US media has provided further details on United World International (UWI), a Russian propaganda website where Darya Dugina, the daughter of Russian far-right ideologue Alexander Dugin, was chief editor until she was killed by a car bomb earlier this month. According to a CNN report:
August 27, 2022 According to the US State Department, Dugina in 2020 became chief editor of United World International (UWI) — an English and Turkish-language foreign affairs site created by the corporatized propaganda effort “Project Lakhta,” which the department says used fictitious online personas to interfere in US elections. The website mimics the format of Western think tanks and news blogs, featuring articles by guest contributors from around the world, and aside from the occasional mistranslation, it bears few traces of its Russian origin. “On the surface it looks like (it holds) a fringe view of the world, but you couldn’t immediately tell that this is something Russian,” said Osadchuk, whose investigation in 2020 revealed that social media accounts owned by Dugina were r as esponsible for creating UWI’s Facebook presence. US announces new sanctions targeting Russian global influence and election interference operations US announces new sanctions targeting Russian global influence and election interference operations “But if you go into the articles themselves, you could read it and see the Russian position all over,” he added. “If Ukraine is admitted to NATO, it will perish as a state,” one headline on its site declared.
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In March, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the US Treasury sanctioned Alexander Dugin and UWI for being associated with Russia’s global disinformation campaign on Ukraine. Darya Dugina was also included in those sanctions. A subsequent GIOR investigation revealed that UWI appears to be controlled by a pro-Russian Turkish political party. In July, GIOR reported that the UK had also sanctioned Dugina and UWI, describing the UWI as an entity that “is or has been involved supporting, or promoting policies or actions which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.”