Round II: Kremlin’s Media Misrepresent International Observers

As we have reported many times already, Kremlin-controlled propaganda frequently manipulate reporting to create the impression that the Ukrainian presidential election on March 31 will be rigged and falsified. The disinformation machine uses the authority of respected international organizations to buttress its claims. Previously, it was the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;...

Russian Politicians Say “Elections Will Be Rigged and the Results Untrustworthy”

With three weeks to go before Ukraine’s March 31 presidential election, the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign has yet to target particular candidates. Instead, propaganda outlets continue to insist that the election will be illegitimate no matter the result. Additionally, Russian politicians have already posed the question of whether they will even recognize the election results...

Scaring Ukrainian Voters: Repression, Violence, and Contact Killings

Ramping up efforts to sow distrust in Ukraine’s government, former President Viktor Yanukovych claims that Ukraine’s government has attempted to assassinate Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, a politician with close ties to President Putin. Mainstream media, including 1+1, Inter, Ukrainska Pravda, and Channel 112, have propagated this narrative, which only amplifies distrust and undermines faith...

“Party of War” Or “Pro-Peace?”

To discredit some of the candidates running in the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election, Kremlin propaganda outlets accuse candidates trying to defend Ukraine from Russian aggression of warmongering. Meanwhile, these propaganda outlets praise Ukrainian candidates who advocate for peace “here and now” under Moscow’s conditions, labeling them pro-peace candidates. Thus, the Kremlin-controlled propaganda machine uses...

Russian Propaganda Trashes Democracy in Ukraine and Beyond

With the Ukrainian presidential elections fast-approaching, it seems that Kremlin-controlled outlets are increasing their efforts to shape Ukrainian voters’ opinions and discredit any candidates who appear to be pro-Western. Russian media are still a news source for 14 percent of Ukrainians and demonstrate an orchestrated distorted interpretation of reality to their audiences. Kremlin-backed propaganda...