VSQUARE SPECIAL REPORT
How Central Europe was trapped by Eastern input
Russian influencing strategies are like a swarm of bees: they consist of many small factors that don’t match one particular frame. VSquare Project report presents an analysis of Russian propaganda influencing, which turns out to be the main weapon used in a quiet information war.
The Slovak-language version of NewsFront is currently disseminating pro-Russian claims about the invasion of Ukraine. Who is the creative force behind the Slovak NewsFront site? The findings of the Investigative Centre of Ján Kuciak (ICJK) suggest it could be lawyer and member of the Slovak Union of Antifascist Fighters, Vladimír Zemko.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as we found out, NewsFront has been playing a significant role in spreading anti-Ukrainian narratives in some Visegrad countries – especially in Slovakia. A complex redistribution scheme allows Kremlin propaganda to avoid bans and reach audiences in the region.
The Investigative Centre of Ján Kuciák has discovered that Russsian Luzhniki group has conducted business activities in Slovakia for many years and that its members have profited from state money.
EU imposed sanctions on selected goods shipped to Russia and Belarus. Few transport companies found a way to transport them anyway, despite restrictions. Border Guard maintains that our borders are shut tight, and controls are thorough. We have decided to verify that claim, and found a Polish company that agreed to transport restricted wares.
Since the war started, the anti-vaxxer section has been playing in the Kremlin orchestra, lead by covid denialists and Confederation party members, with Grzegorz Braun at the forefront. Who is behind the anti-vaxxers’ network in Polish social media?
Now, more than a month into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the barrage of disinformation about the conflict is intensifying. Pretexts for the war and pro-Kremlin narratives, however, are not being spread by only well-known faces and websites from the Slovak disinformation scene.
the non-profit charity EyeWitness launched a Ukrainian version of a special app for collecting evidence of alleged Russian and Belarusian war crimes at the beginning of March. Videos and photographs taken through the app could become relevant pieces of evidence in The Hague.
There were over 60,000 emails in Michał Dworczyk’s hacked mailbox. We have new evidence, proving the attack was carried out by the group UNC1151, related to the Belarusian government and serving a Russian cyber espionage operation “Ghostwriter”. FRONTSTORY.PL has reasons to believe that attackers may still have vast amount of sensitive data from VIPs’ emails up their sleeves.