Historian Anne Applebaum Details Stalin’s War Against Ukraine: ‘I Believe It Was Genocide’

Historian Anne Applebaum Details Stalin’s War Against Ukraine: ‘I Believe It Was Genocide’

By Natalya Golitsina, for RFE/RL The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin’s War On Ukraine, sheds new light on one of the seminal events in Ukrainian history – the deadly famine of 1932-33 that Ukrainians call the Holodomor. Some 4 million Ukrainians were killed in a famine that was engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to eliminate a perceived threat to central Soviet power. RFE/RL

Derailing Moscow’s disinformation machine

By Donald N. Jensen, for CEPA For all the impressive research on Russian information operations in recent years—we have excellent studies of Kremlin troll farms, and how Russia disseminates its narratives on mainstream and social media—surprisingly little work has been done on how the bureaucratic machinery of Kremlin information operations actually works. Do its activities proceed from a grand strategy or are they opportunistic? Is there an interagency process for

Total Defense: How the Baltic States Are Integrating Citizenry Into Their National Security Strategies

By Marta Kepe and Jan Osburg, for Small Wars Journal Total Defense: How the Baltic States Are Integrating Citizenry Into Their National Security Strategies Marta Kepe and Jan Osburg Russian aggression in Ukraine and military exercises at the borders of the Baltic states, as well as a string of information and cyber operations, have raised fears among Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania about their security. Due to their shared borders with Russia, the Baltic

Russia’s state TV: Threatening Ukraine with nuclear arms and the defensive Zapad 2017

By EU vs Disinfo Below you can find a summary of the main topics on Russia’s most watched state TV news channels past week. The news shows’ agenda in Russia is carefully attuned to serve the Kremlin’s needs. Therefore, following Russian state media sheds light on our understanding of how the Kremlin seeks to influence the Russian-speaking audience in Russia and beyond. Read our story here. Our monitoring of pro-Kremlin disinformation also

(U//FOUO) Asymmetric Warfare Group Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook

By Public Intelligence The following document was originally made available by the website MultiBriefs. Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook Page Count: 68 pages Date: December 2016 Restriction: For Official Use Only Originating Organization: U.S. Army, Asymmetric Warfare Group File Type: pdf File Size: 2,341,074 bytes File Hash (SHA-256): 06F68FFE2479DA61E398E30722FE733450C9A32C4503BA343363680A9EAA698E Download File (U) As the American Army fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, it became the best tactical level counter insurgency force of the modern era. America’s enemies, however,

Fake: 45% of Ukrainians Work Abroad; Record High Unemployment

Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda disseminated a fake story claiming that 45% of all Ukrainians work abroad and the country is struggling with record high unemployment. Official Ukrainian data and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) tell a completely different story. According to the IOM some 688,000 Ukrainians are currently international migrant workers, that is approximately two percent of the Ukrainian population. 1,643.000 are internal migrant workers, having moved

Fake: Ukraine Has the Highest Electricity Prices in Europe

According to the Russian site Ukraina.ru, Ukraine has the highest electricity prices in Europe. Completely twisting a recent statement by Ukraine’s National Committee on Utility Regulation director Dmytro Vovk, Ukraina.ru simply replaced the word cheapest with most expensive. The site comments.ua also reprinted this fake. This is what Vovk actually wrote: “For years we’ve heard sweet words from our politicians about consumer protection – as a result, electricity prices in

Russian Disinformation a Means of Waging War against the US

A recent U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing entitled The Scourge of Disinformation concluded that disinformation is part of Russia’s hybrid war against the United States, an instrument with which the Kremlin meddles in America’s internal affairs. Opening the hearing, Senator Cory Gardner pointed out that Russian disinformation poses a serious threat to the liberal international order and undermines the security and human rights of people in the OSCE region. Russia’s goal,

Can Forrest Gump Defeat Russian Propaganda in Belarus?

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Sometimes the simultaneous appearance of two stories apparently unrelated sheds light on issues more clearly than either of them does on its own. That is the case of two stories today from Belarus, one about Moscow’s promotion of Russophile books in that country and the other about the release of a Belarusian version of “Forrest Gump.” Nasha Niva has investigated how money from the

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