Russian propaganda often uses Western racists, conspiracy theorists or other lunatics as experts – as long as they speak favourably about Russia and the Kremlin
Disinformation is often used to pump up the successes of the Russian state and Russia’s military.
Social media has been abuzz since Germany’s shock defeat to Mexico in their opening World Cup match on 17 June. For Russian spectators, the match yielded an additional surprise.
What happens when you transfer Russian disinformation tactics from the world of geopolitics to an everyday life conflict between two roommates?
Social media users quickly questioned the authenticity of an image showing the North Korean leader shaking hands with Sergey Lavrov.
When the Kremlin’s usual disinformation smokescreens don’t work anymore, the self-defence is to ridicule the sources of criticism.