What is the impact of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign? Levada, an independent Russian pollster, published one answer on the impact for the Russian audience on Wednesday.
As the year comes to an end, one tends to look back over the past twelve months to try to sum up what has happened. But summing up the pro-Kremlin disinformation year is more about what didn’t happen.
The Winter Olympics ban “is a war against Russia”, we learned, as well as that “the Olympics have never been about sport, but war”.
Disguised as journalism, the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign plays on fears and concerns. This week, the outlets focused on the “threat of the migrant”.
This week, we saw a continuation of the trend from two weeks ago: polishing Russia’s soviet era history. Whereas last time we saw the Russian MFA incorrectly giving credit to Soviet soldiers for saving Bulgarian Jews, this week we saw further extreme historical “creativity”.
On Friday this week the Eastern Partnership summit will take place in Brussels between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. In the build up, we have seen plenty of pre-emptive distortion concerning the facts about the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern Partners.