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. Read more about the terminology of the Disinformation Review here. 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 and a half years of its existence, the EU vs Disinformation campaign has issued more than 102 Disinformation Review newsletters containing more than 3,800 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.
When the aim is not to inform but to disinform the audience, getting caught lying does not actually harm achieving these goals. This week both tactics and images were recycled to confuse the audience.read more
Lately we have seen that two campaigns, targeting separated events, started to merge into one another within the pro-Kremlin disinformation space. For an untrained eye, that might seem surprising. But when nothing is true, everything is possible.read more
Immediately after the reports of a suspected chemical attack in Syrian Douma appeared, Russia reignited its disinformation campaign on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.read more
The Russian foreign ministry, top-level diplomats, main state-controlled TV channels and global companies like Russia Today and Sputnik are all involved in delivering multiple theories on the poisoning.read more
Pro-Kremlin outlets went into overdrive in response to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning and attempted murder of former Russian spy Skripal on British soil. It can be hard to find your way out once you are in the disinformation swamp. Don’t step into it.read more
Repetition is one of the most powerful and frequent techniques used by the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. And framing Russia as a victim of Western aggression and “Russophobia” is one of the key disinforming narratives. This week, we saw both neatly combined.read more
In pro-Kremlin disinformation, it is sanctions – and not the illegal action they respond to – that are referred to as undermining global stability. This is confusing cause and effect: a case of the chicken or the egg.read more
White Helmets are discredited and framed as collaborating with terrorists by pro-Kremlin disinformation.read more
Amid the noise of disinformation, one of the regular techniques is the repetition of extreme language.read more
This week in pro-Kremlin disinformation, we noticed ample usage of the term “war”.read more
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