Kremlin Watch Monitor. September 27, 2016

Kremlin Watch Monitor. September 27, 2016

Weekly update on Kremlin disinformation efforts Open Call to Democratic Parliaments On 18 September 2016, the Russian authorities have held “parliamentary elections” on the territory of unlawfully occupied and illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in breach of the international law. Thus the absolute majority of the seats in the new Russian State Duma (229 out of 450) are illegitimate. Therefore, we call on parliaments of democratic states to stop cooperating

Russia Watcher’s Field Guide (Essential!)

This glossary/phrasebook, which contains a random list of key terms, concepts and phrases you must know in order to discuss Russia, originally began as an ordinary post. Due to the massive outpouring of positive feedback in response to that post, I decided to make it a permanent page for convenient browsing and updating. New phrases will be added from time to time, and readers are encouraged to suggest their own additions

Vilify and Amplify: How the Kremlin’s Disinformation Machine is Attacking the MH17 Probe

The Kremlin has turned its disinformation machine on those who are investigating the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July of 2014, using state employees, state-run media, and the state-run, though unacknowledged, “troll factory” of fake Internet accounts. The primary goal of the media attacks has been to undermine the credibility of citizen journalist group Bellingcat, an independent researcher into the crash. [Editor’s note: Eliot Higgins, the

Catalonia to Recognize Crimea as Part of Russia

On September 28 scores of Russian media along with their English and Spanish language equivalents reported that Catalonia was planning to recognize the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea as part of Russia. Some of the publications noted that the recognition would be possible only after Catalonia itself becomes independent. The source for this story is the Russian daily Izvestia, which in turn cites Jose Enrique Folch, a representative of the

The Russian Defence Ministry Presents Evidence They Faked Their Previous MH17 Evidence

On July 21st 2014 the Russian Defence Ministry presented their evidence relating to the downing of Flight MH17 on July 17th 2014. Bellingcat has previously examined the claims made in this press conference in great detail, demonstrating how all the major claims made in the press conference were false, from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers. Today, the Russian Defence Ministry produced fresh

Fake: Ukraine’s Poltava Region Demands Federalization from Kyiv

The central region of Poltava is the latest province to demand federalization from Kyiv, announced RT, claiming that regional MPs asked Ukraine’s president and prime minister to support an agreement on the division of powers between the central government and regional state administrations. RT refers to a regional council meeting held earlier in June during which council members voted to send a letter to the central Ukrainian government asking that

Media in Russian-Occupied Donbass Increasingly Like Those of North Korea, Study Finds

Ukrainians living in the Russian-occupied Donbass and those living in the rest of Ukraine exist in “two parallel realities” because the media in the Russian-controlled areas increasingly resembles those in North Korea while the media in the rest of Ukraine often fails to live up to the highest standards of journalism. That is the conclusion of a new study carried out by Kyiv’s Apostrophe portal and reported today by Elena

Why Graham Phillips gets away with his ‘journalism’

Ukraine’s MP and country’s PACE delegation chairman Volodymyr Ariev on incidents involving the British journalist Ukraine’s delegation to PACE presented a video, showing how Graham Phillips, the person who calls himself a British journalist, verbally harasses a maimed Ukrainian prisoner during the exchange. This is not the first time Mr. Phillips, who generally reports about the situation in the conflict region, allows himself to stoop below the journalistic standards. He

Dmitri Trenin: Information is a potent weapon in the new cold war

sked by Bloomberg this month about Russian involvement in the hacking of the US Democratic national committee, Vladimir Putin issued a non-denial denial. Basically, his answer boiled down to this: whoever did it did a good thing. This response only added to the stir created by the initial accusation that Russia was behind the activities of the “Fancy Bears”. The fear of Russia manipulating presidential elections in the world’s mightiest

StopFakeNews #101 with Irena Chalupa

The latest edition of StopFake News with Irena Chalupa. Among the disinformation debunked this week are a fake story about another separatist “consulate” opening in Europe, claims that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is autistic, building a church under false pretenses and more.

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