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A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a residential building heavily damaged by Russian military strikes in the city of Avdiivka, Ukraine November 8, 2023. (Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Serhii Nuzhnenko via Reuters)

Wed, May 22, 2024

Russian information operations targeted Ukraine and NATO during the battle for Avdiivka

Pro-Kremlin Telegram channels and state media pushed multiple narratives to undermine Ukraine and its western partners

by Valentin Châtelet, Sayyara Mammadova, Ruslan Trad

State Media Telegram
Taiwan, New Taipei City, 2024/01/13. Poll officers show a box containing ballots after polls close at a polling station at an elementary school. (Source: Valeria Mongelli/Hans Lucas via Reuters)

Mon, May 6, 2024

Targeting Taiwan: China’s influence efforts on the island

Chinese state media experimented on how to better reach Taiwanese audiences online around the January 2024 election

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

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A demonstrator makes a heart-shaped gesture while standing in front of a police cordon during a rally to protest against the so-called foreign agents bill in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 1, 2024. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/File Photo)

Thu, May 2, 2024

Pro-government Facebook ads target protests against foreign agents bill in Georgia

Dozens of Facebook ads targeted Georgian protesters with anti-Western and anti-LGBTQ+ narratives

by Sopo Gelava

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Fireworks explode outside the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi as protesters attempt to break through barrier constructions during a rally against the bill known as the foreign agents law, March 8, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze)

Wed, May 1, 2024

Russian-language Telegram channels foment tensions in Georgia

Telegram channels posting unverified content exacerbate political grievances between pro-Western and pro-Russian Georgians

by Givi Gigitashvili

Disinformation Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Apr 29, 2024

Analyzing Egyptian and Qatari media coverage of Menendez bribery allegations

Selective coverage from Egyptian and Qatari media avoids mention of links to Menendez bribery allegations.

by Dina Sadek

Corruption Egypt
Alexandru Musteața press conference

Fri, Apr 12, 2024

Moldova in the digital crosshairs of anonymous, pro-Russian Telegram channels

Anonymous Telegram channels attempt to discredit Moldova’s pro-European government and amplify pro-Russian narratives

by Givi Gigitashvili, Victoria Olari

Disinformation Moldova

Wed, Apr 3, 2024

Kremlin-linked Telegram channels seed anti-Ukraine and anti-West narratives in Bulgaria

Pro-Kremlin Bulgarian Telegram channels amplify disinformation seeded by Kremlin-run channels

by Eto Buziashvili, Sayyara Mammadova

Bulgaria Conflict

Thu, Mar 28, 2024

Inauthentic campaign amplifying Islamophobic content targeting Canadians

Accounts used AI-generated photos and inauthentic accounts to amplify Islamophobic account claiming to be a new Canadian nonprofit

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Disinformation Facebook

Tue, Mar 26, 2024

Suspicious Facebook assets amplify pro-Kremlin Bulgarian ‘mushroom’ websites

More than one hundred Facebook assets promoted links to external websites sharing pro-Kremlin propaganda in Bulgaria

by Sopo Gelava

Bulgaria CrowdTangle
Putin and Gutul meet in Sochi

Tue, Mar 19, 2024

Unpacking the Kremlin media blitz surrounding Gagauzia leader’s Russia visit

Eugenia Gutul’s meeting with Vladimir Putin drives Kremlin news cycle positioning Russia as "protector" of Gagauzia and Moldova as its "oppressor"

by Victoria Olari, Ani Mejlumyan

Moldova Narrative Analysis
A woman holds a phone with a portrait of Soviet leader Josef Stalin on case, during an event marking the 70th anniversary of Stalin's death, in his hometown of Gori, Georgia March 5, 2023. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)

Thu, Mar 14, 2024

Stalin lionized on Georgian TikTok

TikTok videos promote myths about late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, portraying him as a religious, well-educated strongman

by Sopo Gelava

Georgia Politics & Diplomacy
Fake version of the Ukrainian news site UNIAN.

Tue, Mar 12, 2024

Doppelganger targets Ukrainian and French audiences via Facebook ads

The latest iteration of the Russian information operation reveals an increasing sophistication in tactics against Ukraine and other audiences

by Valentin Châtelet, Roman Osadchuk

Disinformation Europe & Eurasia