EEAS special report update: short assessment of narratives and disinformation around the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic (updated 2 – 22 April)

EEAS special report update: short assessment of narratives and disinformation around the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic (updated 2 – 22 April)

By EU vs Disinfo Note: The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to COVID-19/Coronavirus. It does not provide a comprehensive or complete overview and focusses primarily on the external dimension, in line with the European External Action Service (eeas) mandate. The report was authored by the EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, which contributes to

Flattening the curve

By EU vs Disinfo Are Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Outlets Disenchanted with the Coronavirus? The COVID-19 outbreak is still the dominating topic in the pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystem, and the outbreak itself continues to be a serious issue to handle for health care workers, national and European systems, and international bodies. Many of the “usual” examples of disinformation are employed this week, just as previous weeks: The virus is man-made; it is a biological weapon;

Photo Fake: Execution Team Leaving Ukraina Hotel

The execution team leaving the Ukraina Hotel under the leadership of Parubiy, February 2014 – that is the caption of a photo that is currently being circulated on social media. The photograph depicts Andriy Parubiy, then a member of the Ukrainian parliament and supporters of Right Sector, a nationalist group. Pushing the photo in a Facebook post one Hryhoriy Shevchenko claims that it was Parubiy and Right Sector who killed

Fake: Ukraine’s Neptune Cruise Missile Fails Testing

The pro-Kremlin Russian website Tsargrad announced in early April that Ukraine’s Neptune cruise missile had proven to be a complete failure during its test launch; it had “lost control, turned 180 degrees and only through sheer luck self-destructed”.  Federalnoye Agentstvo Novostey (RIA) declared that Ukraine had nothing to do with the research and development of the missile, and the entire Neptune program was a Russian project, while Izvestia announced that

Russia seasons escalating Trump-Iran tensions with disinfo

By Polygraph SputnikRussian government news agency“On the night of January 8, Iran launched a missile strike on the American military infrastructure in Iraq. The number of victims of this attack was not disclosed.” Source: Sputnik, April 22, 2020 False Sputnik recycled thoroughly debunked Iranian disinformation On April 22, Russia’s state-owned Sputnik news agency published a commentary about U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet announcing his order to destroy any Iranian gunboats

Kremlin creating a syncretic religion combining state-controlled Orthodoxy and a neo-pagan Victory cult, Eidman says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The appalling revelation that the faces of Vladimir Putin, Sergey Shoygu, Joseph Stalin, and Putin’s “little green men” of Crimean infamy will grace a mosaic in the Russian military’s new cathedral highlights Putin’s effort to create “a syncretic faith” combing state-controlled Orthodoxy and “a neo-pagan” Victory cult, Igor Eidman says. In ancient Rome, the Russian commentator says, “statues of emperors (alive and dead) were

Operational security and personal resilience: An overview of the Eastern Neighborhood

Published by European Values Handbook on Cyber, Information, Intelligence and Personal Security Threatsfrom Foreign Authoritarian Regimes, Domestic Oppression, and Harassment. Read PDF Introduction This report follows a year of cooperation between civil society organizations (CSO) and think-tanks from Central Europe and the Eastern Neighborhood (EN). It is one part of the Project on Enhancing and Sharing Lessons Learnt in Resilience and Self-Protection, which evaluates the capability of civil society in

Are there 19 coronaviruses? Correcting a Trump adviser

By Polygraph Kellyanne ConwayWhite House adviser“This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks. You would think that people charged with the World Health Organization facts and figures would be on top of that.” Source: Fox News, April 15, 2020 False There is only one COVID-19. In defense of President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway implied that the WHO had 18 prior

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Post-COVID world & Russia

NEW PUBLICATION Handbook on Cyber, Information, Intelligence and Personal Security Threats from Foreign Authoritarian Regimes, Domestic Oppression, and Harassment in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova This report follows a year of cooperation between civil society organizations (CSO) and think-tanks from Central Europe and the Eastern Neighborhood (EN). It evaluates the capability of the civil society in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on operational security and exposing illegitimate methods of influence. The second part of

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