Russian Mass Media Distort Comments by Kyiv Patriarch

Russian Mass Media Distort Comments by Kyiv Patriarch

On March 25, the Russian state television channel Russia-1, in its news program Vesti, falsely reported that the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “had called for killing residents of Donbas.” Numerous pro-Russian sites then published articles under similar headlines. The television channel referred to a sermon given by the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), Philaret, as the source of this declaration. According to the Russia-1 anchorwoman,

Czech Echoes of the Kremlin’s Information War

2014 marked the end of the post-Cold War era as we knew it and revived the significance of geopolitics. The turmoil in Ukraine has come as the final blow to any hopes of having common, if tough, partner relations with the current regime of the Russian Federation. While the ravages of war and escalating diplomatic tensions have dominated the headlines for many months, the contours of a parallel struggle are

Sofi Oksanen in Toronto: how history is falsified – deportations in the politics of Russia and Soviet Union

Sofi Oksanen’s speech at the Toronto Conference on Repressions and Human Rights: Commemorating the 1949 Baltic Deportations. From an early age I wanted to become a writer. At the age of six I started keeping a diary and then followed story writing. I did not think, however, before I began writing my debut novel Stalin’s Cows (Stalinin lehmät) in 2001, that I would write anything about recent Estonian history. This

Index of Russian propaganda efficiency

Between February 14 and February 24, 2015 Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted the nation-wide public opinion poll. The survey was conducted in 108 settlements in all regions of Ukraine, (except the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) according to the random sample, which is representative for adult population of Ukraine (aged 18 and over). Totally 2013 respondents were interviewed face-to-face during the field stage. In Donetsk and Luhansk regions the

Fake: Obama Bans Balalaikas in the U.S. till 2020

Beginning on March 22, a number of Russian media falsely reported that U.S. President Barack Obama prolonged a decree that bans balalaikas in the United States until 2020. Websites flashed headlines about these “new U.S. sanctions against Russia.” Most of the reports went on to explain that such a ban has existed in the U.S. for 70 years, and is updated every decade. Some media reported about a total ban

U.S. losing “information war” to Russia, other rivals – study

(Reuters) – The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government’s international broadcasting arm. The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the

How Russia Today is using YouTube

  When Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim founded YouTube in an office over a California pizza shop in 2005, they described it as “the ultimate reality TV.” The site reached a large audience by allowing actual people to post authentic footage of genuine, unscripted life. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin and his propaganda machine are working to take advantage of YouTube’s vast reach and viral capabilities to spread

Volunteers Start Service TrolleyBust

TrolleyBust– a beta version of services to block anti-Ukrainian propaganda – has been launched in Ukraine. TrolleyBust’s founders wrote on the service’s homepage that this is a resource for volunteers to combine their efforts in dealing with propaganda directed against Ukraine and Ukrainians. They invite those who are interested to join the project in order to block bots, fake web accounts and those of paid advocates and so-called “experts” who

“Mass Riots” In Odessa Turn Out To Be Staged

Several Russian media misleadingly published reports on March 21 about “Odessa against repression” protesters that blocked a street in Odessa and turned over a car. The news was accompanied by a video from the scene. The first part shows a few dozen of young men in sports suits and with covered faces blocking traffic in a residential area on the outskirts of the city. They turn over a Lada automobile.

Fake: Journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk Suggests Depriving Ukrainians of Voting Rights

On March 14, the Russian channel Lifenews published false information about Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk. Lifenews incorrectly reported that she had written an email suggesting that Ukrainian voting rights be suspended. This email was allegedly discovered by someone who had hacked her email account. According to the Lifenews journalist, the group “CyberBerkut” hacked Gumenyuk’s email account and found that she had written Ukrainian officials and public figures. They claim that,

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