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.

#PackOfLies: Inconvenient facts in Babchenko case

When it was announced that the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was murdered in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Tuesday, it did not take long for the Kremlin to use this crime for their propaganda and disinformation purposes. However, when it appeared that Babchenko is actually alive and the reports about his murder are a part of the Ukraine Special Services’ operation, questions whether the media’s involvement in such campaigns will not

Atlantic Council launches comprehensive website to track Russian disinformation

By The Atlantic Council June 6, 2018 the Atlantic Council launched DisinfoPortal.org, an interactive online guide to track the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns abroad. The portal brings together 23 top organizations and more than 80 experts fighting Russian disinformation in the United States and Europe, and is an initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. The disinformation portal was designed for journalists, governments, and policymakers. It features expert content with multimedia

Issue brief: How disinformation impacts politics and publics

By National Endowment for Democracy In this Brief: How disinformation is used and consumed Proactive and reactive disinformation strategies in different country contexts The scale of the disinformation crisis Expanding the Analytical Frame Disinformation—the use of half-truth and non-rational argument to manipulate public opinion in pursuit of political objectives—is a growing threat to the public sphere in countries around the world. The challenge posed by Russian disinformation has attracted significant

Russian Citizen Fact Check: ‘Everything…is a Lie’

By Polygraph Svetlana Sokolova Russian regional governor “Strunino is, of course, a small town, 14,000 residents in 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the main city, Alexandrov. And I think we will most definitely work on rebuilding that clinic there, especially since there is a need there.” Source: Direct Line — RT’s YouTube FALSE Women called the statement a “lie” President Putin seemed to be caught off guard during his nationally

Russian troops keep dying in Syria six months after Putin announced their withdrawal

By Polygraph Russian Defense Ministry, via Sputnik “Four Russian servicemen have been killed in Syria as a result of shelling by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said. ‘Several groups of terrorists attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian government forces at night in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. Two Russian military advisers, who directed the fire of the Syrian artillery, were killed on the spot. Five more servicemen were

Can crowdsourcing scale fact-checking up, up, up? Probably not, and here’s why

By Mevan Babakar, for NiemanLab There’s no end to the need for fact-checking, but fact-checking teams are usually small and struggle to keep up with the demand. In recent months, organizations like WikiTribune have suggested crowdsourcing as an attractive, low-cost way that fact-checking could scale. As the head of automated fact-checking at the U.K.’s independent fact-checking organization Full Fact, I’ve had a lot of time to think about these suggestions, and I

What do Russian nationalists, Alex Jones and Roseanne have in common?

By Polygraph Ya Russkiy Website “This is George Soros. Remember this next time the Soros-funded liberals call you a racist, fascist or Nazi.” Source: Ya-Russ.ru, April 22, 2016 FALSE The man in the picture is Oskar Groening. Still, the narrative is very popular in Russia American businessman and philanthropist George Soros is a frequent target of pieces posted by the Ya Russkiy website, which calls itself a news and media organization.

How many non-existent apples go into two apples?

By EU vs Disinfo Distracting the audience is one of the goals of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. One of the techniques how to do this is to force us to ask the needed irrelevant questions – and drain our energy in trying to find the answers to them. An easy, fast and effective way to create disinforming content is to manipulate statistics and figures. And since the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign’s

The curious case of Pavel Stroilov

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews) A middle-aged Russian “student” who was once described as a friend of Alexander Litvinenko has also been former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky’s spokesman and an aide to the MEP who is now leader of the anti-EU UKIP party, Gerard Batten. Pavel Stroilov has also promoted conspiracy theories and been described by a judge as a Christian fanatic. Is he really a friend of dissidents in the

Russia-Linked ‘American’ Site Downplays Russian Connections

By Polygraph Unknown Editor of USA Really Website “This exciting new project will encourage our colleagues and fellow citizens to think critically, and to provide a large platform where this can still happen, free of censorship. We need to be creative, to start our own watchdog organizations, and restore our basic constitutional freedoms.The key to being able to do that, starts with the fight for freedom of speech.” Source: USA

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