February 17 2022, 15:55 pm

Report Details Role Of Russian Intelligence, Oligarchs, Kremlin Associates And Anonymous Influencers Within Russian Disinformation Ecosystem

Miburo, a US-based con­sult­ing com­pa­ny, has pub­lished a detailed overview of the Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and dis­in­for­ma­tion ecosystem—media net­works, out­lets, and web­sites direct­ly fund­ed by Rus­sia, linked to its intel­li­gence ser­vices, or ampli­fy Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da. Accord­ing to a Miburo report:

Feb­ru­ary 15, 2022 In April 2021, our team pub­lished an overview of the Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and dis­in­for­ma­tion ecosystem—the media net­works, out­lets, and web­sites that often toe the Krem­lin line, spread Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da or dis­in­for­ma­tion, and even, in some cas­es, take direc­tion from Russ­ian intel­li­gence ser­vices or the Russ­ian state.   While our 2021 chart was imper­fect, it attempt­ed to out­line the envi­ron­ment in which Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and dis­in­for­ma­tion flour­ish online and tar­get audi­ences around the globe. In this updat­ed 2022 chart, we’ve added ele­ments to bet­ter reflect sev­er­al com­po­nents of Russia’s sus­tained pro­pa­gan­da and dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns. The new depic­tion fur­ther illus­trates the breadth and depth of out­lets linked to Russ­ian intel­li­gence ser­vices and offers a glob­al con­text for the Kremlin’s infor­ma­tion oper­a­tions. We’ve also col­or-cod­ed each of the out­lets’ pri­ma­ry lan­guage in our chart.  Amid Russia’s mil­i­tary buildup at Ukraine’s bor­ders and recent reports from the U.S. and allies of Moscow’s plans to use dis­in­for­ma­tion as a pre­tense for an expand­ed incur­sion into Ukraine, we’re pro­vid­ing a broad­er, more com­pre­hen­sive view of the chan­nels through which such dis­in­for­ma­tion flows.

Read the full report here.

The Miburo report reveals that Russia’s Fed­er­al Secu­ri­ty Ser­vice (FSB), its For­eign Intel­li­gence Ser­vice (SVR), and its Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence (GRU) are linked to pro­pa­gan­da web­sites such as Odnar­o­dy­na, Fond­sk, Antifashist, Polit­nav­i­ga­tor, or Don­basstrat­e­gy. The report also high­lights the role of Russ­ian oli­garchs, Krem­lin asso­ciates, and anony­mous influ­encers with­in the Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da ecosystem.

In Jan­u­ary, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report rec­om­mend­ed a US Gov­ern­ment report on the role of Russ­ian state-fund­ed out­lets RT and Sput­nik with­in the Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da ecosystem.


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