News in the section ‘Context’ are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of the techniques and methods used by the Russian government in its information war.

Kremlin Watch Monitor. May 18, 2017

STRATCOM SUMMIT 2017 How to Defend Allied Democracies against Hostile Influence and Disinformation Operations Since Monday 15th until Friday, the STRATCOM SUMMIT organized by thy European Values think-tank is under way in Prague at the Czech Ministry of Interior. Altogether 330 participants are representing 29 countries over five days. On Thursday, the key-note speech was given by the Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who stated that the EEAS East STRATCOM team “needs

Russia’s National Guard to Monitor Social Networks

Russia’s National Guard is planning to train IT experts and specialists to monitor social networks, the Interfax news agency reported Friday, citing first deputy commander of the National Guard Sergei Melikov. “We’re looking at areas of work we would like to develop” Melikov told reporters. “Mainly social media monitoring.” Monitoring social networks would help the law enforcement agency to prevent attacks against the national guard like the one in the

Putin Latest ‘Hybrid’ Move Against Russia’s Opposition Media

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin had a meeting with the leaders of some of Russia’s most prominent editors of the opposition media, a session that has sparked controversy because the participants were required to agree not to discuss that had transpired behind closed doors. Dmitry Muratov, the chief editor of Novaya gazeta and one of those who took part, reported on this arrangement in

Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

By Halya Coynash, for Human Rights in Ukraine See the link below the text for a letter and other ways of joining in the campaign to #FreeSentsov It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea.  His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating

Made in Bulgaria: Pro-Russian Propaganda

Bulgarian fake-news agents often promote Moscow’s line not for Russia’s sake, but for their own political interests By Michael Colborne, for Codastory In the tiny town of Pliska, a former capital of Bulgaria set amid rolling plains, a mother and son are hard at work, posting pro-Russian propaganda on Facebook from the projection room of a disused outdoor movie theater. Within a day, according to Bulgarian media, they publish hundreds

The Daily Vertical: Absurdity Can Be Deadly (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, The Daily Vertical The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. So have you heard? NATO is recruiting Russian speakers in Latvia to use as guinea pigs for psychological and biological experiments. German soldiers are assaulting women in Lithuania. And troops from the Western alliance are apparently taking LSD to prepare for an invasion of Russia. What? You haven’t heard these

How Tech Giants Are Joining Forces to Fight Fake News

By Craig Newmark, Linkedin In high school US history, I learned that a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy. As a news consumer, like most folks, I want news we can trust. That means standing up for trustworthy news media and learning how to spot clickbait and deceptive news. A group of tech industry leaders, academic institutions, and nonprofits are teaming up and funding a combined $14M million to

Investigation – Sex and lies: Russia’s EU news

By Andrew Rettman – Investigation – Sex and lies: Russia’s EU news (20.4.2017, EU Observer) Rape, paedophilia, incest, and sodomy – Russian media have targeted France and Germany for years with hundreds of fake or distorted stories, many of which were designed to incite sexual revulsion toward asylum seekers and the politicians who gave them shelter. Conspiracy theories about false-flag terrorist attacks and about Nazism have also featured in Moscow’s propaganda

Kremlin Watch Monitor. April 19, 2017

Invitation: How Europe sees Putin’s Russia On April 24, we will present a new major study in the European Parliament, which evaluates policies of individual EU28 countries towards Russia. It is our pleasure to invite you to the public hearing ( New publication: How Kremlin controls major Russian media We would like to introduce a new Kremlin Watch Report, authored by Ilyas Sharibzhanov, Analyst of the Kremlin Watch Programme. Mass

Small time propagandists

Written by Inga Spriņģe, Re:Baltica Who is polluting the Baltic internet in Russian? U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end financing for the Baltic states. This screaming headline was published in March 2017 by the website which resembles a news portal and operates under the auspices of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia. The task was to create the impression that the U.S., which is

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