Nenad Pejic: Assignment To Harass

Nenad Pejic: Assignment To Harass

On Friday, March 18, around 7 p.m., my colleague was waiting in her apartment in downtown Moscow for a delivery from a nearby grocery store. When her doorbell rang she opened the door. But instead of groceries, there were two men claiming to be from NTV, a Kremlin-controlled television channel, who assailed her with aggressive questions about her income and alleged property holdings. When she refused to give them an

Major Cyber Attacks on ‘False Propaganda’ Swedish Media

A series of coordinated cyber attacks knocked Sweden’s main newspapers offline for several hours over the weekend, with early reports suggesting the attacks originated from Russia. An anonymous threat was posted to Twitter several hours before the attacks, stating: “The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targetted [sic].” The online editions of at least seven newspapers were compromised as a result of

Kremlin Propaganda: Soviet Active Measures by Other Means

Upcoming in Estonian Journal of Military Studies, the journal of the Estonian National Defense College (ENDC)  By Yevhen Fedchenko ABSTRACT This article traces the evolution of Russian propaganda as part of active measures from Soviet times  through Russian occupation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine in Donbas  as the climax in use of propaganda and media manipulations. Fakes and forgeries are a part of active measures conducted by the Kremlin

The Baltic Elves Taking on Pro-Russian Trolls

What at first looked like as a social media grudge match could be a precursor to invasion, war and resistance in the Baltics, Michail Weiss wrote for The Daily Beast. My elf was on time and surprisingly tall. Mindaugas is an unassuming, thirty-something advertising agency director by day, and a ferocious cyber-warrior by night. He started a phenomenon, here in Lithuania, of countering Kremlin propaganda and disinformation on the Internet.

The Norwegian TV series that’s enraged the Kremlin

Okkupert (“Occupied”), the most expensive Norwegian television show in history, never mentions the word “quisling.” And yet its premise — a Russian occupation of Norway — evokes Vidkun Quisling’s Nazi collaborationist government and is permeated with the still unshakable trauma of that era, James Kirchick wrote for Politico. Between 1942 and 1945, Quisling’s puppet regime revoked the authority of the Norwegian King (exiled to Great Britain after refusing German demands to

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro’s inquiry into Russian trolls stirs up a hornet’s nest

Soon after Jessikka Aro poked the trolls, they started to stir, Nick Miller wrote for Sidney Morning Herald. In one of the early calls, someone phoned her mobile and fired a gun. All these horrible things [they say] have given me this feeling of fear sometimes. They stalk me all the time. They stalk everything that I do on social media. Jessikka Aro “[It was] a Ukrainian number,” says the 35-year-old Finnish

StopFakeNews #76 with Irena Chalupa

Fulbright scholar Irena Chalupa hosts the latest edition of StopFake News. This week’s fakes include claims that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is planning to grab power in Ukraine, a new law allegedly limits freedom of assembly, civil servants are forced to wear traditional Ukrainian clothing against their will, and pawnshops proliferate throughout the land as economic conditions in Ukraine grow even more dire.

How to Comb Russia’s TV News

This article is part of a larger guidebook by RuNet Echo to help people learn how to conduct open-source research on the Russian Internet. Explore the complete guidebook at the special project page. According to survey research by the Levada Center, the vast majority of Russians (85 percent) say they watch television to learn about the country’s news. While less than half (41 percent) say they also trust the news

By matching Moscow’s paranoia, the west plays into Putin’s hands

The current state of relations between Russia and the west is not a cold war – or at least not the Cold War 2.0. But it is characterised by a similar profound refusal on both sides not only to listen to the other’s arguments, but even to admit that any such arguments could exist. Russophobia The Russians are rather more crude in their approach, labelling everything they don’t like as

Kremlin calling? Meet the Russian pranksters who say ‘Elton owes us’

Lexus and Vovan are fast gaining a reputation as the most mischievous men in Russia. The pair of professional prank callers, real names Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, have claimed scalps as diverse as Elton John and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in recent months. Critics, however, suspect the pair’s jokey schtick masks a  dark secret: links to Russia’s security services, Shaun Walker wrote for  The Guardian. The duo made

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