Kremlin plans to replace fraud Ilyumzhinov with slick Dvorkovich in chess world

Kremlin plans to replace fraud Ilyumzhinov with slick Dvorkovich in chess world

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake For 23 years the world chess federation, FIDE, has been held captive by one of the most cynical and fraudulent people on the planet, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. That may be about to change at last, but perhaps not for the better: former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich hopes to replace Ilyumzhinov as president of the federation. The Kremlin has no intention of losing its

Edwars Lucas: Don’t play risk with Europe

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Edward Lucas explains why the West should not treat the “in-between” states as objects on a gameboard. My introduction to geopolitics came from the game of Risk. In our 1970s Cold War household, this board game, invented in 1957, had a particular sizzle. The board features an outsized Ukraine, stretching from the Arctic to central Asia, and territories called Irkutsk, Kamchatka, Siberia, Ural, and Yakutsk

Distinguishing between factual and opinion statements in the news

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better; Republicans and Democrats both influenced by political appeal of statements By Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel And Nami Sumida, for Pew Research Center In today’s fast-paced and complex information environment, news consumers must make rapid-fire judgments about how to internalize news-related statements – statements that often come in snippets and through pathways that provide little context. A new Pew

Putin: Olympic Venues in Sochi Are “Very Busy”

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President of Russia “We managed to address a very difficult challenge that other countries which have hosted the Olympic Games have not been able to address so effectively.All of Sochi’s infrastructure – practically all – is very busy throughout the year. And both the coastal and mountain clusters are busy.” Source: Vladimir Putin MISLEADING Only some of the Olympic venues are somewhat busy during some parts

We still need East Stratcom against Kremlin trolls

By Laima Andrikiene, for EUobserver The EU and its member states are facing an organised and aggressive Russian state fake news, manipulation and disinformation campaign. Its objective is to destabilise the Western democratic order, confront and weaken states and ultimately to break up EU unity and support those that wish to destroy it. Unfortunately, given the scale of the challenge, the EU’s response so far has been dangerously inadequate. For Baltic

Thief cries, catch the thief!

By EU vs Disinfo When pro-Kremlin commentators attempt to blur the facts about MH17, they insist that any investigation that does not include Russia among the investigators cannot be considered credible (despite the fact that the only “evidence” Russia has presented was fabricated). This strategy, when an actor creates a problem and insists the problem cannot be solved without his permission and cooperation, can have multiple applications – and it

Russian Foreign ministry spreads fake Margaret Thatcher quote

By Polygraph Russian Foreign Ministry’s Official Twitter Account Russian Foreign Ministry “In November 1991, in her speech in Houston, ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said that ‘according to the estimates of the world community, it is economically feasible for only 15 million people to live in Russia.’” Source: Twitter FALSE The quote is fake. In a Twitter thread on the subject of Anglo-Russian relations, the official Russian Foreign Ministry Twitter

Fake: Ukrainian Soldier Willingly Joins Separatists

Ukrainian soldier surrenders to separatist militia because of the drunkenness of his colleagues, blared the headline in the pro-Kremlin internet newspaper Ukraina.ru. Lenta.ru, Argumenty i Fakty, Russian Defense Ministry’s web site Zvezda all featured this fake story claiming that Sergeant Taras Hapliak from Ukraine’s 24th mechanized brigade deserted his post and surrendered himself to Russian militants in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). These stories appeared after a video of

They speak Russian in Crimea, but that doesn’t make it part of Russia

By Peter Dickinson, for Atlantic Counsil US President Donald Trump made headlines ahead of the recent G7 summit in Canada by calling on his colleagues in the group of leading industrial nations to welcome Russia back into the fold. However, it seems that this was not the full extent of his advocacy for the Kremlin. According to a report published by BuzzFeed quoting two unnamed diplomatic sources, the US president also took

In the U.S., the left trusts the mainstream media more than the right, and the gap is growing

By Antonis Kalogeropoulos and Richard Fletcher, for NiemanLab s Facebook moves to privilege “broadly trusted” sources in its News Feed, our research — more of which you’ll find in this year’s Reuters Digital News Report — shows that broadcasters and newspapers are more trusted than digital-born outlets across a number of countries. Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it would prioritize news from brands that its users perceive as trustworthy, as part of a response

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