Tag "Anton Shekhovtsov"

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been courting far-right activists in the West. A new book looks at how and why it does it. By Bradley Jardine, for Codastory Remember Richard Spencer, the U.S. white supremacist whose “alt-right” followers celebrated Donald Trump’s presidential election victory with a show of Nazi salutes? Back in 2011, Spencer was appearing in another guise, as an expert on Libya, on Russia’s

Foreign Politicians’ Visit to Crimea Is Russia’s Latest Disinformation Failure

Western politicians from marginal parties may help Putin score points at home, but the international community rejects a Russian Crimea. By Anton Shekhovtsov, for The Moscow Times On March 19, a motley crew of foreign politicians landed in Crimea. The group included representatives from Serbia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. — all on an official visit to the peninsula annexed by Moscow. Their

Pro-Kremlin “Re-Information” Efforts: Structural Relations Between The Russian Media And The European Far Right

Author: Anton Shekhovtsov Abstract To promote their message about the decadent West, the Russian media have engaged with activists and politicians from the fringes of socio-political life in the West, namely the far right, far left, conspiracy theorists and isolationists who would be ideologically inclined to corroborate Moscow’s line of argument. In the course of time, the Russian media also established structural relations with the EU-based pro-Russian media managed by

Russia and Front National: Following the Money

With regard to Le Pen, Prokopenko corresponded with Konstantin Rykov, a Russian politician and influential media producer. A self-proclaimed Russian patriot, who massively promoted #RussianSpring as a reference to the Russian annexation of Crimea and pro-Russian separatism in Eastern Ukraine, Rykov owns a €2 million villa in Côte d’Azur and is a tax resident of France, according to the investigation of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. It is Rykov’s French

Is Russia Insider sponsored by a Russian oligarch with the ties to the European far right?

The emails leaked by the Anonymous International last year give us a few insights into the workings of the English language pro-Putin propaganda website Russia Insider. Its editor Charles Bausman launched the website in September 2014, and described the rationale behind the website as follows: It was started in September 2014 by a group of expats living in Russia who felt that coverage of Russia is biased and inaccurate. […]

When In Doubt, Blame The West

So Russia went there after all. The crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 in Egypt on October 31, which killed all 224 people on board, was more than the worst aviation disaster in the country’s history. Once it became clear that the cause of the crash was probably terrorism, it also became a messaging nightmare for the Kremlin’s propaganda machine. Since Russia’s Syria campaign began, Kremlin officials and the state media

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