• 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.

December 2023

Documenting equipment losses from the 2023 Wagner mutiny

by Sayyara Mammadova, Valentin Châtelet

The DFRLab revisits Yevgeny Prigozhin’s failed insurrection against the Russian military, six months ago this week
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December 2023

Russian War Report: Putin to run for re-election in annexed regions of Ukraine

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Central Election Commission confirmed the possibility of holding presidential elections in illegally annexed Ukrainian territories.
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Desperate for recruits, Russia offers one million rubles to join its military

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Russian army is struggling to fund equipment and recruit as they host fundraisers and recruitment drives offering pledges of one million rubl
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