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.

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin keeps twisting history with little repercussion

Topics of the Week The Kremlin twists history once again on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Germany and Finland show little interest. Donald Trump wants Russia back at the G-7, blames Barrack Obama for the annexation of Crimea. Robotrolling: Bots posted 55 % of all Russian language messages on Twitter, bot activity increased during NATO exercises. Good Old Soviet Joke An old man is on

RT Questions Tusks’ Claim Ukraine a Better G7 Fit than Russia

FRANCE – World leaders pose for a a photograph during the G7 summit in Biarritz on August 25, 2019. By Polygraph RT anonymous author “How this made Kyiv more suitable to be invited to the club of leading economies, even as a guest, Tusk did not explain.” Source: Russian state broadcaster RT, August 24, 2019 MISLEADING RT selectively edited Tusk’s comments. With the Group of Seven (G7) leaders of the

Figure of The Week: 7

By EU vs Disinfo 7 Factors which Make Disinformation Appealing to our Brain Lies spread faster than truth, and the study by Eindhoven University of Technology suggests why. The answer possibly lies in our brain and evolution of our cognitive preferences, which means that certain types of information are simply more appealing, attention-grabbing and memorable than others. Unlike facts, disinformation is not constrained by reality and can be shaped in a

Towards Total Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Is it possible for media to be a little bit free? Russian lawmakers vow to introduce a new law that will further limit the reach of independent voices and consolidate the dominance of the Kremlin-controlled and Kremlin-loyal, disinformation-oriented media. As the spread of pro-Kremlin disinformation attracts increased attention as a global problem, it is important to also keep an eye how the same state-sponsored influence campaign develops

The fireworks of pro-Kremlin disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo This week is the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact – a non-aggression agreement between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Labelled as the honeymoon for two dictators, it divided Europe into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence, leading to World War II and all its tragic consequences. The day of the signing of the pact – the 23rd of August – is observed as a day of remembrance for victims

When you can’t trust a liar is lying – whom can you trust?

By EU vs Disinfo News Front has always been a reliable source of disinformation. The site, operated from illegally annexed Crimea, is ambitiously publishing lies in eight languages. The site has been praising Hitler, it has claimed that Britain is becoming Islamic and hinted that the yellow vests movement in France is a US project to get rid of Macron. For years, we have counted on News Front to tell lies, nothing but lies

Maybe you know that article is satire, but a lot of people can’t tell the difference

By R. Kelly Garrett, Robert Bond, and Shannon Poulsen, NiemanLab Labeling satire as such may seem to take the sting out of the joke. But it’s also the most effective way we know of to prevent people from taking satirical content as fact — something surprisingly common. In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a

One potential route to flagging fake news at scale: Linguistic analysis

By Fatemeh Torabi Asr, for The Conversation Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? As a software engineer and computational linguist who spends most of her work and even leisure hours in front of a computer screen, I am concerned about what I read online. In the age of social media, many of us consume unreliable news sources.

The Alphabet book of pro-Kremlin disinformation (Part IV: S – Z)

By EU vs Disinfo The Claims The Facts S   Salisbury The Spire of the Salisbury Cathedral is 123 m high. It is best viewed in snowy weather in March. See “Tourism”. EU Member States have expressed solidarity with the British government on its actions, following the Skripal Case. All member states have accepted the findings of the Metropolitan police investigation, binding two officers of the Russian military intelligence to

Kremlin using archaeologists in Karelia to undermine truth and whitewash Stalin’s reputation

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Moscow has deployed archaeologists at Sandarmokh, the site in Karelia where more than 10,000 of Stalin’s victims were buried, in a transparent effort to rewrite history a la Katyn by suggesting that those buried there were killed by the Finns during the Winter War rather than by the Soviet dictatorship throughout its history. Sandarmokh attracted attention beginning in the 1990s thanks to the heroic efforts

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