Seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda

Seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda

An important attribute of Russia’s modern policy has been the growth in military hysteria and the constant need for both internal and external enemies. The increase in aggression and belligerence among the population was also not implemented in one fell swoop: rather, it was cultivated over a period of several years, although its apogee was reached with the advent of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Here follows an overview of the main strategies

Initial Findings of the Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Yesterday Bellingcat launched an effort to use the Checkdesk platform to geolocate and collect additional information on videos posted by the Russia Ministry of Defence showing their airstrikes in Syria. This was triggered after the discovery that two videos the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed were filmed in or near ISIS controlled Raqqa were geolocated to locations over 100 miles west of Raqqa, in non-ISIS territory. The first batch of videos

60 Years in Journalism: Russia Reverting to Type

A year after President Obama met with Vladimir Putin and described him slouching and “looking like that bored schoolboy in the back of the classroom,” the two have met again. Putin now has a huge bargaining chip on his shoulder, that is, his willingness to send his military into Ukraine, followed by Syria. And every such move helps him wave the red flag to a supportive public, which applauds a

Russian Propaganda, Disinformation, and Estonia’s Experience

The international community faces serious challenges arising from a new mode of information warfare, which Russia has deployed during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in 2014-2015. This ongoing “propaganda war” is the most recent and frightening example of information warfare. It reflects the wide array of non-military tools used to exert pressure and influence the behaviour of countries. When skilfully combined, disinformation, malicious attacks on large-scale information and communication systems, psychological pressure,

RT Is a Mock-Up of the Real Thing

The popular U.S. publication The Daily Beast ran a major article in mid-September about RT, the Kremlin-sponsored television channel that broadcasts in foreign languages. It turns out that after 10 years of effort and an estimated $2 billion in government funding, the channel enjoys a far smaller audience than it claims. Some might compare RT to the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year, categorizing both as propaganda stunts. However, I see a fundamental difference between the two. Some question whether it was wise for Russia to spend

Russia launches media offensive on Syria bombing

“Russian air force begins bombing terrorist positions in Syria,” screams the front of Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. Coverage of Russian air strikes in Syria has been leading news bulletins on Russian state television. Reports spoke of jets targeting the Islamist al-Nusra Front as well as so-called Islamic State (IS). But mostly Russian media simply calls the targets “IS” or “terrorists”. The wide Russian coverage contrasts markedly with the secrecy that

Ukrainians Turning Away From Russian Media In 2015, Survey Finds

Internews’ annual media consumption survey shows a dramatic drop in Ukrainians’ use of Russian media. The survey shows that Russian TV viewership shrank to 8% from 27% in 2014,[1] and Russian internet use slid to 27% in 2015 from 44% in 2014. While lower consumption rates for Russian TV might be partially explained by the Ukrainian government’s initiative to ban transmissions of Russian TV signals within the country, internet access has

StopFakeNews #54 [ENGLISH] with Jim Kovpak

This week, journalist and blogger Jim Kovpak is the StopFake News guest anchor. Russian and pro-Russian media report that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was intoxicated and not allowed on a flight to Moscow. U.S. President Barak Obama asks the Ukrainian President to have a vacation in Crimea. A popular article from Nezavisimaya Gazeta argues that Hungary and other countries can re-claim present-day Ukrainian territories that once belonged to them by

So this is ‘Putin’s propaganda TV’?

A look at how RT’s chief editor responds to evidence that the network is a political failure The Kremlin’s flagship news network abroad, RT (formerly known as Russia Today), is having a rough go of things this month. Last week, The Daily Beast revealed a study from 2013 claiming that “Putin’s propaganda TV” exaggerates its popularity online and on the airwaves. The report was leaked by Vasily Gatov, a disaffected former employee

Russia’s Propaganda Blitzkrieg

The propaganda war propping up Putin and his cronies has reached new heights with the bombing campaign in Syria. When Vladimir Putin spoke before the UN General Assembly last week, he proclaimed the need for an international coalition to destroy ISIS. But when Putin then went to war in Syria, his fighter jets began by rocketing everyone opposed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad except ISIS. At a superficial level,

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