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Kremlin Watch Briefing: Is the staged murder of Arkadiy Babchenko a success story?

The Prague Manual Funded by the International Visegrad Fund, The Prague Manual (1) describes the toolkit of Russian subversion operations in Europe, (2) comes up with first-ever policy assessments of specific initiatives for countering this threat in 10 mainly CEE countries and (3) sets up a scheme for assessing the state of play of Russian influence in a targeted country with suggested countermeasures, since there is no single blueprint for

Kremlin Watch Briefing: France arrests intelligence officers, Sweden teaches the public how to defend against disinformation in case of conflict

Topics of the Week The Swedish government has produced a pamphlet instructing the nation’s 4.8 million households on actions to take in crisis situations, including military conflict Report: France arrests two former intelligence officers on charges of allegedly spying for China Facebook and Twitter have announced changes to their political advertisement policies in an effort to increase transparency Study: During the 10 weeks before the Italian elections, disinformation operations were

Kremlin Watch Briefing: British MPs Want a Stronger Government Effort in Shutting the London ‘Laundromat’

Kremlin Watch Report Kremlin Watch Report: Czech deputies and senators regularly travel to Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, the regions that are suffering from the conflict with Pro-Russian separatists. There is one concrete goal in these trips and that is to legitimize the Russian foreign policy and their regime and not only for the Russian internal propaganda but to the international audience as well. Czech legislators behave this way with no matter how the

Kremlin Watch Briefing: British intelligence chief names and shames the Kremlin for its hostile activities

Topics of the Week n his first ever international public appearance, British intelligence chief Andrew Parker explicitly named Russia as “chief protagonist” in the campaign to undermine Western liberal democracies. A new watchdog report on pro-Kremlin and anti-Western propaganda in Georgia identifies several new trends, including an increase in negative content about the US and NATO, as well as a shift in focus to Georgia’s foreign policy priorities. Provisions in the new

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Russia not a priority disinformation threat for the European Commission

Topics of the Week Russia is still not a priority threat for the European Commission when it comes to disinformation campaigns. In order to maintain a good relationship with President Trump, Ukraine is freezing investigations into Paul Manafort’s connections in the country. Read the main conclusions of the National Threat Assessment issued by the State Security Department of Lithuania. Good Old Soviet Joke Poruchik Rzhevsky is putting on his riding boots, about to take

Kremlin Watch Briefing: British Parliament moves toward a more coordinated investigation

Topics of the Week British Parliament moves toward an effective and comprehensive investigation of Russian influence, setting an example for other national parliaments to expose and counter disinformation and influence operations. The Democratic Party has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for carrying out an illegal conspiracy to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The US and British governments have issued a joint alert warning businesses about

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony

Topics of the Week How do Estonian intelligence service assess the threat the Kremlin poses to Estonian national security? Read about Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony. New US sanctions are hitting Russia hard, sending the stock market tumbling and targeting the wealth and businesses of several oligarchs close to Putin. If you want to know what the Kremlin thinks of the situation in Syria, read what its representatives say about it. Good Old Soviet Joke

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Russian diplomats must travel back to Moscow

Topics of the Week More than 70 security policy experts from 21 countries have signed our Open Call urging NATO allies and the EU to join our British friends and expel contingents of Russian intelligence officers from their soil. The complete Open Call with its list of signatories is available here: www.europeanvalues.net/allies/ 17 EU member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his

Kremlin Watch Briefing: US and UK strengthen their positions, the EU and the Dutch trip over their own feet

Topics of the Week The European Commission’s high-level group of experts have issued a report on disinformation. It has little significance in practice and completely circumvents the issue of hostile disinformation operations. Meanwhile, the EEAS East STRATCOM Task Force, the only EU institutional group with serious clout in countering disinformation operations, is under fire by the Dutch Parliament. Who poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter? According to the Kremlin’s official

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Lies travel fast

Topics of the Week Social media companies should have national offices in order to better understand local environments and norms. This would prevent their making mistakes while working to avert the spread of disinformation and hate speech on their platforms. A new groundbreaking study about fake news on Twitter reveals that lies spread remarkably faster than truth, reach more people, and penetrate deeper into the social network. Perhaps most notably

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