Contents tagged with Propaganda

  • Dutch government: Russia trying to influence public opinion about MH17 crash

    Russian security services are spreading false news in the Netherlands to influence public opinion in the country, as stated by the Minister of the Internal Affairs of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, reports Dutch News.

    "The Netherlands is being monitored by the Russian security services among others;" the minister said, and noted that "we should not assume Russia is the only one.”

    According to Ollongren, spreading disinformation is not a new phenomenon, but it is "easy, anonymous, fast and …

  • Mogherini: EU supported the funding for the department to counter fake news

    Foreign ministers of the European Union member states at a meeting of the European Council supported strengthening and financing the European External Action Service’s “EU versus Disinformation” Department on countering fake news, said Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission, following the meeting.

    “I asked to beef up human resources and to increase financing for the three groups focused on strategic …

  • Ukraine expels Russian journalist working for propagandist channel

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned Anna Kurbatova, a journalist of the Channel One Russia, from entering the country. She was detained the day before for her "anti-Ukrainian activity," as indicated by an adviser to the head of the Interior Ministry, Zoryan Shkiryak, on his Facebook page.

    In response to Russian media reports about Kurbatova’s recent abduction, Shkiryak stated that kidnappings and torture are "methods exclusively practiced by Russian special services such as the …

  • U.S. Congress denies accreditation to the Russian agency Sputnik

    The Congressional Periodical Press Gallery committee, which deals with media accreditation, has refused to provide the Russian news agency Sputnik with a press pass, Radio Liberty reported.

    The Senate Periodical Press Gallery Director, Justin Wilson, stressed that accreditation is not given to media whose work is paid by a state.

    He also noted that the news agency could appeal against this decision.

    Sputnik correspondent Andrew Feinberg, Sputnik’s White House correspondent, called the …

  • Polish Media: The St. George ribbon is a sign of Russia's aggressive nationalism

    Russia has announced the beginning of a propagandist initiative. By May 9 it is going to distribute 100,000 Saint George ribbons abroad but even its allies are apprehensive of this plan.

    This was reported by Gazeta Wyborcza, adding that in Russia and some post-Soviet countries the ribbon is considered a symbol of the end of the Second World War. That's why it is massively distributed in the streets on the occasion of the celebration of the Victory Day on May 9.

    Distribution activities began …

  • Russian military created an 'information operations force'

    The Russian armed forces have created an information operations force, which will be tasked in counter-propaganda, Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu said, speaking on Wednesday in the Russian State Duma, as reported by Interfax.

    “An information operations force has been established that is more efficient and stronger,” Shoygu said, responding to a question about the need to recreate the administration, which would be engaged in counter-propaganda.

    "Propaganda must be smart, competent and …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs calls for blocking of social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki

    Advisor to the Ministrer of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zoryan Shkiryak called for the blocking of the social network sites Vkontakte (InContact) and Odnoklassniki (Classmates) in the country’s territory. It is necessary to block these sites because they are “completely controlled and run by the Russian Secret Service,” he said on Thursday, February 16 at a briefing in Kyiv.

    Shkiryak noted that the Russian Secret Service creates groups with “eloquent sounding patriotic names,” which do the …

  • Ukrainian intelligence: Russian TV prepared anti-Ukrainian documentaries to influence opinion about the Donbas

    According to Ukrainian intelligence officers, Russia’s main propaganda TV channels prepared high-profile “documentaries” in the Donbas in order to slander the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the press service of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported.

    “Russian command has intensified its measures to create provocative materials aimed at defaming the ATO forces and accusing them of violating the Minsk Agreements,” the Main Directorate of Intelligence says. …

  • Kremlin promised to take measures in response to European Parliament resolution to counter Russian media

    The Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, stated that the Kremlin is concerned about the trend towards restricted freedom of expression due to the adoption of the resolution regarding certain Russian media outlets and intends to take measures in response.

    “Of course, the trend towards attacks against the media, which are in fact, restrictions of press freedom, and freedom of expression, is a cause for deep concern. It contradicts the common understanding of …

  • German special service fears that Russia may intervene in election

    The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany is concerned that Russia may interfere in the 2017 Bundestag election campaigns.

    “Last year, we saw that Russia influenced the formation of public opinion in Germany. We are concerned that the same might happen next year,” this was said by the president of the agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, during an interview with Reuters.

    As an example of this, Maaßen mentioned the alleged kidnapping of a Russian girl named Lisa in Berlin. At …