Russian media is loving the Baltimore riots

Russian media is loving the Baltimore riots

As the world watched TV screens and Twitter streams showing Baltimore in chaos, Russia’s propaganda machine got to work exploiting the unrest with what is known locally as “whataboutism.” In the Soviet era, any criticism of the Motherland — such human rights violations or censorship — was met with a “what about…” in an attempt to redirect attention away from Moscow. Baltimore’s protests were used in the Russian media as

Russia Spreads Yet Another Fabrications About American Military Experts in Ukraine

In mid-April a group of pro-Russian hackers distributed an article about the arrival of US military experts who were allegedly to take part in the provocations on the territory of Ukraine, told ATO spokesman of the Presidential Administration Olexander Motuzianyk during a briefing on Wednesday, April 29, in Kiev. According to the spokesman, the hackers have posted a copy of the so-called “letter from the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to

Fake: Latvians Want to Establish “Ghetto” for Russians

Several Russian mass media, including Moskovskiy Komsomolets, have reported that Latvians plan to establish a special “ghetto” for Russians, though the basis for these stories is almost certainly a fake. On April 25, the site of the Russian English-language news agency Sputniknews posted an article “Latvia Considers Establishing Segregated Neighborhoods for Ethnic Russians”. These articles are based on a circulating petition entitled “To Stop the Russian Fifth Column in Our

Fake: Poles Recognize Crimea as Part of Russia

On April 27, Russian media TRK Zvezda published news under the headline “Poles Recognize Crimea Is Part of Russia.” The report made reference to a program on Poland’s TVP television channel, where a map can be seen with the Crimean peninsula in the same color as the Russian Federation. A number of Ukrainian and Russian editions also published this news, but more accurately stated that the Crimea had been “annexed”

Sputnik Misleads with Outdated Photo

Sputnik International published news about the “economic collapse” of Ukraine on April 25. The report claims that Ukrainians need to tighten their belts, as inflation rises and the GDP falls. The report was accompanied by a photo of a shop with empty shelves. However, the photo was taken in Lviv on February 25, though it is not mentioned in the article. The photo was posted on Twitter on February 27

The Pro-Kremlin Youth Group: Putin’s Propaganda Machine (Part 1)

Despite sanctions, a plummeting economy, and isolation from the world as a result of its actions in Ukraine, a wave of patriotic fervor is spreading across Russia. Thousands of Russians have attended rallies in support of President Vladimir Putin, whose popularity ratings remain sky-high, while voices of the opposition are increasingly stifled. On the streets and in the media, the Kremlin has tightened its grip on power. State-controlled television channels

Vladimir Putin’s ‘misinformation’ offensive prompts US to deploy its cold war propaganda tools

Russia’s sprawling propaganda network may have failed to persuade much of the world that Ukraine is run by Nazis, that Crimea was annexed in a popular uprising and/or that Germany is a failed state. But the barrage of misinformation has convinced some American politicians that the propaganda network is the greatest threat to US security in Europe since the Soviet Union evaporated. Leading members of Congress are pushing for the

Propaganda vs. Information Policy

The Ukraine crisis, which began with the EuroMaidan protests at the end of November 2013 escalating to a full-blown revolution by mid-February 2014 with the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych and later leading to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas, has exposed a key component of Russian foreign policy – its propaganda. Even before the escape of Yanukovych from Kyiv, Russian propaganda was elevated and the information

Sputnik Launches Danish Language Website

The new website will feature a wide range of perspectives on key international events. Sputnik multimedia news agency announces the launch of a news portal in Danish at Promoting a “multipolar vision of the world”, Sputnik’s websites target “an audience that seeks to compare various alternative perspectives”. The Danish language portal joins the family of Sputnik websites already available in English, French, Serbian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Italian, Czech, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, Dari,

Michael McFaul Misquoted about Crimea and Russia

Several Russian media (RT,,, NTV, Forbes) distorted the words of former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (2012-2014) with such headlines as: “Michael McFaul: USA Will Not Fight for Crimea: Its Reunion with Russia Is a Historical Fact” and “McFaul Urged Ukraine to Accept Transfer of Crimea to Russia.” RIA Novosti distorted McFaul’s words and wrote that he said: “The transfer of Crimea to Russia is an accomplished

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