What do the Western "climate hoax" and the newest Russian doping scandal have in common? Russophobia, of course! And this week's bonus: the EUvsDisinfo database has surpassed 7000 cases!
The old nemesis never gets tired: this week, according to Russian-language pro-Kremlin media, the US is planning to take over the Kaliningrad region, organising an information attack against South Ossetia, and creating a belt of instability around Russia.
This week the Disinformation Review comes to you straight from Georgia, the land of ancient traditions, home of the “first Europeans”, site of unique modern architecture and one of the favourite targets of the pro-Kremlin disinformation.
Just as the cartomancer carefully observes the client, the disinformation outlet attempts to create rapport with the audience. The Kremlin disinformation operatives perform skillful tricks with cards, hoping that no one is calling their bluff.
The usual fever dreams of the pro-Kremlin media were out in full force this week, milking the entire spectrum of master narratives that are the hallmark of Russia's disinformation machinery.
The Disinformation Review is EUvsDisinfo’s weekly newsletter. Issued every Thursday, it summarises the main pro-Kremlin disinformation trends observed across the disinfo cases collected throughout the week, and includes our latest news and analysis. It is available in English, Russian, and now German (as of October 2019).
Since its launch in November 2015, the Review has tracked the evolution of pro-Kremlin disinformation across a collection of more than 6,500 cases in 18 languages. These cases, together with their disproofs, are contained in our public database – the only searchable, open-source repository of its kind. All issues of the Disinfo Review are also chronologically archived on this page.
While the Review is written specifically for a public audience, it is an important resource for experts and policy makers as well. Over the years, it has been referenced and quoted by political leaders, ministries, think tanks, and journalists throughout Europe and beyond.
What makes a pro-Kremlin disinformation case?
The EUvsDisinfo database is dedicated to identifying and exposing disinformation narratives originating in pro-Kremlin media across the EU and Eastern Partnership countries. As of 2019, our monitoring capabilities also expose disinformation spread in the Western Balkans and the EU’s Southern neighbourhood.
In identifying disinformation cases, we focus on messages that provide a partial, distorted, or false depiction of fact-based reality, in line with established pro-Kremlin narratives. We use two criteria to determine whether a disinformation message is included in the database: 1) the message is verifiably false or misleading, according to the publicly available factual evidence and 2) the message originates in a Kremlin-funded media outlet or other information source that has clear links to the Russian Federation. Due to an EEAS policy change in 2018, we no longer include European outlets in the database. Read more about EUvsDisinfo’s terminology here.
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