Kremlin targets Lithuania’s energy policy

Kremlin targets Lithuania’s energy policy

By Dalia Bankauskaitė, for CEPA On 30 November, Lithuania’s National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (NCC), the independent agency that regulates energy fees in accordance with the international energy market, gave final approval to domestic electricity and gas rates for 2019. Electricity prices for residential consumers will rise by 15 percent, while residential gas prices will rise by 15-20 percent. Industrial consumers will also have to pay more: a 40 percent increase in electricity rates

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

By Christopher Moldes, for Global Voices A 2017 law regulating online activity and anonymous speech went into effect in Russia at the beginning of this month. The law “on information and information technology” stipulates what content search providers are legally allowed to show. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor, known as the “censorship ministry”) already maintains a registry of banned websites, created in 2012. The list of banned sites range

Denigrating Ukraine with disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo As the confrontation around the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait has escalated, so has the disinformation as well as the rhetoric denigrating Ukrainians and their country in Russian state-controlled media. Denigrating language can, however, also include disinformation; one does not exclude the other. Belittling Ukraine’s navy Last Sunday two of Russia’s most viewed TV channels told their audiences that the three Ukrainian vessels, which had been captured

Movies and propaganda: How the Kremlin influences public opinion at home and abroad

By Kseniya Kirillova, for EU Today In the middle of November British critics accused a famous Russian cartoon “Masha and the Bear” of pushing “Kremlin’s propaganda”. Specifically, The Times refers to the Buckingham University professor Anthony Glees, who specialises in studying the work of intelligence agencies. According to the expert’s opinion, “Masha has a stubborn and unpleasant personality, but at the same time she is strong-minded. She bites off more than she can chew. It would not

Fake: Vinnytsia Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox Church Seized

One hour after the Ukrainian Orthodox Synod unifying Ukrainian Orthodox Churches began in Kyiv on December 15, Russian media launched a wave of fake news stories. Citing its own anonymous sources the Union of Orthodox Journalists reported that the Orthodox Church in Vinnytsia subordinated to the Moscow Patriarchate had been seized by some 20 young men. “They took all the keys to the church and told everyone in the church

Fake: Ukraine’s Parliament Allows Expired Products to be sold to Consumers

President Poroshenko’s puppets rejoice, official Kyiv allows expired food to be sold to Ukrainian consumers, announced former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in a post on his Facebook page on December 8. Azarov, who fled to Russia after the Maidan revolution, was commenting a recently passed Ukrainian law on new food production standards. He claims the new law allows producers to sell goods that previously would have been discarded. Azarov’s

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Will the EU’s new Action Plan on disinformation fulfil expectations?

Topics of the Week New EU Action Plan on disinformation: Will it fulfil expectations? Foreign interference in France’s “yellow vests” protests? Automated Twitter activity spotted, but no direct link to Russia so far. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA): The US has lost its competitive edge in cyberspace, needs a new cyber doctrine. Report: Facebook’s rules enforcement is inefficient and inadequate. Good Old Soviet Joke Ronald Reagan met with Gustav Husák, then the President of Czechoslovakia.

Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan

By I-fan Lin, for Global Voices Since 2016, when Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected as Taiwan’s president after the pro-independent Sunflower Movement, waves of disinformation have engulfed traditional and social media platforms in Taiwan — and much of it can be traced back to China. Taiwan has been ruled independently for decades, and Tsai decided to reject the “One China, different interpretation”, an agreement signed in 1992 between the

Russia deflects blame for France’s Yellow Vests

By Polygraph Dmitry Peskov Russian Presidential Press Secretary “Any statements about Russia’s alleged involvement [in the French Yellow Vest protests] are nothing but slander.” Source: TASS Russian News Agency, December 10, 2018 MISLEADING Moscow didn’t pull the trigger, but may be attempting to amplify impact. On Sunday, December 9, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France’s RTL radio that security services would investigate if the Kremlin had played a part in

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