Fake: Ukrainian Ministry funds radical nationalistic organisations

Fake: Ukrainian Ministry funds radical nationalistic organisations

On November 12, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Training kids to kill at Ukrainian nationalist camp”, which later appeared in other publications as well. The author claimed that the Ministry of Youth and Sports allegedly funds radical nationalistic organizations. Namely, the article said that this year the Ministry of Youth and Sports earmarked 4 million hryvnias (about $150,000) to fund some youth camps organized by nationalists, in particular

Oxford’s Word of the Year: Toxic

By VoANews It’s official: 2018 is toxic. Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as its international word of the year. Oxford University Press monitors changes in the English language and each year selects a word that catches the annual mood. Oxford’s lexicographers said it’s “the sheer scope of its applications that has made it the standout choice.” Traditionally defined as “poisonous,” Oxford said people are also using the word to describe

Chaos as a strategy: Putin’s “Promethean” Gamble

By Donald N. Jensen, Peter B. Doran, for CEPA 15 November 2018 Can Vladimir Putin’s nonlinear strategy succeed against the West? For all of Russia’s weaknesses as a Great Power, the Kremlin increasingly is willing to take risks—sometimes recklessly—to balance its disadvantages against the relative power of Western competitors like the United States. Risk taking is a dangerous business for any state—declining or otherwise. But what if the Kremlin believed that

How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes

By Francesco Marconi and Till Daldrup, for NiemanLab “We have seen this rapid rise in deep learning technology and the question is: Is that going to keep going, or is it plateauing? What’s going to happen next?” Artificial intelligence is fueling the next phase of misinformation. The new type of synthetic media known as deepfakes poses major challenges for newsrooms when it comes to verification. This content is indeed difficult

Heavyweight megaphones of disinformation in Eastern Ukraine

By EU vs Disinfo Sunday 11 November was a tricky day for the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign, on two fronts. In Ukraine, the Russia-backed separatists held illegitimate elections that were not recognised by the international community. At the same time in Paris, world leaders gathered to commemorate the World War I centenary. Later at the Paris Peace Forum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the unlawful electionswith the French and German leaders – without

Love conquers truth: New romantic comedy by RT chief Simonyan spins Crimea drama

By Robert Coalson, for RFE/RL Even back when construction of the controversial, $3.7 billion Crimean Bridge was just beginning, RT Editor in Chief Margarita Simonyan already knew how the story ended. Crimea Bridge: Made With Love! — a new film written by Simonyan and directed by her husband, Tigran Keosayan — is an uber-patriotic romantic comedy that was filmed against the backdrop of the rising edifice, which links Russia via the

Alaska purchase: Kremlin’s trolls suggest a refund

By EU vs Disinfo Wheels were turning last week in the St. Petersburg troll factory. Its very own news agency, RIA FAN, published a statement by Kremlin-linked publicist Nikolai Starikov, who suggested that Russia might withdraw from the 1867 treaty with the United States on transferring the ownership of Alaska. According to Mr. Starikov, Russia is ready to refund the United States the $7.2 million it paid for Alaska and bring the

Figure of the Week: 6 million

By EU vs Disinfo Since its illegal annexation in 2014, Russian authorities have tried hard to restore Crimea’s image as a holiday hotspot — including by faking tourism statistics. Russian media and pro-Russian media in Ukraine recently reported that the annexed peninsula has welcomed more than six million visitors this year, a figure trumpeted as a record in the peninsula’s post-Soviet history. The figure, which covers the first nine months of 2018,

Russian Foreign Ministry Says Austrian Officer Was Baselessly Accused of Spying for Moscow, But He Confessed

By Polygraph Sergei Lavrov Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs “The Russian side stressed the unacceptability of the practice of making public unsubstantiated accusations, which runs counter to the norms of international dialogue.” Source: Official Russian Foreign Ministry website FALSE The suspect confessed to spying for Russia. On November 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a news item about a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl.

Kremlin Watch Briefing: What steps should the West take to stop Russian subversion efforts?

NEW PUBLICATION akub Janda, director of the European Values Think-Tank, has published a new article recommending immediate steps the West should take to thwart Russia’s hostile influence operations. He identifies five factors that currently impede an effective Western response: Europe lacks non-military forms of deterrence and remains a consistent target; Only the United States and, to some extent, the United Kingdom have demonstrated willingness to escalate defensive sanctions and deterrence measures; The

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