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Russia Appears Concerned That Their Propaganda Programs Are Being Effectively Countered

What does Russia do when they are accused of something?

  1. Deny, deny, deny
  2. “What about this” (Whataboutism) Point at something else.
  3. “Prove it.”
  4. Finally, “don’t forget, we have nukes”

Alexandr Dugin wrote Russia’s first troll handbook, The First Russian Troll Handbook.  In it, he instructs trolls to attack the messenger, undermine their credibility, and discredit the message. RT, Sputnik, Rossiya Segodnya and all the other official Russian propaganda outlets have used the same techniques with fervor. 

Without a doubt, RT is not a news agency. This is proven when a “news article” becomes an opinion piece.  When “it seems to be focusing solely on the latter” is tacked onto the end of a sentence, the sentence becomes highly prejudicial and changes the entire genre into an opinion piece. Unfortunately, RT does not publish author names, so this article then becomes the highly prejudicial opinion of RT. 

Typical for an RT piece is the Tweet included from the EU Mythbusters that their website was down. Typical, because RT highlights anything which reflects negatively on a person, place, or thing. In this case, they are implying the new website is substandard. 

The most interesting paragraph is this single sentence, “[t]he document went even further, placing Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).  When testimony to the US Congress, when FBI reports, when speeches by a Secretary of State, the Vice President, and even the sitting US President, stated that Russian propaganda is a national threat – this places RT, Sputnik, and all the rest of the Russian propaganda machine on par with ISIS. Terrorists. The scourge of the earth. A threat to our very way of life. American freedom and democracy.

Yes, you, RT.  You.

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EU launches new ‘single resource’ website to counter ‘Russian propaganda’

Published time: 12 Sep, 2017 18:28

An EU agency, specifically tasked with fighting what the West terms ‘Russia propaganda,’ has launched its new website to provide Europeans with “a single resource” to “enlighten” them about alleged “pro-Kremlin propaganda.”

The site was launched in English, German and Russian. It’s part of the ongoing “EU vs disinformation” campaign waged by the EU’s East Stratcom Task Force.

“Today we launch our new website, providing you with a single resource on addressing the challenge of pro-Kremlin disinformation,” a statement on the website says.

“This website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation,” it says further.

The webpage features a “searchable database of disinformation cases” and “interactive statistics” on the number of alleged disinformation cases, as well as on countries that are most frequently mentioned in what is perceived as “pro-Kremlin propaganda.”

Even though a disclaimer on the page says the Disinformation Review “focuses on key messages carried in the international information space, which have been identified as providing a partial, distorted or false view or interpretation and/or spreading key pro-Kremlin messaging,” it seems to be focusing solely on the latter.

The group also runs pages on Facebook and Twitter that are also aimed at revealing “manipulation and disinformation in pro-Kremlin media.” Its Facebook page called “EU vs Disinformation” was created in June 2016 while its “EU Mythbusters” Twitter page has been active since November 2015.

Both social media pages use slogan that bears a striking resemblance to RT’s “Question More” catchphrase. “Don’t be deceived. Question even more,” it reads.

The East Stratcom Task Force was formed as part of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in early 2015 to tackle what the EU perceives as Russian propaganda. The EU said the group was tasked with countering disinformation about the Union and its policies in the “Russian language space.”

The EU’s “eastern European partners” – the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – were designated as their target audience.

In early 2017, the group received extra personnel and additional funding. The move came ahead of national elections in several European countries, including France, the Netherlands and Germany.

In November 2016, the European Parliament also adopted a non-legislative resolution which called for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia” and listed RT and the Sputnik news agency as one of the most dangerous “tools of hostile propaganda.”

Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to “distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.”

The document went even further, placing Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

President Vladimir Putin said at the time that the EU Parliament’s resolution demonstrates “political degradation” in regard to the “idea of democracy” in the West.

The move was also criticized by the Russian envoy to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, who said the EU tries to “erase the perception of Russia as an indispensable part of the European civilization from the public conscience” and to “create a wall of alienation and mistrust between our peoples.”



2 thoughts on “Russia Appears Concerned That Their Propaganda Programs Are Being Effectively Countered

  1. Excellent. In addition to listing some Baba Vanga prophecies under disinformation, they also called my attention to this piece of disinfo on reducing Russia to Muscovy, which I have been saying for months is a brilliant idea. Russia needs management reorganization which likely includes downsizing of its land mass. It is ironically in many ways Russia’s embrace of mythology which led to the end of Muscovy which keeps us locked to their medieval traditions today. Had Muscovy persisted, we might assume it would be a culturally modern state like the rest of Europe. (Promising large swathes of Siberia to the populations of India and China for expansion would also be perhaps a good incentive for them to back such an initiative. Letting Russia, er Muscovy, retain mineral rights for leases would be a good source of wealth for Muscovy. Everyone wins. )

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