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July 6, 2024 ⏱ 14:30
Embassy of Russia, 📍 Rua Visconde de Santarém 71, Lisboa

BBC and Insider Investigations: Fake Media and Disinformation Campaigns by Russian Intelligence in the West

You are watching news from the weekly rally at the Russian Embassy in Lisbon. Today is July 6, 2:30 PM.

On July 3, journalists from the fact-checking groups “BBC Verify” and “BBC News” revealed who creates fake news for Americans.

Thousands of news articles are generated using artificial intelligence and posted on numerous sites with very "American" names. Most of these articles are based on real news and are signed with the names of non-existent journalists. This creates the illusion that these sites are sources of reliable news, but hidden among the content are fabricated stories. Fake documents and doctored YouTube videos featuring people posing as “whistleblowers” or “independent journalists” are used to bolster these bogus stories.

A frequent target of these attacks is Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is falsely portrayed as either buying a Bugatti sports car with American military aid money or making racist remarks toward employees of a jewelry store in New York.

Clint Watts, head of Microsoft's Digital Threat Intelligence Center, explains that it is now much more common to encounter "information laundering" - the repeated reprinting of fake news in regular news stories to obscure their original source.

On July 4, The Insider detailed how the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service organizes disinformation campaigns in the West. From a report found in the hacked correspondence of SVR employees responsible for the “information war” with the West, presented in 2022 at the Federation Council, journalists learned that TV channels RT, Sputnik, and loyal Telegram channels do not meet expectations.

The strategy was also revealed: “Posting in foreign segments of the Internet... materials supposedly on behalf of public pro-Kyiv organizations containing new demands... of a political, economic, social nature. Due to the frequency, intrusiveness, aggressive form, and incorrect presentation, one should expect negative reactions from the target audience."

The Insider journalists also found the “Ice Pick” project in the correspondence, aimed at discrediting a banker who sponsored the Anti-Corruption Foundation and moved to the United States.

Anti-Semitic graffiti that appeared later in Paris, fake quotes from Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Ronaldo demanding an end to aid to Ukraine, and a deepfake with a fake voice of Tom Cruise warning of terrorist attacks at the Olympics all align with this strategy.

Pro-Kremlin resources often appeal to freedom of speech when they face resistance. It is important to remember that Russian authorities have nearly destroyed independent journalism in their country. Since March 2023, they have detained The Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, accusing him of spying for the CIA. Last week, the Yekaterinburg court began considering his case, which could result in up to 20 years in prison. Evan's colleagues shave their heads in solidarity with him. #IStandWithEvan

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