Berlin Olympics 1936, Russian World Cup 2018? It’s a Fair Comparison

Berlin Olympics 1936, Russian World Cup 2018? It’s a Fair Comparison

By Integrity Initiative Op-Ed The Russian authorities have strongly criticised the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, for saying that Vladimir Putin intends to use the 2018 football World Cup in Russia in a similar way to Adolf Hitler did when the Olympic Games took place in Berlin in 1936. But claiming that this is a personal slight against the Russian President deliberately misses the point; and is another example of

“Britain’s been attacking Russia for 400 years!”: Russian disinformation plumbs new depths in the Skripal case

By Integrity Initiative Op-Ed “Disinformation” – the act of deliberately putting out false information to distract people from the truth – is a Russian concept. The word itself is one of the few examples of a Russian word which has come into the English language, and should not be confused with “misinformation”, which is incorrect information passed on in the belief that it is true. In recent years as Russia

Propaganda as a drug – even for Putin’s Russia

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Defencereport Recently, Russian propaganda has committed another abomination against the dissident Ilya Yashinand his elderly grandmother. The camera crew “Life” broke into a nursing home, where the sick 84-year-old woman lived, and, having written down several of her comments, wrote a story directed against her grandson based on these comments.  As Ilya himself remarked, this act became the new low in betrayal and cynicism. However, it reflects not only the

Russian Media Claim Ukraine Wants a New Friendship Treaty

Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry wants to sign a new friendship, cooperation and partnership treaty with Russia leading Russian media declared on March 29. Citing Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal, they claim that Ukraine has realized the need for a new Ukraine-Russia bilateral agreement. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry proposes new friendship treaty with Russia declared RT. Kyiv wants to be friends with Moscow announced RIA Novosti, Argumenty I Fakty

UPDATED: Russian ambassador falsely accuses the U.S. of acting “unlawfully” in spy expulsions

By Polygraph Anatoly Antonov Russian Ambassador to the U.S. “After receiving this information I’ve expressed a strong protest regarding today’s unlawful actions by the United States of America and I emphasized that to this day there is not a single bit of evidence of Russia’s interference in the investigation of the case (Skripal) as such, as well as of Russia’s involvement in this tragedy that took place in Salisbury.” Source:

#PutinAtWar: A notorious classified tweet analyzing a Kremlin exposé of “classified” United Kingdom slides

By Ben Nimmo, for DFRLab On March 27, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) posted a scoop on Facebook and Twitter: independent daily Kommersant acquired a set of “notorious classified files” from the United Kingdom, which allied and partnered governments allegedly used to justify their mass expulsions of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil. Archived on March 27, 2018. (Source: Facebook / MIDRussia) The “notorious

Fake: Ukrainian Blood for Sale

On March 24 Russia’s web newspaper Fond Strategicheskoy Kultury (Strategic Culture Fund) featured an article claiming the Ukrainian government had decided to export Ukrainians’ blood. “Ukrainian citizens are about to become biological fodder. From now along with grain, amber and honey, the blood of Ukrainian citizens, ready to sell bits of themselves in order to eat, will be up for export”, the publication declared. Kremlin faithful publications quickly followed suit.

Amid US & European Expulsions of Russian Diplomats, Russia Sticks to Its Propaganda Playbook on Skripal Poisoning

by Paula Chertok Yesterday dozens of countries joined the UK in expelling Russian diplomats over the brazen poison attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the provincial English town of Salisbury earlier this month. Unfortunately, Russia’s response to the unprecedented coordinated expulsion – the most serious punitive action taken by Western nations against Russia since the Cold War – is more of the same obfuscation, distortion and

The strategic balancing act

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Deterrence and resilience are the two tasks facing the West as the threat from the Kremlin becomes ever clearer. Striking the balance between the two is the strategic challenge for the coming years. The most important part is resilience. The less Russian attacks are effective, the less we need to deter them. If our political system is immune to dirty money, if our media offer

Despite Government’s History in Disasters, Putin Says Trust ‘Real Investigation’

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President, Russia “Social networks, as you know, are a turbid source, regrettably. Therefore, one must rely on the results of the real investigation.” Source:, March 27, 2017 MISLEADING The official number of 53 deaths is challenged by first responders and relatives Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told the relatives of victims of the Kemerovo mall fire to trust the official information rather than the social networks.

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