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By EU vs Disinfo How a Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Outlet Tailors Content to Different European Audiences One frequent “guest” on our database of disinformation is News Front – a Russian site, established in November 2014 as a mouthpiece for the self-proclaimed “People’s Republics” of Eastern Ukraine. According to media reports, it’s financed by the Russian state security services, the FSB. It is published in eight languages and has a large audience.

StopFake News #232 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Ukraine is a hotbed of anti-Semitism. Ukrainian Armed Forces stuffing ballots. Half of Ukraine’s Donbas Displaced persons can’t find work in Ukraine. Residents of Mariupol vote under the barrel of a gun.

Fake: Estonians Poised to Become a Minority in Estonia due to Ukrainian Immigrant Influx

The pro-Kremlin site featured a story this week claiming that an influx of migrants from Ukraine to Estonia might lead to Estonians becoming a minority in their own country. The source for this prediction is Martin Helme, the leader of the far right Conservative People’s Party, or EKRE, which rode anti-immigrant sentiments during elections in March to win 19 seats in the Estonian parliament. Other Russian media quickly picked

Kremlin Watch Briefing: What can the West do for Ukraine now?

NEW PUBLICATION The European Values Think-Tank introduces a new publication authored by our Non-resident Fellow Liubov Tsybulska: “Ukraine beyond 2019: Where should Western democracies assist?” It examines the relevance, lessons learnt and vulnerabilities in the following spheres: Development of society on civic principle instead of ethnic Reintegration of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions Work with historical memory Psychological support for the most traumatized groups of the population Development of the political and cultural

Putin’s Claim about Retail Gasoline Prices in Russia is Inaccurate

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin Russian president “Well, everything seems normal with gasoline, only a 0.16 percent increase (in prices).” Source:, April 11, 2019 False The numbers reported by every source in Russia are higher than those claimed by Putin. During a Kremlin meeting with the government ministers on April 11, the Russian President Vladimir Putin interrupted the Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev’s speech and said that gasoline prices in Russia

Vassals, aliens, and green tarkhun

By EU vs Disinfo This past Sunday, Ukrainians elected a new president: in a landslide victory of over 73%, comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the presidency from the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. Whatever one might think of the result, the contest was ultimately a triumph of democracy, with free and fair elections followed by a peaceful transfer of power. International observers have described the elections as the cleanest in

Sri Lanka shuts down social media after terror attack

By Michelle Quinn, for VoA People in Sri Lanka are experiencing a second day without access to some of the most popular social media sites within the country, after the government shut down the services in the wake of a terror attack that killed nearly 300 people and injured hundreds on Easter Sunday.Facebook and its properties — Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger — were blocked. Access to Snapchat was turned off,

Moscow lLashes out at Lithuanian criminal convictions of Soviet officers

By Polygraph Alexander Guschin Associate Professor, Department of Post-Soviet Countries, Russian State University for the Humanities Statement “Lithuania was not independent, it was not recognized by the international community, and accordingly the actions of the Soviet Special Forces and the army to end the unrest were legitimate.” Source: TASS Russian News Agency, April11, 2019 False Legal complexities don’t trump Soviet culpability On March 27, 2019, the Vilnius Regional Court sentenced

StopFake News #231 with Marko Suprun

Fake: U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. EU democracy support efforts are actually colonization methods. Half of Ukraine’s Donbas Displaced persons can’t find work in Ukraine.

Fake: Ukrainian Military Sabotage Elections in Donbas

Representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic have accused President Petro Poroshenko and his administration of suppressing voting in the eastern Ukraine war zone.  These representatives also claim that ballots prefilled in favor of President Poroshenko were stuffed at military polling stations, that had been specifically set up to rig the election in favor of the incumbent. Luganskyi Informatsionnyi Tsentr also claimed that Ukrainian military planned a series of provocations

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