Six Immediate Steps to Stop Putin’s Aggression

Six Immediate Steps to Stop Putin’s Aggression

By Yakub Janda, Atlantic Council Security experts who follow the West’s responses to Russia’s meddling in its internal affairs—through cyber hacks, massive disinformation, corruption of Western leaders, and espionage—have good reason to be disappointed. With a few exceptions in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries, and recently in the Czech Republic, very few real counter-measures have been put into practice. Despite almost every Western intelligence agency urgently warning about the Russian

BBC Says Russia’s ‘Troll Factory’ Faked a Video Showing a US Soldier Shooting at a Quran

The video seems to show a man dressed as a US soldier firing three shots into a copy of the Quran. It appeared online in September 2015, generating unusual interest in Russia, prompting strong criticism from the country’s Muslim community. According to an investigative report by the BBC’s Russian-language service, the footage was actually staged by St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory,” the Agency for Internet Studies. In the controversial video,

Lisa 2.0: How pro-Kremlin media in Germany have been using a new fake to justify an old one

By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab In early 2016, the subject of Russian disinformation shot up the agenda in Germany with the false story of a 13-year-old girl allegedly abducted and raped by migrants. A year on, the girl at the center of the case is back in the headlines in Germany, and Kremlin media outlets have been using a new round of false reporting to justify the original deception. The new

StopFakeNews #124 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. This week’s fakes include mendacious Russian claims about Ukrainians’ future visa free travel to the EU Schengen zone; Moscow claims Ukraine used a video game as evidence in its International Criminal Court suit against Russia and the massive European demonstrations in support of Donbas that actually were not in the least bit massive.

Fake: Ukraine to Get Limited EU Visa Free Travel

Russia’s Sputnik Radio featured a story this week claiming that Ukrainians would not get the visa free travel to the EU that Kyiv had been negotiating with Brussels for. In an article dripping with contempt and condescension towards Ukraine and Ukrainians Sputnik’s commentator Vladimir Filippov announces that while Ukrainians will get EU visas, they will not get what they wanted most, the right to work in the EU. Despite this,

How Moscow is spreading its propaganda using EU-funded media

By Alex Bosk, InformNapalm Over the last 10-15 years the Putin regime has been infiltrating the European Union and slowly expanding its influence on the continent. This has been noticed by several European media outlets.  However, Moscow is not just investing in its media propaganda machine, with its centerpiece being Russia Today TV channel, which has now been launched in French just months before a crucial presidential election in the

Explained: Ukraine’s Case Against Russia at The Hague

Analyzing the evidence presented by Ukraine accusing Russia of supporting “terrorism” By @DFRLab On Monday, oral observations began for Ukraine’s case against Russia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, where Ukraine accuses Russia of funding and supporting terrorism in the Donbas and human rights violations in Crimea. In its oral argument, Ukraine provides a handful of specific examples of alleged terrorism perpetrated by Russian-backed separatists against

‘Fake news’: the best thing that’s happened to journalism

By Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, LSE Fake News has upset a lot of people and caused real damage but it’s been good news for journalism analysts like me. I’ve never had more interest in a media issue than this. I’ve never been busier talking and researching a topic and it’s consequences. Here are some notes that I use when I give talks about fake news. This article by Charlie Beckett, Polis,

StopFake #123 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. This week’s fakes include mendacious Russian claims about Ukrainians’ future visa free travel to the EU Schengen zone; Moscow claims Ukraine used a video game as evidence in its International Criminal Court suit against Russia and the massive European demonstrations in support of Donbas that actually were not in the least bit massive.

Fake: Ukraine Uses Video Game as Evidence in ICJ Suit against Russia

Russian newspaper Moskovskyi Komsomolets accused Ukraine of presenting a staged video as evidence at a hearing before the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague. “As proof, Ukraine demonstrated a video game seemingly showing Russia transporting heavy artillery for the militia” in eastern Ukraine, the newspaper writes. This spurious claim is not supported by any evidence, link or explanation. The hearing is part of Ukraine’s suit against Russia for

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