Tabloids Revive Old And Debunked MH17 Conspiracies

April 25, 2016

With the upcoming broadcast of a BBC documentary on the conspiracy theories surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, several media outlets, both Western and Russian, have revived some old and debunked claims. This morning, Britain’s Daily Express ran, in a break from its usual staples of Princess Diana stories and […]

Fontanka Investigates Russian Mercenaries Dying For Putin In Syria And Ukraine

March 29, 2016

Russian “private military contractors” (PMCs) are leading major battles, first in Ukraine and now in Syria, reports Fontanka, an independent Saint Petersburg newspaper

Despite ‘Withdrawal’ Russians Continue To Fight And Die In Syria

March 23, 2016

This month has seen President Vladimir Putin announcing the withdrawal of the “main part” of the Russian military deployment in Syria and confirming the deaths of five servicemen during the campaign that began on September 30, with the death of another reported independently. But while the Kremlin is presenting this as “mission accomplished,” the military operation is […]

Nadiya Savchenko – Victim of a Modern Show Trial

March 9, 2016

A Ukrainian prisoner of war is now on the fifth day of a dry hunger strike, accepting neither food nor water, and nearing the end of a show trial in the Russian border town of Donetsk. With her health deteriorating and the outcome of this much-publicized and highly political case certain to be a guilty […]

Ukraine’s Deadly New Normal

March 3, 2016

This morning saw Russian-backed fighters in the city of Donetsk once again firing salvos of Grad rockets at Ukrainian positions. Both sides in the conflict are reporting high numbers of daily ceasefire violations, with Kiev claiming 63 over the last 24 hours and the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) accusing Ukrainian forces of firing more than […]

Spotting Russia’s Tanks South of Ilovaisk

September 17, 2015

With the publication of The Interpreter‘s report – An Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine – today, we present an example of how five tanks that could only have come from Russia can be identified in one small area south of Ilovaisk. At the end of August last year, Ukrainian […]

Separatist Propagandist’s London Fundraiser, Linked To Pro-Kremlin Lobby Group, Cancelled

March 11, 2015

Graham Phillips, a British freelance video journalist who has been operating for most of the last year in eastern Ukraine, and produces propaganda videos for Russian state-owned media including RT and the Ministry of Defence-owned Zvezda channel, is now back in London. This morning it was announced that Phillips’ “fundraising event,” heralded with fanfare from the […]

Johnson’s Russia List Spreads Invented Story About Germany Preparing Sanctions Against Kiev

February 11, 2015

Johnson’s Russia List, or JRL, run by David Johnson, is a widely-read and influential email newsletter and website, also referred to as a listserv, which publishes a regular compilation of English-language news on Russia from a variety of sources. On February 10, an interesting article with a rather shocking headline was included on that day’s list: […]

Ekho Moskvy Sets New, Restrictive Guidelines For Journalists

December 23, 2014

Russia’s well-regarded Ekho Moskvy radio station, which has long attempted to maintain political independence despite the increasingly hypoxic climate for dissenting media and pressure from shareholders (the station is owned by Gazprom-Media), has today, facing an acute crisis since last month when the station received a warning from Roskomnadzor (the Russian media regulator) and an intervention […]