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Stories in the Context section are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide greater insight for our readers about the techniques, methods and practices used by the Russian government in its information war. They appear on our site with the permission of their original publisher and reflect the views of the authors and not necessarily the position of StopFake’s editorial board.

Facebook: Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

By Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy, Facebook We removed three separate networks for violating our policy against foreign or government interference which is coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) on behalf of a foreign or government entity. These networks originated in Russia. In each case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts as a central part of their operations to mislead people about who they

Kremlin Watch Briefing: For the Sake of Transatlantic Security, Stop Nord Stream 2

Topics of the Week Open Letter: The Transatlantic community should take a harder stance on Nord Stream II and undertake further actions to suspend it and deter Russian aggression. China should be included in the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which would allow the U.S. to impose economic costs on the Chinese government for its human rights abuses. Kremlin’s Current Narrative: Poland turns the tables on Russia Good Old Soviet Joke Q: Will

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

By EU vs Disinfo President Proceeds Producing Pranks Like any good showman, Alyaksandr Lukashenka knows that he needs to feed the audience with new acts. The recent “success” with the “Nick and Mike Tapes” was not all. In an interview with a band of the Kremlin’s most loyal mouthpieces, Mr. Lukashenko proudly declares that the intercepted conversation between German and Polish Secret Services was not published in its entirety. One

Fifty Ways To Kill Navalny

By EU vs Disinfo This week’s flow of disinformation demonstrates a continuation of one of the weirdest “lines of defence” for the claim that Russian authorities have nothing to explain in the case of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the prominent Russian dissident and anti-corruption activist: “Russia knows better ways to kill him”. Crimea-based News Front’s Spanish edition lines up a few alternatives: A butter knife, a gun, a speeding car,

Showing Support For A Made Up Migrant Camp – The Case Of A Forged Letter

By EU vs Disinfo Yet another forged letter has appeared, this time targeting Georgia. And Ukraine too, a bit. And the EU. And the US. For years, Georgia has been the target of pro-Kremlin  disinformation. In a latest example, the country has been targeted with a disinformation campaign based on a forged letter. As the Twitter account of the Presidential Administration of Georgia put it, the fake letter thanked Georgia for “non-existant

Russian State Media Can’t Agree About Belarus Protest Numbers

By Polygraph TASSRussian state news agency“Almost 30 protest activities took place in Belarus on Sunday, the overall number of protesters did not exceed 22,000, Interior Ministry Spokesperson Olga Chemodanova said in a statement on Telegram.”Source: TASS, Sept. 14, 2020FALSE On Sunday, Sept. 13, tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters again marched in the capital Minsk and other cities. The protest, dubbed “The March of Heroes,” was the fifth such weekly action

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Trump team welcomed Russian disinformation

Topics of the Week European Commission has assessed the Code of Practice on Disinformation, says current efforts to detect Covid-related disinformation are not sufficient.  Russia and China agreed on mutual cooperation on disinformation. Ukrainian lawmaker sanctioned by the US for interfering in the United States 2020 election on behalf of Russia. Good Old Soviet Joke Little Vovochka decided to become president when he grows up. And he did. Policy &

Let’s Laugh At Political Murder!

By EU vs Disinfo “Hahaganda”- propaganda, disguised as humour, ridicule, is a powerful and efficient instrument for disinformation. The approach was frequently put into practice in the Skripal Case; for instance by RT, who produced a chocolate Salisbury Cathedral as a Christmas gift. The suspects identified by British police claimed in an interview for RT that they travelled to Salisbury not for odious reasons, but to see the 123 meters high tower of the cathedral. Ha

Navalny Poisoning: Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Outlets Top German Social Media

By EU vs Disinfo Articles by RT Deutsch are the second most shared articles on German social media. If it was not for one German reliable media outlet, Der Spiegel, Kremlin-owned outlets would dominate the German digital information space in both: number of articles published and social engagements received. Last week’s Disinformation Review demonstrated the striking similarities between disinformation messages spread in the Skripal and Navalny cases. In a 2018 review of

Iran’s Supreme Leader Spins Charlie Hebdo Case Into a Western Conspiracy

By Polygraph Ayatollah Seyyed Ali KhameneiIran’s supreme leader“The cardinal and unforgivable sin of a French magazine in insulting the holy face of the Prophet once again revealed the hatred and hostility of the political and cultural institutions of the Western world against Islam and the Muslim community.”Source: Mehr News Agency, Sept. 8, 2020MISLEADING The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo republished controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad last week as the trial of 14 suspects

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