Russia on Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad: ‘so what?’

Russia on Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad: ‘so what?’

By Dalia Bankauskaitė, for CEPA On 5 February, Lithuanian news outlets reported that Russia had stationed several of its newest high-precision weapons—the Iskander-M nuclear-capable missile, with a range of 415-500 km—in the Kaliningrad region and that it intends to leave the missiles there permanently. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said the deployment “is not just a threat to Lithuania, but to half of all Europe.” Three pro-Kremlin media outlets in Russian and Lithuanian—Eskerptai.eu,

Russian Foreign Minister Calls Mueller Indictment ‘Blabber,’ Experts call it ‘Absolutely Damning’

By Poligraph Sergey Lavrov Foreign Minister, Russia “I have no response. You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying. Until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber.” Source: AP, February 17, 2018 False The evidence presented in the indictment was sufficient to convince the Grand Jury Russia’s foreign minister says the U.S. indictment of a group of Russians accused of an elaborate plot

How the word ‘genocide’ is abused in pro-Kremlin language

By EU vs Disinfo More and more often, the word ‘genocide’ is used by pro-Kremlin outlets and communicators to describe things that have nothing to do with genocide. Besides the lack of respect for victims of real genocides, this abuse of terminology undermines the very concept of genocide as a large-scale violation of human rights. Ukrainian ‘genocide’ Ukraine is probably the most frequent target of this alternative use of the

RT and Sputnik had more Twitter outreach than official Brexit campaigns

Topics of the Week According to a new report prepared by the 89up digital agency, the Kremlin’s mouthpieces, RT and Sputnik, produced anti-EU content on Twitter that had greater reach than the Vote Leave or Leave.EU campaigns. The office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced last Friday that 13 Russian operatives and three Russian entities, including the Internet Research Agency (otherwise known as the St Petersburg ‘troll factory’), have been

Zakharova Downplays Armed Clash with Americans in Syria, Kremlin-linked Audio Recordings Contradict Her Story

By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Press secretary, Russian Foreign Ministry “Material about the deaths of dozens and hundreds of Russian citizens – it is classic disinformation. It was not 400, not 200, not 100 and not 10. Preliminary figures indicate that as a result of the armed clash that took place, the causes of which are now being investigated, we can talk about the deaths of five people, presumably citizens of

Rate the Most Glaring Fakes About Occupied Crimea

As the anniversary of the Russian annexation of Crimea draws upon us, StopFake presents an interactive rating of Russian fakes about Crimea. Score each fake and determine its place in our rating. We have also prepared a special video digest of the top five fakes about Crimea.

Fake: US Intelligence Finds Reasons for Regime Change in Ukraine

Last week the Russian newspaper Vzglyad featured an article claiming that the US Intelligence community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment concluded that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may not last until Ukraine’s 2019 presidential elections. Vzglyad further claimed that this conclusion is supported by the latest polls and most Ukrainians were in favor of holding early elections. Many Russian propagandist sites picked this fake and added their own embellishments claiming that President Poroshenko

Fake: Europe Denies Donbas Pensions

On February 13 Russian media blared with headlines such as  European Court for Human Rights allows Ukraine not to pay out war zone pensions, Kyiv rejoices, European Court says not to pay Donbas seniors, Strasbourg decides Ukraine owes its citizens nothing. Europe leaves Donbas without pensions, declared Svobodnaya Pressa, claiming mendaciously that the European Court wrote off millions of Kyiv debts to the self-proclaimed Donbas people’s republics and recognized Ukraine’s

Moldova Introduces Fines for ‘Russian Propaganda’

By Madalin Necsutu, for BalcanInsight The authorities have begun to impose financial penalties on media outlets in an attempt to prevent alleged attempts to spread Russian propaganda in Moldova. Moldova’s Audiovisual Coordinating Council, CCA has fined 11 radio and TV stations and seven cable network providers 5,000 lei (around 240 euros) each because they did not deliver an overview of their programming output as required by the country’s new ‘anti-propaganda’ law. The

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