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 four years of its existence, the EU vs Disinformation campaign has issued more than 140 Disinformation Review newsletters containing more than 5,000 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, we saw how distorted figures were used as parts of larger pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns.read more
By carefully tracking back the movement of the BUK missile that was used to shoot down flight MH17, the international investigation could finally show that it was a Russian BUK. This week, we retrace the tracks of the disinformation circulating concerning the downing of flight MH17.read more
What could genocide and Nazis possibly have in common with the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Nothing would be the most obvious answer. But for the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigners all these three topics serve as sources of inspiration.read more
This week, we saw two disinformation tools combined: hacking and accusations that Western authorities are hiding problems.read more
How Russia tried to discredit the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and use it as a platform for the disinformation campaign.read more
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
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