Russia tries everything to blacken reputation of White Helmets

Russia tries everything to blacken reputation of White Helmets

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia escalated its long-running hate campaign against the White Helmets Syrian rescue group in response to the evacuation over the weekend of 422 volunteers and their family members to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. About 300 more have been unable to evacuate due to the fighting in Syria. The UK, Canada and Germany have offered to resettle those who do manage to escape.

Fake: Ukraine Troops Kill Separatist Defector

The Ukrainian military killed a separatist militant who wanted to take advantage of the Ukrainian Security Service’s  (SBU) “They’re Waiting for you at Home” repatriation program announced Ria Novosti, Sputnik, RN, Breaking News 24 and scores of other Russian media, citing the military press office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). DPR press officer Danyiil Bezsonov claims that the man killed had been a pro-Russian militant fighting against Ukraine

Fake: Poroshenko Allows Lumber Smuggling to EU

“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko authorizes lumber smuggling to EU countries” declared a July 23 headline in the pro-Kremlin internet site Having vetoed a bill designed to protect Ukraine’s forests from logging, Poroshenko is supporting the illegal export of valuable lumber, claims. In a further distortion of reality, calls the veto a “smuggling permit” and alleges that Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman vowed to save the country’s forests

The justifiable outrage at Western reporting on Ukraine

By Ariana Gic, for StopFake Only July 23, the BBC’s Panorama aired “The Faked Murder that Fooled the World”, about the staged murder of a Russian dissident journalist living in Kyiv at the end of May.  The staged assassination was the stuff of spy novels – Ukraine’s Security Services convincingly staged Arkady Babchenko’s assassination as part of a special operation to prevent more than 30 Russian assassination efforts, including Babchenko’s,

In Sweden, resilience is key to combatting disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Since Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 – an operation where disinformation, deception and confusion played a major role – Swedish authorities have stepped up their work to protect Sweden from similar hostile influence operations. The government has adopted a new security strategy, Sweden’s Security Service (Säpo) have briefed all political parties on the issue and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) have gathered representatives of mass

Military Intelligence, fake online personas, fake local news: How Russia targeted US elections

By EU vs Disinfo On Friday 13 July, the US Justice Department took a further step in their investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 US Presidential election by indicting 12 Russian officials. Previously, 13 Russian citizens as well as the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management and Concord Catering had been charged with interfering with the US political system. The first indictment focused on the actions conducted by the above mentioned St Petersburg “troll factory”

Russian influence in Montenegro: disinformation, threats and attempted regime change

By EU vs Disinfo A recent debate about Montenegro’s NATO membership has put the spotlight on this Western Balkan country. But it is not the first time that it has been at the centre of political debate and international attention. A recent study by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) focuses on the interest of the Kremlin in Montenegro, and on how several well-known influence tactics, among them disinformation, have been applied

Estonia spy chief: Network of operatives pushing Russian agenda in West

By Jeff Seldin, for VoA For the past several months, intelligence and security officials in the U.S. government and private sector have cautiously marveled at the seemingly slow pace of Russian cyberattacks and influence operations using social media. Unlike in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, officials say so far there has been no frenzy of hacks, phishing attacks or use of ads and false news stories to penetrate

StopFake #193 with Marko Suprun

Fake Multinational Black Sea exercises aggravate Donbas conflict; European Court of Human Rights says Russian government not involved in opposition journalist’s murder; Novichok? Cynaide? It’s not Russia!

Moscow’s Ambassador Claims Russophobia Victimizes Russian-Americans — ‘No,’ says Diaspora

By Polygraph Anatoly Antonov Russian Ambassador to U.S “An unprecedented information campaign to discredit our country, its role and place in the world, continues, inevitably affecting the life of the diaspora. We know about the emerging problems from our communications with you.” Source: Facebook, June 10, 2018 MISLEADING There is no basis for this claim Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said the Russian-Americans are affected by “an unprecedented

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