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Denmark to educate soldiers in combatting disinformation

By East Stratcom Training in how to combat pro-Kremlin disinformation is a “top priority” for the 200 Danish soldiers who will be deployed to Estonia as a part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. This was the message from Denmark’s defence minister, Claus Hjorth Frederiksen, in an interview last week with Denmark’s public broadcaster, DR (also reported by Reuters). “The aim is to create distrust among ourselves” “It is a whole

Fake: Ukraine Blackmails West with EU Membership

If you don’t give us money, we’ll go to Russia. Ukraine Blackmails West with EU Membership, declared a recent headline in the Russian web publication Inforeaktor.  Accompanied by a photograph of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko this fake story is a classic example Russian disinformation,  implying that Poroshenko really said “If you don’t give us money, we’ll go to Russia” while meeting with EU leaders. The Ukrainian President said no such

Fake: EU Bringing Ukraine to Its Knees

One of Russian propaganda’s favorite mantras is that Ukraine will always lose out by getting closer to the European Union. This theme is propagated often and in various incarnations. One of the most recent versions of this story was a conference speech delivered by former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma that Russian media quoted completely out of context.   Catastrophic consequences of European integration for the Ukrainian economy, Kyiv hostile towards

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

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

Russian Media Distorts Comments by Alaska State Official

He never said Alaskans would live better under Moscow, but dozens of Russian news reports claim otherwise Fake names and miserable wages: what it’s like to work in the Kremlin-friendly local Russian language newspaper. Published in Latvia, Segodnya newspaper claims to be the only Russian-language daily in the European Union. I met one of the newspaper’s journalists Yelena Slyusareva three years ago on a trip to Sweden, sponsored by the Swedish

Lisa 2.0: How pro-Kremlin media in Germany have been using a new fake to justify an old one

By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab In early 2016, the subject of Russian disinformation shot up the agenda in Germany with the false story of a 13-year-old girl allegedly abducted and raped by migrants. A year on, the girl at the center of the case is back in the headlines in Germany, and Kremlin media outlets have been using a new round of false reporting to justify the original deception. The new

Fake: Ukraine to Get Limited EU Visa Free Travel

Russia’s Sputnik Radio featured a story this week claiming that Ukrainians would not get the visa free travel to the EU that Kyiv had been negotiating with Brussels for. In an article dripping with contempt and condescension towards Ukraine and Ukrainians Sputnik’s commentator Vladimir Filippov announces that while Ukrainians will get EU visas, they will not get what they wanted most, the right to work in the EU. Despite this,

How Moscow is spreading its propaganda using EU-funded media

By Alex Bosk, InformNapalm Over the last 10-15 years the Putin regime has been infiltrating the European Union and slowly expanding its influence on the continent. This has been noticed by several European media outlets.  However, Moscow is not just investing in its media propaganda machine, with its centerpiece being Russia Today TV channel, which has now been launched in French just months before a crucial presidential election in the

Russian Media Negate Positives of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The European Commission recently published the results of Ukraine-EU cooperation within the Association and free trade agreement. The detailed report shows economic indicators increasing significantly compared with 2015 as well an increased import/export dynamic between the EU and Ukraine. Manipulating figures from the report, Russian media portrayed the relationship as singularly detrimental to Ukraine. RT in particular went out of its way to portray the Ukraine-EU relationship as beneficial only

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