Context

News in the section ‘Context’ are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of the techniques and methods used by the Russian government in its information war.

Top Russian Lawmaker Denies Communist Regimes Killed 100 Million People

By Polygraph Alexey Pushkov chairman of the commission on information policy of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament “100 million killed by communist regimes — these numbers are pulled out of a hat. Besides, imperialist regimes, including Hitler, killed just as many. Propaganda.” Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda, November 8 2017 FALSE The 100 million number is based on archival documents On November 7, the U.S. declared the first

Russia Threatens To ‘Retaliate’ As RT Says It Will Register As Foreign Agent In U.S.

By RFE/RL Russian officials say Moscow will adopt new legislation targeting U.S. media in the country as soon as next week. State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on November 10 that the legislature would amend its existing law on “foreign agents” to include foreign media. Deputy Duma speaker Sergei Neverov said the changes could also affect Western social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The move came after the state-funded

Bots create one third of Russian-language tweets about NATO presence in Eastern Europe

By The Baltic Times Two in three Twitter users who write in Russia about the NATO presence in Eastern Europe are robotic or ‘bot’ accounts, according to a study conducted by the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (StratCom). Together, these accounts created 84 percent on tweets in Russian this subject. The English language space is also heavily affected: 1 in 4 active accounts were likely automated and were

The parade of lies: the power of fake proofs

By EU vs Disinfo When the aim is to discredit the opponent as a hypocritical liar, the denigrator faces a problem: where to get the evidence from to support the blackmailing efforts?  The producers of pro-Kremlin disinformation have several answers that we saw in action this week. First, do not underestimate the effect of the almost endless circulation and reuse of a false online image. A photo showing Hillary Clinton shaking

Security Experts Chide West On ‘Limited, Weak’ Response To Russia

By Rikard Jozwiak, for RFE/RL A group of security and foreign-policy experts says Western governments have been “limited and weak” in their response to the Kremlin’s barrage of “hostile actions” toward democracies. In a declaration initiated by the Prague-based think tank European Values titled How The Democratic West Should Stop Putin, some 70 experts said steps need to be taken to halt what they called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan

How One Verification Team Worked to Debunk Misleading Information About the Japanese Election

By Nevin Thompson, for Global Voices On Sunday, October 22, Japan went to the polls and re-elected the government of Abe Shinzo. The snap election, called on September 25, saw the disintegration of one opposition political party and the birth of two new ones, and was threatened at the last minute by a super typhoon. And, like in many election campaigns, there was no shortage of misleading and inflammatory information shared on social

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Were Russian social media ads really pro-Trump?

Topics of the Week In their most recent article, Franklin D. Kramer of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and Lauren M. Speranza of the Atlantic Council suggest to “create a hub to monitor Russian activity, similar to NATO’s new hub for the south. This could be housed in Brussels with a joint NATO-EU unit, or perhaps in conjunction with NATO’s Joint Forces Command Brunsuum. It could also be

Putin’s Russification Program Far More Radical and Dangerous than It Originally Appeared

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The conclusion of the Tatarstan procuracy that Russian language study is compulsory but non-Russian language study must be voluntary not only for Russian speakers but for non-Russians as well shows that Vladimir Putin’s plans to Russianize and Russify his country are far more radical than they first appeared. The Kazan prosecutors’ conclusions based on on the Russian constitution. They beyond any doubt reflect Moscow’s

The Kremlin’s 1917 Revolution Problem

By Amie Ferris-Rotman, CodaStory The 100th anniversary of the October Revolution brings difficult memories for modern-day Russia The diorama showing how Ulyanovsk looked when Vladimir Lenin was born here in 1870 is noticeably full of Orthodox churches. Their gleaming onion domes are positioned overlooking the Volga River in the model Ulyanovsk, which was renamed for its most famous son. He was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, and then changed his name

Seven things you should know about pro-Kremlin disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo 1) Pro-Kremlin disinformation can look like just another news story Claims made in pro-Kremlin fake news stories are sometimes simply taken out of the blue. This has for example been the case when it has been claimed that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian armed forces, when there is overwhelming evidence that it was shot down by Russia-supported rebels. However, in most cases, pro-Kremlin disinformation stories

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