Category: Analytics

Russia’s Media Ecosystem and COVID-19 Propaganda Narratives

Olga Kevere, strategic director of iSANS

Russia now faces a full-fledged COVID-19 crisis at home. The Russian media are diverting attention from the domestic situation and therefore is not reporting on prison riots, outbreaks and lockdowns across the country.

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But Russia Has Not Changed Its Strategy over COVID-19

Maria Avdeeva, European Expert Association, expert of iSANS
Vlad Kobec, executif director of iSANS

While Russia aims to use a proven strategy and see the lifting of sanctions by the EU, the Kremlin’s ultimate concern is to restore former imperial greatness.

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Oleksandr DANYLYUK, Center for Defense Reforms

The unrest and riots that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death is more evidence that a hybrid war is being waged against the United States, aimed at undermining its moral leadership. The war has a clear plan and intent but continues to go unnoticed in the U.S. While experts point out that Russia and China, through their official and covert tools on social media, are actively supporting the protests in the United States, only a few American politicians are timidly claiming the possibility of Russia’s involvement in the riots. The majority of observers remain silent.

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Although the phenomenon of foreign-led disinformation has existed for almost a century, there is no single solution to counter it, due to the very nature of this method – and will probably never be. Instead of trying to find a magic recipe, we should rather strive to prepare members of the public, government, defense and security agencies, journalists and others to be less vulnerable to such disinformation and to build up the resilience of the society. 

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