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A case of double bluff – this was the conclusion Swedish internet users reached after a Swedish website presenting itself as the next in a series of websites devoted to checking facts and challenging disinformation turned out to be doing the contrary of what it claimed – not checking but reinforcing disinformation. As we have reported, awareness of the disinformation problem is growing both globally, via e.g. the First Draft

Fake: Ukraine‘s New Holiday – Day of the Avenger

Day of the Avenger – that’s what scores of Russian media called Ukraine’s Volunteer Day, a new March 14 holiday recently enacted by the Ukrainian legislature. Sputnik, Gosnovosti, Fond Strategicheshoy Kultury, DNR24 all carried this fake story, some embellishing it so far as to claim that Ukraine’s government needs an Avenger Day to raise support for the war in eastern Ukraine and to “glorify volunteer avengers who went to kill

Fake: New Language Law Will Make Ukrainian Exclusive

Russian media are claiming that Ukraine is poised to enact a new language law which will ban Russian and make Ukrainian the sole and exclusive language in the country. REN TV, RT and Khakasiya Inform all carried this fake story claiming that Ukrainian will become obligatory for government bodies, education, publishing and media without providing any details or proof of these claims. The draft law under consideration in the Ukrainian

Kremlin Watch Monitor. January 25, 2017

New Publications In every Kremlin Watch Monitor, we are recommending new publications on the topic of disinformation campaigns and hostile Russian influence. We put several of the most interesting analysis in the field together into the Kremlin Watch Reader. You can use it as a helpful tool to get a broader overview about the topic or to recall some of the best studies of 2016, though of course, it is

The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers

New algorithms will help — but users’ skepticism is the ultimate weapon By David Pogue, Scientific American February 2017 Issue “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President.” “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide.” “Rush Reveals Michelle’s Perverted Past After She Dumps on Trump.” Those headlines didn’t come from the New York Times or CNN; they were likely written by teenagers in Macedonia.

Are Russia’s Closed Discussion Clubs Becoming ‘Hybrid’ Think Tanks or Something More?

Russia lacks the tradition of think tanks found in many Western capitals, but the rise of closed discussion clubs where Russian officials, businessmen and experts can meet to share ideas, test trial balloons and network may give Moscow a “hybrid” form of the Western practice, according to Olesya Gerasimenko. But because of the specific features of Russian political life, these closed clubs, the “Kommersant-Vlast” journalist says, may play an even

StopFakeNews #116 with Benjamin Cohen

The latest edition of StopFake News with Ben Cohen. This week’s fakes include Russia media claims that Ukrainian MPs are either criminals or crazy, yet another fake secession story, a UN approved Russian seizure of Ukraine and more.

COMMENTARY: Means, goals and consequences of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign

The EU’s East StratCom Task Force was set up by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in 2015, in response to a request from all 28 EU Heads of Government to “address Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns”. It is a team of eleven communications and Russian language experts, who also seek to improve communication on EU policies towards the Eastern Neighbourhood and to strengthen media plurality in the region, especially in the

Putin’s throwback propaganda playbook

By Yardena Schwartz, Columbia Journalism Review Russian President Vladimir Putin had dreamed of becoming an intelligence agent ever since high school. “What amazed me most was how one man’s effort could achieve what whole armies could not,” the former KGB agent later recalled. “One spy could decide the fate of thousands of people.” Putin’s prophetic words weren’t uttered during the Cold War, when the US and Soviet Union were waging

Populism in Europe and Its Russian Love Affair

By Dalibor Rohac, Edit Zgut, Lóránt Győri, American Enterprise Institute Key Points Populism is on the rise across Europe, often with help from Russian propaganda. Because of its corrosive effects on confidence in NATO, EU, and democratic politics at large, the growth of populism is of immediate interest to US policymakers. The historical record suggests that support for populists rises after financial crises, which result in sluggish economic recoveries. Therefore,

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