• Research Associate, Security

Valentin Châtelet

Valentin Châtelet is a research associate for security at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab based in Belgium.

Châtelet researches disinformation, ethnic movements, and political activism throughout post-Soviet countries, the Baltic states, Russia, and Belarus. As a self-taught programmer, he has worked for the French private sector as a geographic information systems engineer, developing software for geolocation purposes.

He has also worked with the French defense ministry as data-driven analyst on war areas specializing in open-source intelligence and social media. He held a redactor position within the French think-tank Nemrod-Enjeux Contemporains de Défense et de Sécurité with a focus on Russia, terrorism, and cybernetic conflicts.

Châtelet advocates for the development of uralistics, having worked as an interpreter for Russian-speaking refugees. He obtained three bachelor’s degrees, one in geography from the Paris-Sorbonne University and the others in international relations and Estonian language from the French National Institute for Foreign Cultures. He has studied briefly at the Tallinn Summer University where he was twice awarded the Archimedes Language Scholarship and conducted research on the native people of Udmurtia in Izhevsk, Russia while attaining his master’s degree in geopolitics at the French Institute for Geopolitics.

March 2024

Doppelganger targets Ukrainian and French audiences via Facebook ads

by Valentin Châtelet, Roman Osadchuk

The latest iteration of the Russian information operation reveals an increasing sophistication in tactics against Ukraine and other audiences
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February 2024

Arms sale claim heightened tensions ahead of 2023 Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks

by Ani Mejlumyan, Valentin Châtelet

Online narratives claimed Iran or Russia might exploit French weapons that were allegedly bound for Armenia
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February 2024

French prime minister faces onslaught of online attacks

by Valentin Châtelet

Investment scam promoted via Meta Ads, AI-fueled smear campaigns on X, and a Russian-led disinformation operation, and ignite a social media frenzy around Gabriel Attal
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