Putin’s ‘hybrid peace’ more threatening to Ukraine than his ‘hybrid war,’ Portnikov says

Putin’s ‘hybrid peace’ more threatening to Ukraine than his ‘hybrid war,’ Portnikov says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about Ukraine has changed in order to curry favor with Russians in advance of the presidential poll, but his approach on the ground has not changed, laying a potential trap for Ukrainians and meaning that his “hybrid peace” is even more dangerous than his “hybrid war,” Vitaly Portnikov says. There is the great danger that Ukrainians and their supporters elsewhere, the

Non-Political Nature of Russian Population Both Helps and Hurts Kremlin, New Study Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The depoliticization of the Russian population via the revival of archaic values provides the regime with a reserve of unquestioning support, a new study says; but at the same time, it means that “the political elites are not capable of developing a stable agreement on the main questions of the development of Russian society.” Sociologists Sergey Patrushev and Lyudmila Filippova say that “alienation from

Chief Editor: RT is like “a defence ministry”

By EU vs Disinfo The chief editor of RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonyan, cannot be blamed for lack of openness about the nature of the outlet whose output she manages on behalf of the Russian government. In her own words, RT is needed “for about the same reason as why the country needs a Defense Ministry.” RT is capable of “conducting information war against the whole Western world,” using “the information

StopFake #166 with Marko Suprun

Fakes: America is preparing a new revolution in Ukraine; Ukrainian traces in the drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria, as well as fakes about milk sales and hepatitis epidemics.

Fake: EU Bans Milk Sales from Private Ukrainian Farms

Russia’s propagandist newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta published an article claiming that the European Union has banned milk sales from small Ukrainian farms that do not have EU certification. Farmers selling milk or milk products from such farms face fines, the newspaper declared. The EU Ukraine Association Agreement that Rossiyskaya Gazeta refers to makes no mention of any ban on milk sales from private farms, but the agreement does outline the introduction

War in Ukraine: A struggle over Russia’s identity

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its fifth year, two recently published books illuminate the fundamental motives for Moscow’s ongoing offensive. They make a compelling case that the armed conflict is intended to demonstrate and perpetuate Russia’s dominance through the usurpation of Ukraine’s history, territory, and identity. In a masterful dissection of Russian history (Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Involvement in Syria Attacks on Russian Bases

Russia’s disinformation machine never tires of portraying Ukraine as an enemy. The latest manifestation of this narrative is to accuse Ukraine of involvement in a mysterious drone attack on Russian bases in Syria at Hmeimim and Tartus. Lenta.ru, Novaya Gazeta, RIAFan and other Russian media all carried this unsubstantiated accusation. Russian media cite the Defense Ministry’s General Staff Department of Construction and Development director Alexander Novikov, who said the kind

Kremlin Watch Briefing: “Normal course of diplomacy” between the United States and Russia?

Topics of the Week “Normal course of diplomacy”: The Trump administration has scheduled talks to be held in late January between the head of US forces in Europe, Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, and the chief of the Russian armed forces and deputy defense minister, General Valery Gerasimov. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is expected to provide electoral security recommendations within one to

The “Chechen” Clone of Instagram: Not as Good – Part I

By Polygraph Ramzan Kadyrov Head of Chechnya “There is a new social network being tested in Chechnya @ Mylistory, which is as good as the foreign ones” Source: Telegram, January 3, 2018 FALSE Mylistory is an underdeveloped clone of the “old” Instagram, with mysterious origins. On December 23, 2017, the head of Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov announced via his Telegram channel that his Facebook and Instagram accounts had disappeared. Kadyrov,

Putin Invaded Ukraine to Prevent ‘Ukrainian’ Ideas from Spreading into Russia, Shmelyev Says

The main reason Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea and the Donbass, Aleksandr Shmelyev says, is that he feared that the ideas that had animated Ukrainians at the time of the Maidan would spread into Russia and become the basis of a similar challenge to himself. To prevent that, he acted as he did so as to alienate the two nations from each other. As a result, the former Vzglyad editor and

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