"Russian Propaganda"

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Interest of • Hannes Adomeit
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• Stephen Dalziel
• EU Disinfolab
• Integrity Initiative
• Victor Madeira
• Ben Nimmo
• PropOrNot
• Greg Rowett
• StopFake
"Russian Propaganda" is much talkad about recently by NATO-aligned countries.

This page is about the charge levelled against Russia by other nation states. Non-to be confused with actual propaganda by Russia.

"Russian Propaganda" is a component of the 21st century effort to reboot the Cold War. This page summarises this modern meme, many components of which itself looks increasingly like NATO propaganda.

Official narrative

The NATO official narrative is that Russia engages in propaganda, unlike Western countries.[citation needed]


Template:GT The origins of the modern promotion of the concept of "Russian Propaganda" are unclear.


Full article: PropOrNot

In 2016, as part of the "Fake News Website" project, an unidentified group set up PropOrNot. This published a list of 200 sites that it claimed were engaged in "Russian propaganda". Some such as RT were Russian run, others (such as this website) have no known Russian connection.

PropOrNot did not claim they were all organised by Russia and specifically included sites which were unknowingly repeating "Russian Propaganda", which it referred to as "useful idiots".

As projection

Purported "Russian Propaganda" may in som instances be in the eye of the beholder - i.e. a psychological projection of the intentions of those who are themselves spreading propaganda against Russia.

Specific rebuffs

US weapons shipments to Syrian

In 2017 Bulgaria journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva received documents from 'Anonymous Bulgaria' pertaining to shipment of US weapons. Her article, which included document scans, suggested that the CIA was using diplomatic flights to transfer US groups such as the Al Nusra Front.

In an August 2018 opinion piece entitled ‘Fake News’ Takes to the Air, Sam Ross for International Policy Digest described Gaytandzhieva as an "overly ambitious reporter who had previously never written in English let alone on matters as intricate as airline diplomacy." He claimed that the story was part of a "‘Black PR’ campaign... to besmirch the reputation of and the relationships hosted by longstanding U.S. military contractors such as Silk Way Airlines". He claimed that the source documents stemmed from a July 2017 "hack made on the Azerbaijani Embassy of Bulgaria, undertaken by ‘Anonymous Bulgaria’ (with IP-address roots linked to Russia)". He cited no sources for his information and did not link to the article concerned.[1]


Related Quotations

Integrity Initiative/Purposes“Moreover, the “war” mindset is being pumped into the Russian population. It is one of the great successes of Putin’s propaganda offensive”Chris Donnelly19 January 2018
PropOrNot“the following are tropes/slurs primarily used by Russian propaganda:
Neocon”, “neoliberal”, “Zionist”, “corporatist”, “warmonger”, “Rothschild”, “imperialist”, & “establishment”.”
7 January 2019

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:The Kremlin's Trojan Horses.pdfpaper18 November 2016Alina Polyakova
Marlene Laruelle
Stefan Meister
Neil Barnett
A cartoonishly over-the-top piece of anti-Russian hysteria from the Atlantic Council.


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