Edward Lucas: Irony amid the menace. Echos of a captive past

Edward Lucas: Irony amid the menace. Echos of a captive past

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Vladimir Putin is often criticized for his nostalgia for the USSR (he memorably called its collapse a “geopolitical catastrophe”). But many thousands of Russians in the “Soviet Citizens” movement take that view a step further. A majority of those taking part in the March 1991 referendum on the Soviet Union’s future, they argue, voted in favor of its continuation. It therefore follows that the Soviet

Russian ‘expert’ denies documented repression of Crimean Tatars

By Polygraph Vladimir ZharikhinDeputy Head of the Institute of CIS Countries“This (claim about persecution of Crimean Tatars) once again confirms that in Ukraine the name of the presidenthas changed, but the regime that came power in Ukraine after the coup has not changed. The actions are the same, the policy is the same, which is based on outright falsification, outright distortion of facts, outright labeling without any attempt to confirm

Sputnik Srbija narratives fuel East-West division in Western Balkans, NATO Stratcom Report finds

By EU vs Disinfo Sputnik Srbija emphasises division in the Western Balkans, presenting pro-Western forces as ‘weak’ and ‘corrupt’, aiming to subordinate their neighbours. That is one of the conclusions of a report published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO Stratcom CoE). It analysed the online version of the Kremlin-sponsored outlet Sputnik in the Serbian language for a period of one year (the whole year of 2018). Sputnik Srbija has been

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The unexpected journey of Russian ventilators from Russia to the US and back again.

Topics of the Week Illiberal Hungary witch-hunts critical voices. The civil society plans to build resilience in spite of that. The unexpected journey of Russian ventilators from Russia to the US and back again. Kremlin’s Current Narrative: The Kremlin denies involvement in Bundestag hack attack Good Old Soviet Joke Definition of aggression: The entry of troops of one state into the territory of another without the consent of the Soviet

Daily disinformation: Gaslighting the neighbors

By Alex Lehtis, for CEPA Russia has long been using disinformation, weaponized corruption, organized crime, and oligarchic structures to maximize its influence in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.  On May 14, CEPA hosted a panel discussion on Russian active measures in these countries during the covid-19 pandemic. Brian Whitmore moderated, and the Atlantic Council’s Eto Buziashvili, the Public Interest Journalism Lab’s Nataliya Gumenyuk, and WatchDog.MD Community’s Valeriu Paşa weighed in with their thoughts.

Russia’s EU rep rewrites Cold War history with bogus conspiracy theories

By Polygraph Vladimir ChizhovRussia’s Permanent Representative to the EU“… American Plan Totality developed on the personal order of Harry Truman after the atomic bombings of Japanese Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, to carry out nuclear attacks against 17 major Soviet cities and industrial centres. They were followed by CIA chief Allen Dulles’ Plan aimed at destroying the USSR by means of propaganda, sowing mistrust among nationalities and social groups,

The Kremlin’s numbers racket

By Brian Whitmore, for CEPA A Persistent and Prolific Propaganda Machine Meets a Deadly Global Pandemic. Now What Happens? Despite sharing a 4,200-kilometer (2,600-mile) border with China, the site of the initial outbreak, Russia reported a remarkably low number of infections in the early days of the pandemic. That story soon unraveled though — and in a way that bodes ill for the Kremlin. Doctors and journalists pointed out that the country was simultaneously experiencing

The Belarusian approach to the outbreak

By EU vs Disinfo Belarus’ defiant attitude towards the COVID-19 outbreak has caught the world’s attention. While most other European countries – including Russia – have introduced strict lockdowns, Belarus has remained open. Unlike Russia, Belarus held the Victory Day parade on May 9, rebelliously avoiding social distancing. This provoked Russian media to act, and as a result, Minsk and Moscow have been involved in a rather harsh exchange on

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin’s revisionism of WWII history

Topics of the Week FB spotted and took down accounts linked to influence ops based in Russia, Iran, Georgia, US, Mauritania and Myanmar Russia sides with China over American COVID-19 allegations Kremlin’s Current Narrative: Revisionism of WWII history Good Old Soviet Joke Moscow Olympic Village now serves as a hotel for foreign tourists. On the walls of the rooms, you can find a price list, information about the services, the city

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