Moscow’s Disinformation War
“In the French newspaper Le Figaro, a pro-Russian supplement is tucked inside. On the surface, it appears to be part of the newspaper, but its overt positive spin on Russian foreign policy and President Vladimir Putin reveals it’s a ploy to persuade readers to believe falsehoods. The Russian propaganda machine running rampant in Europe seeks to confuse and manipulate current news events to offer misleading but convincing theories that show Russia in a positive light. The aim of such media manipulation, in many instances, is to destabilize Ukraine and discredit European leaders who oppose Russia.
In response to this informational onslaught, the European Commission in March 2015 tasked the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, with developing a strategic communication plan that would decode these manipulative reports and bring Russia’s information campaign to light. Potential solutions discussed include creating a website spelling out factual deceptions, strengthening media oversight and robustly promoting a pro Europe narrative. In the meantime, the commission has formed a task force named “Mythbusters” to identify falsehoods in Russian media and issue corrections...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Moscow’s Disinformation War,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 3, 2015: 52-55.
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