The Saker – blind loyalty, disguised as defiance

The Saker – blind loyalty, disguised as defiance

By EU vs Disinfo A network of the Kremlin’s obedient followers The Saker of the Vineyard is a blog by a retired Swiss Red Cross officer, residing in Florida and defending Russia against an enigmatic Empire. The Saker has become a franchise for an international network of pro-Kremlin outlets, with branches in German, Italy, Latin America, and Russia. A Saker is a sort of falcon, falco cherrug, endemic to the steppes of

Russia denies ‘territorial claims,’ but what about these?

By Polygraph Dmitry PeskovRussian presidential spokesman“No, Russia doesn’t have any territorial claims against its neighbors.”Source: TASS, June 22, 2020MISLEADING On June 22, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, “Russia doesn’t have any territorial claims against its neighbors.” He was commenting on President Vladimir Putin’s remarks in an interview for the documentary film “Russia. Kremlin. Putin.” broadcast by Rossiya-1 state television on June 21. In the documentary, Putin said that with the Soviet Union’s breakup

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

By Metamorphosis Foundation, for Global Voices This story is based on reporting by Global Voices’ content partner Meta.mk News Agency, a project of Metamorphosis Foundation. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. Did Albania’s Prime Minister really only welcome ethnic Albanian visitors from Balkan neighbours to his recently re-opened country? Did Greece really prohibit travelers from parts of North Macedonia where large ethnic Albanian and Roma populations live

Four experts investigate how the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory began

By Wasim Ahmed, Joseph Downing, Marc Tuters, Peter Knight, for The Conversation In times of crisis conspiracy theories can spread as fast as a virus. As the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip on a world which struggled to comprehend the enormity of the situation it was facing, darker forces were concocting their own narratives. Scientists and researchers were working – and continue to work – around the clock for answers.

China’s disinformation threat is real. We need better defences against state-based cyber campaigns

By Sarah Morrison, Belinda Barnet, James Martin, for The Conversation The Australian government recently announced plans to establish the country’s first taskforce devoted to fighting disinformation campaigns, under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Last week, Foreign Minister Marise Payne accused China and Russia of “using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracy” by spreading disinformation to manipulate social media debate. “Where we see disinformation, whether it’s here, whether it’s in the Pacific,

95 percent of Russians now say victory in 1945 was main event for Russia in the 20th century; 65 percent say It was most important one ever

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In the run-up to the pandemic-delayed Victory Day parade, 95 percent of Russians told VTsIOM that the victory over Nazi Germany was the most important event in their country’s history in the 20th century, with 65 percent declaring it was the most important event in all of Russian history (wciom.ru/index.php?id=236&uid=10339). Such views were more widely held among older Russians and less widely among younger ones,

Throwing darts to see what sticks

By EU vs Disinfo A consistent principle of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign is to keep its audience’s heads in a permanent state of spin. Confusion, after all, is paralysing. When people cannot make sense of reality, they cannot act coherently in their own self-interest. The devilishly brilliant political parody account on Twitter @DarthPutinKGB said it best: “We don’t make up so many lies so you’ll believe one of them, we do it

Being occupied as a privilege

By EU vs Disinfo In September last year we revealed how the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs smeared the Baltic countries by claiming they have not become democracies respecting the rule of law. Despite the pushback, the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign has once again been dialled to history, due to the postponed Victory day parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII. This time, the kick-off came from the Twitter account of the Russian embassy

Iran, Russia dispute U.N. findings on Saudi oil attack

By Polygraph Majid Takht RavanchiIran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations:“‘Iranian origin’ of arms is a fallacy. UN Secretariat lacks capacity, expertise & knowledge to conduct investigations.”Source: Irna.ir, June 13, 2020FALSE Iran has rejected a United Nations report concluding that the cruise missiles used in last year’s attack on Saudi oil facilities and an airport in the kingdom were of “Iranian origin.” According to the Associated Press, U.N. Secretary

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