Russian News Monitor: April 1-7, 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...

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;...

“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...