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Information War

The digital age has fueled propaganda and disinformation all across the globe. This Current follows coverages patterns in Russia and in the West and decodes the hidden agendas behind them.

Information War: Disinformation Corrupts the Internet in Russia’s Favor

Introduction

The Internet age has been subverted by the ability to easily and quickly manipulate facts, images and people

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

Perspective

Can the West respond to Moscow’s information attacks without using the same tactics?

In Putin’s Russia, Ivan the Terrible Becomes Ivan the Terrific

Dispatch

How far will Russians go to accommodate Moscow’s rewrite of history?

Meet Russia Today’s All-American Satirist

Dispatch

Comedian Lee Camp scoffs at allegations that his show is Kremlin propaganda

How Sloppy Reporting in the U.S. Can Fuel Russian Disinformation

Dispatch

Russian State Media were Quick to Pick up on the Washington Times Reporting Fake News

Jailed for a Like: Episode One

Video

Episode One: Pokemon Games

Trump: Making Russia Great Again

Dispatch

How did Russian media cover the U.S. inauguration?

Outside Looking In: A Russian Filmmaker Fights Censorship from Abroad

Feature

Vitaly Mansky’s film festival Artdocfest is thriving despite tightening restrictions on dissent in Russia

Why Has a Kremlin-Controlled News Network Become a Hit in the West?

Feature

Coda asked westerners why they trust news from a network whose head has a direct phone line to the Kremlin

The Czech Republic’s Phantom Muslim Menace

Feature

Pro-Kremlin media have found fertile ground for Islamophobia in a country where most people have no personal experience with Islam

Weaponizing History: World War II Memorial Attackers Aim To Divide Poland and Ukraine

Feature

The two allies claim Moscow is using their fraught wartime history to stir up suspicions between them

Disinformation in Action: Social Media Users Catch Sputnik International Accusing Georgia of Legalizing ‘Sodomy,’ ‘Lesbianism’

Dispatch

Jailed for a Like | Episode Two: When Caring Becomes a Crime

Video

Episode Two: When Caring Becomes a Crime

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Dispatch

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its dictator. And that could be bad news for Lukashenko himself

Russian Propaganda Exploits Ethnic Tensions To Keep Macedonia Looking Inward, Not Westward

Dispatch

Why Has Russia’s Propaganda Machine Set its Sights on Belarus?

Dispatch

Some Belarusian observers see the campaign as a replay of Moscow’s Ukraine tactics

How (Not To) Cover Lies

Perspective

As journalists try to figure out how to cover a “post-factual” world, they should look at Ukraine for lessons

Manipulating Elections Via Twitter in Armenia

Dispatch

Legitimate accounts suspended while suspected bots spread fake news of Western interference

Jailed for a Like | Episode Three: Silencing the Poet

Video

Episode Three: Silencing the Poet

Czechs Struggle to Sort Facts From Fears Over Russian Influence

Dispatch

Many are wary of renewed Russian meddling, but could overstating the threat play into Putin’s hands?

Confessions of a (Former) State TV Reporter

Dispatch & Video

After working for Kremlin TV, a Russian reporter explains how the state turns journalists into propagandists

Russian Authorities Appear to Deem Original Historical Research Dangerous

Dispatch

Russian Blogger Given 3 1/2 Year Suspended Sentence for Pokemon Go Video

Dispatch

Episode One: Pokemon Games

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

Dispatch

In Germany, a Battle Against Fake News Stumbles into Legal Controversy

Dispatch

Some in Germany want social networks to decide what news is fake or ever illegal. It may not be so easy

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

Feature

Jailed for a Like | Episode Four: A Family Accused of Extremism

Video

Episode Four: A Family Accused of Extremism

Campaigning to Destroy: How Moscow Authorities Promoted Mass Housing Demolition

Dispatch

The propaganda campaign promoting Moscow’s new housing demolition program was, without a doubt, aggressive. But was it convincing enough?

Punitive Psychiatry Reemerges in Post-Soviet States

Feature

Discarded after the Soviet collapse, punitive psychiatry has reappeared again in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, as well as in some neighboring states.

Jailed for a Like | Episode Five: Criticism or Terrorism?

Video

Episode Five: Criticism or Terrorism?

Russian Disinformation: Everywhere? Nowhere? Neither?

Dispatch

In America, debate over the reach of Moscow propaganda heats up and scrambles political alliances

Putin’s surprise Myanmar challenge from Chechnya

Dispatch

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but now he is openly defying the Kremlin by taking sides with the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Welcome to North Korea: The World’s Safest Fashion Hotspot

Dispatch

As Russia seeks a bigger role in the Korean standoff, there is a new narrative for the isolated dictatorship: a trendsetting tourism destination, safe under a nuclear umbrella

How Russia is Trying to Redress North Korea’s image

Russia’s leading state TV channel is selling a new narrative for the isolated dictatorship, as a fashion destination

Russian Military Exercise Sparks Information War

Dispatch

The speculation surrounding Russia’s “Zapad” military exercises may suit both Moscow and its Western rivals