Kremlin Watch Briefing: US and UK strengthen their positions, the EU and the Dutch trip over their own feet

Kremlin Watch Briefing: US and UK strengthen their positions, the EU and the Dutch trip over their own feet

Topics of the Week The European Commission’s high-level group of experts have issued a report on disinformation. It has little significance in practice and completely circumvents the issue of hostile disinformation operations. Meanwhile, the EEAS East STRATCOM Task Force, the only EU institutional group with serious clout in countering disinformation operations, is under fire by the Dutch Parliament. Who poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter? According to the Kremlin’s official

The Daily Vertical: Russia’s real debate (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL The most interesting thing that happened during yesterday’s so-called election was a heated debate between a candidate who received less than two percent of the vote and one who wasn’t even on the ballot. One of the few things that wasn’t choreographed and stage managed; the only thing that appeared spontaneous on an utterly predictable day was a bitter argument webcast live on YouTube by

Russian media cite fake election observers

By Polygraph Thierry Mariani French politician “I have worked as an observer of elections for about 20 years and can say that in Russia I see improvements every time. And elections are becoming more transparent and open.” Source: Press Conference, March 19, 2018 False Mariani was part of a phony election monitoring mission designed to lend legitimacy to questionable elections and referendums organized by the Kremlin. On March 19, one

Final report of the High level expert group on fake news and online disinformation

By European Commission In January 2018, the European Commission set up a high-level group of experts (“the HLEG”) to advise on policy initiatives to counter fake news and disinformation spread online. The main deliverable of the HLEG was a report designed to review best practices in the light of fundamental principles, and suitable responses stemming from such principles. The analysis presented in the Report starts from a shared understanding of

Figure of the Week: 50 million

By EU vs Disinfo The data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica took private information from more than 50 million U.S. Facebook users without their permission to support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Cambridge Analytica has also worked with the successful Brexit campaign. The revelations were made by Christopher Wylie, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica since turned whistleblower. The case constitutes one of the biggest data breaches in Facebook’s history and sheds

Skripal Poisoning: If Not Russia, Then…:The many theories of who used a Russian nerve agent in England

By DFRLab Ever since the British media began suggesting that Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal with a rare nerve agent on March 4, theories have swirled over who else might have done it, especially via pro-Kremlin outlets. The conspiracy-based speculation intensified on March 14, after British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the UK government held the Russian state responsible. Pro-Kremlin outlets have a long

StopFake supports East StratCom Task Force initiative “EU vs Disinfo”

March, 2018 StopFake wholeheartedly supports the “EU vs Disinfo” initiative as our biggest partner that have been on the forefront of combating disinformation activities for already three years. We welcomed “EU vs Disinfo” when it was created – for us it was a clear sign EU takes tackling disinformation seriously, even before it became a mainstream. “EU vs Disinfo” has a clear mission of raising awareness of the Russian propaganda

Putin’s Vision of a New ‘World Order’ Increasingly Worrisome, Kirillova Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Ukraine It is perhaps emblematic of the times, but Vladimir Putin is increasingly using video clips and full-scale films to articulate his views of Russia and the world. According to Kseniya Kirillova, the latest such effort, World Order 2018, offers a vision more horrifying in its totality than anything he has presented before. In an essay that originally appeared on the Slavic Sacramento portal and

Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL So, Vladimir Putin just had another Leonid Brezhnev moment. Last year, the current Kremlin leader surpassed the longtime Soviet ruler in longevity in power. And now, after winning a fourth term with well over 70 percent of the vote, Putin has just matched Brezhnev in the number of times he was “elected.” During Putin’s rule, Russian elections may not have become quite as choreographed as

#ElectionWatch: Voter Fraud In Russia

By DFRLab On March 18, Russia held presidential elections, widely expected to re-elect Vladimir Putin to a fourth presidential term by a wide margin. With Putin’s victory a foregone conclusion, attention focused on state efforts to bolster turnout, as @DFRLab has already reported. During the day, however, over 2,000 separate reports of electoral violations also surfaced, including “carousel” voting, voter intimidation, ballot-stuffing, and attempts to remove observers from polling stations.

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