Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Putin’s Power Ebbing, Is United Russia Panicking?


If Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, is unpopular and cannot retain power and authority, what are they to do?  Why cheat, of course. Lie, cheat, steal, and in this case, cancel elections and try to delegitimize the probable winner’s qualifications – to disqualify him.  All this does is turn “Communist wunderkind” Valentin Konovalov into a… Continue reading Putin’s Power Ebbing, Is United Russia Panicking?

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russian Information Warfare Continues, Morphing And Adapting


Russian information warfare is ceaselessly attacking the West, but its tactics, tools, and focus continually change as the situation morphs. We have been ‘sensitized’ to fake news, but the accusation of fake news has also become political fodder, as well, muddying the waters. Some efforts by the Russians, most specifically USAReally, have been blunted, but… Continue reading Russian Information Warfare Continues, Morphing And Adapting

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · Ukraine

Russia Loses the War of the Churches (15)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. Excerpts from  a two-part discussion follow:  I’m painfully aware that the Sviatohirsk Lavra is “officially” part of the UOC – Moscow Patriarch (MP). But that looks like a part of the old naming nomenclature.  I’m wondering if parts of the UOC are going to have to make an allegiance call… Continue reading Russia Loses the War of the Churches (15)

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · Ukraine

Former DPR Igor “Strelkov” Girkin Claims His Bodyguards Were Monks


Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, born Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, made a statement yesterday which is dubious and reflects poor judgment if true.   Girkin, as you may recall, was the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, which is located in Donbas, Ukraine. Girkin was later proven to be an FSB Colonel. Girkin also claimed to have shot down… Continue reading Former DPR Igor “Strelkov” Girkin Claims His Bodyguards Were Monks

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia — October 12, 2018


If you’re interested in Russia, you’ll love Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia. RFE/RL’s news editor dissects some of the key developments over the previous week and offers some of the takeaways going forward. Every Friday, direct to your in-box. Click here to subscribe View this e-mail in your browser right here! or share this content via The… Continue reading Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia — October 12, 2018

Disinformation · Information operations · Information Warfare · Reflexive Control · Russia

Thesis: Reflexive Control and Disinformation in Putin’s Wars


Francis King, University of Colorado at Boulder  Download Date of Award Spring 1-1-2018 Document Type: Thesis Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA) Department: Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures First Advisor Artemi Romanov Second Advisor Mark Leiderman Third Advisor Laura Olson Osterman Abstract The use of reflexive control (RC) and disinformation in the Russian conduct of… Continue reading Thesis: Reflexive Control and Disinformation in Putin’s Wars

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russia hits a snag in developing a hypersonic weapon – after Putin said it was already in production


Russia and Putin have a credibility problem, as in a lack of credibility.  Putin said Russia’s hypersonic weapon was in production but they are trying to find critical carbon fiber components to shield internal components from heat.  Heat will cause failures.  Another failure is not informing President Putin that Russia cannot put the hypersonic weapon… Continue reading Russia hits a snag in developing a hypersonic weapon – after Putin said it was already in production