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How Russia and WikiLeaks Became Allies Against the West

Some claim WikiLeaks is working for the Kremlin. The reality is hardly so simple By Matthew Kupfer, for The Moscow Times The timing couldn’t have been better for Moscow. Russia was being accused by U.S. intelligence of hacking the 2016 presidential election in support of Donald Trump. Documents stolen in the hack, agencies allege, were given to WikiLeaks for public release. Many Trump opponents blamed Russia for his victory. And Washington

Derailing Moscow’s disinformation machine

By Donald N. Jensen, for CEPA For all the impressive research on Russian information operations in recent years—we have excellent studies of Kremlin troll farms, and how Russia disseminates its narratives on mainstream and social media—surprisingly little work has been done on how the bureaucratic machinery of Kremlin information operations actually works. Do its activities proceed from a grand strategy or are they opportunistic? Is there an interagency process for

Fake Terrorism Is a Real Threat to the Kremlin (Op-ed)

The string of bomb hoaxes put Putin’s reputation as a ‘security president’ on the line By Mark Galeotti, for The Moscow Times Could bomb scares, no blood, all bluster, actually be more politically dangerous for the Kremlin than the real thing? As the tally of false warnings of attacks across Russia continues to rise, the credibility of the regime and the president may find themselves on the line, facing this most low-key of threats. It is, after all, very easy

Mark Galeotti: It’s the Russians Wot Done It (Op-ed)

The Kremlin is a convenient villain for our troubled times — and that narrative is playing right into Putin’s hands. By Mark Galeotti, for The Moscow Times Last week the online media company BuzzFeed released “From Russia With Blood,” part of a series alleging that 14 people have been assassinated in Britain — a “ring of death” that British authorities reportedly ignored or covered up. Dramatic stuff. Whether or not

Terror in Russia and the West: A Need for Compassion

Europe’s lights were dark for St. Petersburg’s tragedy. It was neither right, nor smart. By Mark Galeotti, for The Moscow Times Whatever one may think about lighting public buildings in the colors of foreign flags to show solidarity after tragedies, it has nonetheless become a custom, and the absence of Russia’s red, white, and blue following Monday’s terrorist bombing did not go unnoticed. In the process, one more opportunity to

Why Vladimir Putin is cheering Brexit — and why he might soon regret it

There is no doubt that Moscow was hoping for Britain to leave the European Union. Its propaganda channels such as RT eagerly championed the “Leave” case, and following the narrow but clear vote in the UK to leave the EU, Russian newspapers and commentators were jubilant, Mark Galeotti wrote for Vox. It’s not so much Brexit itself that matters to the Kremlin, but rather the hope that this will generate yet

Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services

Download: PDF Far from being an all-powerful “spookocracy” that controls the Kremlin, Russia’s intelligence services are internally divided, distracted by bureaucratic turf wars, and often produce poor quality intelligence – ultimately threatening the interests of Vladimir Putin himself, Mark Galeotti wrote for European Council of foreign relations. Drawing on extensive interviews with former and current intelligence officials, “Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services” explains how the spy agencies really work,

By matching Moscow’s paranoia, the west plays into Putin’s hands

The current state of relations between Russia and the west is not a cold war – or at least not the Cold War 2.0. But it is characterised by a similar profound refusal on both sides not only to listen to the other’s arguments, but even to admit that any such arguments could exist. Russophobia The Russians are rather more crude in their approach, labelling everything they don’t like as

Russia conceals its military casualties as part of propaganda war

In the four weeks since Russia entered the conflict in Syria, Moscow has waged a fierce campaign for the hearts and minds of ordinary Russians. Public support for the Syria intervention was initially limited. But as Russian war correspondents have filed patriotic reports from the urban front lines, and the defense ministry has posted bombing videos on social media, support has increased, according to polls from Levada Center, an independent

Mark Galeotti: The West Is Too Paranoid About Russia’s “Infowar”

Never mind the old missile gap, what about the meme gap? There is something of a panic in the West that it is “losing the information war” with Russia. On one level, this may be true, but before the West turns itself into “infowarriors” it ought to consider the weaknesses and consequences of the Russian campaign, whatever its apparent success at seeding its choice of memes — contagious ideas — into wider circles. The Kremlin is undoubtedly engaged in a multi-front, multi-message, multi-media campaign to undermine the will and unity of the West.

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