Weaponising the Olympics

Weaponising the Olympics

By UA vs Disinfo On 5 December, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018. The reason was the systemic manipulation of anti-doping rules in Russia during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi three years ago. Individual athletes from Russia may still compete under the Olympic Flag. The first reaction of the disinformation campaign was targeted for the home audience in Russia, in order

Attempt No 2. Russian propaganda seeking to “dismiss” Angela Merkel again

Igor Solovey, for LB.ua German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s days in big politics are reportedly numbered, according to Russian media. However such predictions are unfounded given that publicists have long been using phrases like “it is time for Merkel to go” as tropes (meaning we want someone else but we do not know whom). Russian propagandists are taking cue from the Kremlin strategists seeking to divide Europe by toppling its strongest

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Spain will acknowledge “misinformation campaigns” as a threat to national security

Topics of the Week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that the US won’t lift sanctions against Russia until the Kremlin withdraws Russian forces from Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Tensions between President Trump and his national security team continue to grow. Spanish authorities are to pass a new National Security Strategy that, for the first time, will mention “misinformation campaigns” as a threat to the country’s security. Despite the fact

RT’s Editor-in-Chief: FARA Registration, Capitol Hill Denial of Credentials Restricts ‘Journalistic Work’

By Polygraph Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief “To all the self-righteous defenders of ‘freedom of speech’ who oh-so-ardently proclaimed that FARA registration places no restrictions whatsoever on RT’s journalistic work in the US: Withdrawal of Congressional credentials speaks much louder than empty platitudes. And to borrow from Orwell, all ‘foreign agents‘ are equal, but looks like only RT is denied congressional accreditation on the basis of FARA status, while the likes

StopFake #161 with Marko Suprun

Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic representation office in Helsinki. Ukrainians unhappy with people displaced by the war in Donbas. UN won’t with throw money into Ukraine’s government black hole.

Trump was ‘Russia’s friend’ in Russian media for only a very brief period, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Many assume that Donald Trump was portrayed in the Russian media as Russia’s friend until last summer when it became clear that he would not be willing or at least able to deliver any improvement in Russian-American relations; but that view is incorrect, according to two scholars at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Instead, Anastasiya Kazun and Anton Kazun say the Moscow media was

Russian Colonel General Identified as Key MH17 Figure

By Bellingcat Русская версия этого расследования опубликована изданием The Insider. A joint investigation between The Insider and Bellingcat used open source research, investigative journalism, and forensic voice analyan sis to determine the identity of “Delfin,” a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). The investigation has identified, to a high degree of certainty, Delfin as Colonel

Russia Claims U.S. Intelligence Agencies Trying To Recruit Russian Journalists

By RFE/RL Moscow on December 6 accused U.S. intelligence services of trying to recruit Russian journalists working in the United States. “Recently Russian journalists, including those in the United States, have come under great pressure from the special services, notably through attempts at recruitment,” Russian news agencies quoted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. “This is an aggression. An aggression in terms of intelligence not only towards Russia,

Fake: Donetsk People’s Republic Office opens in Finland

The official site of the self-proclaimed separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) announced that its official representative office was opening in Helsinki, Finland. Unlike the Czech Republic and Austria where such offices were called consulates, the Helsinki office is referred to simply as a representation center. Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent all of its embassies a diplomatic note stating that an official representation of the DNR in Helsinki does

Alternative peace and harmony

By EU vs Disinfo Last week, we saw a continuation of the trend from two weeks ago: polishing Russia’s soviet era history. Whereas last time we saw the Russian MFA incorrectly giving credit to Soviet soldiers for saving Bulgarian Jews, this week we saw further extreme historical “creativity”. As explained in detail here, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia was described in the official TV channel of Russia’s Ministry of Defence, Zvezda, as a way of preserving

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