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Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Huawei Hustle

NEW KREMLIN WATCH REPORT External Propaganda in the Republic of Moldova: Lessons for the Moldovan Government and the International Community Kremlin Watch Special Fellow Vladislav Saran has written a new report that summarizes the main countermeasures against disinformation and propaganda taken by Moldovan authorities, evaluates their effectiveness, and offers recommendations for the government and especially for the international community, including measures for strengthening civil society and improving media literacy in

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Norway steps up its game against authoritarian regimes

Topics of the Week Norway is stepping up its game against Russian and Chinese influence. Donald Trump has gone to great lengths to hide details about the content of his meetings with Putin from senior administration officials. The Kremlin’s Current Narrative: Buying energy resources from Russia would save the Ukrainian economy. innish Institute of International Affairs recommends that Western democracies establish social media observatories and increase transparency of funding for think-tanks and academic institutions.

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Borrowing Russian money has a cost

Topics of the Week Read a detailed overview about the loan provided by the First Czech-Russian Bank to France’s far-right National Front and how it eventually became a thorn in the heel. A former US Marine has been detained in Russia on spying charges, raising questions about motive for a possible exchange with convicted Russian national Maria Butina. German political support for Nordstream II is showing signs of weaknessfollowing US pressure and Russian

Kremlin Watch Briefing Special Edition: The winners and losers of 2018

With the holidays fast approaching, we decided to do something special for the last Kremlin Watch Briefing of the year. This week, we summarize the major successes and failures of the fight against the Kremlin‘s influence operations in Europe and the United States. The first part features a Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame for actors that made the most progress in confronting the Kremlin threat, and those that made

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Will the EU’s new Action Plan on disinformation fulfil expectations?

Topics of the Week New EU Action Plan on disinformation: Will it fulfil expectations? Foreign interference in France’s “yellow vests” protests? Automated Twitter activity spotted, but no direct link to Russia so far. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA): The US has lost its competitive edge in cyberspace, needs a new cyber doctrine. Report: Facebook’s rules enforcement is inefficient and inadequate. Good Old Soviet Joke Ronald Reagan met with Gustav Husák, then the President of Czechoslovakia.

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Does Putin underestimate the West?

Topics of the Week Head of MI6: Putin should not underestimate British determination and capabilities. Czech counter-intelligence agency published a detailed Annual Report describing Russian and Chinese activities in the Czech Republic. US Secretary of Defense Mattis has accused Vladimir Putin of continually “mucking around” the US midterm elections. From the Kremlin leadership to consumers – what the Russian disinformation chain looks like, according to RAND. Good Old Soviet Joke A poll question in a Russian

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The EU has to start taking pro-Kremlin disinformation seriously

START TAKING PRO-KREMLIN DISINFORMATION SERIOUSLY Open Letter by European Security Experts to the President of the European Commission J. C. Juncker and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini The European Commission continues to fail to deliver a practical response to pro-Kremlin disinformation. We have published an open letter signed by over 60 security experts from 20 countries that calls for the following: As the Commission is about to

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin failed to take over Interpol

KREMLIN WATCH IN THE MEDIA An article for The American Interest describes the Kremlin’s relationship with Czech President Miloš Zeman and its potential influence to orchestrate future energy deals in the Czech Republic with Rosatom. European Values director Jakub Janda is quoted: “The President’s office is blackmailing the Prime Minister that if he fails to award the CZK 150-200 billion ($6.6-8.8 billion) to the Russians, he will lose Zeman’s support, who will then destroy his coalition

Kremlin Watch Briefing: What steps should the West take to stop Russian subversion efforts?

NEW PUBLICATION akub Janda, director of the European Values Think-Tank, has published a new article recommending immediate steps the West should take to thwart Russia’s hostile influence operations. He identifies five factors that currently impede an effective Western response: Europe lacks non-military forms of deterrence and remains a consistent target; Only the United States and, to some extent, the United Kingdom have demonstrated willingness to escalate defensive sanctions and deterrence measures; The

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin sanctions 322 Ukrainian citizens and plans a Russian ground station in Cuba

Topics of the Week The Kremlin has introduced new economic sanctions against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies. RT and Sputnik, along with other foreign accounts, circulated disinformation on Brazilian social media to influence the presidential election. As part of its new Defending Democracy program, Microsoft is developing machine learning tools to help politicians and candidates thwart cyberattacks. The Pentagon and US intelligence community are bracing to execute a major cyber offensive against Russia should the latter systemically interfere in the

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