Kremlin Watch Monitor. April 19, 2017

Kremlin Watch Monitor. April 19, 2017

Invitation: How Europe sees Putin’s Russia On April 24, we will present a new major study in the European Parliament, which evaluates policies of individual EU28 countries towards Russia. It is our pleasure to invite you to the public hearing ( New publication: How Kremlin controls major Russian media We would like to introduce a new Kremlin Watch Report, authored by Ilyas Sharibzhanov, Analyst of the Kremlin Watch Programme. Mass

Small time propagandists

Written by Inga Spriņģe, Re:Baltica Who is polluting the Baltic internet in Russian? U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end financing for the Baltic states. This screaming headline was published in March 2017 by the website which resembles a news portal and operates under the auspices of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia. The task was to create the impression that the U.S., which is

Fake: Energy Austerity Measures in Ukraine

The former Soviet newspaper of record, today Russia’s biggest daily broadsheet Izvestia announced this week that energy consumption and demand for oil products in Ukraine have fallen sharply because of political and economic crises plaguing the country. Russian Defense Ministry television station Zvezda quickly followed suit declaring that Ukraine was introducing austerity measures driven by its economic crisis. Other Russian media that eagerly disseminated this latest fake were,, Belrynok, Novosti Nizhnogo Novgoroda

Revealed: Confessions of a Kremlin Troll

Being paid by the Russian government to troll the internet just isn’t what it used to be. By Katie Davies, for The Moscow Times Russia’s paid government trolls have been blamed for everything from the fall of Hillary Clinton to the conflict in Ukraine — They have dominated headlines and sparked political intrigue. But is clocking in as a professional troll really everything it seems? Following in the footsteps of other

Fake: Ukraine No Longer an Industrial Nation

Russian news agency Politnavigator declared this week that Ukraine is no longer an industrial country. The news site quotes Donetsk sociologist Yevgeniy Kopatko’s pronouncements on Russian state television talk show Vecher as the source for this ridiculous claim.  “According to foreign experts, as of 2017 Ukraine is no longer an industrial country. It is ahead of the Russian federation in agricultural exports”. Who exactly are these foreign experts is of

Warfare in a Post-Truth World: Lessons from Ukraine

Author: Yuri Zhukov, for PONARS Policy Memo PDF (PONARS Policy Memo) The U.S. intelligence community’s January 6 report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the role of Russian media organizations in spreading fake news and amplifying leaked materials in an attempt to manipulate public opinion. While few Americans receive their news directly from Russian sources, it is hard to dispute that a major consequence is that U.S.

The Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack — Who Bombed What and When?

By Christiaan Triebert, for Bellingcat Last week, we published a survey of open source evidence concerning the alleged chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province. This article builds upon the information presented in that article by comparing the claims made by a variety of actors and sources, including the Pentagon, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, and aircraft spotters on the ground. All times mentioned in this article are in the

Meet Russia’s Warrior-Writer and Bloodthirsty Priest

By Nikolay Syrov, for Global Voices In addition to being a prominent contemporary writer in Russia, Zakhar Prilepin is a vocal political ideologue. A member of the National Bolshevik Party, he hosts a talk show on the nationalist, ultra-conservative Tsargrad TV network. Prilepin is also the chief editor of Svobodnaya Pressa, another pro-Kremlin media outlet that focuses on politics, the military, and economics. On March 13, Prilepin appeared in a

Fake: US Accuses Ukraine of Genocide against Its People

Scores of Russian media disseminated a story this week claiming that during a meeting with business leaders US President Donald Trump accused Ukraine of waging genocide against its own people. PolitForum,, Vao News, PolitNews,, Mir and several other Russian sites ran this fake story. Donald Trump allegedly made this accusation during a business roundtable, which was reported by CNN radio, Russian sites claim. However, CNN never ran such a

Fake: Aided by Islamic Battalion Ukraine Delivers Chemical Weapons to the Middle East

Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda, along with other Russian propagandist sites disseminated a fake story last week claiming that Ukraine was delivering chemical ammunition to the Middle East. These deliveries, Zvezda wrote, are controlled by a 500 member strong Islamic battalion. Zvezda’s source is the deputy defense minister and spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Basurin, who on April 8, announced that separatist intelligence had uncovered the

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