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‘Crimean Effect Weaker But Still Significant for the Kremlin, Experts Say

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia With the passing of time, the euphoria with which Russians greeted the Crimean Anschluss has weakened, a process that has been intensified by declines in standard of living and that has left public attitudes about the regime more negative than they were even before Vladimir Putin seized the Ukrainian peninsula. Indeed, a study by the Levada Center, says that “assessments of the activity of

How does Russian propaganda cover the Russia protests? It’s awkward

By Jon Levine, for MediaITE It’s not easy being a state-sponsored propaganda news organization when your country is embroiled in domestic unrest. Case in point RT. Once more commonly known by its full name — Russia Today — the Kremlin-financed media organization walked a delicate line covering scenes of protest and disorder that broke in Moscow on Sunday. On the English language edition of its website, Monday, the network appeared

Stalin’s Great Terror Wasn’t So Bad, Putin TV Suggests

The evolution in official Russian treatment of Stalin continues. He is no longer a tyrant nor is he an effective manager who may have occasionally exceeded the bounds of the acceptable. Now, the late Soviet dictator is being refashioned into a great leader without modification who is unjustly attacked by the opponents of Russia. An indication of this latest shift came on Friday night during Roman Babayan’s talk show on

How the West Can Defend Itself From Putin’s Russia

It’s time to return to a Cold War mentality By Yascha Mounk, Slate Two years ago, when Garry Kasparov, the chess champion turned political dissident, began to warn that Vladimir Putin sought to undermine liberal democracy—not only in neighboring countries, but all over the West—he was widely written off as a crank. After Russia managed to hack the servers of the Democratic National Committee and spread fake news on an

Why WikiLeaks works

By Edward Lucas, CEPA Russia’s hacking and leaking is proving a far more potent threat to our democracy than nuclear weapons. Why launch warheads when you can blow up a political system from inside? That is the message of the latest WikiLeaks “exposé” of CIA hacking tools. The truth is simple. Intelligence agencies conduct intelligence operations. There is a clue in the name. Western intelligence agencies spy on our adversaries—Russia,

The Daily Vertical: Russia’s Passport To Empire (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL We haven’t heard much about Novorossia lately. And Vladimir Putin’s concept of the Russian World has dropped out of the headlines. But that may all be about to change. Because two State Duma deputies, Konstantin Zatulin and Natalya Poklonskaya, have just introduced legislation that would grant Russian citizenship to any Russian speaker who lived in the Soviet Union. Yeah, you heard that right. And that’s not

A Cult Of Violence: Comics, Propaganda, And The Information War, Part I Read More: A Cult Of Violence: Comics And Propaganda, Part I

By John R. Parker, Comic Alliance As Russia and America circle each other in this rapidly evolving Cold War 2.0, combat is waged in multiple theaters: cyber war, spy war, proxy war, cultural war, and an information war fueled by a persistent flow of disinformation and propaganda that hijacks narratives and distorts reality. In this series of articles, John Parker examines the common spaces in the strange Venn diagram where

By exaggerating criticism of state institutions, we are assisting Russian propaganda – Mezviets

By exaggerating criticism of state institutions, we are playing into the hands of Russian propaganda activities in Latvia, Security Police Chief Normunds Mezviets told Latvian Television this morning writes LETA. He said that one of Russia’s propaganda tactics against Latvia is to spread information that Latvia is a failed and weak state, and an unsuccessful socio-economic experiment. Mezviets said that if society doubts everything state and local government institutions are

Despots are embracing Donald Trump’s ‘war on the media’ with open arms

Isaac Stone Fish, The Guardian George W Bush’s ‘war on terror’ gave cover to despots around the world – from China, to Turkey and Russia – for violent crackdowns of minority groups seeking greater freedoms. Once these groups were re-cast as ‘terrorists’, it was hard for the West to criticize the states that used heavy-handed tactics against them. Now, Washington DC has invented another ‘war’ that has regimes across the

Six Immediate Steps to Stop Putin’s Aggression

By Yakub Janda, Atlantic Council Security experts who follow the West’s responses to Russia’s meddling in its internal affairs—through cyber hacks, massive disinformation, corruption of Western leaders, and espionage—have good reason to be disappointed. With a few exceptions in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries, and recently in the Czech Republic, very few real counter-measures have been put into practice. Despite almost every Western intelligence agency urgently warning about the Russian

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