StopFakeNews #125 with Brian Bonner

StopFakeNews #125 with Brian Bonner

The latest edition of StopFake News with Kyiv Post chief editor Brian Bonner. This week’s fakes include claims that Kyiv sanctions against Russian banks will worsen Ukraine’s investment climate, visa free travel to the EU will flood Europe with Ukrainian radicals and prostitutes, the Kremlin competes to outperform itself in cynicism about Eurovision and more in this week’s StopFake digest.

How the West Can Defend Itself From Putin’s Russia

It’s time to return to a Cold War mentality By Yascha Mounk, Slate Two years ago, when Garry Kasparov, the chess champion turned political dissident, began to warn that Vladimir Putin sought to undermine liberal democracy—not only in neighboring countries, but all over the West—he was widely written off as a crank. After Russia managed to hack the servers of the Democratic National Committee and spread fake news on an

Moscow Outlet Describes How Russia Should Break Up Each of the Baltic Countries

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Arguing that the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians are more russophobic than any other nation in the world, the Russian propaganda site, SputnikPogrom, outlines how Moscow must work to split up the three countries into smaller units dominated by ethnic and linguistic minorities to put them on course for reabsorption into a Russian empire. The 3500-word unsigned article entitled “How We Will Reorganize the Baltic

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know

By Netizen Report Team, Global Voices Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In mid-March Indian documentarian Rakesh Sharma, who is known for his films on public unrest and violence in the state of Gujarat, found his YouTube channel blocked. He received a message from the company that read: This account has been terminated due to

Tens of Thousands Evacuated in Ukrainian Arms Depot Explosion

By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab On March 23, 2017 at 2:46am local time, a fire started at an arms depot in Balakliya, a town near Kharkiv and approximately 150 kilometers away from the front line where Ukraine is fighting Russian/separatist forces. Source: Google Earth The arms depot is the largest in the country, according to the BBC. It is just over 2.5km long at its widest, and half that width, covering an

Open Letter of European security experts to Federica Mogherini: Please start taking the Russian disinformation threat seriously!

The aggressive actions of the Kremlin are unprecedented in the modern era. Invasion of neighbouring countries, massive bombings and killings of civilians, and the first annexation of a foreign land by force in Europe since World War II, constant violations of other states’ borders, kidnapping foreign citizens, harassment of foreign diplomats, or massive cyber attacks are all in Russia’s current regime toolkit. All these offensive incidents are accompanied by a

Hungarian secret agent reveals in detail how serious the Russian threat

By Szabolcs Panyi, Index Secret agents, counter-intelligence officers do not give interviews to the media very often and it is even more unique when they do so under their real name and with their own face. Ferenc Katrein worked for the Hungarian civilian counter-intelligence agency for 13 years, including a stint as an executive head of operations, and dealt with sensitive cases such as the Roma murders of 2008-2009 or

Germany announces next steps against fake news

As we have reported on several occasions, (e.g. here and here), the fight against fake news online sees new initiatives in different countries. This week, the German government announced that they wish to increase the pressure on social networks to stop defamation, hate speech and fake news. According to Heiko Maas, the German Justice Minister, Facebook and Twitter are not taking down defamatory content fast enough. A new bill that

Fake: Ukraine’s President Acknowledges Donbas Loss

Kyiv has lost the Donbas, Ukraine loses control over the Donbas, even the president admits this – such headlines heralded the latest fakes presented this week by Russia’s best and brightest disinformation entities. Russia Today, NTV, TVC,  Lenta.ru, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukraina.ru, Argumenty I Fakty, RBK,  Russian Defense Ministry channel Zvezda, Novorossiya and others all disseminated this fake story. Russian media claimed that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko admitted to losing the

Fake: Kyiv Sanctions against Russian Banks Worsen Ukraine’s Investment Climate

Ukraine’s sanctions against five Russian banks has resulted in a deluge of stories in the Russian media warning Ukraine that it has shot itself in the foot with this move by worsening its own investment possibilities. Russian state agency TASS claims this move is a great loss for Ukraine as Russian banks are the main investors in the Ukrainian economy. The Kommersant newspaper writes that Russian banks make up more

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