Russian Godfather Diplomacy: StopFakeNews with Marko Suprun (No. 259)

Russian Godfather Diplomacy: StopFakeNews with Marko Suprun (No. 259)

Fake: Ukraine’s Naftogaz is wrecking negotiations with Gazprom and blackmailing Russia. Ukraine’s National Memory Institute promotes hatred and incites conflict. Ukraine can establish maritime borders with Russia only through recognizing Crimea’s annexation. Link to Ukraine’s Memorial Book: http://memorybook.org.ua/index1.htm

Kremlin network blaming Ukraine for MH17 crash

By Anatolii Baronin, for UNIAN With the approach of the MH17 trial set to start March 2020, the Kremlin is trying to discredit the findings of the Joint Investigation Team to escape from responsibility for the downing of the civilian jet over the Donbas in July 2014. To this end, the Russian Federation has set up a network of organizations and agents of influence in Europe tasked with smearing the

Trolling Trudeau: Fears of foreign interference in Canada

By Marcus Kolga, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org Foreign interference in Canadian elections has been a major concern since Russian entities interfered in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Before and during the 2019 Canadian federal election, authorities warned that foreign governments would attempt to influence the federal election process. While some major disinformation operations have taken

Elvis beats Lenin: Confidence is key against disinformation

By Robert Pszczel, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org A century ago, the Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin, claimed that “a lie told often enough becomes the truth.” It sounds like a cynical but realistic assessment of current times, no? Not quite, Vladimir Ilyich, don’t open your bottle of Stolichnaya to celebrate just yet. There is plenty to

Facebook moves to curb Russian interference in African politics

By Polygraph This week’s takedown of Facebook and Instagram accounts that were used to interfere with African political affairs has provided new insight into the extent to which a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in the continent, analysts say. Facebook announced Wednesday that, after a weeks-long investigation, it was removing pages that have been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman accused of financing similar efforts

Slovak StratCom: active individuals, but in need of whole-of-government policies

By Katarína Klingová, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org We live in the age of disinformation in which armies of ideologically motived opponents, radicalized citizens, paid trolls, and automated bots exchange online salvos of posts, likes, and comments. Foreign actors have attempted to influence democratic processes, public discourse, and stir public perceptions in countries around the world.

Figure of the week: 75,000

By EU vs Disinfo Facebook took down 50 Instagram accounts that indicated links to the Internet Research Agency and posted 75,000 times. An analysis of the recent disinformation campaign by Graphika, a leading data science and network analysis firm, reveals how Instagram accounts posting about US social and political issues and the 2020 election aimed to polarise communities of swing states ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections. Facebook, which

Sputnik Moldova Painted Media Forum as a Coup Factory

By Elena Derhanschi, for Polygraph Alexander Isayev Reporter, Sputnik Moldova “The annual training exercises for young ‘civil activists’ from 15 countries were held in the capital of Moldova — in an atmosphere of strict secrecy and with American money, volunteers were told about strategies for fighting the authorities, [and] about the organization of and media support for mass protests.” Source: Sputnik Moldova, October 28, 2019 False The claims by Sputnik

Fake: Czech President Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

A number of Russian and Ukrainian media reported that Czech President Milos Zeman publicly recognized Crimea as part of Russia and had invited pro-Kremlin Crimean Tatars to an official Independence Day event in Prague. Zeman in fact did not make such a statement, although Crimean Tatars from the pro-Kremlin Kyrym Birligi group were present at the October 28 official state commemoration. Several Czech organizations and politicians condemned Zeman inviting the

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