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Disinfo analysis: Moscow’s Balkan defeat

StopFake.org - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:16

By Polygraph

Polygraph.info has used North Macedonia as the shorter version of the new official name of the Republic of North Macedonia. Since the new name came into force on February 12, 2019, we have used the earlier name Macedonia for past events and prior quotations.

Contrary to Kremlin’s assertion that North Macedonia is a small country of little strategic importance to NATO, Moscow has invested substantial efforts to undermine Skopje’s prospect of joining the Western defense alliance. However, the Kremlin has failed in its latest subversive mission in the Balkans, decisively defeated by Skopje and Athens, whose determination to end an old name dispute has reinvigorated the region’s Western integration.

A chance to resolve the name dispute finally emerged when the Macedonian and Greek foreign ministers, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias, respectively—in the presence of their countries’ prime ministers, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras—signed a landmark agreement on the shores of Lake Prespa on June 17, 2018. The deal involved changing Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia in exchange for Greece’s full support for its northern neighbor’s NATO and EU accession, as well as recognition of the Macedonian nation and Macedonian language.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gesture before the signing of an accord to settle a long dispute over the former Yugoslav republic’s name in the village of Psarades, in Prespes, Greece, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/A

Remarkably, and despite nationalist opposition at home and Russian interference, both governments stuck to the deal, systematically taking each step to make it a reality. On February 12, when Macedonia’s name change to North Macedonia came into force, the NATO flag was raised in front of the government building in Skopje. The NATO accession protocol, signed in Brussels on February 6, must be ratified by all 29 members of the alliance. The process will likely take several months or a year, during which time Russia is expected to continue attempts at destabilizing the country.

Indeed, Russian officials were quick to claim that by becoming a NATO member, North Macedonia will lose its ability to pursue its own foreign policy. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also warned that Skopje will have to pay for NATO’s patronage “…by increasing its defense spending and by taking part in military preparations and operations that have nothing to do with the interests of the people of Macedonia; moreover, it will be unable to conduct a truly sovereign foreign policy.”

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, stated that “joining NATO would bring nothing good either to Macedonia or to the European community.”

“This is more of a symbolic than a practical step, because it is about a small country that does not have any importance to NATO. But this, however, is important for the Alliance given the collision with Russia, which constantly points to the destructive role of NATO as a remnant of the Cold War,” Kosachev told the centrist Nova Makedonija newspaper.

BELGIUM — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, 3rd right, and Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, 3rd left, pose for photographers together with NATO permanent representatives after they signed the “accession protocol” in a ceremony at NATO

Damir Marusic, the executive editor of The American Interest magazine, told Polygraph.info: “I expect the [Russian] assault to continue. Any hiccups in the implementation of Prespa, or in NATO accession, allows Russia to portray the alliance, and the West in general, as a paper tiger. There is no reason to become less vigilant and active in fighting Russian efforts now just because Prespa is coming into force. On the contrary, the game is just starting.”

According to Marusic, the Kremlin’s objectives “have little to do with North Macedonia qua North Macedonia, and rather operate on the principle of ‘anything that’s a headache for the West is a good thing’.”

“Their main objective is to cause as much trouble as they possibly can,” concurred Daniel Serwer, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. “I don’t think they ever really expected to stop Macedonia’s NATO accession, but they like to cause trouble for NATO as they see NATO as the enemy.”

​Moscow, however, appears to have devised a long-term strategy for limiting Euro-Atlantic integration and increasing Russian influence in the Balkans. Leaked intelligence reports from Skopje have detailed elaborate tactics used by Russian officials, military intelligence officers, Kremlin’s ideologues, Russian government-sponsored cultural organizations and media outlets, social media influencers, and even the Orthodox Church, to cast a wide net of subversion and disinformation over Macedonian society. Furthermore, the intelligence reports point to a campaign run from the Russian embassy in Skopje, but coordinated by the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR) center in Belgrade and the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) center in Sofia—an extensive institutional structure for merely aiming to “create trouble” for NATO.

A Decade of Subversion and Disinformation

Kremlin propaganda directed against NATO expansion is nothing new for Skopje and Athens. According to intelligence reports obtained by investigative journalists in Skopje in 2017, Macedonia had been “undergoing strong subversive, propaganda and intelligence activity implemented through the Embassy of the RF [Russian Federation].” This policy has been in line with Moscow’s strategy of obstructing NATO integration and creating frozen conflicts in the region. The campaign started after NATO’s Bucharest Summit in 2008, when Macedonia’s invitation to the alliance was blocked by Greece.

The intelligence reports stated that Russia’s main purpose was to isolate Macedonia from Western influence and secure the country’s military neutrality as part of a larger strategy of creating a military neutral zone in the Balkans. In fact, Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party initiated a regional platform for “the creation of a militarily neutral territory in the Balkans” by signing a cooperation agreement in June 2016 with several pro-Russian and anti-NATO parties from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Bulgaria. From Macedonia, only the small Democratic Party of Serbs was present at the signing, but its head also chaired the parliamentary committee for cooperation with Russia at the time.

Russia’s subversive policy, implemented through diplomatic channels and through energy dominance, also uses soft power, such as the media and cultural institutions. It aims to strengthen Macedonia’s pan-Slavic and Orthodox Christian affiliation, placing it “in a state of exclusive dependency on Russian policy.”

According to the Prague Security Studies Institute, Russia in recent years has established over 30 Russo-Macedonian cultural associations, funded the construction of Orthodox churches, sponsored local media outlets, and increased its embassy personnel by 25%. In addition, it has attempted to coerce government ministers and court pro-Russian political parties.

The last seven months have seen heightened activities aimed at preventing the implementation of the Prespa agreement. They included a massive disinformation campaign led by state-owned Russian media outlets such as Sputnik and Russia Today, social media agitation and trolling, Russian businessmen financing various groups to incite violent protests against the name deal, and intense interference in internal affairs by Russian diplomats.

In June 2018, Athens expelled two Russian diplomats for their attempts to undermine the agreement with Skopje, while Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev disclosed an elaborate scheme financed by Russian businessmen to disrupt the September referendum on changing the country’s name.

In addition, the NY Times says the US Congress allocated USD 8M to the fight against #Russia-n disinformation in #Macedonia. “But the money did not arrive for more than a year, and it has yet to be effectively deployed”. #Balkans #referendum https://t.co/fqN9EVKFJa

— Angel Petrov (@angel_a_petrov) September 17, 2018

The Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia reported that Greek-Russian billionaire Ivan Savvidis, a former deputy in Russia’s State Duma from the United Russia party who resides in Greece, has given at least 300,000 euros ($347,000) to Macedonian anti-NATO and anti-name change activists. The recipients include Macedonian politicians, newly established radical nationalist organizations and soccer hooligans from the Vardar club, who staged violent protests in front of the parliament in Skopje the day after the Prespa agreement was signed.

Vladimir Putin’s ideologue Alexander Dugin and his associates were also involved in undermining Skopje’s NATO aspirations. Voice of America’s Macedonian service reported that the key strategist in Russia’s information warfare in Macedonia was Leonid Savin, a close associate of Dugin and proponent of the Eurasian Union. Savin provided training to the United Macedonia party, a small pro-Russian formation opposing the name change deal.

The Kremlin dispatched to Macedonia the same instructors it used in its hybrid war before the annexation of Crimea and in the subsequent destabilization of Ukraine’s Donbas, as well as in the attempted coup in Montenegro in October 2016.

Disinformation Messages

The Russian disinformation campaign used in North Macedonia indicates that Moscow has assessed the country’s weak points and popular sentiments in an attempt to dissuade Macedonian society from joining NATO. But since support for NATO membership has been always extremely high (as high as 92% back in 2008 and down to 71 % in 2017), Russian disinformation has focused on stoking a strong patriotic sentiment among those Macedonians who are unwilling to join the EU and NATO at the price of changing their country’s name.

Along with the claim that North Macedonia is a small and irrelevant country for NATO and the EU, Russian officials have also said that U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticisms of NATO have prompted Brussels to demonstrate that the alliance is in good shape and continues to expand. Kosachev apparently put the cart before the horse in making this claim, as North Macedonia applied to be a NATO member, not the other way around.

Among the official Russian messages are warnings that Macedonia would be unable to make sovereign foreign policy decisions and even threats that the country would become a target in case of a NATO-Russia conflict. Russian Ambassador to Skopje Oleg Shcherbak famously threatened in March 2018: “If it came to a conflict between Russia and NATO, you will have the role of a legitimate target.”

Russian Ambassador to Macedonia, Oleg Shcherbak: “In case of an eventual war between Russia and NATO, Macedonia will be a legitimate target.” https://t.co/UdZKL93ioL via @meta_agency #Macedonia #Russia #NATO

— Augustine Zenakos (@auzenakos) March 30, 2018

Sputnik was even more explicit, stating that Macedonia could become “cannon fodder” if U.S. bases were stationed in the country with missiles pointing at Russia and war were to erupt between Russia and NATO.

“Macedonia wants to join the EU when others are leaving, like the smart Englishmen,” said a News Front website commentator, who also claimed that the Poles are gaining control over the EU.

But the most dangerous messages coming from Russian officials are the ones inciting ethnic discord in Macedonian society. During Macedonia’s prolonged political crisis in early 2017, the Russian foreign ministry alleged that the EU is accepting the “Tirana Platform,” which would lead to the federalization of Macedonia and the creation of “Greater Albania.” Both claims were false, as the December 2016 meeting in Tirana of Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati with representatives of three of the four main Macedonian Albanian parties did not result in any federalization plans. Nevertheless, the “Tirana Platform” has become a scarecrow of Moscow’s propaganda anytime ethnic Albanian grievances or aspirations are being discussed.

MACEDONIA — Albanians walk past a mosque in the town of Tetovo, near Skopje, on September 28, 2018, ahead of a referendum on whether to change the country’s name to “Republic of Northern Macedonia”

Russian propaganda also treats the Albanians in Macedonia as migrants, not as an indigenous population. It has gone as far as to urge the deportation of Macedonian Albanians, just like “dedushka” Stalin did with ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union.

Money for Nothing?

The extent of Moscow’s subversion operations in North Macedonia and Greece suggests that the region is of high importance for the Russian government. Sustaining a ten-year long intelligence and disinformation campaign requires large financial and human resources.

Damir Marusic considers the disinformation efforts “reasonably successful,” because “the referendum in Macedonia failed to cross the threshold, and politics in Greece remain very polarized on the issue.” But Daniel Serwer thinks that “[T]he Russians have failed in both Greece and Macedonia. But they tried hard, they made some trouble and they will continue to try and make trouble.”

The NATO flag flying in the center of Skopje does not put an end to Moscow’s struggles to maintain relevance in the Balkans. In fact, the ongoing dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and potential revisions to the Dayton Agreement in Bosnia-Herzegovina will provide fertile ground for a new wave of Russian propaganda and agitation in the region.

By Polygraph
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Robotrolling 2019. Issue 1

StopFake.org - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:03

By NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence

Executive summary

This report presents top-level findings from the first research project to systematically track and measure the scale of
inauthentic activity on the Russian social network VK.

On VK, a vocal core consisting of loyal news media, pro-Kremlin groups, and bots and trolls dominates the conversation about NATO. The volume of material from this core group is such, that overall genuine users account for only of 14% of the total number of messages about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland.

The spread of demonstrably fake content can offer a starting point for measuring how social media manipulation impacts genuine conversations. In the case of one story about a fictitious Finnish blogger, our algorithm estimates that at least 80% of users who shared the fake story were authentic.

This quarter, messages appeared in more than 2 000 different group pages on VK. Setting aside messages from group pages, 37% of VK posts came from ‘bot’ accounts—software that mimics human behaviour online. This level of activity is comparable to what we have seen on Russian-language Twitter. Unlike on Twitter, where the vast majority of humancontrolled accounts are operated anonymously, on VK most accounts are likely to be authentic.

Western social media companies have belatedly taken an active role in reducing the reach of the Kremlin’s social
media manipulation efforts. However, it remains hard for researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures
on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. In this context, VK offers a cautionary view of a network with
minimal privacy, regulation, and moderation.

Download the publication here.

By NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence

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Kremlin Watch Briefing: The new British report summarizing the British inquiry into disinformation includes exemplary recommendations

StopFake.org - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:38

Topics of the Week

The UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its final report on disinformation with multiple recommendations, including the necessity of social media to take legal responsibility for harmful content and the reform of electoral laws.

Three online video channels targeting American millennials have been suspended by Facebook due to evidence they are funded by the Russian government.

New Robotrolling: On the social network VK, only 14 % of messages about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland are produced by recognisably human users.

Good Old Soviet Joke

During the excavations of ancient Rome, unknown wires were discovered in the ground. Probably, ancient Romans already used the phone.

During the excavation in the lands of the old Russia, no wires were discovered. Most probably, the old Russians already communicated with mobile phones.

Policy & Research News New British report summarizing the inquiry into disinformation

On Monday morning, the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s final report on disinformation and fake news was finally released. It is the result of a parliamentary inquiry spanning 18 months and of an “International Grand Committee”, the first of its kind, involving elected representatives from eight countries. The report notes firmly that while propaganda and biased information have always existed, the current situation is radically different in terms of the level of threat that they pose to the ability to engage in a reasoned debate and to democracy itself.

The report mentions a “clear and proven” Russian influence in foreign elections – with a specific focus on the 2016 U.S. presidential election – and discusses at length the involvement of Russian-affiliated individuals and shell companies with the Leave campaign during the UK’s 2016 EU membership referendum. It also cites research by Cardiff University which proves how Russian troll accounts attempted to fuel social and racial tensions following IS terror attacks that occurred in the UK in 2017 and 2018 or made efforts to fill the Internet with competing narratives about the Sergei Skripal poisoning in March 2019.

The report calls for the UK government to state clearly how many investigations are currently being carried out into possible Russian interference in UK elections and recommends further investigation into previous elections and referenda. The inquiry also calls on the UK government to adjust election law in order to fit current needs and purposes, especially with regards to online microtargeted content.

Among other notable recommendations, the UK report firmly states that social media companies should assume legal liability if harmful content is being published on its platform and should be required to publicize instances of disinformation when they occur. There should also be tighter regulations when it comes to selling user data to advertisers and political campaigns. Finally, the report stresses the need for sponsors of politically targeted content online to be identified so that voters can make more informed and independent choices.

North Macedonia frustrates Kremlin’s efforts in the Balkans

The Kremlin has failed in its North Macedonia mission in the Balkans. Skopje and Athens have been moving along well in accordance with the landmark Prespa agreement, which was signed last summer. Their determination to end the old name dispute has reinvigorated the region’s Western integration, Polygraph reports.

The aggression from the Kremlin has been less about North Macedonia as a specific area of interest and more about the will to create a Balkan buffer zone between NATO countries and Russia. The Kremlin argues that Macedonia might lose sovereignty in its foreign policy and that NATO is a remnant of the Cold War, stoking divisions along familiar lines.

Intelligence reports from within North Macedonia have reported on widespread Russian interference in leaked documents (from 2017). According to the documents, the campaign fully started after the 2008 NATO Summit when Skopje was first invited to join the Alliance. Originally, it consisted of classic diplomatic blocking and interference, however, over the past year or so it has become more pointed through the establishment of Russo-Macedonian cultural associations. Most recently, disinformation campaigns run through Sputnik and RT attempted to affect the referendum held on the name change and later the implementation of the Prespa agreement.

This issue has also been telling in terms of Greek-Russian relations. In an unprecedented move, Athens expelled two Russian diplomats in June 2018 due to events linked to the Prespa agreement, while Greek-Russian billionaire Ivan Savvidis has been proven to support activists fighting against NATO accession. Keeping this in mind, it will be interesting to see which part of the region will come into the crosshairs of agitation next.

Ukraine’s ‘White Book’ narrativizes Russian disinformation campaigns

Not surprisingly, Ukraine has been the top target of Russian disinformation for many years, especially since the Euromaidan Uprising in 2013. The Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy has now presented its summary of these activities in its “White Book of Special Information Operations Against Ukraine, 2014-2018.”

The methodological approach of the Book is immediately interesting. As the authors note in the introduction, they liken the Russian intelligence service’s attempts to manipulate the Ukrainian information space to the creation of a TV drama series. The first pilot episode introduces the characters and plot, assesses traction of the story, and can then built into an entire show with expanding seasons as the audience becomes expectant and ready to receive more disinformation. Trolls thereby begin to systematize their approaches, linking specific episodes into a greater narrative arc that targets specific audiences. Each episode, each season, and each show then fits into the narrative propaganda history of the entire disinformation campaign, further amplifying its effects and giving the ‘production company’ cohesion.

The main series of this entire production company then come into play in the chapter titles of the White Book. Most prominent are old themes like Ukraine’s involvement with ISIL, the crimes of Ukraine’s armed forces against Russian ethnic groups in the eastern regions of the country, the MH17 flight, and the ironic focus on “invisible” military units of Western powers in Ukraine. In the show about the MH17 flight, for example, Season 1 focuses on different iterations of alleging that Ukraine actually shot the flight down (episode 3 expands on this and claims the plane was filled with corpses). Season 3 then says that Ukraine is at fault for the downing of the flight because it did not secure its airspace.

This work by the Ukrainian government not only reads incredibly well but its structure hints that the production of these shows and episodes is a fluid process. Hopefully, a comprehensive analysis like this can point to weaknesses in the overall disinformation campaign while encouraging other nations to create similar summary documents of internal narratives.

Online Collection of Disinformation Resources

London South Bank University has compiled an online collection of resources on disinformation, including strategies fact-checking and digital literacy. The project also looked at the different responses to disinformation campaigns across multiple countries, while providing excellent research links to academic studies, government papers, and journalistic reports. In the United States, the research focuses mostly on election interference, with special attention on social media. In the United Kingdom, there is much more attention paid to journalism, particularly how to preserve journalistic integrity and stop ‘fake news’.  At the level of the European Union, the resources mainly look at research and policy, gauging people’s perception of disinformation and formulating effective policy.

US Developments Prominent U.S. investor Michael Calvey detained in Russia

Michael Calvey, a U.S. citizen and one of Russia’s most prominent foreign investors has been detained in Russia and is scheduled to have an arraignment in a Moscow court. Calvey is a founder of Baring Vostok, a billion-dollar investment company with a focus on Russia.  Baring Vostok has invested more than  $2.8 billion in 80 companies across Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and other parts of the former Soviet Union, and is noteworthy for primarily investing in Russia’s internet, telecommunication, and financial sectors. Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that Calvey is being detained together with three Baring Vostok employees. Calvey and the other Baring Vostok employees are suspected of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.48 million) by persuading shareholders in a Russian bank to accept a stake in another firm at an inflated price. The Russian court has said that if found guilty they could face up to ten years in prison. Baring Vostok said in an official statement that the detention occurred because of a corporate conflict with the Russian Vostichny Bank, where they hold a stake, and stressed that their employees have been in full compliance with Russian laws. Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, tweeted: “If they can arrest Calvey, they are not afraid to arrest anyone. To my Americans friends still doing in business in Russia, it’s time to come home.” McCaul’s tweet sums up the fact that Russia is increasingly becoming dangerous for foreign venture capitalists.

Russia backs a viral video company aimed at American millennials

Three online video channels designed to appeal to American millennials have been suspended by Facebook due to evidence they are funded by the Russian government. This is significant because the pages collected tens of millions of views. The pages were run by Maffick Media, a company whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of RT, which is funded by the Russian government. Maffick Media has hired American freelance journalists and contractors but is based in Germany. Facebook has suspended the three pages until they disclose where they are run from and their affiliation with Ruptly. Facebook has traditionally not required users to provide details about parent companies, but they are attempting to increase transparency about who actually runs Facebook pages and to counter covert disinformation from foreign governments. These steps are being taken because the Kremlin has shown that it will create fake Facebook accounts and cleverly make them appear as if they are run by American activists. A commonality amongst the three different Facebook video channels is that they featured journalists that had progressive left-wing anti-imperialist views, and much of the content was critical of the U.S. involvement in world affairs.

Pentagon report warns of Russian and Chinese threats to U.S. satellites

A recent Pentagon report said that Russia and China are building their capabilities to potentially threaten the superior position of the United States in space. Both nations are developing laser devices that could target U.S. satellites. This is alarming because American satellites play a critical role in global satellite imagery, nuclear weapons monitoring, and intelligence gathering. The two nations are also pursuing technology that will detect missile launches. This is occurring as China has been increasing their space program; in January they became the first nation to send a probe to the far side of the Moon. The report even says that Chinese weapons might already have the capability to employ laser systems against other satellites. Russia is possibly developing a ground-based mobile missile system capable of destroying space targets” in low-Earth orbit in addition to ballistic missiles. Space has been an area that the U.S., Russia, and China have cooperated in over the past few generations. However, the deterioration of American relations with China and Russia over the past year as well as Russia and China’s advancement of their space technology has raised eyebrows. China said last Tuesday that the Pentagon report was without foundation, nevertheless, the growth of Chinese and Russian space capabilities and the need to protect U.S. satellites have been cited by president Trump as reasons why the U.S. needs a space force.

Kremlin Watch Reading Suggestion Robotrolling 2019/1

The new issue of Robotrolling, regularly published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, focuses on the Russian social network VK, systematically examining automated activity from robotic accounts and messages from fake human accounts. The conversation about NATO on this platform is dominated by pro-Kremlin groups and media, in addition to trolls and bots mimicking human behaviour. As a result, only 14 % of messages about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland are produced by recognisably human users.

Furthermore, the report finds that whereas on Russian-language Twitter, most human-controlled accounts are operated anonymously, on VK the majority are likely to be genuine. Social media manipulation can therefore have a significant impact on genuine discussions, as in the case of a fictitious Finnish blogger Veikko Korhonen, whose story was shared mainly by authentic users. Advertisers, journalists, politicians, and researchers increasingly consult social media to quantify public opinion and test the appeal of policies or ideas. In light of the efforts of Western social media to address the Kremlin’s manipulation, VK can be seen as a cautionary case of a network with minimal privacy, regulation, and moderation.

Kremlin Watch is a strategic program of the European Values Think-Tank, which aims to expose and confront instruments of Russian influence and disinformation operations focused against liberal-democratic system.

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