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Pro-Kremlin tabloid TV network is reportedly shutting down and laying off all staff

By Meduza The pro-Kremlin television network Life, owned by Aram Gabrelyanov’s “News Media,” will shut down on August 18, company sources told the news agency TASS. The news website FlashNord confirms that the tabloid TV station will close down and lay off all its staff today. On August 16, citing Gabrelyanov himself, the news agency RBC reported that Life’s television network was planning major cutbacks and abandoning its production of

How to Comb Russia’s TV News

This article is part of a larger guidebook by RuNet Echo to help people learn how to conduct open-source research on the Russian Internet. Explore the complete guidebook at the special project page. According to survey research by the Levada Center, the vast majority of Russians (85 percent) say they watch television to learn about the country’s news. While less than half (41 percent) say they also trust the news

Fake: Ukrainian TV Forbidden from Showing Handshake between Putin and Poroshenko

On October 18, posting on Facebook, the former creative producer for the 112 Ukraine television network falsely claimed that Ukrainian television channels hadn’t shown images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shaking hands in Paris before a meeting on October 2. The producer, Viktor Zubritsky, wrote: “And so Poroshenko shook Putin by the hand, but he wished that Ukrainians didn’t know about it. And in some

LifeNews Airs Counterfeited Document to Link Nonexistent USAID Project with Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers

In late July, the Russian television channel LifeNews aired a false report with the headline, “Kiev Will Entice Militia Men with the Help of an American USAID Program.” During the broadcast, it showed a supporting document, allegedly from Ukrainian government officials about the “Helping Hand” program, which is supposedly to be run by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). LifeNews claimed that the document, dated July 8, 2015,

British Citizen Exposed as a Tool of Russia’s FSB

Infamous British blogger Graham Phillips, who has concocted numerous pro-Kremlin reports for Russian propaganda media outlets — particularly for RT and Russia’s military outlet Zvezda  — in eastern Ukraine, has been awarded a medal in the city of Chekhov near Moscow by Russia’s Border Guard, a branch of the FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, main successor to the KGB) The award was presented by a former KGB Border Guard soldier and Afghan veteran Pavel Hlyupin, who has various business interests in pro-Kremlin

Fake: Ukrainian Authorities Can Sequester Cars from All Ukrainian Citizens

On June 23, Russian television channel LifeNews falsely reported that the Ukrainian authorities are allowing the military to sequester cars as needed from all Ukrainians during mobilization. The report said: “Residents of Ukraine should give up cars for the period of mobilization… In the document it is specified that the authorities of the country can expropriate a car for the needs of the army from any Ukrainian for 30 days.”

The tabloid king who shapes how Russians see the world

Aram Gabrelyanov isn’t a man to mince words. And what this tabloid king really dislikes are “assholes” and “traitors” who challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin. As if to dispel any doubts about his allegiance, his office has been decorated as a shrine to the president: On the wall above his desk hangs a portrait of Putin in hockey gear; a collection of photos of the president — as a young

Fake: Ukrainian Mobile Operators Charge Residents of “Luhansk People’s Republic” for Antiterrorist Operation

On June 7, the Russian television channel Lifenews ran a piece called “Enrichment in a Kyiv Way,” during which it falsely reported that Ukrainian mobile operators are charging the mobile accounts of residents of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic for the needs of the Antiterrorist Operation (ATO). It also reported on organized SMS campaigns by the operators. This was republished by Russian and separatists’ publications, such as Crimea-n.ru, Novorossia, Russian

Fake: Russian Duma Passes Law Forbidding Russians to Leave Country

Ukrainian media has falsely reported that the Russian State Duma adopted a law that prohibits its citizens from leaving Russia. It is not the first time that the fake news has circulated recently. On June 6, an Internet resource, Replyua, reported it, citing NTV. The material was reprinted by several other sites, including the Daily News (though it later removed it). The false news about the adoption of the Russian

Michael McFaul Misquoted about Crimea and Russia

Several Russian media (RT, REN.tv, Lenta.ru, NTV, Forbes) distorted the words of former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (2012-2014) with such headlines as: “Michael McFaul: USA Will Not Fight for Crimea: Its Reunion with Russia Is a Historical Fact” and “McFaul Urged Ukraine to Accept Transfer of Crimea to Russia.” RIA Novosti distorted McFaul’s words and wrote that he said: “The transfer of Crimea to Russia is an accomplished

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