What Lavrov’s Lies Mean for Ukraine

What Lavrov’s Lies Mean for Ukraine

By Stephen Blank, for Atlantic Counsil Voltaire reportedly said that those who can persuade one to believe absurdities will lead one to commit atrocities. In contemporary politics Russia’s stance on Ukraine represents a cardinal example of the enduring validity of his remark. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently restated three lies: there are no Russian troops in the Donbas, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is a civil war, not a

Fake: Ukraine Admits Russian Gas Imports Profitable

Russian propagandist site Ukraina.ru declared this week that Ukraine has recognized the commercial profitability of Russian gas imports. The publication cites a television interview with the Naftogaz Ukrainian state gas company chairman Andriy Kobelev as the source for its fake claim. At the center of this fake story is the Stockholm arbitration court decision regarding the “take-or-pay” gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia.  Ukraina.ru claims Kobelev called the court decision

Years of European horror

By EU vs Disinfo Almost five years ago on 18 August 2013, a video in Russian named “Horror. Legalisation of incest in Europe” was published on YouTube. It is a story that indeed resembles a horror movie: slowly, it tells us with a threatening voice, European countries and especially Scandinavia, are moving towards legalising incest and making even “incestophobia” punishable. In fact, incest is prohibited in the EU countries. Now, the video has been shared

‘Comedy of Terrors’ Creating Real Problems for Moscow

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Armand Iannuci’s new British film, The Death of Stalin: A Comedy of Terrors, is presenting some real problems for the Russian authorities. On the one hand, banning the film will only attract more views to it online if not in theaters and make “banned in Moscow” almost as much a selling point as “banned in Boston” used to be in the US. And on

Rewriting Russian history

By Dagmara Moskwa, for Eurozine Published in New Eastern Europe A battle for the future shape of Russia’s education system is under way. Not only is the Kremlin increasing its control over what it considers the correct version of the country’s history, there are also signs of a gradual ideological turn towards promoting the glorification of Joseph Stalin. In 2015 the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany

Sweden prepares itself for meddling attempts before the elections

Topics of the Week The Kremlin Watch Program is looking for an intern! If you would like to contribute to our work, send us your application for a four-month internship until February 11th. No worries, you do not have to come to the Czech Republic to work with us, the internship can take place externally. You can read more information on our website. According to reports, cyber-hackers with links to the

Upcoming US ‘Kremlin Report’ release worries Russian elites

By Roman Goncharenko, for DW The US government is set to present its “Kremlin Report” to Congress detailing oligarchs’ close ties to President Vladimir Putin. Whose names will appear in the document and will its release result in new sanctions? One week before “day zero,” political heavyweights in Russia have gone on the offensive. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a Sunday interview that the government and the president

Fake: Ukrainian Military Shoot Passenger Bus in Donbas

Scores of Russian media reported this week that the Ukrainian military fired on a passenger bus in Donbas. The alleged shooting, they report, took place in the gray zone, the swathe of neutral territory between the Ukrainian army and the Russian backed separatists. The Ukrainian military denied any responsibility for the alleged firing, while the OSCE Special Ukrainian Monitoring Mission said the bus was not in the gray zone but

Reviving the Propaganda State

How the Kremlin hijacked history to survive By CEPA Are Western actions to blame for the steady deterioration in U.S.-Russia relations? While the Kremlin’s view of the West has long been hostile, the spread of “color revolutions” in the early 2000s acted as a catalyst. Fearing a similar revolution at home, Putin’s “political technologists” worried that they lacked powerful stories, symbols, and the means to mobilize youth in support of

Militarily, Baltic region is stable; but in terms of information war, it’s not, Latvian expert says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The situation in the Baltic region militarily is “quite stable,” Andis Kudors says, not only because NATO has beefed up its defenses there but because Vladimir Putin is interested in the first instance in maintaining the status quo in Russia, something that would be threatened by an attack on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The director of the Riga Center for Research on the Politics

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