News and analysis
A three-series multimedia project by the New York Times reveals how current Kremlin disinformation campaigns stem from a long tradition of weaponizing information. Titled "Operation Infektion", the series tells the story of a "political virus", invented decades ago by...read more
Kremlin-linked publicist Nikolai Starikov suggested that Russia might withdraw from the 1867 treaty with the US on transferring the ownership of Alaska.read more
Since its illegal annexation in 2014, Russian authorities have tried hard to restore Crimea’s image as a holiday hotspot — including by faking tourism statistics.read more
What is worse? To spread lies or to prevent others from telling the truth? An organisation controlled by a Kremlin-linked businessman appears to do both.read more
EU vs Disinformation campaign
This website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The ‘EU versus Disinformation’ campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force. The team was set up after the EU Heads of State and Government stressed the need to challenge Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns. In March 2015, the European Council tasked the High Representative in cooperation with EU institutions and Member States to submit an action plan on strategic communication.
The flagship product of the EU vs Disinformation campaign, the Disinformation Review, was launched in November 2015. The Review brings you the latest news articles carrying key examples of how pro-Kremlin disinformation finds its way into the international information space, as well as news and analysis on the topic. The Review focuses on key messages carried in the media, which have been identified as providing a partial, distorted or false view or interpretation and/or spreading key pro-Kremlin messaging.
The Disinformation Review does not necessarily imply that the outlet concerned is linked to the Kremlin or pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. The Review analyses messages, not the messenger. If the message is a) false, which is determined by the facts and b) originating and in line with usual pro-Kremlin disinformation messaging, it is included in the product. The Review is a compilation of cases from the East StratCom Task Force’s wide network of contributors and therefore cannot be considered an official EU position. Have you found a mistake? Give us your feedback below or send us an e-mail.
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