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/or 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.
This week, pro-Kremlin disinformation time-travelled to medieval times, suggesting that the West and/or NATO planned to reduce Russia after the fall of the USSR to the size of the historical Grand Duchy of Moscow. For those who can't quite recall the borders of that...read more
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear, does it make a sound? It is a question that philosophers have been pondering for centuries. What about a nuclear bomb that falls over a Lithuanian village, and no one notices – did it happen? Well,...read more
In fairy tales, things have to be black and white and easy to understand. The villain is always cruel, horrible and insidious; the hero is pure, fair, and honest. A look at the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign shows us a similar picture. Once again this week, we...read more
This week, one of the most infamous of disinformation stories in the pro-Kremlin echo-chamber made it back to the headlines: the tragedy of flight MH17. As we have shown before, some key disinformation narratives often come back after a time in the shadows. And, as we...read more
There is one method of disinformation that only a few dare to use: the dissemination of “facts” which are completely and clearly contrary to the truth. But it is quite a common technique of pro-Kremlin disinformation. “Russia threatened to use nukes? US commission...read more
This last week there were many events across Europe to mark the end of World War II. In pro-Kremlin outlets, significant time was spent on twisting the narrative. Several TV shows on state TV in Russia focused on the theme. One, with the headline “For whom is the 9th...read more
Several European countries were subjected to pro-Kremlin disinformation over the past two weeks. It was claimed in Sputnik that Lithuania follows totalitarian laws and that all Baltic states use "Soviet methods to combat Sputnik journalists". No mention was made of...read more
Despite statements from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the incontrovertible laboratory results proving the use of sarin in the Khan Sheikhun area of southern Idlib in Syria, pro-Kremlin outlets kept to last week's practice of...read more
First spread contradictions... The chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun saw pro-Kremlin outlets employ the same disinformation techniques that they have used in past tragedies such as the shooting down of MH17, or after the murder of Boris Nemtsov and the attack...read more
This week, Germany was in the limelight of pro-Kremlin disinformation once again. There were several reports in Czech pro-Kremlin outlets accusing Germany of being the ruler of the Czech Republic and of hindering the country from entering the Eurozone, as well as...read more
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