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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

How to get the European Parliament to read Russia Today

By EU vs Disinfo EP Today: A news website that doesn’t write 99% of its articles, targets decision makers in the EU and misleads the public about the origin of most of their content: Russia Today. “EP Today” (short for “European Parliament today”) is a self-proclaimed “monthly news magazine for the European Parliament”. And sure enough, with a name including one of the major institutions of the European Union, together

Kremlin Watch Briefing: What are the top 6 Russian narratives about Europe?

Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group has created an infographic covering top 6 Russian narratives on Europe based on “Image of European Countries on Russian TV” joint research by Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership and Ukraine Crisis Media Center. Russian propaganda has been trying to discredit Europe in numerous ways, nevertheless these six narratives have taken hold the most: “Life in Europe is difficult and insecure as the authorities are unable to secure order” “Decaying Europe

Scorching the Earth with disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo The scorched-earth tactics sometimes prove successful in conventional warfare. How does it work in the disinformation world? 207 years ago Moscow burst into flames. It was September 1812, Russia was fighting against Napoleon and his coalition – and it won. Its win was essential in stopping Napoleon’s dominance in Europe. Part of Russia’s eventual success in the war was the so-called scorched-earth tactics, which consisted of burning Moscow to

Fake: Poland Wants To Increase Its EU Influence Because of Old Scores With Germany

Poland has agreed to the deployment of additional US troops on its territory because of “old historic scores” with Germany, Russian pro-Kremlin media announced last week. Looking to increase its influence in Eastern Europe Warsaw is resorting to fairy tales about Russian aggression that even Poles do not believe RT  declared, while RIA Novosti accused Poland of “indulging its American masters’ whims”, intensifying military threats in Europe and of course,

Disinformation and European erosion in Romania

By Radu Magdin, for Disinfo Portal Romania has a reputation as one of the most pro-EU and pro-US countries in Europe. Public opinion barometers demonstrate it. For geopolitical and historical reasons, the Eastern European state has struggled to normalize its relation with Russia. Although Russian business in present in the Romanian economy, especially in the energy field, cooperation between the two nations is still far below potential. Cooperation levels are

Fake: Crimeans Not Allowed in the EU and US

Recently the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom announced that United States and the European Union continue to oppress the Crimean people. The refusal of several EU countries to issue Schengen visas to residents of annexed Crimea violates the rights of peoples to free movement and goes against international human rights standards, the Russian Embassy declared with exaggerated self-righteousness. According to Russian officials, since 2014 Crimea residents allegedly cannot travel

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