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.

Russian state TV’s targets last week: Ukraine, Poland and the US as antiheroes

By EU vs Disinfo Below you can find a summary of the main topics on Russia’s most watched state TV news channels last 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

Sputnik retouches Soviet memories in Lithuania

By Dalia Bankauskaitė, for CEPA In recent months, the pro-Kremlin, Lithuanian-language media outlet has disseminated photos about how happy Lithuanians were during the Soviet era. In July, published “Vilnius University in the Soviet epoch” and “Earth salt: Lithuanian heroes of the Soviet era” followed by “Basketball Club ‘Zalgiris’ in Soviet times” “A moment of the past: Vilnius in the time of the USSR” “Lithuanian women in Soviet times”

Three things you should know about RT and Sputnik

By EU vs Disinfo RT (Russia Today) and Sputnik are the two foreign language flagships of Russia’s campaign to influence international public opinion. Both outlets present themselves as media that provide alternative views to the mainstream in international news reporting. However, before accepting this premise, three fundamental differences between these outlets and what is normally perceived as independent journalism should be kept mind. 1. They are not independent Sputnik was

Russian Military Exercise Sparks Information War

The speculation surrounding Russia’s “Zapad” military exercises may suit both Moscow and its Western rivals By Matthew Bodner, Moscow, Russia, for Codastory It was all those railway wagons that got the speculation rolling over Russian intentions with its military exercises this week along its western borders. Thousands of flat-bed wagons have been used over the past few months to transport an army of Russian troops, tanks and other heavy equipment

Get ready for pro-Kremlin tinnitus

By EU vs Disinfo Imagine someone whispering in your ear non-stop: “Why would you bother, you will never find out the truth.” Sometimes the voice could grow to an unbearable scream. One of the basic tools of pro-Kremlin disinformation is to fill the information space with constant noise to confuse the audience – or to at least force it to stop paying attention. A recent target of this method has

Agent of Influence: Should Russia’s RT Register as a Foreign Agent?

By Elena Postnikova, Atlantic Council Read the Publication (PDF) The US Congress enacted the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA) to ensure that the American people were aware when foreign governments funded media sources; at the time, their concerns focused on the Nazi regime in Germany. Today, this issue has resurfaced with concerns about the Russian propaganda outlet RT (formerly Russia Today). RT broadcasts are reliably consistent with official

‘The sensible time may have passed’ What happens to American journalists in Russia, if the U.S. government says ‘Sputnik’ is a foreign agent?

By Kevin Rothrock, for Meduza On September 11, 2017, Yahoo! News reported that the FBI has questioned two former staffers at the Russian state Sputnik news agency, as part of an ongoing investigation into a potentially undeclared propaganda campaign by the Russian government that violates the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The effort to treat Sputnik and its older brother, RT (Russia Today), as foreign propaganda, rather than foreign news

Russian propaganda’s Sputnik news agency probed by FBI – media

By UNIAN The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), according to Yahoo News. As part of the probe, Yahoo News has learned, the bureau has obtained a thumb drive containing thousands of internal Sputnik emails

Russian Embassy in U.K. Says Everest is Part of Russia

By The Moscow Times The Russian Embassy in the U.K. said Mount Everest was part of Russia on its Twitter account before deleting the tweet on Monday. “Good morning! (Mount Everest, Russia),” the erroneous post read, with a photograph of the snow-capped summit attached. Wedged between Nepal and China, Mount Everest is nearly 2,500 kilometers away from the nearest Russian border. While the post might have been written off as an honest mistake, some observers quipped that “Crimea is not

Russia in the meddle: Interference in the West intensifies

By Euractiv Espionage, disinformation and threats: Putin’s “active measures” to destabilise European societies and governments are multiplying, according to a report by the European Council for International Relations (ECFR). EURACTIV France reports. According to the report by ECFR, the general objective of the Kremlin is “to weaken the European Union and NATO and to distance Europe from the United States”. Russian President Vladimir Putin has, to this end, surrounded himself with several actors,

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