Russian journalists intend to de-mask Kremlin propaganda together with the Ukrainian media

Russian journalists have expressed their support for Ukrainian colleagues and stated their solidarity in monitoring the propagandist lies of Kremlin mass media.

This is said in a statement signed by 15 Russian journalists, reports “Yezhednevniy Zhurnal.”  Continue reading

Fakes of Russian propaganda – 2

Radio Svoboda continues to survey how Russian media and individual social media users manipulate the public opinion by pretending that photographs and footage from various places all over the globe come from the Ukrainian events. The compilation was prepared by Ihor Losyk.  Continue reading

Russian Propaganda. Cheka Propagandists Are Taking Over the Western Social Networks

The German newspaper Die Welt has reported about the presence of Cheka-style propaganda in the West in its article “Cyberwar: anatomy of the Russian informational war in the networks” (Anatomie des russischen Infokriegs in Netzwerken).  The newspaper writes:

In the Ukrainian conflict Putin’s secret services are implementing new methods.  Cyber warriors, who are controlled by the Kremlin, are infiltrating the social networks and are forming propaganda alliances with left-wing and right-wing radicals. Continue reading

The Russian Disease

by Mikhailo Dubynianskiy, Ukrayinska Pravda

The first great outburst of syphilis in Europe in the end of the fifteenth century is connected the crusade of French King Charles VIII to Italy. His army of many thousands became the source of the contagion, followed by a hoard of prostitutes.

Soon the expression “the French disease” has entered circulation. However, of course, it was completely arbitrary: the international illness did not forego anyone, starting from Pope Alexander VI and up to Emperor Rudolph II Hapsburg.

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Twitter account linked to Russia Today posing as Euromaidan PR

Since mid-March, Euromaidan Russian Propaganda  (Euromaidan RP) has been using the Euromaidan PR name to post separatist, anti-Kyiv, anti-Western propaganda and disinformation in an apparent effort to discredit Euromaidan PR. Because they use the Euromaidan PR hashtag, it is possible that people using that hashtag to search for us on Google or Twitter may find fake news.

As of May 4, Euromaidan RP has six followers. Several of their 240 tweets are retweets of material from RT, including articles and videos from RT’s YouTube channel. Euromaidan RP’s own material generally consists of anti-Kyiv and anti-Western propaganda.

All of Euromaidan RP’s tweets appear to bear the Euromaidan PR name, but it is easy to distinguish between a Euromaidan RP tweet and a Euromaidan PR tweet. Continue reading

Putin’s Propaganda Machine and Ukraine’s Informational Weakness

Glib Kanevsky, expert at the Center of Political Studies and Analysis

April 1, 2014

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Crimean referendum billboard. Photo frankensstein.livejournal.com

The international diplomatic establishment suddenly awakened to the blood-thirsty bear with the revanchist mindset. But this animal is not brutal or dumb. In that, it resembles Hitler’s Germany. In the past, the world gazed surprised as capable German people chose to support a bloody dictator. Here is one answer to the puzzle: the gigantic propaganda machine that is working the minds of the Russians.

“When Crimea suddenly found itself a part of another country, Russia felt not just mugged but robbed clean,” stressed Vladimir Putin and annexed Crimea. The planned bacchanalia at the Kremlin’s St. George Hall may not have happened if the residents of the peninsula boycotted the illegal referendum. It may not have happened if the residents of the peninsula had no desire to join Russia. But they did. Continue reading

Kremlin’s Gremlins: pro-Russian trolls have Kremlin IP addresses

We well know that the World Wide Web has been used for a long time as a tool to manipulate public opinion, as has been demonstrated in the past with the invasion of Iraq in 2003. But never before has the manipulation reached such a level as the Kremlin has taken it to for the past few years.

The Saint Petersburg Times describes how they uncovered a troll operation aimed at political opponents and American politics, culture, and way of life. Continue reading

Does Taking Russian TV off the Air in Ukraine Qualify as Censorship?

By Iryna Chulivska (Institute for Mass Information) for Ukrainska Pravda, March 24, 2014

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Photo caption: Dmitry Kiselev: “Veterans are burned alive during the Liberation Day in Kherson.”

Working for a journalist human rights organization, I frequently have to face the facts of censorship. We collect data on instances of censorship and talk with journalists who fell victim to it, so we decided, instead of keeping quiet, to track this phenomenon by monitoring mass media. Thus, my familiarity with censorship extends beyond reading Wikipedia.

When talks emerged about the possibility of taking Russian TV channels off the air on the territory of Ukraine, some Western politicians took this as censorship. If one does not look any further, it may indeed appear, at first glance, that such a step amounts to encroachment on the freedom of speech.

But there is one “but.” Continue reading

Wage a media-war in Russian!

1380293_518544324929902_507880401_nBy Robert van Voren

Since the crisis in Ukraine took the shape of a fundamental conflict between a growing part of the Ukrainian people and a government of “crooks and swindlers” that, as it later turned out, managed to rob the nation of an approximate 70 billion euro, Russian friends have asked me with increasing urgency for independent media sources to help them follow the events. Initially, when it was not yet clear in what way the standoff would end and the atmosphere at Maidan was still quite joyful, the requests were mainly the result of curiosity, rather than a urgent need to know what was actually happening on the ground. Russian media downplayed the size of the demonstrations, referring to “several thousand” of them, while in fact some 800,000 demonstrators filled Independence Square and all the surrounding streets and alleys. It resulted in jokes in the social media, e.g. a photo of the massive demonstrations with the text: “Special for Russian TV: we are not here.”  Continue reading