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With Navalny, Kremlin Signaling It Doesn’t Care with Whom It Gets in a Fight and May Even Want One, Shelin Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Kremlin’s behavior since Aleksey Navalny was poisoned shows that it doesn’t care if it gets in a fight with those it had been cooperating with, is quite prepared to sacrifice both its own projects and the divisions in the West it had promoted, and may even want such a fight for domestic as well as foreign policy reasons, Sergey Shelin says. Other regimes

Edward Lucas: Russia is repeating its usual mistake — and losing “brotherly Belarus”

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA The protests in Belarus on Sunday had a subtly different flavor. The bravery and creativity were the same, as was the brutish behavior by the riot police. But attention has shifted a little from the regime’s own misdeeds towards the price that Russia might ask (and Belarus might pay) for its survival. The talks last week between the Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin (real title:

Kseniya Kirillova: The Three Pillars That Govern Putin’s Mindset

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times As the Belarus crisis unfolds, the actions of the Russian leader may seem irrational, but they are dictated by three unalienable principles, explains Kseniya Kirillova At the end of August, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country, at Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s request, had formed a reserve of law enforcement officers that could be used for riot control. The Kremlin fully recognised the results of

The spirit of „Solidarity” – Polish PM’s article in Ukrainian media

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki published a special article in foreign media for the 40th anniversary of the “Solidarity”. In Ukraine, it was published by one of the biggest portals “European Truth” (Yevropeyska Pravda). Three days before the 40th anniversary of the creation of “Solidarity” movement, Ukrainian media published the translation of Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki’s article “The spirit of Solidarity is necessary for today’s Europe” (in Ukraine it was

The legend of Polish „Solidarity” in the heart of Kyiv

Anna Walentynowicz, the legendary figure of Polish “Solidarity” had Ukrainian roots. Today, she can be not only Polish hero, but also Ukrainian and her memory can bring our nations closer. The exhibition about “Anna Solidarity” is presented in Kyiv thanks to Polish Institute’s initiative. On 31st August 2020 in Kyiv the exhibition “Anna Walentynowicz – the hero of two nations” was opened. Its main initiator and organiser is Polish Institute

Misinformation is Everybody’s Problem Now

By Joan Donovan and Claire Wardle, for Items Misinformation can be deadly. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that fact clearly and tragically. While the big tech companies have taken some steps to rein in misinformation and make credible organizations more visible, they lag far behind the pundits, scammers, and extremists who abuse trust on a global scale. It’s time for companies and researchers to take risks, make bold experiments, and rigorously test ways

People who engage with false news are hyper-concerned about truth. But they think it’s being hidden

By Tommy Shane, for NiemanLab “On Google, searching for ‘coronavirus facts’ gives you a full overview of official statistics and visualizations. That’s not the case for ‘coronavirus truth.’” Ed. note: Here at Nieman Lab, we’re long-time fans of the work being done at First Draft, which is working to protect communities around the world from harmful information (sign up for its daily and weekly briefings). First Draft recently launched a publication, Footnotes: “A dedicated

Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine cooperate to withstand Russian disinformation and history reinterpretation

Phot. Sebastian Indra / https://www.gov.pl The ministers of foreign affairs of the Republic of Poland – Jacek Czaputowicz, the Republic of Lithuania – Linas Linkevičius and Ukraine – Dmytro Kuleba had three-party talks on 28th July in Lublin, Poland about the cooperation within the EU and NATO and about the challenges caused by Russia’s activity in the region. During the meeting the joined declaration was adopted. In the document, the

What does the Kremlin want?

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA To Properly Combat Putin’s Actions, We Need to Understand How the Kremlin Thinks  Since its publication last week, the British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia has drawn much attention. As a long-standing Kremlin critic (and the first witness to the inquiry), I feel enjoyably vindicated. The report lambasts previous British governments for overlooking the threat, while the intelligence and security agencies earn scalding rebukes for their

Why does the Kremlin Need a New Ministry of Propaganda?

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times After the revelation of the UK Parliament’s Russia Report, Kseniya Kirillova reports on Putin’s new disinformation operation to defend its existing ones The creation of a Ministry of Propaganda was suggested last month by the Russian Government. But why would the Kremlin, which many years ago made aggressive propaganda its primary instrument for domestic and foreign policy, create a special ministry for this purpose

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