Context

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.

Putin falsely claims seized Ukrainian ships gifted by U.S.A.

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President, Russian Federation “Two little cutters that the United States gifted Ukraine didn’t pass through the Kerch Straight, and you want a nuclear submarine visiting our base?! A bad film.” Source: Russia 24 YouTube, December 2, 2018 FALSE The two ships reportedly made in Ukraine were not gifted by the U.S. Speaking to reporters after the G20 (Group of Twenty) Summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday,

Russian state news chief raps on air, claims Russian rap is home grown

By Polygraph Dmitry Kiselyov Dmitry Kiselyov, CEO of Rossiya Segodnya and TV host “It’s believed that rap as a culture came from Black America. We got it in the 1990s. That’s not entirely true, however. The precursor of the Russian rap poetic tradition was Vladimir Mayakovsky, of course.” Source: Vesti Nedeli (News of the Week), December 2, 2018 FALSE Russian rap is indeed inspired by Western music. On the Sunday,

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Does Putin underestimate the West?

Topics of the Week Head of MI6: Putin should not underestimate British determination and capabilities. Czech counter-intelligence agency published a detailed Annual Report describing Russian and Chinese activities in the Czech Republic. US Secretary of Defense Mattis has accused Vladimir Putin of continually “mucking around” the US midterm elections. From the Kremlin leadership to consumers – what the Russian disinformation chain looks like, according to RAND. Good Old Soviet Joke A poll question in a Russian

Disinformation against Sweden Democrats and the Swedish Election

By Martin Kragh Plenty has already been written on the anticipations of outside (read: Russian) interference in the 2018 Swedish parliamentary election. There were no major disturbances, which in my opinion was not a surprise. However, a few fake documents that I recently discovered shed interesting light on a perhaps botched campaign to smear the Swedish election process, a campaign which involved the implication of the Sweden Democrats in a Russian intelligence operation. It remains unclear who was behind

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The EU has to start taking pro-Kremlin disinformation seriously

START TAKING PRO-KREMLIN DISINFORMATION SERIOUSLY Open Letter by European Security Experts to the President of the European Commission J. C. Juncker and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini The European Commission continues to fail to deliver a practical response to pro-Kremlin disinformation. We have published an open letter signed by over 60 security experts from 20 countries that calls for the following: As the Commission is about to

Wave of disinformation from the Azov Sea

By EU vs Disinfo The main wave of disinformation narratives this week is unsurprisingly connected to the attack on Ukrainian ships near the Azov Sea. But let’s not rush straight into the examples. Instead, let’s filter them using the approach created by Ben Nimmo. According to him, Russian propaganda largely relies on four tactics: to distort, distract, dismiss and dismay. The stories published by Russia Today have clear signs of distorting the facts as they state that

Dictionary.com chooses ‘Misinformation’ as word of the year

By VoANews Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com‘s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times. Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her site’s choice of “mis” over “dis” was deliberate, intended to serve as a “call to action” to be vigilant in the

Figure of the Week: 1

Источник: EU vs Disinfo The French parliament has adopted a bill aiming to crack down on the “manipulation of information” during election periods. The draft law, initiated by President Emmanuel Macron, calls for increased scrutiny of online platforms and foreign TV channels in the three months that precede elections. If the bill becomes law – it was rejected twice by the Senate earlier this year — tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter will have

Russian coast guard rams Ukrainian tugboat, official denies ramming is ‘a tactic’

By Polygraph Dmitry Belik State Duma Deputy from Russian-occupied Crimea “Unlike Ukraine, we don’t drag our military into adventures and do not shirk international law. And if Ukraine indicated its position, pushing it into international waters, then it shouldn’t make loud statements about ‘ramming, attacks, provocations.’ Moreover, our vessels have moved far ahead in their technological development, we do not use ramming as a tactic.” Source: RIA Novosti FALSE Video

Disinfo Analysis: The ‘Moldovan Maidan’ – How Russian Media Created an Alternative Reality

By Polygraph “Romania is preparing a Maidan to destroy Moldova,” read the headline in the popular Russian newspaper Vzglyad on March 16, 2018. “Maidan” is a reference to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capitol Kyiv, the site of the key protests that brought down the country’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014. In Russia, “Maidan” has a negative connotation, while in the rest of the world it is the symbol of Ukraine’s pro-European

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