Explaining Russia’s schizophrenic policy toward the United States

Explaining Russia’s schizophrenic policy toward the United States

By Kimberly Marten, for PONARS Eurasia (PONARS Policy Memo) The weaknesses and inconsistencies of Russia’s recent actions toward the United States need to be explained. President Vladimir Putin is often seen as a foreign policy wizard, leading Russia to a string of successes and heightened international influence. But Moscow’s interactions with Washington are actually puzzling. Using information drawn from press and other publicly available sources, this memo will examine four

Propaganda targets Baltic energy independence

By Dalia Bankauskaitė, for CEPA On 15 December, Lithuania’s floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Klaipeda began trucking LNG to Polish, Estonian, and Lithuanian consumers. Klaipeda’s land-based, small-scale LNG terminal will transport 4,000 cubic meters of LNG (the equivalent of 2.3 million cubic meters of gas, or 27.5 GWh) to 100 trucks, which will deliver LNG overland to four companies. The deal strengthens the Baltic natural gas market and

Fake: AIDS From Donbas Sweeping Ukraine

Scores of Russian and Ukrainian media featured stories last month claiming the war in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region, was causing a huge spike in AIDS. An article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), which is the source for these inaccurate claims, states that there is a redistribution of existing HIV infections in Ukraine, it does not claim that there is a

StopFake #167 with Yuri Polakiwsky

Fakes: Crimean Tatars to support Putin in Russia’s March presidential election; Kyiv residents want Russian social media back; Ukrainian train arrives in Russia carrying grenades.

What (if anything) do Facebook’s News Feed changes mean for fake news?

Plus: Lessons from Bolivia and Slovakia, and what’s the reach of fake news in the EU? By Laura Hazard Owen, for Nieman Lab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Less is more? Facebook, as you certainly know by now, announced last week that it’s making

Most people in the West make two fatal mistakes about Moscow ‘media,’ Yakovenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Most people in the West continue to make two “fatal” mistakes about the media in Putin’s Russia, Igor Yakovenko says. They assume that Russians who call themselves journalists are in fact journalists and that Russian propaganda is propaganda in the normal sense. “Few in the West understand,” the Russian commentator writes, “what the world is dealing with in the form of the Putin regime

Fake news kicks into high gear in Czech presidential runoff

By Alan Crosby, for RFE/RL In the first round of the Czech presidential election earlier this month, Jiri Drahos was variously portrayed — without substantiation — as a pedophile, a thief, and a communist collaborator. The smears were part of a string of unfounded allegations in social media and on websites suspected of dealing in fake news. Now that the pro-Europe challenger’s campaign in a second-round runoff against incumbent Milos

Russians so overwhelmingly apolitical that poll numbers are meaningless, Kagarlitsky says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Given that 90 percent of Russian society is “apolitical,” Moscow commentator Boris Kagarlitsky says, “it is impossible” to say how much support Vladimir Putin or anyone else has. Indeed, asking that question under Russian conditions now is completely inappropriate. This comment from the director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements came in response to a question posed by Kazan’s Business Gazeta to a number

Antisemitism and pro-Kremlin propaganda

By EU vs Disinfo “Most people know about, but few are willing to condemn, the strict taboo in the media, of criticizing Jews as a group, using that term. One cannot even criticize a small subsection of Jews, a miniscule percentage of the Jewish population, even when they richly deserve it”. This, and a whole series of similarly anti-Semitic statements, was part of an editorial published on Monday in Moscow by the pro-Kremlin English

Fake: Kyiv Residents Want Russian Social Media Platforms Back

Russian Defense Ministry television channel  Zvezda published a story claiming that the majority of Kyiv residents are against banning Russian social media sites and Russian films. Citing a poll carried out for the Ukrainian Obozrevatel internet newspaper, Zvezda claims the majority of Kyiv residents want the Russian social media network VKontakte back. The poll however was not about Russian social networks or Russian films, but rather about Kyiv residents’ attitudes

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