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The Desperation of Stephen Cohen

Jim Kovpak Russia’s foreign language propaganda outlets have long had a problem getting real experts to go to bat for the Kremlin. Most times they rely on some blogger or “independent journalist” and  call them “political analysts.” As such, Stephen Cohen, a Putin apologist with an actual academic pedigree, is often lauded by pro-Russian media as a “real” expert on Russia. What they forget is that a PhD is not

Factual Entertainment: How to make media literacy popular

By Paul Copeland BEYOND PROPAGANDA | AUGUST 2016 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The age of information has mutated into the age of disinformation. Authoritarian rulers have learnt to entrench their power by flooding societies with disinformation that divides, confuses, and intimidates democratic opposition. Aggressive states and terrorist groups use mass-media falsifications, hate videos, and social-media trolls to destabilise other countries and communities. Across the world the Internet and global media have empowered

It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans

  Russia’s troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media. That is what freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia’s “army of well-paid trolls” for an explosive New York Times Magazine exposé published in June 2015. “A very interesting thing happened,” Chen told Longform‘s Max Linsky in a podcast in

Kremlin Mouthpiece Sets Up UK Base in Edinburgh

IT is the voice of the Kremlin and it is to bellow from Edinburgh’s West End. Sputnik News – a state mouthpiece of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly uncompromising Russian regime – has announced it is to open its first British hub in the Scottish capital next year. The brainchild of the Russian government’s propaganda chief, Dmitri Kiselyov, Sputnik says its aim is to challenge what it regards as the news orthodoxies

Kremlin Press Office Edits Merkel’s Statement about the Annexation of Crimea and War on Donbas

On May 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference in Moscow. During the event, the Kremlin’s press office and simultaneous translators significantly altered Merkel’s statement about Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine in order to blunt her meaning. According to the German Chancellor’s website, her actual statement (translated into English) was: “The criminal and unlawful annexation of Crimea and the military

Polish President Has Not Said that UPA Glorification Law Will Spoil Kyiv-Warsaw Relations

On April 22, some Ukrainian media reported that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski had discussed complications in Ukrainian-Polish relations because of the Law on the Glorification of Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. UNIAN, Livyi Bereg and ZN.ua mentioned Russian pro-Kremlin news agency TASS as their source, which had published fragments of the Polish president’s interview on the ТВН24 television channel. UPA guerillas allegedly took part in the murder

Russia fighting information wars with borrowed weapons

“Life would be boring without rumors.” So said Russian President Vladimir Putin, upon re-emerging from a mysterious ten-day disappearance, during which the internet exploded with speculation he was dead. The Kremlin added fuel to the fire after posting photos of Putin on its website it claimed were current – but which turned out to have been images from a meeting that had taken place a week earlier. It’s not the

Russia Update: Court Upholds Definition of Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg as ‘Foreign Agent’

A court rejected the attempt by the Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg to remove the designation of “foreign agent,” despite the fact that the group has no foreign funding. Are There Foreign Soldiers Fighting in the Azov Battalion? 15:15 (GMT) In recent days, Russian state media and pro-Kremlin news outlets have been going full tilt with a claim that “NATO is fighting in Mariupol.” Yesterday, the international community converged on

How to Kremlin sees the blogosphere: “Guards”, “Opposition”, and “Neutrals”

Incredibly valuable hack from Anonymous International – Russia. This document appears to be an internal Kremlin index of the relevant bloggers: divided into “Guards” (either official Kremlin accounts or trusted trolls), highlighted in red or “Opposition”, in yellow, or “Neutrals” in green.) Блоггеры-СМИ (1) And here is a map of the Russian blogosphere in the wake of the Crimea annexation, as seen by the Kremlin’s PR department. таблица крым4 By

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