Russian Responses to Babchenko’s Staged Death

Russian Responses to Babchenko’s Staged Death

Moscow’s reactions to the staged death of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in many ways mirrored their reactions to his “real” death of the day before: the guilty party was Ukraine, there was no evidence of any Russian connection and any claim to the contrary was simply Russophobia and anti-Russian hysteria.  StopFake presents an overview of initial reactions from Russian media to the Babchenko operation. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the

Robotrolling 2018/2

By NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence New Robotrolling report by NATO StratCom COE shows a surge in anonymous Twitter posts about NATO activity in the Baltics and Poland. Additionally, bot activity in Russian-language conversations has returned to high levels following a winter slumber. Robotrolling considers Twitter-mentions of NATO together with one or more of the host countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. In the period 1 February – 30 April

Kremlin Watch Briefing: France arrests intelligence officers, Sweden teaches the public how to defend against disinformation in case of conflict

Topics of the Week The Swedish government has produced a pamphlet instructing the nation’s 4.8 million households on actions to take in crisis situations, including military conflict Report: France arrests two former intelligence officers on charges of allegedly spying for China Facebook and Twitter have announced changes to their political advertisement policies in an effort to increase transparency Study: During the 10 weeks before the Italian elections, disinformation operations were

Disinfo News: US cites Russia in Freedom report over persecution of religious sect

By Polygraph For the second time in two years, the U.S. State Department is listing Russia as a “Country of Particular Concern” regarding religious freedom.The “CPC” designation was included in the 2018 annual report on international religious freedom – released on May 29. “Most notably, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were banned outright, as was their translation of the Bible, and their followers persecuted nationwide,” the summary on Russia in the report

Russia Demands Release of Satellite Images That the U.S. Released 4 Years Ago

By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Press secretary, Russian Foreign Ministry “It is also worth mentioning that the United States has not provided satellite images, the presence of which was announced immediately after the [MH17] catastrophe.” Source: Sputnik, May 24, 2018 False U.S. intelligence released satellite images on July 22, 2014 Russia rejected last week’s announcement by the Dutch investigation committee that held Russia liable for downing MH17 on July 17, 2014,

Sarcasm and Mistranslation: The Two Last Bastions of Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo When the Kremlin has a bad case and is cornered by international criticism, the media it controls will first try to confuse audiences with smokescreens of disinformation. But when that trick doesn’t work anymore, a last bastion of the self-defence is to use sarcasm in order to simply ridicule the sources of the criticism. In addition, mistranslation of the criticism can be used to build an argument when no reasonable argument exists. Both

Fake: Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Patrol

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics regularly accuse Ukraine of shelling civilians and OSCE monitors. Their latest claim made without any evidence is that on May 21 Ukrainian forces shot at an OSCE patrol near the village of Kriakivka.  The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Report for that day states that it was unable to establish the direction of fire. Russian and separatist web sites quote Andrei Marochko, a representative

Zakharova: Handbook for Journalists Covering World Cup is ‘More Russophobia’

By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Press secretary, Foreign Ministry, Russia “The initiative that seems to be useful at first glance and aimed at helping sports observers cover the main football event occurring every four years actually turned out to be nothing but more Russophobia, trivial anti-Russian stereotypes.” Source: TASS, May 23, 2018 False The brochure is a collection of data and facts, not stereotypes The Russian Foreign Ministry said the handbook

Disinfo News: The Kremlin’s Many Versions of the MH17 Story

By Polygraph The Kremlin has been having a bad week, in terms of global public relations. On May 24, the Dutch Joint Investigation Team (JIT) presented its findings on the Buk TELAR surface-to-air missile system that shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. The investigators revealed they were able not only to determine that the system was provided from Russia, but to identify the

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