Evaluation of the EU elections: Many gaps still remain

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

Fake: Finland Does Not See a Russian Military Threat

The Russian website Voyennoye Obozrenye (Military Review) completely distorted an interview with the new Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen, claiming that the minister “does not see a Russian military threat” for Finland. In fact, Kaikkonen said that while he does not see “a direct military threat from Russia”, Finland is developing its defense capacity precisely because one of its neighbors is Russia. Since 2014 Finland has officially reduced its contacts

Top Russian diplomat falsely claims U.S. actions violated Vienna Convention, calls White House policy ‘schizophrenic’

By Polygraph Sergey Ryabkov Russian Deputy Foreign Minister “Return the diplomatic property, which was seized not only in violation of the Vienna Convention, but in violation of private rights.” Source: RIA Novosti, July 1, 2019 False The Vienna Convention requires the mutual consent of states for establishing and operating missions Speaking at the Kremlin-sponsored Valdai Club on July 1, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, “Today, the schizophrenia of

Russian media reported ‘rusty’ tanks displayed in Washington, DC on July 4

By Polygraph NTV Gazprom-Media TV Channel “Rusty tanks and the U.S. flag on Mars: how the parade in Washington went.” Source: NTV, July 5, 2019 False The four tanks brought to Washington, DC had been used in battle but were well maintained Russian state-controlled media reports about the July 4 Independence Day celebration in the U.S. capital focused on “rusty tanks.” Gazprom-Media-owned television channel NTV featured a report on July

Russophobia, dependence, and the Belarusian gay-opposition

By EU vs Disinfo Last week, the pro-Kremlin media claimed that Russophobia is Lithuania’s main export, but in reality, it’s mineral fuels and machinery. But this case offers a great opportunity to ask, what’s the main “export” of the pro-Kremlin media? Based on the more than 70 cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation collected this past week, Russophobia is supposedly found in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the US

Conspiracies: It is impossible to see ostriches hiding their heads in the sand

By EU vs Disinfo Imagining a world of shadow governments and puppet-masters is the ultimate power trip. It makes you smarter than everybody else; you can detest the dormant half-wits, who still believe in what they are told. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets simply adore the concept of the Big Conspiracy. South Front, a Russian site published in English, has dozens of articles, referring to “The Matrix” – the 90’s Hollywood movie,

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