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Watch out: Russia’s tactics will evolve

Belated, partial and out of date: that, broadly, is the West’s reaction to the menace from Russia. By Edward Lucas, for CEPA The belated is merely annoying; all the people now fussing about Kremlin interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election seem to think this was the first instance of Russian political warfare. In fact, it was just the latest and most conspicuous. Hardened participants in the struggle for freedom and

Six Features of the Disinformation Age

By Kelly Born, for Project Syndicate We are living in a brave new world of disinformation and propaganda, and as long as only its purveyors have the data needed to understand it, the responses we craft will remain inadequate. Because they are also likely to be poorly targeted, they may even end up doing more harm than good. Concern about the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda has reached the

The Daily Vertical: True Extremism (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL It could happen if you say true things. Like that Russia’s forceful annexation of Crimea was a violation of international law. Or that the conflict in Donbas is not a civil war, but a war of aggression carried out by Russia against Ukraine. Or that Moscow should decentralize more power to its regions and give ethnic groups like the Tatars greater autonomy. Or that Russian

Moscow, Not Kyiv, Behind Ethnocide of Ethnic Russians in Ukraine, Yakovenko Says

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Russian Duma has declared that Kyiv’s decision to make Ukrainian the language of instruction in Ukrainian schools is “’an act of ethnocide’ of the ethnic Russian people in Ukraine, thus denouncing in another what Moscow is itself doing in Russia and ignoring who is really responsible for the shift away from Russian ethnic identity in Ukraine. In a Kasparov.ru commentary, Russian analyst Igor Yakovenko

John F. Tefft: On the Day of My Departure (Op-ed)

We need to rebuild trust between our two countries. By John F. Tefft, for The Moscow Times When I first joined the diplomatic service, working on the Soviet desk in the 1980s, our relationship with Russia was at a low point. The Soviet Union had just shot down a Korean Airliner, with almost 100 Americans including a Congressman on board. There was a lot of anger in America. Today, as I prepare to leave Russia, our relationship has reached another low point. Americans are

Moscow’s strategy to carve up Europe

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA Moscow’s strategy toward Europe is reminiscent of carving a hunted game. It exploits and exacerbates the vulnerabilities of targeted states, and widens any lingering disputes between them. The Kremlin has targeted at least four portions of the continent: Anglo-Saxon Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe and the Orthodox Balkans—with the remainder of Europe’s east to be directly devoured by Russia. A primary focus of subversion dating back

Kremlin narratives on Crimea resurface in German election debate

This article is part of ECFR’s Wider Europe Forum By Andreas Umland, for European Council of Foreign Relations For the future of Ukraine, what Germany thinks and does really matters. Last month, the German election campaign saw an unexpected statement by the leader of Germany’s liberals, Christian Lindner. The chair of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – a centre-right force hitherto known for its hawkish stance in support of international law

Kremlin propaganda methods and American extremism

By Kseniya Kirillova, for EUToday The past month was marked in the United States by a series of highly disturbing events. This includes a clash with ultra-right extremists in Charlottesville, and, more importantly, President Trump’s reaction to this event, writes Kseniya Kirillova for EU Today. Recall that for a long time Trump refrained from criticizing American neo-Nazis, saying that in this tragedy “both sides are to blame”, a position which caused widespread public outrage, but a

Fake Terrorism Is a Real Threat to the Kremlin (Op-ed)

The string of bomb hoaxes put Putin’s reputation as a ‘security president’ on the line By Mark Galeotti, for The Moscow Times Could bomb scares, no blood, all bluster, actually be more politically dangerous for the Kremlin than the real thing? As the tally of false warnings of attacks across Russia continues to rise, the credibility of the regime and the president may find themselves on the line, facing this most low-key of threats. It is, after all, very easy

The Daily Vertical: What Is ‘Undesirable’? (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL What is undesirable is usually in the eye of the beholder. Consider the case of the Sova Center. The Sova Center is a Moscow-based think tank whose sole purpose is to monitor, document, and combat hate crimes. The Sova Center is generally considered to be one of the leading authorities on extremist organizations, political radicalism, nationalism, and xenophobia in Russia. The Sova Center is widely respected

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