Geopolitica.ru is a site, managed in Russia and published in several languages in an attempt to reach an international audience. A case-study on the Italian version demonstrates means and methods of pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts.
EU vs DISINFORMATION – DON’T BE DECEIVED, QUESTION EVEN MORE
While the world is fighting back on the pandemic and launching one of the largest campaigns for vaccination, Russian media engage in campaigning against the Pfizer vaccine.
This week we saw big divisive lies, vilifications undermining Western vaccines and little lies, often involving references to fascism.
“Russian Superiority” is a key narrative in pro-Kremlin disinformation. Russia has a mission to the world. A nationalist writer even promises a saviour from Russia: a fifth Stalin.
The "Straw Man" is a rhetorical device, used in polemical debate: a method of attacking views or ideas, never expressed by the opponent. "Neo-liberal" is the Kremlin's latest straw man.
Historical revisionism gets a modern spin as the pro-Kremlin media label the events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius a “colour revolution”
The Kremlin-philosopher Aleksander Dugin claims journalism cannot contribute to truth, so journalism is nothing but persuasion. A misleading discourse to legitimize disinformation.
Pro-Kremlin outlets mobilise their favourite conspiracy theories when commenting on the January attack on Capitol Hill. Even Lenin is invoked to describe why Trump “failed” to stop power transfer.
A state-owned polling agency names Vladimir Solovyov, a prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation personality the journalist of the year. But the poll results are not what they seem.
The New Year is as a time for hope and a chance for a new beginning. The pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets prefer to stick with the sad, old tropes, regurgitating the same lies as always.
Disinformation in the Western Balkans is rather as a symptom than a cause of disruptions in societal cohesion and democratic governance.
Figure of the Week
From inauthentic coordinated behaviour and major corporations supporting disinformation, to people believing Covid-19 is man-made - 2020 had it all.
Pro-Kremlin media targets the Lugar lab in Georgia