US warns Europe on Russian election hacking

US warns Europe on Russian election hacking

US intelligence services have warned allies that Russia might try to hack their elections, with France and Germany already under attack. “We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes,” the US services said, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The US services – the CIA, FBI, and NSA

Russia 24 attempted to involve British journalist in propaganda scheme

British journalist of The Times and The Sunday Times, Max Tucker received a call from Russian state-owned TV channel Russia 24 with an offer to participate in a propaganda scheme. He recorded the call and published it on SoundCloud. “So Russian state TV tried to co-opt me into what sounds like a propaganda operation against President Poroshenko. I recorded the call and you can listen to it here:…/russian-propaganda-operation-caugh… Some

Russia spreading fake news and forged docs in Sweden: report

By The Local Sweden’s most respected foreign policy institute has accused Russia of using underhand methods, including fake news, counterfeit documents, and other disinformation, to influence Swedish decision-making. The report by Martin Kragh, a Russia expert at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, is the first empirical study detailing Russia’s use of ‘active measures’ in its information war against Sweden, which is largely directed at steering the country away from

Russian Information Campaign Against Ukrainian State And Defence Forces

The report was executed for the NATO StratCom COE by the Centre for Applied Research under the Estonian National Defence College. The objective of this research is to identify how the Russian media portrays the Ukrainian military and security structures, including the policies of the Kiev government and their ‘collaboration’ with the West. The research group looks at how messages disseminated in the media attempt to construct attitudes and advocate

USA Today Parrots Kremlin Propaganda on Crimea

By Halya Coynash, The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Hopes are high in Russia that its investment in the US elections will pay off in the removal of economic sanctions and acceptance of Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea.  Since none of the conditions for waiving sanctions have been met, other methods to sell such an option are being applied.  They include pushing certain ‘messages’ about sanctions, such as

Fake: Austria’s Foreign Minister for Western Unity with Russia

RT-Ruptly TV aired a segment on the Austrian Foreign Minister’s Sebastian Kurz’s recent visit to the eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol entitled Austrian FM backs Russo-Western unity on first tour of Donbass as OSCE chair. The segment however does not contain any such claim by Kurz. While visiting Mariupol Kurz said that the confrontation between the West and Russia has escalated and that both sides must move away from

Separating Fact and Fiction in the Svitlodarsk Bulge

Verification of claims surrounding the heavy fighting in the Donbas By DFRLab Since December 18, fighting has continued to claim the lives of Ukrainian and separatist forces in the “Svitlodarsk Bulge,” south of government-controlled Svitlodarsk and north of separatist-controlled Debaltseve. Five Ukrainian soldiers reportedly died on December 18, and more have fallen since DFRLab’s recent open source survey of the ongoing battle. Some of the heaviest fighting took place near

Fake: Poles Demand Autonomy from Kyiv

Russian media regularly disseminate fake stories about regional autonomy in Ukraine. The latest version of this favorite theme concerns the Polish minority in western Ukrainian, who according to Russian media are demanding economic autonomy and closer integration with Poland. NTV, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Vesti,, Komsomolskaya Pravda and other Russian media all published versions of this fake story. The obscure web site first published this fake story in a text

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