Election meddling and pro-Kremlin disinformation: What you need to know
There is now a robust body of publicly available evidence that the Kremlin has attempted to interfere in numerous electoral processes around the world in recent years. Russia’s disinformation campaigns go beyond the election periods. They are well-organised and well-funded. The Kremlin uses a variety of methods and narratives to try to influence your vote. Sometimes it’s about playing on our emotions, while other times it’s about manipulating our thinking by distorting facts. These are just a few of the many examples.
Ahead of the European elections 2019, we have compiled the evidence of Kremlin’s meddling attempts on this page. Below you will find stories divided into three categories: 1.) How does Russia’s meddling and pro-Kremlin disinformation work? 2.) How has it been done in different countries? and 3) What can citizens themselves do?
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How does it work?
Methods of Foreign Electoral Interference
Russia’s election meddling toolkit consists of different methods, from information manipulation to hacking. These methods often overlap and complement each other, and are tailored to individual countries based on the Kremlin’s objectives. Here‘s how it works.
5 Common Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives
Narratives are at the heart of the Kremlin’s disinformation and influence efforts. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets use a standard set of narratives that work as templates for stories and are adapted for different audiences. Here are five of the most widely used ones.
How has it been done?
Information Manipulation in Elections and Referenda: Examples of Pro-Kremlin Disinformation in Figures
Russian electoral interference has taken many different forms around the world. Here are some numbers from recent elections and referenda that illustrate the magnitude of the threat.
How the St. Petersburg Troll Factory Targets Elections from Germany to the United States
The St. Petersburg “troll factory”, also known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), has become a central part of the Kremlin’s electoral interference playbook. Here‘s what you need to know about its tactics in numerous elections and referenda.
Tackling Disinformation à la Française
The 2017 French elections are a case study of the Kremlin’s influence methods. But they also show how a quick and transparent reaction to meddling, combined with broad cooperation across different sectors, can help control the damage. Here‘s how it happened.
“Ukraine will turn into a banana republic”: Ukrainian Elections on Russian TV
The Kremlin uses Ukraine as a testing ground for its disinformation operations, refining techniques that it will later apply in Europe and the US. Read how pro-Kremlin disinformation targeted Ukrainian elections 2019. Read more here.
What can you do?
Toolbox: Watch Out for These Warning Signs
Disinformation is a complex phenomenon with many tricks up its sleeve. Nobody is immune to it – but there are ways to become more aware and resilient. Check them out here.
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