The Daily Vertical: Lukashenka the ‘good cop’? (Transcript)

The Daily Vertical: Lukashenka the ‘good cop’? (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL So it appears there will be a degree of transparency in next month’s massive Zapad 2017 war games after all. Scores of observers from NATO and non-NATO countries, as well as from the OSCE and the Red Cross have been invited to attend Russia’s largest military exercises since the Cold War. Regular briefings are taking place. And efforts have been made to reach out to

Fighting the American ‘occupation’ of Romania

By Corina Rebegea, for CEPA The injection of anti-West narratives in online media and social platforms has become business as usual in Romania. The country’s pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystem now includes fringe religious, nationalist or “anti-system” groups that adopt narratives concocted in Kremlin-sponsored laboratories. One such narrative describes the negative effects of Romania’s NATO membership and alliance with the United States. But in certain political contexts, these narratives get amplified in

Pro-Kremlin tabloid TV network is reportedly shutting down and laying off all staff

By Meduza The pro-Kremlin television network Life, owned by Aram Gabrelyanov’s “News Media,” will shut down on August 18, company sources told the news agency TASS. The news website FlashNord confirms that the tabloid TV station will close down and lay off all its staff today. On August 16, citing Gabrelyanov himself, the news agency RBC reported that Life’s television network was planning major cutbacks and abandoning its production of

NATO Needs an Offensive Cybersecurity Policy

By Barbara Roggeveen, for Atlantic Council Modern-day warfare is as much about cyberattacks and the protection of communication and information systems as it is about kinetic military action. In 2016, NATO’s institutional networks experienced on average 500 cyberattacks a month—an increase of roughly 60 percent from the year before. Other recent, high-profile, transnational cyberattacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware attack and Petya, highlight the urgent need for NATO and its

Putin regime is driving out the most qualified cadres, Levada Center’s Gudkov says

Russia faces a massive brain drain because those seeking to leave Russia now in ever greater numbers are the most educated and competent, Lev Gudkov says; and they are leaving precisely because of way in which the Putin regime is treating civil society, the decline in incomes, and growing income inequality. The Levada Center director tells VOA’s Viktor Vladimirov that Russia today is “really observing the fourth wave of outflow

The Daily Vertical: The Kremlin’s anti-Navalny? (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL He’s a bare-knuckled street brawler. He’s a firebrand leftist. And he’s an unapologetic Stalinist who wants to restore the Soviet Union. For nearly five years, Sergei Udaltsov has been Russia’s most invisible political prisoner. The public didn’t read his prison letters. Rights groups didn’t take up his cause. He didn’t become a media star. But with his release from prison last week, Udaltsov has suddenly

Ukraine Did Not Supply North Korea with Missile Engines

Ukraine Did Not Supply North Korea with Missile Engines On August 14 the New York Times published a story entitled North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say. The article argues that having examined photographs of the North Korean leader inspecting new rocket engines, investigators concluded in a new report that the engines are similar to an old Soviet model and could have come from several post-Soviet

StopFake #144 with Brian Mefford

The latest edition of StopFake News with Brian Mefford. Among the disinformation debunked Right Sector and Ukrainian military in armed conflict; Ukraine to send remains of World War II era Soviet general back to Russia; French President Macron helped to organize the Maidan protests; separatists’ weaponry are spoils of war taken from Ukrainian military.

Fake: Right Sector and Ukrainian Military in Armed Conflict

Scores of Russian media reported this week that a shootout between Ukrainian military and the radical Right Sector battalion had occurred in the war zone. The source for this story is a literal font of fake news, frequent mouthpiece of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the DonetskNews Agency. Citing something called “the operative leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic”, the Donetsk News Agency claims that on August 6 the Ukrainian

Fake: G20 Admits Kyiv’s Violation of Minsk Agreements

Russian site Ukraina.ru published a story claiming that the leaders of France and Germany consider that Ukraine has failed to comply with the Minsk agreements, the hasty peace deal between Ukraine, Russia and Russian backed separatists signed in 2015. The story is based on a quote from Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. The story has no quotes or direct references from the leaders of France or Germany. After a working

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