Ukraine

A man holds a Russian flag an orange and black "Z" symbol during the annual Immortal Regiment march in Moscow on Victory Day, May 9, 2022. The websites investigated in this report used the same version of the Z symbol in their online promotional materials. (Source: STR/NurPhoto via Reuters Connect)

Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Pro-Russia network spreads propaganda and disinfo in Latin America

Multi-platform operation amplifying Kremlin-aligned narratives published content in Portuguese and Spanish

by Beatriz Farrugia

Brazil Brazil

Tue, Jan 23, 2024

Wagner communities continue to thrive on VK despite Russian government crackdown

VK pages temporarily removed "Wagner" from their names and used other tactics to avoid the Kremlin's wrath following the failed June 2023 mutiny

by Valentin Châtelet

Conflict Deceptive Content Manipulation

Thu, Dec 21, 2023

DFRLab research highlights from 2023

From the war in Ukraine to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, the DFRLab's international team of researchers investigated information operations and online harms around the world

by Andy Carvin, Layla Mashkoor

China Conflict
TikTok logo displayed on a phone screen and Russian flag displayed on a screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 1, 2022. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto)

Thu, Dec 14, 2023

Massive Russian influence operation targeted former Ukrainian defense minister on TikTok

Joint DFRLab-BBC Verify investigation exposes the largest information operation ever uncovered on the platform

by Roman Osadchuk

Conflict Corruption
Screencap of a video posted to Facebook on September 18, 2023, showing troops participating in a military exercise in Moldova. (Source: Andrei Dobrovolschii)

Tue, Nov 28, 2023

Pro-Kremlin actors amplify video to target multinational military exercises in Moldova

A video featuring a local Moldovan farmer accosting military personnel participating in multinational exercise was used as a pretext to attack the West

by Victoria Olari, Eto Buziashvili

Eastern Europe Eastern Europe
SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Bodies of killed people are seen at a site of a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Hroza, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine October 5, 2023. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy

Thu, Oct 5, 2023

Russian War Report: Civilian cafe attacked and a fake Ukrainian news site is exposed

A suspicious website impersonating a Ukrainian news agency accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukrainian leadership of corruption and misusing aid provided by the United States.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Tue, Sep 5, 2023

Anti-Ukraine Telegram network targets audiences in nine languages

Network is linked to a former member of the Security Service of Ukraine

by Givi Gigitashvili

Disinformation Facebook
Photo of the late Orthodox priest, Iona Ignatenko, whose image was used in a Facebook scheme to get people to subscribe to dubious Telegram channels.

Tue, Aug 1, 2023

Clickbait Facebook pages trick Ukrainians into following dubious Telegram channels

Pages employ bait-and-switch tactics and cascading subscription requests to lure people to join more channels

by Roman Osadchuk

Facebook Telegram

Mon, Jul 24, 2023

Pro-Russia actors target Armenia with anti-Ukraine propaganda

Suspicious quotes magnified by pro-Russian sources used to undermine Ukraine's reputation in Armenia

by Ani Mejlumyan, Roman Osadchuk

Armenia Conflict

Thu, Jul 20, 2023

Russia moves conscription and contract soldier recruitment online

Russian public services portal Gosuslugi becomes cornerstone for military recruitment, including delivering online conscription notifications

by Valentin Châtelet, Eto Buziashvili

Advertising Conflict
Yevgeny Prigozhin speaks on June 23, 2023. Right: Vladimir Putin's address on February 24, 2022.

Wed, Jun 28, 2023

How “Putin’s chef” undermined the Kremlin’s case for invading Ukraine

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s pre-mutiny remarks exposed Putin’s lies to the Russian public. They may be of interest to investigators as well.

by Ani Mejlumyan, Nika Aleksejeva

Russia Security
BANNER: A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet equipped with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile flies over Moscow's Red Square during a rehearsal for a flyover, part of an annual military parade marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, May 7, 2022. (Source: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Fri, Jun 23, 2023

Ongoing Russian-Belarusian drills keep up the pressure on northern Ukraine

Joint military drills repeatedly extended by Russia and Belarus put Ukraine’s northern border within missile range

by Valentin Châtelet

Belarus Conflict