: Russia intensifies info-war with assistance in the West

17:54 May. 25, 2016

Russia intensifies info-war with assistance in the West

A worker of Russian propaganda chanel “Life News” wears a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on his head. (GettyImages)

Kremlin trolls attack the NATO summit, E.U. sanctions and Jamala's victory at Eurovision

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets eagerly report about "Venice Parliament vote to recognize the Crimean peninsula as part of the Russian Federation and to lift the E.U. sanctions imposed against Russia", DisinformationReview reports. The story first appeared on the online version of Russian newspaper Izvestia and quickly reached other websites. Although the council of the Italian region of Veneto indeed adopted a resolution calling to lift E.U. sanctions imposed on Russia and to recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation, pro-Kremlin journalists failed to mention that the council has no authority over Italy's foreign policy and the resolution on Crimea is not binding.

"NATO still on the Kremlin's agenda"

Another issue chosen by Kremlin commentators to speculate is the upcoming NATO summit to be held in July in Warsaw. It has been repeated the United States are "trying to encircle Russia", Washington is "preparing for war" and the "militarisation of the Baltic region increases the likelihood of a military conflict" there. Additionally, several Russian and Czech disinformation outlets recycled the well-known narrative, according to which the U.S. anti-missile system in Eastern Europe is being built with the aim of threatening Russia.

"Nazis, Nazis everywhere!"

A frequently used formula by pro-Kremlin journalists and commentators is labeling Russia's adversaries as "radicals", "nationalists", "Nazis" or "fascists".

The term "Ukro-fascist", which had practically become an epithet of the Ukrainian government in the Kremlin's narrative, was repeated in a recent disinformation video published by the so-called "South-East Information-Analytical Agency". In the video, it was also reported that nationalist Turkish mercenaries (the so-called Grey Wolves) help the Ukrainian army in Donbass.

Read also DW: Behind Russia's TV propaganda machine

As already mentioned above, another victim of the pro-Kremlin media's smear campaign is Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's former security advisor. Brzezinski was called a "fascist leader" by Georgian newspaper Asaval Dasavali. According to the newspaper, his motto is: "we destroyed the Soviet Union, now it is the turn of Orthodoxy."

Some other pro-Russian media labeled the European Union "a Nazi brainchild" while the Bulgarian propaganda newspaper declared Jamala won Eurovision 2016 with a "fascist song".

Read also French TV channel busts Russian journos on facts distortion

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