Fake: Ukraine Buys Broken Locomotives from US

Fake: Ukraine Buys Broken Locomotives from US

A number of Russian and pro-Kremlin media reported last month that Ukraine had purchased low quality Evolution type locomotives from the United States.  Tezar News, Sputnik,  REN TV and others all cite former Ukrainian Transport Minister Yevhen Chervonenko who told the NewsOne television channel that Ukraine spent millions of dollars buying locomotives that do not work. Chervonenko claims that Evolution locomotives are not intended for Ukrainian terrain and that is

Fake: Pope Presents Putin with Guardian Angel of Peace Medal

The recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican inspired pro-Kremlin media to come up with a rather fawning fake, that Pope Francis presented Putin with the Guardian Angel of Peace medal. The sources for this fake are none other than the Putin-faithful president of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov , who announced the fake in his Telegram account and Dmitri Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, who confirmed the fake, that

Putin tells Elton John Russia ‘unbiased’ toward LGBT community

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin Russian President “We really have a very smooth relationship with members of the LGBT community – really calm, perfectly unbiased.” Source: Ria Novosti news agency, June 29, 2019 False The Russian state’s anti-LGBT bias is clear On Thursday, June 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interview with the U.K.’s Financial Times newspaper, in which he reacted to claims regarding Russia’s poor record on LGBT rights.

Top Takes: Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation. Operators worked across platforms to spread lies and impersonate political figures

By @DFRLab A Russian-based information operation used fake accounts, forged documents, and dozens of online platforms to spread stories that attacked Western interests and unity. Its size and complexity indicated that it was conducted by a persistent, sophisticated, and well-resourced actor, possibly an intelligence operation. The operation shows online platforms’ ongoing vulnerability to disinformation campaigns. Far more than on Facebook, which exposed it, or Twitter, the operation maintained fake accounts

Operation Secondary Infektion: The DFRLab Exposes a New Russian Influence Campaign

By EU vs Disinfo Allegations of planned political assassinations, lurid forgeries, false flag attacks, brazen online impersonations… the universe of Russian disinformation grows ever more grotesque.  A far-reaching and sophisticated Russian disinformation operation, most likely deriving from Russian intelligence, has been uncovered by the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab. The evidence suggests it ran for several years, with some content dating as far back as 2014. The DFRLab’s identification and analysis of

Figures of the week: 3-10

By EU vs Disinfo It took 3 to 10 days for the Russian Internet Research Agency to increase polarization of the #BlackLivesMatter debate on Twitter, research by scholars from Oxford and Amsterdam universities shows. Using novel computation techniques and statistical methods, the researchers investigated the impact of the Russian IRA tweets on the entire #BlackLivesMatter conversation, showing that the activity of the Kremlin’s trolls had a measurable effect on a

Lost in translation

By EU vs Disinfo Imagine that you are a politician or an expert commentator, and a Russian state-controlled TV channel calls you and asks for an interview. You are aware that some Russian media outlets spread disinformation; nevertheless, you agree to the request, thinking that you simply need to formulate your answers very carefully. When the interview is broadcast, you appear on the TV screen saying something quite different from

European Commission summarises its struggle against disinformation

In June, European Commission with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented the report on the on the implementation of the Action Plan Against Disinformation, primarily in the context of the European parliamentary elections. According to the authors, collected data is not enough to prove that a special election disinformation campaign took place, although the fact is, that Russian sources constantly aim

Evaluation of the EU elections: Many gaps still remain

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal Just weeks after the European Parliamentary elections, the European Commission (EU) has issued a report on the implementation of the Action Plan Against Disinformation. After the reports by researchers, NGOs, and journalists, this is thus far the only official document that addresses disinformation targeting the recent EU elections. There is some good news in the document, but also some bad. The good news is

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