Russian News Monitor: March 25-31, 2019

This is a regular weekly report by Detector Media, a partner of the Ukrainian Election Task Force, offering exclusive content covering the three main Russian state TV talk shows, particularly these shows’ coverage of Ukraine and the 2019 presidential election. Kremlin-backed media outlets often generate disinformation narratives that are then spread throughout Ukraine as...

Task Force Update: As Candidates File, Concern Increases Over Outside Interference

Tomorrow, February 8, is the deadline for prospective candidates to file for the March 31 presidential election in Ukraine. So far, some three dozen applications have been approved by the Central Election Commission (CEC). As election day nears, Ukrainian officials and outside observers are sounding more warnings about Kremlin-driven attempts to interfere in the...

Kremlin-Controlled Media Outlets Continue to Cast Doubts on Legitimacy of Elections

In the first days of 2019, Kremlin-controlled propaganda outlets focused mostly on the Ukrainian Orthodox church’s split from Russia. These outlets also reported on the electoral campaign, including key topics such as the nominations of the presidential candidates and the potential “illegitimacy” of the upcoming presidential elections. Since 2012, Ukrainian polling stations have been...

Update: Russian Propaganda Outlets Push to Delegitimize Ukrainian Elections

Russian propaganda outlets are seeking to turn the Ukrainian Central Electoral Committee’s (CEC) decision by to close all polling stations in Russia into an attempt to destabilize the fast-approaching presidential elections. They claim that Ukraine’s decision “paves the way to various falsifications,” violating the constitutional rights of Ukrainian citizens in Russia, and thereby supposedly...