The Bellingcat: Suspected Assassin In The Berlin Killing Used Fake Identity Documents

The Bellingcat: Suspected Assassin In The Berlin Killing Used Fake Identity Documents

By Bellingcat Investigation Team What we know so far Last Friday, 23 August 2019, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian citizen living in Germany, was assassinated in downtown Berlin while having lunch on the way to a mosque for Friday prayer. Khangoshvili was assassinated with three bullets, two of them fired at close range at his head. The killer, who was hiding in the nearby bushes, rushed toward the victim on an

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin keeps twisting history with little repercussion

Topics of the Week The Kremlin twists history once again on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Germany and Finland show little interest. Donald Trump wants Russia back at the G-7, blames Barrack Obama for the annexation of Crimea. Robotrolling: Bots posted 55 % of all Russian language messages on Twitter, bot activity increased during NATO exercises. Good Old Soviet Joke An old man is on

RT Questions Tusks’ Claim Ukraine a Better G7 Fit than Russia

FRANCE – World leaders pose for a a photograph during the G7 summit in Biarritz on August 25, 2019. By Polygraph RT anonymous author “How this made Kyiv more suitable to be invited to the club of leading economies, even as a guest, Tusk did not explain.” Source: Russian state broadcaster RT, August 24, 2019 MISLEADING RT selectively edited Tusk’s comments. With the Group of Seven (G7) leaders of the

Distortion: Ukraine Gave up Nuclear Weapons because of US Threats

The United States threatened to pound Ukraine into powder if Kyiv did not give up its nuclear arsenal and fearing the American threat, Ukraine’s leadership surrendered its nuclear warheads. This is how Russian media distorted the words of Ukraine’s first President Leonid Kravchuk, who allegedly admitted that after the collapse of the USSR Ukraine could have accidentally launched a nuclear missile. “Post-Soviet Ukraine was in a fever, anything could have

Figure of The Week: 7

By EU vs Disinfo 7 Factors which Make Disinformation Appealing to our Brain Lies spread faster than truth, and the study by Eindhoven University of Technology suggests why. The answer possibly lies in our brain and evolution of our cognitive preferences, which means that certain types of information are simply more appealing, attention-grabbing and memorable than others. Unlike facts, disinformation is not constrained by reality and can be shaped in a

Towards Total Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Is it possible for media to be a little bit free? Russian lawmakers vow to introduce a new law that will further limit the reach of independent voices and consolidate the dominance of the Kremlin-controlled and Kremlin-loyal, disinformation-oriented media. As the spread of pro-Kremlin disinformation attracts increased attention as a global problem, it is important to also keep an eye how the same state-sponsored influence campaign develops

Fake: Lithuania Teaches War to Ukrainian Children 

Russian media featured several stories this week about summer camps in Lithuania for children of Ukrainian servicemen deployed in Donbas. “In the Baltics children are being prepared for war, they will replace their fathers. You cannot call this normal,” writes Russkaya Vesna, while the orthodox and monarchist site Tsargrad claims that youth camps in Lithuania and Latvia are teaching Ukrainian children partisan warfare. Both publications emphasize that the camps are

Social media antagonize societies through algorithms

Information environment, especially the one that exists in virtual domain – in cyberspace, social media or any electronic media and blogsphere, is constantly suffering from manipulation processes. Not only because of actions of foreign states which constantly take such actions, but also because of the structure itself of, for example, social media that have secondary influence on habits and the way of obtaining information, especially by young people. Therefor, the

The fireworks of pro-Kremlin disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo This week is the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact – a non-aggression agreement between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Labelled as the honeymoon for two dictators, it divided Europe into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence, leading to World War II and all its tragic consequences. The day of the signing of the pact – the 23rd of August – is observed as a day of remembrance for victims

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