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 by the DGAP: Stefan Meister and Jana Puglierin, “Perception and Exploitation: Russia’s Non-Military Influence in Europe,” translated by Imogen Taylor, DGAPkompakt 10 (October 2015). That article is part of a series of articles exploring Russia’s use of its soft power in Europe.
Published in: “Isolation and Propaganda: The Roots and Instruments of Russia’s Information Campaign,” Transatlantic Academy 2016–16 Paper Series 6 (April 2016), 14 pp.
By Stefan Meister, for Washington’s Transatlantic Academy