Disinformation Review

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 spreading key pro-Kremlin messaging. It does not necessarily imply however 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/or 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.

In the first two years of its existence, the EU vs Disinformation campaign has issued more than 75 Disinformation Review newsletters containing more than 3,300 cases of disinformation messages in 18 different languages. The product is regularly used and quoted by various governments, ministries, state agencies, secret services, researchers, think tanks and journalists across Europe and beyond.

The Disinformation Review is regularly posted on this website, delivered to subscribers’ mailboxes and published on the campaign’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can subscribe to the newsletter in English here and in Russian here.

Years of European horror

Years of European horror

Disinformation video about Europe legalising incest has spread on social media for years. But if effectively debunked, attempts to use social media to disinform the public can have a much shorter life cycle.

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Top 3 targets of disinformation

Top 3 targets of disinformation

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.

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What didn’t happen in 2017?

What didn’t happen in 2017?

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.

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Weaponising the Olympics

Weaponising the Olympics

The Winter Olympics ban “is a war against Russia”, we learned, as well as that “the Olympics have never been about sport, but war”.

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Disinformation playing on fears

Disinformation playing on fears

Disguised as journalism, the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign plays on fears and concerns. This week, the outlets focused on the “threat of the migrant”.

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Alternative peace and harmony

Alternative peace and harmony

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”.

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Pre-emptive distortion of facts: the Eastern Partnership Summit

Pre-emptive distortion of facts: the Eastern Partnership Summit

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.

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Disclaimer

The Disinformation Review focuses on key messages carried in the international information space, which have been identified as providing a partial, distorted or false view or interpretation and spreading key pro-Kremlin messaging. It does not necessarily imply, however, 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/or in line with identified 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 is therefore not considered an official EU position. Likewise, the news articles are based on the analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force, so information and opinions expressed are not 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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