StopFakeNews #73 with Luke Drabyn

StopFakeNews #73 with Luke Drabyn

Fulbright scholar Luke Drabyn guest hosts the latest edition of StopFake News. This week’s fakes include an intelligence document that never was, fake UNICEF accusations about Ukrainian aggression, Russian media fabricate a new revolution that takes 67 lives and we look for the world’s largest gold deposits that Bloomberg discovered in Crimea, or did they?

The Great Manipulator

Dmitry Medvedev recently played a telling little head game. When the Russian prime minister said at the Munich Security Conference that Moscow and the West had “slid into a new Cold War,” he essentially created a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation, Brian Whitmore wrote for RFE-RL. “If the West agrees that it is a new Cold War, then it automatically acknowledges Russia’s global-power status. If it doesn’t — then why the sanctions? —

Andreas Umland: Forget Ukraine Fatigue

How the Kremlin’s Hybrid War against Ukraine Spoiled the Euromaidan Revolution, Andreas Umland wrote for Intersection Project. Contrary to the high expectations following the formation of the first post-Euromaidan government in early 2014, the practical implementation of Kyiv’s ambitious reform plans has so far been progressing far too slowly and inconsistently. With the exception of a few innovations, like the creation of a new, well-dressed patrol police, many major reforms

Germany probes Russian media’s role in fuelling migrant fracas

Germany is investigating suspicions that pro-Kremlin media are seeking to fan tensions over Europe’s refugee crisis with a string of phony reports, including claims the Cologne sex assaults were carried out by drug addicts hired by the CIA, Sébastian Seibt wrote for France 24. Berlin’s counter-espionage agency has been tasked with investigating whether Russia’s Vladimir Putin has reverted to Cold War tactics to destabilise Germany, according to German media reports

Jens Siegert: On Taboos, Glasnost and Anti-glasnost

Source: Russia Blog (Heinrich Boell Foundation). The first Russian words I learnt (after ‘da’, ‘net’, ‘na zdorovye’ and ‘Sputnik’) were perestroika and glasnost – ‘restructuring’ and ‘openness’. Then, in the second half of the 1980s, I didn’t know a single word of Russian and I only knew as much about Russia, or the Soviet Union, as anybody in the West who was interested in politics and engaged, but without any

Fake: Bloomberg Announced Giant Deposits Found in Crimea

Russian and Moldovan sites are circulating a fake story which originally appeared last December claiming that a giant gold mine was discovered in Crimea. The Moldovan news site reported on February 10 that Russian geologists discovered the world’s largest gold mine which according to preliminary estimates has more than 60-70% of the world’s available gold deposits. The Russian site also ran this story. The alleged source for this

Russian Media Distorts Ukrainian Position on the War in Eastern Ukraine

The website published an article this week entitled “Kiev promises a quick military victory in the Donbas”. According to the article, Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials are confident of conducting a “lightning war with Russia in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics”. The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR, LNR) are what Russian supported separatists are calling the territories they’ve occupied in Eastern Ukraine. The article references Ukrainian television channel

Debunking Lies and Stopping Fakes: Lessons from the Frontline

For the Kremlin, propaganda has become an integral part of information warfare. Throughout the past decade the Russian propaganda machine has been structured and effectively implemented, reaching a climax during the occupation of Crimea and the subsequent devastating war in Eastern Ukraine. It started in 2005 with the creation of Russia Today (subsequently RT) and every year more “media” outlets are added to this global network. Almost every week another

Putin Allying with Europe’s Far Right Not Just to Change European Policies but to Change Europe, Eidman Says

Most commentators have suggested that Vladimir Putin is supporting the Russian extreme right to force the governments of Germany and other European countries to lift sanctions against his country, Igor Eidman says; but in fact, Putin’s goals are “much more ambitious.” He wants to change the nature of European countries and of Europe, Paul Goble wrote for Window on Eurasia. Eidman says, “to destroy its liberal foundations and to set

Why Europe Is Right to Fear Putin’s Useful Idiots

The Kremlin’s support for right-wing parties is no game. It’s trying to subvert the European idea, Alina Polyakova wrote for Foreign Policy. Scholar Scott Radnitz recently authored an article with a provocative title: “Europe’s Extremists Are Not Putin’s Fault.” In this well-thought-out piece, Radnitz argues that the “elite rhetoric focused on Russia’s alleged efforts to infiltrate western politics” by supporting Europe’s far-right parties verges on hysteria. Vladimir Putin is not a

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