Russian News Monitor: April 8-14, 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...

Public Concerns About Foreign Interference in Ukraine’s 2019 Presidential Election

This is the second survey aimed at assessing public opinion about possible outside influences on Ukraine’s 2019 presidential elections. The survey asked participants to say how strong that influence, if any, would be and of what quality: positive or negative. Comparing the two surveys conducted over a period of three months (the first before...

Hungary Engages in Interference Efforts

Gergely Gulyás, the Minister of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Office, has accused Ukrainian authorities of trampling minority rights and adopting a “semi-fascist” law. Responding to a question about elections in Ukraine at a press conference in Budapest, Gulyás said that “Ukraine currently has a government that tramples on minority rights, one that...

Update: Kremlin Repeats False Narratives Five Years After Maidan

The Kremlin’s disinformation campaign that accompanied its invasion of Ukraine five years ago continues to propagate fake news during the pivotal Ukrainian presidential election cycle today. During Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s press-conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018, Lavrov once again repeated some of the most notorious false narratives. “As for...