Building Swedish Resilience

Building Swedish Resilience

Earlier this month, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced that his government intends to take measures to raise resilience in Swedish society in the run-up the 2018 elections, due to the attempts seen in other countries to influence the outcome of elections....

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Germany announces next steps against fake news

Germany announces next steps against fake news

As we have reported on several occasions, (e.g. here and here), the fight against fake news online sees new initiatives in different countries. This week, the German government announced that they wish to increase the pressure on social networks to stop defamation,...

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Russians leaving the EU in droves?

Russians leaving the EU in droves?

"Disappointed with life abroad, Russians now return to Russia". This headline went viral in Russian media last week after its initial publication in Kremlin-loyal Izvestiya. It was quickly picked up and quoted by pro-Kremlin outlets, among them Komsomolskaya Pravda,...

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“Because of Crimea. We basically took it.”

“Because of Crimea. We basically took it.”

"Who taught you that?" So this school boy is asked after he has written "We are not slaves!" on the blackboard. The problem is obviously not the handwriting, which is perfect. The problem is the slogan, which has been used by Russia's opposition at protests against...

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Let the wolf guard the sheep

Let the wolf guard the sheep

"In a post-truth world, it's sometimes hard to distinguish between what is real and what is fake news". This is how Russia Today (RT) presents its most recent initiative called "FakeCheck". According to RT, which is fully funded by the Russian authorities, the project...

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Twitter as a fool tool

Twitter as a fool tool

The Russian Embassy to the UK has come up with an inventive new way of spreading its messages. According to the Guardian, it recruits volunteers to help amplify Twitter bots in spreading tweets the Embassy considers "most important". These volunteers are found by...

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Not a laughing matter

Not a laughing matter

Russian comedy show KVN is by far the most popular entertainment programme in the history of Soviet and post-Soviet television. It was first broadcast in 1961 and is a comedy talent show where students from different university teams compete in satire, parody and...

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When silence speaks

When silence speaks

In spite of strong political pressure and control, Russian media still compete every day over the attention of their audiences. But not all stories that attract the audiences' interest can be told. This month's sensation in Russian social media was an inquiry which...

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Homophobic hate speech on Russian TV

Homophobic hate speech on Russian TV

Being gay is a mental disease, and same-sex marriage is not much different from someone marrying your dog. With this kind of messaging, pro-Kremlin media aim to paint an image of Russia as a safe haven for traditional values, in contrast with an image of Europe as a...

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500 bloggers ready to attack Ukraine and the EU

500 bloggers ready to attack Ukraine and the EU

It is almost impossible to quantify all the resources involved in pro-Kremlin disinformation. Dozens of official Russian state media are amplified by hundreds of suspicious websites and blogs across Europe and the US, their messaging replicated by hundreds of...

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