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.
We have seen plenty of disinformation targeting Europe this week. A Czech disinformation outlet wrote that the Council of Europe enforced a rule that Czech children are stolen from their mothers, in order to privilege the LGBT community and help the islamization of...read more
On Saturday we remembered that it has been three years since Russia illegally annexed a part of Ukraine. This was highlighted by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini's statement reiterating that the European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of...read more
During the course of the last week we have seen several old recurring narratives in pro-Kremlin disinformation. One favourite is to focus on the alleged occurrence of a nuclear accident in Ukraine. While not forgetting or denying the real accident in Chernobyl in...read more
Pro-Kremlin outlets have engaged on the “fake news” debate this week, managing to find angles to criticise Western countries and present Russia in a positive light. The English version of Sputnik informed that the EU is spreading fake news about Russia among its...read more
If last week the focus was on the evil West, then this week we saw that narrative embellished with repeated messaging about how good Russia is. These two overarching narratives describing the pro-Kremlin world are often used together: Russia is good, the West is evil....read more
This week, we saw plenty of depictions of 'the evil West' in the pro-Kremlin media. In our recent commentary, we mentioned that one of the common techniques of the disinformation campaign is to use outright falsifications. And many examples of the technique presented...read more
We have reported several times in the past that the increased violence in Donbass is usually preceded and accompanied by an increased amount of disinformation in pro-Kremlin media. The last week only confirmed this observation - and most of the tracked outlets have...read more
In 2014, NATO's General Philipp Breedlove talked about Russia waging "the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare" in relation to obfuscating over its intervention in Ukraine. This week we have seen the "fog...read more
Two well-worn disinformation narratives featured prominently in the stories we uncovered this week. We learned from Russian state TV that Brussels is a dangerous place to live and that thousands - yes, literally thousands - of women are sexually assaulted on the...read more
The pro-Kremlin outlets enjoy accusing others of being Nazi. Most frequently, this insult targets the Ukrainians and the people in the three Baltic states. But practically anything and anyone opposing the Kremlin's interests can be "Nazi", e.g. the anti-Soviet...read more
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