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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

Fake: Tillerson Names Conditions under Which Crimea Would Be Recognized as Russian

Scores of Russian media manipulated statements made by US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during his congressional confirmation hearing, claiming that Tillerson named the conditions under which America would be prepared to recognize Crimea as Russian territory. Russian state news agency TASS declared that Tillerson had named the terms under which Crimea would be recognized as part of Russia and Lenta.ru quickly followed suit claiming that he “clarified” those

Fake: Austria’s Foreign Minister for Western Unity with Russia

RT-Ruptly TV aired a segment on the Austrian Foreign Minister’s Sebastian Kurz’s recent visit to the eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol entitled Austrian FM backs Russo-Western unity on first tour of Donbass as OSCE chair. The segment however does not contain any such claim by Kurz. While visiting Mariupol Kurz said that the confrontation between the West and Russia has escalated and that both sides must move away from

Fake: Ukraine Fears Mass Exodus if Russian Visas are Introduced

Russia’s national news agency RIA Novosti claimed this week that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry fears a mass exodus of its citizenry if visas with Russia are introduced. Russia’s leading media disseminated this story, among them RT in Russian, NTV, Life.ru, Tsargrad and others. The source for this claim is a discussion on a Ukrainian television talk show (Svoboda Slova, ICTV channel) during which Ukrainian Foreign Ministry official Oleksii Makeiev allegedly said

Fake: OSCE Confirms Absence of Russian Military in Donbas

Citing the OSCE Secretary General Ambassador Lamberto Zannier’s recent visit to Ukraine, scores of Russian media reported this week that the OSCE had officially denied the presence of Russian troops in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas occupied by militant separatists. RIA Novosti, REN TV, Russkaya Vesna, Pravda.ru, Svobodnaya pressa and others all reported that the OSCE director confirmed the Russian army was not fighting in Donbas. The publications then point

Research Report: Analysis of Manipulation Techniques on Selected Czech Websites

By Miloš Gregor ([email protected]), Petra Vejvodová ([email protected]) Abstract: The aim of the analysis was to establish whether, and if so to what extent, manipulative propaganda techniques are used on the websites selected, and whether their reporting is biased towards Russia and/or strongly criticises “the West”, i.e. the USA, EU and NATO. Websites observed: Parlamentní listy (parlamentnilisty.cz), AC24 (ac24.cz), Svět kolem nás (svetkolemnas.info) and Sputnik (cz.sputniknews.com). Sample: 2364 articles (the total number

How the International Media Enables Russian Aggression in Ukraine

If anyone had attempted to report on “German-backed forces” in Nazi-occupied France or “pro-Soviet forces” during the Prague Spring, they would have been dismissed as either hopelessly misinformed or deeply disingenuous. While local collaborators and convenient euphemisms were plentiful in both instances, there was never any doubt as to who was really in control. This common sense approach seems to have been lost in Ukraine, where the international media has

From Russia With Love

Love FM’s “News from Russia” just announced that it would stop publishing the “news” due to what it said was “pressure” (read: transparency) and “lack of free speech” (read: free speech) in Finland. A radio station in Finland with murky ownership and an unclear management structure is broadcasting pro-Kremlin propaganda, apparently produced by Finns based in Russian-occupied Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The radio station, Love FM, carries mostly harmless pop music,

Fake: Belgium may lift sanctions against Russia

Earlier this week, Russia’s newspaper of record Izvestia announced that the Belgian parliament was poised to consider a resolution aimed at lifting sanctions against Russia. Izvestia’s source was the official Russian news agency TASS which reported that on July 12  Belgian MP Aldo Carcaci registered such a document in the Belgian lower house of parliament. The resolution is merely a recommendation and it cannot bring about an end to Russia

It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans

  Russia’s troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media. That is what freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia’s “army of well-paid trolls” for an explosive New York Times Magazine exposé published in June 2015. “A very interesting thing happened,” Chen told Longform‘s Max Linsky in a podcast in

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