As a month has passed since the beginning of the scandal involving former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s time to have a look at the narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets to describe the events.
News Front, a pro-Kremlin site, based on Crimea, is praising Adolf Hitler, questioning the holocaust and expressing sympathy with Nazi attacks on the LGBTQ community in Germany in the 30s.
Pro-Kremlin disinformation seemingly has no limits. In Russia’s war on truth, no topic is too taboo, no claim too outrageous. But even so, amid the endless web of lies and misrepresentations, the disinformation campaign surrounding Russia’s downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 – a crime that took 298 innocent lives – stands out for its viciousness.
“Ex-Chancellor of Germany calls Crimea’s reunification with Russia legitimate,” the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti told. But it forgot to mention one important detail.
Analysis by De Groene Amsterdammer shows that in three days, the Internet Research Agency produced as many as 111,486 tweets. Out of this number, at least 65,000 tweets were blaming Ukraine for downing of the MH17 plane. The MH17 crash was the time of the biggest activity of Russian trolls ever.
How pro-Kremlin outlets used the ”Chernobyl” mini-series to spread well-known disinformation narratives.