Ukrainian media has reported on a detailed investigation into the sources of Russian disinformation originating from the United States. According to the article titled “Investigation: Where does Russian disinformation incubate in the US:”
December 14, 2022 The war in Ukraine is being decided on the battlefields in the south and east of the country. But how it’s discussed in America helps shape those battlefields. Military aid from the West has helped Ukrainian forces turn the tide. Economic aid has allowed the Ukrainian economy to cling to life after a third of it was ripped away by the invasion. The Kremlin prepared for this. Over the years, it has done its best to cultivate a discordant chorus of pro-Russian and anti-establishment voices. They slander Ukraine, vindicate Russia’s imperialism, and blame NATO for Russia’s war of aggression. Many of these voices spread false or misleading information. The Kremlin’s hand isn’t necessarily behind every bit of fake news. But many who write misinformation also interact with people and organizations linked with the Kremlin who use cultural events and diaspora outreach as a guise for lobbying and spreading propaganda. These organizations don’t go unnoticed by the law. For example, the U. S. government accused one Russian-American, Elena Branson, of leading ”a years-long campaign to identify the next generation of American leaders, cultivate information channels, and shape U. S. policy in favor of Russian objectives. This case highlights the breadth of Russia’s relentless intelligence and malign influence activities targeting the United States.” Kremlin propaganda more aggressive as Russia steps up attacks Read Also Kremlin propaganda more aggressive as Russia steps up attacks Read the story People who interact with these kinds of organizations and publish misleading information aren’t necessarily Kremlin agents or think of themselves as such. They may be sincere in their beliefs. But it’s instructive to know where they appear and with whom. The Kyiv Independent mapped these connections to allow readers to draw their own informed conclusions about the credibility of these people and organizations. This article profiles several people and groups with alleged ties to the Kremlin. The visual map that accompanies the article displays the people in their orbit and how they’re related. Click on the icons to read a brief dossier of a specific commentator or organization.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has previously reported extensively on a number of figures and organizations identified in the investigation, including: