Please start taking the Russian disinformation threat seriously!
Open Letter of European security experts to Federica Mogherini
Ukrainians say Putin must go & Donbas be freed for normalized relations with Russia
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military engagement in eastern Ukraine have taken their toll on Ukrainians’ attitude to relations between the two countries. According to a recent study, only 49% believe that a normalization of relations is possible in the distant future, while a mere one in ten believes a swift improvement is possible.
Children with Machine Guns & Russian Flags vs Shame & Protest at Russia’s Crimea Landgrab
A performance with children dancing about with machine guns was one of the most shocking parts of the state-organized festivities in Russian-occupied Crimea for the 3rd anniversary of Russia’s annexation. Others marked the anniversary with opposition and shame
Russia now says it lied about Yanukovych letter used as pretext to send troops to Ukraine
Three years after Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin read out a letter purportedly from Viktor Yanukovych asking Russia to send in troops to Ukraine, and almost a month after Churkin’s sudden death, the Kremlin is claiming it never received any letter
European Parliament demands Russia release Ukrainian hostages, slams human rights abuse in occupied Crimea
An overwhelming majority of European parliamentarians have endorsed a hard-hitting Resolution condemning Russia’s occupation and repressive measures in occupied Crimea. The MEPs call for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held illegally in occupied Crimea and Russia, and stress that Russia has no right to be applying its legislation on occupied territory.
Poroshenko law could strip huge numbers of Ukrainians of their citizenship
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has tabled as urgent a draft law which would automatically strip Ukrainians of their citizenship if they voluntarily took on citizenship of another country
Six Immediate Steps to Stop Putin’s Aggression
With a few exceptions in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries, and recently in the Czech Republic, very few real counter-measures have been put into practice. Despite almost every Western intelligence agency urgently warning about the Russian threat, only a few Western leaders are ordering their security institutions to develop and implement robust strategies and policies against it.
E-Mail Hack Gives Glimpse Into Russia’s Influence Drive In Eastern Europe
A recently hacked cache of documents indicates that Alyaksandr Usovsky’s activities include maintaining contact with Polish politician Mateusz Piskorski, a founder of a pro-Kremlin NGO that, among other things, organized this group of "international observers" to monitor the 2014 "referendum" in Crimea
Rights groups call for EU action in defence of democracy in Poland
Polish and international human rights organizations have signed an open letter requesting the European Commission to launch the third stage of the rule of law procedure, which would mean the triggering of the measures under Article 7 of Treaty of the European Union.
UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest Crimea propaganda stunt
Three UK academics specializing in military history are currently taking part in meetings and propaganda media shots in Russian-occupied Crimea. They appear to be promising a joint project with Bristol University which says that the men have nothing to do with them.
Russia uses collaborators at UN to deny its repression of Crimean Tatars
Instead of returning Crimea or at least putting an end to grave human rights violations on the Ukrainian peninsula, Russia is pulling out (or even creating) marginal groups for use in stunts like the latest appeal by a marginal Crimean Tatar organization to the UN to recognize Crimea as Russian and lift sanctions
Six Outrageous Lies Russian Disinformation Peddled about Europe in 2016
Russian disinformation is working overtime to undermine European democracies. Much of the disinformation in 2016 came from original Russian sources that presented poorly digested information designed to provoke and to push an agenda that the Kremlin finds favorable
Ukraine as testing ground for Kremlin-Trump ’dialogue’
If Ukraine turns away from the Minsk Agreement, there will be no Western leverage to put pressure on Russia.
Changes in Washington, Brussels, and Berlin: What Do They Mean for Kyiv?
As US President Donald Trump introduces a new leadership style, political and economic crises play out in the EU, and tensions in Russia’s foreign and domestic affairs increase, the effects will be astutely felt in Ukraine—a country that has become a key battleground state in the confrontation between the world’s pro- and anti-Western forces
‘Ukrainian regional news site’ linked with Putin Chef’s Internet troll factory
An apparently ‘Ukrainian’ website often quoted in the Russian media has a St. Petersburg address and is probably one of the ‘troll factory’ enterprises owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire often referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite chef.
‘Patriotic but Questionable” Language Laws Help Moscow, not Ukrainian Unity
Three draft language laws tabled in Ukraine’s parliament have elicited mixed reactions in Ukraine and a predictable stream of fake news stories and deliberate misinformation from Russian and pro-Russian media
From Fake News to Fake Opinion
The Center for Global Strategic Monitoring website appears to be an impressive and thoughtful news and opinion site at first glance. However, one does not have to dig deep to discover that the organization is phony
Avdiivka Offensive Aimed at Kremlin ‘Dialogue’ with Trump & Undermining Minsk Agreement
A Russian political analyst suspects that the Kremlin has initiated the shelling of Avdiivka and resulting deaths in order to secure a better deal with the USA, one that will enable it to keep destabilizing Ukraine, while freeing itself of sanctions
Russian media distort mass anti-Trump protests, while Trump blasts ‘dishonest’ US media
Russia broke with a tradition extending far back into Soviet times this weekend. Anti-government protests are normally top news for pro-Kremlin media, but not this time. News of First Lady Melania Trump’s venture onto Twitter got more headline coverage on at least one website, and the photos everywhere appeared carefully selected to conceal the vast numbers involved.
Commentary: Means, goals and consequences of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign
There is no doubt that the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign is an orchestrated strategy, delivering the same disinformation stories in as many languages as possible, through as many channels as possible, and as often as possible. Our conclusion is based on 15 months of daily collection of data on disinformation: more than 2,500 examples in 18 languages of stories contradicting publicly available facts, multiplied in many languages and repeated on a daily basis.