Disinfo News: The “Troll” That Went Public

Disinfo News: The “Troll” That Went Public

By Polyghaph It seems that not only were rumors of Ian56‘s (@Ian56789) Twitter “death” (suspension) on Thursday exaggerated, but on Friday afternoon the world became acquainted with the real man behind the Twitter account with over 32,000 followers. And contrary to what you see in his profile pic, he’s not male model David Gandy. Ian56789 on Twitter vs Ian56789 in real life https://t.co/YOKc2xPopa pic.twitter.com/uJdXN9erwD — Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) 20 апреля 2018

OPCW Has UN Authorization to Inspect Alleged Chemical Attack Site

Sergei Ryabkov Russian Deputy Foreign Minister “Everything rested on the absence of UN Secretariat security department approval for a visit by OPCW experts to the site of the events in Douma.” Source: TASS FALSE The UN has confirmed the OPCW has authorization to inspect the site. On April 16, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists that inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were unable to

Russian Social Media Influence: Understanding Russian Propaganda in Eastern Europe

By Todd C. Helmus, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Andrew Radin, Madeline Magnuson, Joshua Mendelsohn, William Marcellino, Andriy Bega, Zev Winkelman, for RAND A RAND Corporation study examined Russian-language content on social media and the broader propaganda threat posed to the region of former Soviet states that include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and, to a lesser extent, Moldova and Belarus. In addition to employing a state-funded multilingual television network, operating various Kremlin-supporting news websites, and working through several constellations of Russia-backed

Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia, March 2018

By European Platform for Democratic elections Executive summary 1513 foreign electoral observers monitored the Russian 2018 presidential election which constitutes the largest foreign electoral monitoring mission in Russia’s history. 598 of these observers were deployed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); 363 observers were sent by other international organisations; 65 monitors

Sputnik and Zvezda falsely claim Hitler’s Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia

By Polygraph Sputnik News and Zvezda “In Latvia, Hitler has become more popular than Harry Potter.” Source: TV Zvezda, Sputnik News FALSE Latvian booksellers are unloading old copies of Mein Kampf, not snapping them up. On April 2, Zvezda TV and Sputnik published the false claim that Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is more popular in Latvia than Harry Potter, the fictional school child who is the main character of a popular series of

Portraits of Europe on Russian TV: “Mother Nature is punishing immoral EU countries”

By EU vs Disinfo EU countries are a favourite subject on Russian state TV. Every evening, the ‘gospel’ is watched for hours on end by millions in Russia, but also by Russian-speaking people in Eastern Europe, the Baltic countries, Scandinavia and the Caucasus. For three and a half years, NGO Ukraine Crisis Media Centre (UCMC) monitored the most popular daily news bulletins and talk shows on Channel One, NTV and Russia-1.

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony

Topics of the Week How do Estonian intelligence service assess the threat the Kremlin poses to Estonian national security? Read about Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony. New US sanctions are hitting Russia hard, sending the stock market tumbling and targeting the wealth and businesses of several oligarchs close to Putin. If you want to know what the Kremlin thinks of the situation in Syria, read what its representatives say about it. Good Old Soviet Joke

StopFake #179 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons unable to establish origin of nerve agent in Skripal poisoning; London apologizes for Aeroflot place search; Ukraine poised to lose Transcarpathia; Ukrainian soldiers incapable of handling American arms.

The Douma Chemical Attack – Fake News about Fake News on Russia’s Fake News

By Eliot Higgins, for Bellingcat With any war crime in Syria receiving significant media coverage, there has been a concerted effort by pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad individuals and media outlets to spread claims attacking the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), a major source of information and footage on war crimes in the conflict. These attacks generally fall into two categories: claiming that the White Helmets are Al-Qaeda or ISIS (or even

Sergey Lavrov’s Fake: The Skripals Were Poisoned by BZ Toxin Used by NATO

Source: Iva Tsoy, for The Insider Speaking at the assembly of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy on April 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent BZ.     “This formula was in service in the US, UK and other NATO countries. The Soviet Union and Russia never developed or kept such chemical substances,”

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