Stalin Named World’s ‘Most Remarkable’ Public Figure — Poll

Stalin Named World’s ‘Most Remarkable’ Public Figure — Poll

By The Moscow Times Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been named by Russians as the world’s most outstanding public figure, new data has revealed. Some 1,600 Russians were asked to name ten of world’s greatest personalities as part of a survey by independent pollster the Levada Center. Stalin came in top place, after being named by 38 percent of respondents. He was followed by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and President

The Daily Vertical: Making Corruption Top-Secret (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. So, don’t look now, but high-level corruption is about to become a state secret in Russia. Last week, the State Duma passed a bill that would classify the personal financial information of all top officials who are guarded by the Federal Protection Service. So if you’re protected by the state’s bodyguards, your

Do you trust the news, or do you trust your news? In the U.S., there’s a huge gap between the two

Plus: A bill to outlaw fake news in the Philippines, and the question of whether real news outlets should cover fake news. By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. “Only Hungary has a bigger gap…” The

Fake: Lviv Jazz Festival Cancelled Due to Uncollected Garbage

Russia’s Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda published a story claiming that Lviv’s Alfa Jazz Fest, Ukraine’s premier Jazz festival was to be cancelled because of the rubbish collection problem the city is grappling with. Zvezda’s fake story is based on a view expressed by Ukraine’s former Minister of Health Oleh Musiy. In an interview with the Ukrainian National News Agency Musiy said that uncollected rubbish in Lviv posed a danger

StopFakeNews #137 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. This week we dissect claims that Ukrainians are not at all interests in visa-free travel to EU countries, the country’s premier jazz festival is to be cancelled and we look at the top 5 Russian fakes about the US.

Fake: Poland to Close its Border with Ukraine

Visa-free travel for Ukrainians to the EU Schengen zone countries continues to be a favorite theme for Russian fakes nearly two weeks after it went into effect. One of the most recent fakes on this much beloved topic was by Russia’s Defense Ministry channel Zvezda, which declared that Poland wanted to close its border with Ukraine. As is often the case in such Russian fakes, the declaratory headline does not

The Daily Vertical: The Kremlin Does Kafka (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. So it’s come to this. Vladimir Putin’s regime is no longer content to simply prosecute opponents for things that are patently absurd. It’s no longer content to just fabricate criminal cases, plant evidence, and manufacture crime scenarios. It’s no longer content to simply make stuff up. Now the Kremlin is in the

Fake: Ukrainian Military Shell OSCE Mission

Last month scores of Russian and self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) media accused Ukraine’s military of shooting at an OSCE monitoring mission. The alleged attack occurred on June 20, when according to the so-called DPR,  a civilian car with Ukrainian number plates approached an OSCE vehicle, an armed man dressed in camouflage emerged and proceeded to attack and shoot at the OSCE vehicle. This is not the first time that

The Polish Sejm adopted a law banning communist propaganda

By UAWire The Polish Sejm amended the law banning the propaganda of communism or any other totalitarian system in the names of buildings and other architectural objects. According to the document adopted on June 22, the monuments of the Soviet era, including memorials in honor of the Red Army, will be demolished. 408 deputies voted in favor, 7 voted against, and 15 abstained when voting on the final wording of

The Daily Vertical: Natural Born Liar (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, The Daily Vertical The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. What is the point of lying when what you are saying is obviously, demonstrably, and often ridiculously false? It’s a question worth asking in the aftermath of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone’s recent interview series with Vladimir Putin. During the interview, Putin showed Stone what he said was video footage of

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