Russia’s new rules for Northern Sea Route violate international law

Russia’s new rules for Northern Sea Route violate international law

By Polygraph Kamil Bekyashev Vice President of the Russian Maritime Law Association “Indeed, the NSR [Northern Sea Route] passes not only within Russia’s territorial waters, nevertheless, our country has the legal right to regulate navigation along the entire route.” Source: Izvestia, March 6, 2019 FALSE New Russian rules fully regulating the Northern Sea Route violate the Law of the Sea The Russian government has developed new rules to control the

Nuclear race defines Russia’s military doctrine

By Polygraph Anatoly Antonov Russia’s Ambassador to the United States “There is no first strike concept in the Russian [military] doctrine. There is a clear reference in our doctrine when and under which circumstances we can use our nuclear weapons: when there is an attack on the Russian Federation, when there is a threat for the existence of the Russian Federation as well as our allies.” Source: Carnegie Endowment for

Figure of the week: 49

By EU vs Disinfo Programs produced in Russia make up about 49% of prime-time content on Belarusian TV channels, research by the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) found. For the week of November 16-25, 2018, the BAJ monitored prime-time content of the Belarusian TV channels that comprise the government-approved compulsory publicly available TV package. The research revealed that 30% of the political talk shows and programs that the Belarusian TV channels broadcast on

Fake: Ukraine Denies German Election Observers Accreditation

Pro-Kremlin media went into a frenzy this week claiming Ukraine scandalously refused to register German election observers for the upcoming March 31 presidential elections. “Kyiv sees the Germans as pro-Russian agents of influence” wailed Utro.ru. “Ukraine is afraid there will be pro-Russian politicians in the German delegation” warned Ukraina.ru. “There is no support from Ukraine for German observers to monitor the elections” declared Russia’s Channel Five. Gazeta.ru, Izvestia, Channel 5,

StopFake #226 with Marko Suprun

Distortion: Ukrainians morally prepared for election fraud. Fake: Ukrainian National Railway runs out of fuel. Weaponizing news: RT, Sputnik and targeted disinformation.

Fake: Poroshenko Wanted to Exchange Crimea for NATO Membership

Scores of Russian media circulated stories last week claiming that in 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko allegedly wanted to exchange Crimea for membership in the European Union and NATO. The source of this claim is former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who from May 2015 until November 2016 was the governor of Ukraine’s Odesa province. Saakashvili told Ukrainian journalist Dimitri Gordon that Poroshenko told him Ukraine should get used to the

Twitter as an information battlefield – Venezuela; a case study

By EU vs Disinfo The image of International humanitarian aid as a “Trojan Horse” has successfully established a narrative in Spanish language Twitter, where Russia is depicted as a “defender” and a “peacekeeper” and the West – as the villain. This conclusion can be drawn from an analysis of 1.5 million tweets from Spanish speaking networks, commenting on the current situation in Venezuela. Twitter is the dominating social network in

Moscow falsely accuses Ukraine of violating Friendship Treaty

By Polygraph Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs “… Maidan authorities, who under the guise of fighting the ‘aggressor’ violate fundamental rights of their own citizens and try to ruin traditional multi-faceted ties between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine, will obviously leave not a good memory, and the court of history will inevitably pass a harsh sentence for them.” Source: TASS Russian News Agency, March 12, 2019 FALSE Moscow is

Fatal Distraction

By EU vs Disinfo It is easy to get distracted in today’s information abundance. It might be even easier in the disinformation space. ‘I will think about it tomorrow’ – have you quoted Scarlett O’Hara at some point in your life, just looking for a distraction from a problem you were facing? If you did, you might have fallen victim to Western propaganda, according to pro-Kremlin outlets. Fashionable Distraction Blaming Russia for

Weaponising News: RT, Sputnik and Targeted Disinformation

A few weeks ago, The Policy Institute and the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College in London, published a report about how the Kremlin’s media machine manipulates the news in an effort to capture elite thinking. The report, entitled Weaponising news: RT, Sputnik and targeted disinformation is written by Dr. Gordon Ramsay and Dr. Sam Robertshaw, is available online and includes a case study

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