Bosnian media is reporting that Kosovo has been targeted by Russian disinformation, which seeks to undermine Kosovo’s statehood and Western engagement in Kosovo and the region. According to a Balkan Insight article:
September 6, 2021 A report published on Tuesday by the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, KIPRED, about the potential for Russian media disinformation to undermine Kosovo’s statehood urges the authorities to address UN member states with an appropriate strategy to counter it. […] The report, entitled ‘Kosovo Observatory: Russian Diplomatic War and Media Disinformation’, analysed statements, press conferences, articles and other documents from Russia that were published from June 1 to August 15 this year. Peci said the report calculated that “out of 500 news articles that directly or indirectly related to Kosovo, 96 or 19.2 per cent of them contained misinformation”. According to the report, the largest number of articles containing misinformation were published by Sputnik Serbia (71 items), followed by TASS (nine), Russia Today (four), UNZ (four), Sputnik International (three), Russian Insider (two), The Duran (two) and Newsfront (one). The report concludes that Russia is trying to undermine Kosovo’s statehood and Western engagement in Kosovo and the region, and to change the narratives about war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, thus undermining the foundations of international justice.
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Recent GIOR reporting on Russian influence operations and disinformation in Eastern Europe has included:
- In September, we reported that Russia is cultivating and supporting far-right groups in Bosnia and Serbia that operate under the guise of humanitarian aid.
- In August, we reported that Russian media outlets are amplifying the Baltic disinformation outlet “The Baltic Word,” linked to a cyber espionage campaign.
- In April, we recommended a NATO study assessing Lithuania’s measures to counter Russian disinformation.