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Russian disinformation in Eastern Europe, October 10-16 – a summary report

Russian disinformation in Eastern Europe, October 10-16 – a summary report

The Ukraine War Disinfo Working Group is glad to present the report on Kremlin propaganda around the Russia-Ukraine war in the region.
Trends of the week:

  • The only way to peace is negotiations with Russia. Yet, the West is still interested in the war to be continued, that’s why they block every attempt of Moscow and Kyiv to start the peace negotiations. As Gen. Surovikov said, Russia is fighting the whole NATO in Ukraine.
  • Nuclear disaster is imminent. Different voices tell different story: that Ukrainians are going to use the nuclear bomb against Russia; that Ukrainians are preparing a false-flag nuclear explosion on its territory; that nuclear weapon will be used by Russia and neighbouring countries will be affected (the governments are therefore criticized for provoking Russia, and ignoring nuclear preparedness).
  • Ukraine commits terrorist attacks against Russian civilian population and infrastructure. This is about both the attack on the Crimean Bridge and the bavovnas on the territories controlled by Russia. On the one hand, this is a sheer example of traditional Russian whataboutism; on the other, this is used to justify Russian missile attack on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure in October 10.
  • General Armageddon. Gen. Surovikov becomes a new face of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Propaganda makes a hero and macho out of him; finally, the Russian army has a commander that will “smash Ukrainians” and Russia will “start fighting in full capacity”.

Click here to download the report.

This report is a result of cooperation between 11 NGOs, think-tanks and researchers associated in the Ukraine War Disinfo Working Group. The group members monitor the narratives that appear on pro-Kremlin websites and in social media in eleven countries of Central and Eastern Europe on a daily basis. During monitoring, particular emphasis is placed on the narratives related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Group was founded in cooperation with Open Information Partnership

Partners: Civic Resilience Initiative (Lithuania), Analyses and Alternatives (Bulgaria), Prague Security Studies Initiative (Czechia), GRASS (Georgia), Atlatszo (Hungary), MOCT (North Macedonia), Fakenews.pl (Poland), Slovak Security Policy Institute (Slovakia), Detector Media (Ukraine), DebunkEu.org (Lithuania).


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