vladimir Putin. During the interview, Putin showed Stone what he said was video footage of

Putin Regime Now ‘One Grandiose Fake’ from Top to Bottom, Eidman Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Vladimir Putin’s use of a video showing American planes to impress Oliver Stone of the power of Russian ones “is not simply a curiosity,” Igor Eidman says, but rather “a diagnosis” because “the entire Putin regime is a grandiose fake,” with fake news, statistics, sociology, politics, power, parliament and a fake president at the top. On his Facebook page, the Russian commentator, who works

Russia’s Big Brother is trying to watch you (but is annoyed you won’t let him)

Russian authorities want to wipe anonymity out of the Internet. But is it possible? By Daria Litvinova and David Kharebov, The Moscow Times The internet has long been a wild horse the Kremlin struggled to tame. Authorities first understood the scale of the problem during the 2011-12 Bolotnaya protests, which were organized and coordinated online. A crackdown of sorts ensued as the authorities attempted to wrest back control. In short succession, they introduced new injunctions, restrictions, and new

Russia briefly bans

By Meduza Several Russian Internet providers briefly blocked access to on Thursday, after the domain appeared on the “out-load” list operated by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal censor. By 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, had disappeared from Roskomnadzor’s out-load list. In the roughly three hours that the search engine’s Russian domain spent on the blocklist, several major Internet providers, including Akada and TTK, began cutting off access to the website. Roskomnadzor

Two-Thirds of Russians Believe USSR Would Have Won WWII Without Allied Help

By The Moscow Times Nearly two-thirds of Russians believe that the Soviet Union could have defeated Nazi Germany without the help of its wartime allies, a new survey has revealed. Some 63 percent of Russians said that the Soviet Union would have triumphed without aid from abroad, a new poll by independent pollster the Levada Center found. Twenty-eight percent said that the Soviets needed Allied help to secure victory over

Putin, Depersonalized: What Does Oliver Stone’s Film Reveal About Russia’s Leader?

In “Putin Interview”, the ordinary and casual moments are the most compelling By Mikhail Fishman, for The Moscow Times American filmmaker Oliver Stone has faced intense criticism since the release of his 4-hour “Putin Interviews” earlier this month. Critics have assailed Stone for giving a platform to the Russian president and asking softball questions. But the controversial film, currently being broadcast on Russian state television, has its intriguing moments. The

Mark Galeotti: It’s the Russians Wot Done It (Op-ed)

The Kremlin is a convenient villain for our troubled times — and that narrative is playing right into Putin’s hands. By Mark Galeotti, for The Moscow Times Last week the online media company BuzzFeed released “From Russia With Blood,” part of a series alleging that 14 people have been assassinated in Britain — a “ring of death” that British authorities reportedly ignored or covered up. Dramatic stuff. Whether or not

The Daily Vertical: Not Just A Putin Problem (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL “Krym Nash” was just the beginning. Crimea is not the only place and Ukraine is not the only neighbor where Russia has territorial ambitions. And this is not just a fixation of Vladimir Putin and his cronies, but for large and stable majorities of the Russian population. According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Russians believe that parts of

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

By Isaac Webb, for Global Voices Within days of announcing the creation of a “Council of Bloggers” in Russia’s lower house of parliament, State Duma MP Vasily Vlasov had put together an impressive guest list for the first meeting: Vlasov extended invitations to 25 influential writers and videobloggers, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Wylsacom (Valentin Petuhov), Sasha Spilburg (Aleksandra Balkovskaya), kamikadze_d (Dmitry Ivanov), and Ilya Varlamov—it was a veritable who’s who

Beyond Fake News: How Trump’s Disruptive Technology Mirrors Russian Political Technology

By Lisa J Walters, for UCL Prof Andrew Wilson, Professor of Ukrainian Studies The investigation into the Trump campaign’s links with Russia has already uncovered many layers and levels. More will no doubt be found; but the search would be assisted by a better understanding of just what has gone on in Russia these last twenty years. Hacking may have generated the most lurid headlines, but is just one of

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