Fake: NASA Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

Fake: NASA Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

On July 25, NASA Leaks published a video on YouTube entitled “NASA_It must be the most beautiful sky in the world.” The bizarre 26-second video begins with an English-language voiceover (not by an American) that is so badly mumbled that it is impossible to understand initially. Then, unfathomably, a map of Crimea forms among the stars above the earth (with Feodosiya mistakenly spelled as Theodosius). Finally, it ends with the

Putin Said to Open Irish Front Against ‘Anglo-Saxon’ News

Russia’s worst economic slump in at least six years may have forced President Vladimir Putin to trim his propaganda budget, but he won’t let it curb his reach. RT, the Kremlin-backed television channel that broadcasts and publishes stories in six languages, is planning to open an office in Ireland by November, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the plans aren’t public.

Fighting back in the “information war”

The EU and the NATO’s ability to act in concert against the Russian security challenge is being hard hit by Russian information warfare. Information warfare, in a narrow sense, can be understood as manipulating information in order to distort both the political decision-making process and the legitimacy base of a target society. It is neither a new phenomenon in international politics, nor has it been invented by Russia. The techniques

Pro-Kremlin Newspaper Nurtures A Know-It-All

Sometimes he’s just a junior research assistant. But he also sees duty as a literary critic, a journalist, an art critic, or a mass-communication expert. It all seems to depend on what Izvestia, Russia’s best-known pro-Kremlin daily, needs from Edvard Chesnokov. But an online search through some of the literary-college graduate’s best citations over the past year or so shows one common thread: unbending trust in authority. “A government official

Fake: Ukrainian Prime Minister Hospitalized after Nervous Breakdown

On July 29-30, Russian media falsely reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had been taken to a Kyiv hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. The story was first publicized by Jtimes.ru, oppps.ru, and iamir.info (iamir.info later removed the story from its site, though it remained in the cache) and then later spread among social networks. These media outlets cited BBC Radio as their source, though without specifying which of

Fake: Poroshenko Announces that Ukrainian Policy Should Align with Russia

On July 23, the Russian site Optimist falsely reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had told the Israeli television network Arutz 10 that Ukrainian policy should be more aligned toward Russia. “Enough with hopes for EU help, enough with believing in EU politicians’ honesty,” the President is alleged to have said. “Eighteen months passed and things have not moved an inch forward. People see that things are only getting worse.

Independent media battle on in Putin’s Russia

Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia’s most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked. He has worried about security since someone left a chopping block with an axe in it outside his apartment in 2009 and he fled Russia for a week this year, fearing he was on a hit list. Such precautions do not seem out

Putin Regime Gives Every Sign of ‘Running Amok,’ Yakovenko Says

A number of events in recent days, Moscow commentator Igor Yakovenko says, suggest that the Putin regime is now running “amok,” a state the American Psychiatric Association defines as “an unprovoked episode of behavior which threatens murder, bodily harm or destruction, after which come amnesia and exhaustion.” In today’s “Yezhednevny zhurnal,” Yakovenko notes that for a long time, many thought that this kind of behavior was “characteristic only for Malaysia,

Putin’s Next Invasion: The Pop Charts

For more than a year, since his troops invaded Ukrainian territory and illegally annexed Crimea, Vladimir Putin has spent much of his time trying to boost the nationalistic feeling of the Russian people. He’s given soaring speeches about the “Russian bear” refusing to be caged and opened a theme park celebrating the Russian military. And in more sinister moves, his political party has announced plans to have vigilante groups patrolling

How the US can respond to Russia’s propaganda

In the parallel universe of Russian propaganda, Ukraine is overrun by fascists, the Central Intelligence Agency shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbass and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) dictates who serves as Ukraine’s minister of agriculture. Well-financed pro-Kremlin media regularly feed gross distortions and downright fabrications to the Russian public, Russian speakers in neighboring countries and people around the world. This propaganda is a direct assault on democratic values

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