The Daily Vertical: Putin And The Paradox Of The Polls (Transcript)

The Daily Vertical: Putin And The Paradox Of The Polls (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL Vladimir Putin receives incomplete and distorted information about conditions in Russia and he is often deceived by his aides. The Kremlin leader is also highly dependent on the security services. And he acts largely in the interests of the security services, oligarchs, bankers, and business tycoons. Now, just to be clear, these are not my opinions. They are the findings of a new poll by

This week on Russian TV: Theresa May targeted after stating that Russia weaponises information

By EU vs Disinfo Theresa May warnings over Russia dismissed On November 13, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Russia seeks “to weaponise information” and uses its state-run media outlets to “plant fake stories and Photoshopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West.” The answer of the “central figure of the government propaganda“, the anchor of Vesti Nedeli, was in the same vein as when he decided

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 2.0

By Atlantic Council Read the Publication (PDF) “Russia’s interference in the US presidential election in 2016 sent a signal to the West: democratic societies are deeply vulnerable to foreign influence,” writes Dr. Alina Polyakova in The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 2.0: Russian Influence in Greece, Italy, and Spain, a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Following a successful installment on Russian influence in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom,

UK, the latest target of fake Russian twitter accounts

By EU vs Disinfo After the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, it’s the turn of the United Kingdom to sound the alarm about Russian meddling. On November 13, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of “seeking to weaponise information” and using its state-run media outlets to “plant fake stories and Photoshopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West.” Russia’s actions, she charged, are

Putin’s meddling in US elections backfiring on his own allies at home and on Americans who helped them, Shevtsova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Kremlin’s effort to affect the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections has provoked one consequence Moscow has long wanted – the demoralization of the American elite – but it is having other less welcome ones on both that elite and the Russian one, something only becoming clear, Liliya Shevtsova says. The American investigation into Russia’s involvement is rapidly spreading from a focus

Aleksandr III and a Three-headed dragon: Russian statues send mixed and conflicting messages

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In Russia today, monuments more than memoranda have become the most favored way of expressing political views at least in part because, however controversial many of them inevitably become, statues allow for multiple interpretations or alternatively for none at all. This weekend brought two examples. In the first, Vladimir Putin dedicated a statue in Russian-occupied Crimea to Emperor Aleksandr III, the embodiment for many

StopFake #158 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

StopFake News with Marko Suprun. The latest edition includes claims that the White House denies decision to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons; Poland blocks cargo transports from Ukraine to Europe; Ukraine is not wanted in NATO and US recognizes the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Fake: Poland Blocks Cargo Transports from Ukraine to Europe

The recent tensions in relations between Ukraine and Poland have given rise to a wave of fakes in Russian media. On November 18 Russian site Politnavigator announced that Poland was not allowing Ukrainian cargo transports through its territory. The source for this fake story is former Ukrainian Transport Minister Yevhen Chervonenko, who during a television program on Ukraine’s ZIK channel announced that thousands of trucks are stuck on Ukraine’s western

News inside the bubble: Why do most Russians still watch state TV?

By Maxim Trudolyubov, for Eurozine The days when Soviet citizens had only three or four TV channels to choose from are long gone. Today, Russians have hundreds of options. So why, asks Maxim Trudolyubov, do they still choose just one? Most Russians live in an information universe that is utterly peculiar and starkly different from most others. Russia’s state-run television commands immense power over Russian minds and most Russians apparently

Fake: Ukraine Not Wanted In NATO

Claiming that Ukraine has no chance of becoming a NATO member is a favorite topic of pro-Kremlin media. Russian Defense Ministry’s television station Zvezda remained faithful to that tradition and declared this week that during this year’s Halifax International Security Forum NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg said NATO does not want to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the Alliance. Speaking at the Halifax Forum Stoltenberg said that NATO doors are

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