BBC Newsnight summarizes Russia’s propaganda and disinformation tactics, including over the Assad regime’s chemical attacks near Syria’s capital Damascus and March’s nerve agent assassination attempt in southern England.
The 10-minute review summarizes how the approach of the Russian State pursues tactics from “false flag” accusations to “whataboutism” and makes maximum use of “true believers” — such as Ian Shilling, the conspiracy theorist who earned social media fame when he was identified as a “Russian bot” — and anti-imperialists such as the academics of the ironically-named Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media.
See our evolving series of articles on journalism, disinformation, and Syria:
Russia’s Interview with Syria’s “No Chemical Attack” Boy Was Secretly Filmed at Assad Regime Military Facility
“Crazy Club”: Inside the UK Delegation Propping Up Assad’s Propaganda
How an Obscure UK Blogger Became Russia’s Top Disinfo Warrior Over Syria’s White Helmets
Are Academics at UK Universities Pushing Pro-Assad Propaganda and Disinformation?
The Viral Disinformation that Douma’s Chemical Attack Victims Were Killed by “Dust”
Fog of Trolls: Pro-Assad Misinformation Over Douma Chemical Attacks
Syria’s Disinformation Activists
UK Journalist Given Access to Douma to Deny Chemical Attacks
Russia’s Helpers — Disinformation and Conspiracy Trolling After Assad’s Latest Chemical Attacks