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Coronavirus in Russia: Independent journalists call the bluff

By EU vs Disinfo For good reasons, independent Russian journalists are in a better position than many others to see through the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns. What has been the response of Russian fact-checking journalists to recent messages about the coronavirus in Kremlin-controlled media? And are we beginning to see changes in the way the disinformation is perceived in Russia? Scientists, Putin, the EU and sanctions The Insider is a Russian

The virus to liberate us from freedom

By EU vs Disinfo Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist philosopher with close ties to the Kremlin, is relishing in the COVID-19 outbreak. We are living in the period of the end of liberalism and its “obviousness” as global meta-narrative, the end of its measures and standards. Human societies will soon become free floating: no more dogmas, no more dollar-imperialism, no more free market spells, no more Fed dictatorship or global

Moscow triangle: Russia, the European far right, and the “Third Party” to tango noir

By Anton Shekhovtsov, for CEPA Relations between various Russian actors and European far-right parties have been the focus of many discussions in the mainstream media and expert publications in recent years. There are several main explanations for this. First, concerns about Russian actors’ cooperation with the European far right are part of more general concerns about Russia’s interference in the political and, in particular, the electoral processes in the West,

Vulnerable Europe: EU braces for new refugee and pandemic crises

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA While the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to grow, a new wave of Middle Eastern refugees could spill over Europe’s southern borders. And the two threats can merge in public perceptions, thus amplifying radical rightist voices and opening new opportunities for the Kremlin’s disinformation and destabilization operations. Economists calculate that unless the coronavirus is contained in the coming weeks the health emergency may spark

The Baltic Pipe сase: disinformation at the service of the Kremlin’s energy policy

By EU vs Disinfo Four languages, one message from the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets: becoming independent from Russian gas is just a bad idea. A new gas supply corridor is under construction in the European energy market. The Baltic Pipe – a project carried out by the Danish company Energinet and the Polish company Gaz-System, with financial support from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility – is meant to transport gas from

Does Europe have a digital future?

By Dr. Alina Polyakova. for CEPA On February 19, the European Commission published the first installment of its long-anticipated  digital strategy — a white paper on artificial intelligence and a European data strategy. These documents are part of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s aim to ensure that Europe stays in the game of digital competition as the United States and China begin to dominate the global race on

”Disinformation aims at undermining democracy”

By EU vs Disinfo EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová at the Opening of EU vs Disinfo Conference Last week, international experts on countering disinformation gathered in Brussels to discuss the development of the issue. Disinformation, as a part of a wider aggression against EU and the Member States, is a challenge the union is determined to address. The meeting was opened by EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, who in her

Handbook on сountering Russian and Chinese шnterference in Europe

By European Values Analysis of the texts of annual intelligence reports has proven what the European Values Center for Security Policy has been claiming for years. The hostile influence operations are not a random occurrence, nor are they a phenomenon that concerns a few countries only. In fact, our research has uncovered a broad consensus among the intelligence agencies in terms of existing tactics and tools applied by Russia and

Countering Disinformation: Right Direction, Insufficient Speed

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal The recent #StratComDC event ended with a closed session where the top government specialists from North America, Europe, and Asia discussed countermeasures against disinformation campaigns. Given that the session was behind closed doors, what was said will remain private. But, while respecting Chatham House rules, it is worth highlighting two positive trends in the discussion. First, the whole debate was spent addressing how to

The US investigations highlight Europe’s laxity on disinformation

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org On October 8, the United States Senate Intelligence Committee released its updated report on Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential election. Labeled as “the most comprehensive look at the efforts of the now-infamous Russian propaganda factory,” this new Senate report is another entry on the long list

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