Putin Unveils First National Monument to Victims of Soviet Repressions

Putin Unveils First National Monument to Victims of Soviet Repressions

By Codastory In response to President Vladimir Putin’s unveiling on Monday of Moscow’s first national monument to victims of Soviet repression, 40 former Soviet political prisoners signed an open letter condemning the ceremony as “untimely and cynical.” “A memorial is a tribute to the past, but political repression in Russia is not only continuing but growing,” said the letter signed by Soviet-era dissidents and critics of the Kremlin who accused Putin of hypocrisy.

Facebook says 126 million people in the U.S. may have seen posts produced by Russian-government-backed agents

By Tony Romm and Kurt Wagner, for Recode Facebook, Google and Twitter plan to tell congressional investigators this week that the scope of Russia’s campaign to spread disinformation on their sites — and to potentially disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential race — is much broader than the companies initially reported. At Facebook, roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by

The Daily Vertical: Putin’s Hybrid Repression (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL Vladimir Putin made all the right noises yesterday when he spoke at the opening of the Wall of Sorrow, a new monument to victims of Stalinist repression. He said Russia’s “horrific past must not be stricken from the national memory, nor justified in any way.” He said we “must remember the tragedy” of Stalin-era repressions “and their causes.” And he said that this memory serves

Russian ‘Donetsk republic’ propagandist seized – or killed – in Donbas after speaking too freely

By Halya Coynash, for Human Rights in Ukraine While media reports of Roman Manekin’s brutal murder remain unconfirmed, there seems no doubt that the prominent Russian journalist and propagandist for the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] was taken prisoner shortly after strong criticism of at least one of the ‘DPR’ leaders. There are also reports that the reason for his disappearance may lie in his denial of the official militant line on

Edward Lucas: The Kremlin’s 20 toxic tactics

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Human weakness means we find it is easier to admire problems than to solve them, to focus on the dangers we can see than worry about those that we can’t, and to use the tools we have on hand rather than try to acquire the ones we actually need. All that is particularly true of the West’s approach to Russian political warfare. We over-focus on

Italy to Launch Disinformation Curriculum

By Codastory Ahead of its 2018 parliamentary elections, Italian secondary schools will incorporate a course on identifying and debunking fake news. The program, with the support of digital tech giants such as Facebook, will launch in 8,000 Italian high schools later this month. Supporters of the initiative hope that it will teach Italy’s future electorate about the dangers of consuming and sharing unverified news. Lower parliamentary house president Laura Boldrini,

StopFake #155 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. Ukraine increases its own territory; a tanker tears a pier and Ukrainian Hungarian hostage to disinformation and electioneering.

Conventional bedfellows: The Russian propaganda machine and the western far right

By Anton Shekhovtsov, for Eurozine Anton Shekhovtsov traces how pro-Kremlin forces seek to influence political processes in western democracies using local activists and politicians, and how far-right groups across Europe and the US increasingly use Russian web hosting services to spread anti-western propaganda. In early August 2008, Russian-backed separatists in the Georgian region of South Ossetia successfully provoked Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, into attacking and taking control of the separatist

Fake: EU Renews Visa Requirement for Georgia, Ukraine Next

Russian newspaper Kommersant declared last month that Europe was restoring visa requirements for Georgia.  Pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru quickly followed suit, adding that Ukraine would be next. Capital.ua,  Rambler.ru and NewsSputnik eagerly repeated the fake claim. At the center of these fakes is the planned introduction of an electronic pre-authorization system for all countries with a visa-free regime with the EU. As far the Russian media are concerned, this is nothing

Fake: Ukraine Can’t Guarantee Its Atomic Plants’ Security without NATO

Russian pro-Kremlin internet site Ukraina.ru is one of the most prolific sources of anti-Ukrainian fakes and manipulative disinformation. Its latest foray into alternative reality claims that Kyiv is appealing to NATO for help with security for Ukraine’s nuclear power plants. The story is based on an actual Ukrainian government statement on energy security cooperation, but the claim encapsulated in the Ukraina.ru headline is nowhere to be found in that statement.

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