Two interesting reports:
European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (2023). Digital Services Act: Application of the risk management framework to Russian disinformation campaigns. Publications Office of the European Union.
“During the first year of Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, social media companies enabled the Kremlin to run a large-scale disinformation campaign targeting the European Union and its allies, reaching an aggregate audience of at least 165 million and generating at least 16 billion views. Preliminary analysis suggests that the reach and influence of Kremlin-backed accounts has grown further in the first half of 2023, driven in particular by the dismantling of Twitter’s safety standards.”
Microsoft Threat Analysis Center (2023). Russia’s African coup strategy.
“Today we are sharing a report from the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center (MTAC) on Russian influence operations in Africa, principally focused on the Niger coup. We believe it is vital there is wider understanding of the ways in which the internet is being used to stoke political instability around the world.”
I’ve collected some readings on Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and surrounding context. Additions would be very welcome. Contact me here.
- Where is Ukraine?, by Olesya Khromeychuk, Director of the Ukrainian Institute London (13 Jun 2022)
- Uncovering the scope of the Bucha massacre, by Igor Kossov, Kyiv Independent (22 April 2022)
- A letter to the Western Left from Kyiv, by Taras Bilous (25 Feb 2022)
- The War in Ukraine Seen on the Ground. Interview with Oksana Dutchak (7 March 2022)
- Self-determination and the war in Ukraine, by Taras Bilous (8 May 2022)
- Right to weapons. How can leftists support Ukraine? by Zakhar Popovych, Соціальний рух / Social Movement (20 May 2022)
- EuroMaidan Revolution , Alisa Sobolieva, Kyiv Independent (2022) – useful explainer on “the single most consequential event in Ukraine’s modern history”
- From ‘not us’ to ‘why hide it?’: how Russia denied its  Crimea invasion, then admitted it, by Carl Schreck, RFE/RL (26 Feb 2019) – follow the links to see clear evidence of Russian state lies
- The kaleidoscopic campaigning of Russia’s special services, by Jack Watling, RUSI (20 Sept 2022)
- The myth of Russian separatists in the Donbas, by Paul Niland (21 Sept 2022)
- The shit-posting, Twitter-trolling, dog-deploying social media army taking on Putin one meme at a time, by Mark Scott, POLITICO (31 Aug 2022)
- Know your Western genocide apologist, NAFO meme (Sept 2022)
- Putin’s regime is banking on western Ukraine fatigue, by Olesya Khromeychuk (September 17, 2022)
- Welcome to The Machine: inside the secretive world of RT [Russia Today], by Matthew Bodner, Matthew Kupfer, and Bradley Jardine, Moscow Times (1 June 2017) – British lefties are particularly susceptible to this Kremlin propaganda outlet since it covers (or covered) protests in the UK that other media ignore
‘As the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London and a historian, I received numerous requests for commentary in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. Most began with a question asking me to elaborate on the actual difference between Russia and Ukraine. The question was well meant; it was intended to debunk Putin’s weaponised mythology. But the interviewers were oblivious to their own entrapment in the imperialist framework even as they attempted to give Ukraine a voice. […] Weary of giving a “proper” answer (starting with Volodymyr the Great and ending with Volodymyr Zelenskiy) for the umpteenth time, I asked one journalist a question in return: “What, exactly, is the difference between Ireland and England?” Instead of an answer, I heard a nervous giggle.’
– Olesya Khromeychuk (2022), Where is Ukraine?