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Fake: Kurt Volker Interferes in Ukraine’s Internal Affairs

Pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru accused U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. The story cites Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the Opposition Platform for Life party, who during a television interview said that Volker had exceeded his authority and violated Ukrainian legislation. In an April 4 interview with American PBS public broadcaster Kurt Volker was asked if he thought presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelensky was a

Few people are actually trapped in filter bubbles. Why do they like to say that they are?

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. We’re not trapped in filter bubbles, but we like to act as if we are. Few people are in complete filter bubbles in which they only consume, say, Fox News, Matt Grossmann writes in a new

Fake: US Bans 155 Ukrainian Imports Due to Political Situation

Russian propagandist outlet RT declared last week that the US suspended duty free import of 155 types of Ukrainian products due to the political situation in the country, calling it a “slap in the face of President Petro Poroshenko’s regime”. Hoewever the preferential duties were suspended due to lack of protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine and Ukraine’s lack of progress in drafting laws about copyright protection. This decision

Russian Media, Ambassador Fuel Conspiracy About Seth Rich Murder

Source: Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in United Kingdom, May 18, 2017 By Polygraph Seth Rich was a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who was shot dead in Washington, DC on July 20, 2016 early in the morning as he returned home from a bar. His murder has become the source of conspiracy theories claiming that he is the person who leaked the DNC’s emails to

Fake: US Accuses Ukraine of Genocide against Its People

Scores of Russian media disseminated a story this week claiming that during a meeting with business leaders US President Donald Trump accused Ukraine of waging genocide against its own people. PolitForum,Sruuss-westi.ru, Vao News, PolitNews, 7dniv.info, Mir and several other Russian sites ran this fake story. Donald Trump allegedly made this accusation during a business roundtable, which was reported by CNN radio, Russian sites claim. However, CNN never ran such a

Fake: Tillerson Names Conditions under Which Crimea Would Be Recognized as Russian

Scores of Russian media manipulated statements made by US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during his congressional confirmation hearing, claiming that Tillerson named the conditions under which America would be prepared to recognize Crimea as Russian territory. Russian state news agency TASS declared that Tillerson had named the terms under which Crimea would be recognized as part of Russia and Lenta.ru quickly followed suit claiming that he “clarified” those

Fake: US Unhappy with Ukraine, Looking for Poroshenko Replacement

Scores of Russian and Ukrainian media disseminated a story alleging that Washington is dissatisfied with the Ukrainian government and is looking to replace President Petro Poroshenko. Relying on so-called anonymous sources and manipulating various statements made by political analysts, these fake stories presented a completely distorted picture of US-Ukraine relations. Citing its own anonymous sources, the Ukrainian news company Vesti claims that Washington is “extremely irritated with Kyiv” and plans

Fake: Crimean Tatar Mejlis a US Creation

On September 29 Russia’s Supreme Court ruled to uphold the ban on the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ self-governing body. The US responded immediately and condemned the decision as illegitimate. Russian media in turn declared that the US refuses to recognize the Mejlis ban because they themselves created the Mejlis. This version of the Mejlis‘ genesis is the brainchild of Dmitry Polonsky, the so-called deputy prime minister of Crimea, he claims

Information war monitor for Central Europe: June 2016 Part 2

GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s bi-weekly overview of conventional and social media discourse in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia monitors propaganda and disinformation attempts, as well as democratic responses in the on-going information war, in order to increase awareness about this recently emerged challenge and promote fact-based discussion in Central Europe. NATO EU USA Pro-Russian propaganda in the second half of June 2016 generally tried to undermine big transnational institutions, namely

Russian media distort sanctions danger for US businesses

Russian newspaper Vzglyad published a story claiming that the US State Department has announced that Russian sanctions are harming American and European businesses. Vzglyad quotes Daniel Fried, the State Department’s Coordinator for Sanctions Policy who allegedly said that “in the decision-making process in general, and especially with the introduction of sanctions, do not try to avoid problems. Sanctions lead to undesirable consequences, and always have a price. There are American companies

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