Contents tagged with Propaganda

  • 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 …

  • Czech Foreign Ministry establishes special unit to combat Russian propaganda

    The Czech Foreign Ministry has established a unit to combat Russian propaganda and other external attempts to affect public opinion in the country, as was stated by the Czech Minister of the Interior, Milan Chovanec, during a conference on strategic communications.

    Participants in the event included guests from Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, USA, Slovakia, Poland, the Netherlands, Baltic States, NATO and the EU, representatives of law enforcement bodies, academics, diplomats and non- …

  • NATO acknowledged that it is losing the information war with Russia

    The NATO Command called on its allies in Western countries to actively combat the spread of misinformation that accompanies Russian military adventures, the Voice of America reported. The Director of NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Jānis Sārts, stated that the West is trying to catch up to the Russian Federation in this area.

    “The technology is ours. The powerhouses of the market are located in our countries. However, we are holding this discussion, feeling that players …

  • Ukrainian PM: Russia spends more than $1 billion on global propaganda

    Russia annually spends more than $1 billion to broadcast information to 500 million people with the "propaganda network", as stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, at the annual communication forum WCF Davos Kyiv, UKRINFORM reports.

    "The Russian Federation spends over a billion dollars on communication annually and covers its propaganda network audience of more than 500 million people. It says that by using unscrupulous communication, one may change the world. And here …

  • Russia allocated nearly $1 billion for propaganda in 2016

    According to Forbes, Russia allocated nearly 61 billion rubles ($900 million) from their 2016 budget towards propagandist media. This makes the state the largest donor of the Russian media market.

    This amount was received by both state-owned and private media organizations. Approximately 60% to 70% of the money is obtained in the form of subsidies. The rest of the funds are distributed between newspapers, magazines and TV channels once they win tenders for the placement of informational …

  • Russia Today organizes tour to the Crimea for foreign journalists

    Russian state-run TV channel Russia Today is organizing a trip for foreign journalists to visit the annexed Crimea. The visit is scheduled for the 16 of July. This was reported by a representative of the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (from 2011 to 2016) Yuriy Lukanov, in his blog for the online edition of Detector Medіa.

    Lukanov says he has a list of journalists who are planning to visit the occupied peninsula. It consists of 15 names. Among them are representatives of Radio Zones ( …

  • Montenegrin PM: Russia is attempting to turn the Balkans against the EU

    Russia's propagandists are taking efforts to spread anti-NATO, anti-EU sentiments across the Western Balkans, aimed at seizing influence in the region's countries, according to Montenegro's Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović. He is convinced that up to 30 percent of people in the region oppose Western integration.

    According to him, people in the lowest income brackets in a part of Europe where average GDP per capita is only €6,000 do not see the long term benefits of pro-EU economic reforms and …

  • Documentary film 'Donbas Seasons' caused a scandal in diplomatic circles

    The Ukrainian Ambassador to Tallinn, Viktor Kryzhanovsky, requested that an Italian documentary film called Donbass Seasons not be broadcast in the European Union. A major scandal has emerged in diplomatic circles over the Italian documentary film about the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    According to Rus.err (Estonian Public Broadcasting website), Kryzhanovsky appealed to the Estonian authorities with a request not to allow the screening of the documentary film Donbas Seasons in Estonia.

    As …

  • Polish citizen known for spreading Russian propaganda was denied entry into Ukraine

    The Security Service of Ukraine prohibited the entry of Tomasz Maciejczuk, who is well-known for his participation in spreading Russian propaganda in Europe, into Ukraine for five years, as Maciejczuk wrote on his Facebook page.

    “This morning, I came to the Polish-Ukrainian border in Dorohusk. The border guard took my passport and checked the information in the computer. I was invited into the office and told that I’m banned from entering Ukraine for five years. The ban was issue by the …

  • Media: Russian propagandist works for opponents of the Ukraine Association Agreement in the Netherlands

    The Russian propagandist, Sergey Markhel, is now working for the opponents of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Netherlands, as outlined in the article, "We Don’t Care about Ukraine: a Report on the Last Days of Campaigning in the Netherlands", published in Evropeyskaya Pravda. In the past, Markhel was often involved in organizing events for Russian Embassies in European Union countries.

    He is now involved in the campaign against the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement in the …