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.

StopFake #165 with Marko Suprun

Fakes: Ukrainians massively deported from the EU; European Union seeks to improve relations with Russia at any cost; Ukraine postpones salary increases for military for a year.

The Kremlin’s Shifting, Self-Contradicting Narratives on MH17

By Aric Toler, for Bellingcat Just a few hours after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), the circumstances that caused the tragedy came to light: a Buk-M1 Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system was fired by either Russian-led separatists or Russian forces from an area near Snizhne, Ukraine, leading to the death of 298 civilians aboard the passenger plane. Over three years since the downing, every credible investigation into the tragedy

Kremlin Watch Briefing: French President will introduce a law against the spread of ‘fake news’

Topics of the Week French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will introduce a law against the spread of ‘fake news’ in order to “protect democratic life”. The new rules will focus on the pre-election period, during which time the removal of false content will be permitted. A further goal is to enhance transparency by making the identity of sponsors of social media content public. The precise character of the new legislation remains to be seen. The

Russian embassy press secretary tweets misleading facts about World War II

By Polygraph Nick Lakhonin Press Secretary, Russian Embassy to U.S. “Do not forget to mention – USSR & US were allies – Baltic states were dictatorships Hopefully historian Richie will tell how Lithuania received its capital in 1939, about Holocaust in t/ Baltics, Nordic Waffen SS volunteers” Source: Twitter, January 2, 2018 MISLEADING The press secretary leaves out important facts in his tweet. On January 2, the official Twitter account

Shoigu: NATO is massing troops along Russia’s western borders

By Polygraph Sergey Shoigu Russia’s Defense Minister I will start with an assessment of increased threats. Since 2012, the number of military contingents deployed by NATO near Russia’s western frontiers has increased threefold. Four battalion tactical groups have been deployed in the Baltics and Poland as well as a U.S. Army armored brigade and command staffs of NATO’s multinational divisions in Poland and Romania. The number of engagement-ready forces of

Moscow links Syria to WWII

By Donald N. Jensen, for CEPA Putin himself has tried to portray the war in Syria, which began as a national uprising against Russia’s ally Assad, as an analogue of World War II. In 2016, he told parliament that just like the Nazis, “terrorists” threatened the world and only Moscow was alive to the threat. Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko delivered a TV statement on 13 December that portrayed Putin

Top Russian general speaks about Syrian war, repeats debunked claims

By Polygraph Valery Gerasimov Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia “About eight months ago, they [the U.S.-led coalition] also started to inform, to provide a summary [about airstrikes in Syria]. Of course, the difference is fundamental. They [do it] from time to time, but we [do it] on a daily basis.” Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda, December 26, 2017 False The claim does not correspond with reality

Will we ever see the end of information control in Azerbaijan?

By Arzu Geybullayeva, for Global Voices At a meeting of NATO allies in Brussels in November 2017, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev highlighted the importance of free speech and internet freedom. A summary published on the official presidential website paraphrased Aliyev’s remarks as follows: “Highlighting democratic development issues, President Ilham Aliyev said the free internet, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and other freedoms are ensured in Azerbaijan.” This and other

McMaster says U.S. must reveal ‘insidious’ Russian meddling to prevent further attacks

By RFE/RL Top White House adviser H.R. McMaster says one of the most important tasks in defending U.S. national security is to reveal Russia’s “insidious” interference in elections worldwide to prevent Moscow from meddling again in the democratic process. “What we have to do is come up with a way to deal with this very sophisticated strategy [of meddling],” McMaster, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, told Voice of

Klimov: Russia never interferes in the affairs of foreign states, including Iran

By Polygraph Andrei Klimov Deputy Chairman, Federation Council foreign affairs committee “Russia does not interfere in the domestic affairs of foreign states. Iran is a sovereign state, they have their own legitimate government, and we in such instances act the same way practically everywhere. As I told you, Russia does not interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states.” Source: Radio Business FM, January 1, 2018 FALSE FOR “NEVER” AND

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