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Russia spreading fake news and forged docs in Sweden: report

By The Local Sweden’s most respected foreign policy institute has accused Russia of using underhand methods, including fake news, counterfeit documents, and other disinformation, to influence Swedish decision-making. The report by Martin Kragh, a Russia expert at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, is the first empirical study detailing Russia’s use of ‘active measures’ in its information war against Sweden, which is largely directed at steering the country away from

RT: Sweden wants out of the EU

Earlier this month the Spanish version of Russia’s international news company RT announced that Sweden, the most attractive country in the world wants out of the EU. RT claims that in a recent poll a majority of Swedes expressed a desire to leave the European Union, however RT fails to mention when the poll was conducted, who organized it and how many people actually participated. In the same story however,

Major Cyber Attacks on ‘False Propaganda’ Swedish Media

A series of coordinated cyber attacks knocked Sweden’s main newspapers offline for several hours over the weekend, with early reports suggesting the attacks originated from Russia. An anonymous threat was posted to Twitter several hours before the attacks, stating: “The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targetted [sic].” The online editions of at least seven newspapers were compromised as a result of

Sweden eyeing Nato help in propaganda wars

Sweden is considering joining a Nato centre for strategic communication to boost its expertise in fighting propaganda wars in the social media world, said its defence minister on Monday. Sweden’s Nordic neighbour Finland is already a member of StratCom, Nato’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, which has researched cyber warfare since 2014. Based in Latvia, its main focus has been on Russia, which has been accused of carrying out social

Photo Fake: Boy from Donbas Used to Protest Muslim Migrants in Sweden

A recent photo fake about a Donbas boy, presented as an orphan searching for his parents among the debris of a destroyed Ukrainian town, has now hit Swedish social networks, but with a new twist. StopFake has already reported about how this photo was manipulated by Russian media to stir anger at alleged Ukrainian army atrocities. The context of the photo has once again been altered, this time against Muslims migrating to

Swedish Chief Prosecutor Denies Writing Letter about War Crimes Committed in Ukraine

On September 4-5, several news media falsely reported that Swedish authorities would classify as secret any information about alleged war crimes committed by the Ukrainian Army. As evidence, they published a scanned copy of a supposedly official document in English dated August 24. The letter is addressed to Oleksiy Pokotylo, Chief of the Head Department for National Security and Defense Affairs of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, and signed by

Fake Swedish letter in Russian media

The letter has become a news story on Russian television and on CNN iReport. It’s written on paper marked “Ministry of Justice Sweden” and is addressed to Oleksiy Pokotylo, “Head Department for National Security and Defense Affairs” in Ukraine. The letter is signed by Tora Holst, chief prosecutor at the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm and is an answer to what seems to be a Ukrainian request to the

Fake: Sweden’s Purchase of Ukrainian Black Soil

In early July, media and social networks mistakenly reported that Sweden would purchase and export black soil from Ukraine. The news first appeared July 3-4 on fotostrana.ru, osadchuktoday.ru, and on the social Vkontakte group Odesa People’s Militia (Antimaidan). Then the news was disseminated around sites such as planetatoday.ru, politikus.ru, ruspravda.info, my-disain.ru, and among pro-Russian social groups like AntiMaidan. On July 26, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported on the export of Ukrainian soil,

Swedish MTG Becomes Latest Target in Russian Media-Ownership Rules

Sweden’s Modern Times Group AB is the latest company to face being pushed out of Russia as President Vladimir Putin’s media law tightens control over the country’s broadcasting and publishing industries. Billionaire Alisher Usmanov offered $200 million for a controlling stake in local broadcaster CTC Media Inc.’s operating business, CTC Media said Monday. A sale, which would end Modern Times’s 14-year-old venture in Russia, would incur a writedown of 400

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