How to Stop Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine for the Wider World

The latest ‘Beyond Propaganda’ paper looks at Ukraine as a laboratory of information war. Authored by Marina Pesenti and Peter Pomerantsev, this publication examines initiatives undertaken by the government, media, and civil society and seeks to identify techniques that can help other democracies counter new forms of disinformation. How to Stop Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine for the Wider World [PDF] By Marina Pesenti and Peter Pomerantsev August 2016 Published by the

Factual Entertainment: How to make media literacy popular

By Paul Copeland BEYOND PROPAGANDA | AUGUST 2016 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The age of information has mutated into the age of disinformation. Authoritarian rulers have learnt to entrench their power by flooding societies with disinformation that divides, confuses, and intimidates democratic opposition. Aggressive states and terrorist groups use mass-media falsifications, hate videos, and social-media trolls to destabilise other countries and communities. Across the world the Internet and global media have empowered

Research Report: Analysis of Manipulation Techniques on Selected Czech Websites

By Miloš Gregor ([email protected]), Petra Vejvodová ([email protected]) Abstract: The aim of the analysis was to establish whether, and if so to what extent, manipulative propaganda techniques are used on the websites selected, and whether their reporting is biased towards Russia and/or strongly criticises “the West”, i.e. the USA, EU and NATO. Websites observed: Parlamentní listy (, AC24 (, Svět kolem nás ( and Sputnik ( Sample: 2364 articles (the total number

MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later

  Today Bellingcat releases its latest report, “MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later”, bringing together two years of research by Bellingcat into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. As part of this release Bellingcat communicated with experts in various fields for their analysis and opinions of MH17 related evidence. Of particular interest is the work of The James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation

The Russian “Firehose of falsehood” propaganda model: why It might work and options to counter it

Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia’s approach to propaganda. The country has effectively employed new dissemination channels and messages in support of its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, its ongoing involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and its antagonism of NATO allies. The Russian propaganda model is high-volume and multichannel, and it disseminates messages without regard

Isolation and Propaganda: The Roots and Instruments of Russia’s Information Campaign

The DGAP’s Stefan Meister develops for Washington’s Transatlantic Academy the topic of Russia’s “soft,” non-military influence on the post-Soviet sphere and the European Union. Instruments include Russian export media such as the television broadcaster RT and the media platform Sputnik, the targeted expansion of informal financial networks, and funding and support for left- and right-wing populist political parties and organizations. This text updates and expands an article published last year

The “Return of Stalin”: Understanding the Surge of Historical Politics in Russia

(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) At the beginning of this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov published an article in Russia in Global Affairs explaining the recent radical changes in Russia’s foreign policy. Instead of dealing with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, however, Lavrov devoted his article to Russia’s thousand-year history. His boss, President Vladimir Putin, has similarly engaged in historical discussion, often as a way to link state

Fog of Falsehood: Russian Strategy of Deception and the Conflict in Ukraine

  Published 10.5.2016 Katri Pynnöniemi & András Rácz (eds.) The Finnish Institute of International Affairs Download PDF (1.24 Mb) This report analyses Russian propaganda and disinformation – here collectively called strategic deception – concerning the conflict in Ukraine. The strategic deception is not exclusively a Russian term, but it does capture what we think is an essential feature of the current Russian foreign and security policy. It is driven by

A perversion of soft power

A Review of Putin’s Propaganda Machine. Soft power and Russian foreign policy. By: Marcel Van Herpen. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2016. In July 2009, a few months after the inauguration of US President Barack Obama, a letter was published to the new American president in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Signed by current and former heads of states and leading intellectuals from Central and Eastern Europe, the letter

Kremlin Propaganda: Soviet Active Measures by Other Means

Upcoming in Estonian Journal of Military Studies, the journal of the Estonian National Defense College (ENDC)  By Yevhen Fedchenko ABSTRACT This article traces the evolution of Russian propaganda as part of active measures from Soviet times  through Russian occupation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine in Donbas  as the climax in use of propaganda and media manipulations. Fakes and forgeries are a part of active measures conducted by the Kremlin

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