Fallon slams Russian propaganda as Putin-backed news agency launches in Scotland



**Fallon slams Russian propaganda as Putin-backed news agency launches in Scotland

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has urged the public to resist pro-Russian propaganda following concerns about a branch of a Kremlin-backed news agency opening in Scotland. The British bureau of Sputnik opened in Edinburgh earlier this year, leading to suggestions that Russia is attempting to use the state-controlled news outlet to destabilise the UK**.

Sputnik was created by Vladimir Putin and is fronted by Dmitry Kiselyov, who has been branded Putin’s propagandist-in-chief.

The agency recently claimed that Brexit opinion polls were rigged in favour of Remain. It has been accused of peddling suggestions that MP Jo Cox may have been murdered as part of a plot by EU Remain supporters to sway the referendum.

Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, Fallon said: “I think Scottish folk, like English folk, are too sensible to be taken in. But we do have to be wary of Russian propaganda. “They have bombarded the Baltic states. They claim they have nothing to do with the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine. There has been a lot of quite blatant propaganda, which we do need to resist. A free press and sound common sense are usually the best antidotes.” Fallon added: “It is a free country. **We can’t stop the Russians, but we are looking to increase BBC transmissions to the Baltic to counter some of the blatant untruths.”

When asked if he felt Sputnik’s UK presence could undermine the UK, Fallon said the No result of the Scottish independence referendum suggested it would not. “**The Scottish referendum was lost and they failed to get involved in that. We need to be wary of it, but I think most people know not to take Russian propaganda at face value,” he said.


Yup, that’s what we need more propaganda, not like the West has enough of its own. :smiley:


And do Voice of America, CNN, and the BBC broadcast in Russia?


In 2016, most people in the West are free to get there news from any source they desire, including extremists of all types. Don’t see what the big deal is here.


Try to resist, resist. The temptation will be great to believe all that is broadcast but the Ruskies will get you in the end. Mwhahahahahaha…


I thought the Scots had more sense - after having lived there for 12 years!

OR maybe they’re worried people will find out what is actually going on in Russia, and not the MSM versions that are we have been subject to, for decades.


Probably gearing up to invade Scotland next we will be told…


Putin’s media are winning on the media space.
On Russian resources their propaganda power can not be resisted, here they have absolute domination and on the English-language resources they have a very powerful propaganda machine.


Probably helped no doubt by the money bags or Khazars perchance…:wink: (note that my tongue is shoved firmly in my cheek for this post…)


Brian Whitmore, excerpt:
This is all emblematic of the post-fact world the Kremlin prefers to operate in – one where what matters isn’t what actually happened, but rather the story you can spin about what happened. It’s a world where the truth is negotiable.


So in other words business as usual as has been the case time immemorial everywhere? Your link also does not work properly by the way.


Miloš Gregor & Petra Vejvodová:
The aim of the analysis was to establish whether, and if so to what extent, manipulative propaganda techniques are used on the websites [Czech websites included Sputnik] selected, and whether their reporting is biased towards Russia and/or strongly criticises “the West”, i.e. the USA, EU and NATO.

John Schindler, excerpt:
Flynn’s gotten cuddly with the Russians, regularly appearing on their propaganda network RT…The Kremlin’s infiltration of the Trump campaign has finally hit political paydirt, with the Republican nominee spouting unfiltered Russian propaganda that paints the sitting president as a turncoat and abettor of terrorism.

Jonathan Marcus, excerpt:
But perhaps the most worrying element of Russia’s new approach is what has been broadly termed “hybrid warfare” - a mix of semi-clandestine operations; propaganda and information warfare; computer hacking and so on…What is fascinating from the Russian literature is the priority that Moscow gives to the whole cyber-domain, ranging from large-scale hacking to even the trolling of Western service personnel using their Facebook and Twitter accounts. This has as much importance for the Russians as kinetic operations on the battlefield.

InformNapalm excerpt:
Ukrainian hacktivists who often take responsibility for hacking websites and accounts of Russian propagandists pointed to the uncustomary style of the hack and suggested that it was a provocation of Russian secret services.


Neil Tweedie, excerpts:
Sputnik has chosen to go north of the border - which has got people asking questions. And the answer, for some, is that Edinburgh is not so much a venue for Sputnik as a target - for long-term Russian subversion aimed at shattering once and for all the union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom…Russian state media serve one real purpose, say critics: to further the strategic aims of the Kremlin.

Memorable quotes:
[Sputnik’s UK chief Brazhnik] also dismissed concerns about her links with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who employed her as a political advisor, saying: “I don’t understand how my previous career affects what I do at the moment.” deadlinenews.co.uk/…/new-russian…/


In this quiz, we test your grasp of how Russian journalists rationalize their work in the context of today’s censorship.

Richard Grenell, excerpt:
The Russian president has successfully used propaganda, natural gas, intimidation, money laundering, military hardware, corruption, and his opponents’ weaknesses to chip away at the West’s influence throughout Eastern Europe and Baltic states.

Alexander J. Motyl references Marcel Van Herpen as Motyl concludes in part:
The propaganda apparatus - television, print media, radio, and Internet -is huge,actively promoting the official worldview and the cult of the leader, but far short of the ubiquitous machine found in Soviet times.

Sandy Garossino quotes Kim Campbell excerpt:
Now in the era of cyber-warfare, people like Putin have tactics and techniques and tools that his KGB predecessors didn’t have. The disinformatzia which was very key, is now a lot cheaper and easier to do, and more widespread. First of all he has his media network, RT, which tries to pass as being like BBC World or whatever, but it’s totally a propaganda outfit.


Well, don’t knock the Russians for being much more intelligent than the rest of the world. :wink:

The West has had the media at it’s disposal, for nearly 90 odd years - Hollywood movies with worldwide distribution influencing people on numerous issues, the press, TV and now the internet.

Russia has only been operating, for approx. the last 10 yrs or so in the West through RT, and only the last 5 yrs where RT has become more popular.

So it is propaganda/misinformation from Russia that they seem to be SO worried about - OR maybe, just maybe, the ‘truth’s’ starting to come out, that has been twisted/spun/manipulated for so long to the West’s advantage. :shrug:

Russia doesn’t have to do a thing, in this day and age, anyhow, as there are live videos filmed at most world conflicts/episodes, etc… all available through social media, as well as satellite images, etc… that show ‘real’ evidence of what actually has occurred.


StopFake, excerpt:
The only international observer who allegedly saw Ukraine’s violations of the Minsk accords whom Vesti mentions is Manuel Ochsenreiter, a German journalist, who is also one of RT’s regular western commentators …He did not not present any facts or proof of the alleged violations.

Vyacheslav Polonski, excerpt:
The critical challenge for policy-makers is, therefore, to learn to distinguish when a seemingly popular movement does actually represent the emerging general will of the majority and when it is merely the echo of a loud, but insignificant minority.

Brian Whitmore, excerpt:
Fabricated news stories. Fake NGOs. Cut outs. Front groups. Useful idiots. Staged demonstrations. And manufactured scandals…Welcome to the wonderful world of активные мероприятия, or “active measures.”


Halya Coynash:
The German public broadcaster’s commitment to rule of law and to impartial reporting is placed in question by the participation of its journalists in propaganda trips to Crimea organized by the Russian Foreign Ministry, as well as by reports omitting crucial information and words that might offend Russia.

Paul Goble, excerpt:
Generally lacking access to television and radio and confronting an audience that doesn’t use the Internet as much as many people in Moscow think, Russian parties in local and regional elections tend to rely on newspapers of one kind or another to make their appeal to voters, according to Anatoly Tsygankov.

Cracked, excerpt:
Thanks to the Twitters and the Facebooks of the world, we pretty much just digest our “news” these days on the click-bait headlines we see when we’re scrolling through poorly but still hilarious memes. Which sucks, because it’s pretty much ruining society. So, here’s how to avoid that pitfall of becoming an angry internet denizen in the future.

Jim Kovpak, excerpt:
Forget RT. Forget Sputnik. Hell, forget Fox News. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a threat to American society. Nobody really pays attention to the former two, and as bad as the latter is, even they have some limits as to who they’ll put on. A Trump news network is likely to be a complete circus, a cornucopia of the worst ideas. This threatens to do to America what Russia’s insane media did to this populace.


Gordon Crovitz, excerpt:
Moscow has an ambitious strategy for information war that goes beyond affecting a presidential election. Israeli analyst Dima Adamsky wrote last year that the Russian “information struggle” entails “technological and psychological components designed to manipulate the adversary’s picture of reality, misinform it, and eventually interfere with the decision-making process of individuals, organizations, governments, and societies.”

Brian Whitmore, excerpt:
The Kremlin has long been using what it calls “active measures” in Europe and the United States to undermine faith in Western values and democratic institutions. It has long had a strategy of sowing chaos, division, and confusion in the West. And it has long sought to propagate nihilism.

Chris Zappone quotes Fred Hoffman, excerpt:
“One ‘advantage’ the Putin regime has over the United States is the ability to disseminate whatever information it wishes, via whatever conduits it chooses, without restraint.”

Alya Shandra, excerpt:
An email dump of a “DNR Ministry of information” employee reveals how the self-proclaimed Russian-backed statelet in eastern Ukraine denied accreditation to disloyal journalists and influenced materials of loyal ones under the supervision of Moscow.

Padraig Reidy, excerpt:
Writing in the Guardian, Dr Robinson takes it upon himself to defend Russian propaganda channels such as RT and Sputnik…At no point in his article does Robinson actually address criticisms of RT - indeed he dismisses them out of hand before recommending the channel as useful.


Andrei Soldatov concludes:
The Kremlin has never seemed to grasp that the Internet is democratic by its nature. It is not a virtual room at Yalta, where Putin is playing Donald Trump against Clinton, as Stalin did in the real Yalta in 1944, with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Now, there are crowds as well. Once the DNC decided to go public about the hacking, everything was out of Putin’s hands. And what we see now is the world’s most entertaining crowdsourcing effort: teams and individuals all over the world are working on hacking the Kremlin’s hackers.
And that is hardly what Putin expected.

Katya Gorchinskaya, excerpt:
Hromadske is not the only independent news organisation that has to face trolls and paid-for bloggers. All investigative journalists in Ukraine are currently under attack…“Porokhobot”…

Mark Galeotti, excerpt:
I am often amazed how much good insight there is about the shadow government structures within Russian print and online media. This is, incidentally, a great rebuttal to those who, eyes fixed solely on the compliant TV channels, airily assert that Russians are willfully ignorant, living in a total propaganda state.

Bogdan Marcu and Cristian Rosu, excerpt:
In November 2014, Russia launched Sputnik Press, a communication channel to work alongside and deepen the penetration of the other two channels, The Voice of Russia and Russia Today which had a lower level of penetration due to a legacy level of suspicion within the Eastern European audience. Sputnik Press has three components: a news agency, a radio channel, and social media accounts with emphasis on Facebook and Youtube. The Sputnik Press radio channels and associated websites are broadcasting in 30 languages and target 130 cities worldwide.


:Dhaha…based on these short excerpts, this one is hilarious…due to the hypocrisy of it.

So what exactly did Russia do to ‘undermine’ peoples’ faith in Western values?

Most Western people are fine with their ‘values’, aside from practicing Christians and other religions, e.g. Muslims. Western values such as legalising same sex marriage, introducing euthanasia for the elderly and also younger people who wish to die, etc… or what values are they referring to. :confused:

However, the Western MSM slammed Russia for weeks, as being homophobic, for introducing a law banning homosexual propaganda to school children i.e. a backward country. :shrug:

Doesn’t exactly make much sense. :confused:

*Brian Whitmore, excerpt:
The Kremlin has long been using what it calls “active measures” in Europe and the United States to undermine faith in Western values and democratic institutions. It has long had a strategy of sowing chaos, division, and confusion in the West. And it has long sought to propagate nihilism.


Doesn’t make any sense to me either. Why does the American media want children to be exposed to pornographic homosexual propaganda?

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