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The ‘Russian World’ in Germany

By Nikolai Mitrokhin, Eurozine Pro-Kremlin propaganda spread through social media is causing a shift to the far-Right among Germany’s native Russian population. Nikolai Mitrokhin considers the implications for German politics in advance of the September elections. On 16 May 2017, the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko introduced sanctions against a large number of Russian individuals and legal entities, most prominently the major Russian social networks, search engines, email providers and antivirus

Fake: Ukraine Begins Repression of Hungarians in Transcarpathia

Russian sites, Holos UA,TASS, published a story this week claiming that Hungarians living in the Ukrainian region of Transcarpathia were declaring autonomy and the Ukrainian Security Service was detaining and persecuting the activists involved. Russian site claimed that two community leaders erected signs in Hungarian greeting visitors and proclaiming the territory as the realm of the Hungarian language. The Transcarpathia Society of Hungarian Culture and the Democratic

Moscow Outlet Describes How Russia Should Break Up Each of the Baltic Countries

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Arguing that the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians are more russophobic than any other nation in the world, the Russian propaganda site, SputnikPogrom, outlines how Moscow must work to split up the three countries into smaller units dominated by ethnic and linguistic minorities to put them on course for reabsorption into a Russian empire. The 3500-word unsigned article entitled “How We Will Reorganize the Baltic

We are not paid agents of Russia, we do it out of conviction

We have found a Jobbik activist, a young communist, a Russian convicted of vandalism and a neo-Nazi among the anonymous editors of one of the best known Russian propaganda pages of Facebook, which is proof that Moscow has assistants on both the far-right and the far-left. What’s more, their reach extends even higher: one active proponents of the cause had been a diplomat at the Foreign Ministry before 2013. Koba

Fake: Volyn And Vinnytsia Could Secede From Ukraine

Regional autonomy and local separatism are favorite topics of the Russian disinformation machine. The latest example of this theme is a story disseminated by Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian media claiming that Volyn’, a northwestern Ukrainian region and Vinnytsia, President Poroshenko’s home town want to secede from Ukraine. The source for this fake story is a Ukrainian Army battalion commander. Russia’s Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda,, Vesti, Novostnoe Agentstvo Kharkov

Shades of Red Putinism: Pro-Russian far-left parties in Europe

By Lóránt Győri, Péter Krekó, for The Riga Conference While a lot of attention has been dedicated to the relationship between Moscow and the far-right parties in Europe,[1] this paper aims to shed some light on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Despite increasingly promoting conservatism, traditionalism, and family values,[2] and defining Russia as a global “moral compass” built on those values,[3] the Putin regime seem to reboot the

Fake: Ukraine’s Poltava Region Demands Federalization from Kyiv

The central region of Poltava is the latest province to demand federalization from Kyiv, announced RT, claiming that regional MPs asked Ukraine’s president and prime minister to support an agreement on the division of powers between the central government and regional state administrations. RT refers to a regional council meeting held earlier in June during which council members voted to send a letter to the central Ukrainian government asking that

25 myths and facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians

Many foreigners, having told their friends they’re moving to Kyiv for a job or posting, are asked: “Kyiv? That’s in Russia, isn’t it?” As a recently independent country, it’s not surprising that a number of myths or misconceptions about Ukraine still persist. Long under the yoke of its giant neighbor Russia, Ukrainians have struggled through the centuries to maintain their distinct identity, traditions and culture. Ukrainians have largely succeeded in

Fake: Western Ukrainians don’t know Ukrainian

Russia’s federal news agency RIAFAN published a story claiming that residents of western Ukraine don’t know the Ukrainian language. According to RIAFA official Ukrainian university entrance exams showed that western Ukrainians had the worst scores in Ukrainian language, literature and history. This claim is inaccurate. According to the official Testing Authority 9.16% of applicants in the western Ukrainian province of Ternopil did not take the Ukrainian language exam, while in

The biggest threat to democracy? Your social media feed

Over the past two decades, the internet has rewired civil society in unprecedented ways, propelling collective action to a radically new level of citizen autonomy. Democracy is now not only infrequently exercised at the ballot box, but is lived and experienced online on a day-to-day basis. Much has been made of the democratizing effect of the internet, and its emancipatory impact on under-represented and marginalized groups living under authoritarian regimes,

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