Russian Defense Ministry claims Metal Gear video game is U.S. intelligence project

Russian Defense Ministry claims Metal Gear video game is U.S. intelligence project

By Polygraph Andrei Kartapolov Russian Deputy Defense Minister “On the Internet, projects of the American special services, such as … Metal Gear and RuNet Echo, are being implemented, aimed at direct manipulation of public consciousness and especially young people.” Source: Interfax, June 20, 2019 False The Metal Gear video game series was created in Japan in 1987 On June 20, the Russian state news agency Interfax reported that Deputy Defense

The “#Macron Leaks” operation: A post-mortem

By Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilme, fpr Atlantic Council Read the Publication (PDF) In the long list of electoral interference attempts in recent years, one case stands out: the 2017 French presidential election–because it failed. Its failure lies in the fact that the result of the election did not coincide with the aim of the attackers. This new report, “The #Macron Leaks Operation,” by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer analyzes the coordinated attempt to

The Kremlin’s multifaceted strategy in France

By Nicolas Tenzer, for Disinfo Portal France’s internal political landscape is ripe for the Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation. From the yellow vest protests to divisive electoral politics before the recent European elections, the Kremlin targets the country’s ongoing political struggles to exacerbate social divides and shift public opinion against the EU and in favor of the Kremlin. Given France’s outsized role in both European and global affairs, the potential effects

Russia did not offer to free Ukrainian sailors it captured

  By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson “The Ukrainian side not only refused to utilize the procedures for release (of the sailors) that already exist in Russian law, but, in principle, even to discuss this issue. Kyiv does not need these sailors; Kyiv needs the uproar surrounding the sailors.” Source: RIA Novosti, June 27, 2019 Misleading Russia proposed involving Ukraine in prosecuting the sailors, not immediately releasing them

Fixing the digital ecosystem

By Alex Romero, for Disinfo Portal This article is part two of a series by Alto Data Analytics about the workings of disinformation in the digital ecosystem. While there are no easy fixes, there are many opportunities to mitigate and build resilience against digital disinformation. Too often, politicians, regulators, and technology companies focus their efforts on combatting fake news rather than finding ways to mend vulnerabilities in the whole digital

Artificial ventilation of MH17 lies

By EU vs Disinfo What do you do when your disinformation campaign is running both out of time and oxygen? You start artificial respiration. As we head toward the trial of four suspects for downing MH17 and murdering all 298 people on board, set to start in March next year, there is increasingly less room for the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign to mislead audiences about Russia’s responsibility for the tragedy. Yet

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Three former Russian intelligence officers charged in the MH17 investigation

Topics of the Week Four individuals, including 3 former Russian intelligence officers, charged in the MH17 investigation. The U.S. is launching cyber attacks, displaying a shift in geopolitical warfare and deterrence. New Atlantic Council’s study summarizes the foreign interference into 2017 French presidential elections and draws lessons learned for other European countries, including publicizing and striking back against cyberattacks. Good Old Soviet Joke Two rabbits on a road during the Stalinist terror

Fake: Ukrainian Army Pulling Back from Contact Line Because of Personnel and Equipment Shortages

This week Russian and separatist media announced that Ukrainian troops were allegedly leaving their position on the contact line between Ukraine the occupied territories because of personnel and supply shortages. In fact the disengagement which took place on June 26 is the first step in separating the fighting sides as outlined by the Minsk agreements. RT cites Ivan Filiponenko, a police spokesman from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic who claims

Fake: European Union Ceases to Believe in NATO and the US

European Union residents do not see any threats from Russia despite all the efforts of the US to convince them otherwise, RT declared last week. Citing a report by the Atlantic Council American think tank, another pro-Kremlin publication, Sputnik claims the US intends to create myths about Russian aggression in order to increase its influence on EU countries, but such efforts will not be successful because the European Union has

An ecosystem of mistrust and disinformation

By Alex Romero, for Disinfo Portal This article is part one of a two-part series by Alto Data Analytics about the workings of disinformation in the digital ecosystem. In the months leading up to May’s European Union parliamentary elections, Alto Data Analytics researched the latest disinformation strategies in Europe’s digital public sphere. Data was collected from a wide range of public digital sources including social media, public forums, blogs, digital

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