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Russia is Weaponizing Culture

The hybrid warfare that Russia has been waging against Europe and the West, especially since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, is a fight for people’s hearts, minds and souls.
Demolishing the Kremlin’s absurd theories about Novichok and Porton Down The Integrity Initiative Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:01
Ever since a Russian defector and his daughter turned up ill in Salisbury in March of this year, the UK’s chemical defence laboratory at nearby Porton Down has figured in various conspiracy theories and “alternative narratives”.

How could Novichok have poisoned people four months after the Skripal attack?

Russia has as usual tried to cast doubt on its responsibility for the poisoning of two people in Amesbury with the same batch of Novichok that was used in the Skripal assissination attempt. One line the Kremlin propaganda machine has thrown out into the information space is “how could the agent have lasted so long?”. Chemical weapons expert Dan Kaszeta explains the various factors that show it is entirely realistic for the deadly nerve agent to still have been potent enough to kill four months later.
Yes, you can be poisoned with Novichok and survive The Integrity Initiative Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:39

The widely publicised attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018 certainly did a lot to bring chemical warfare agents, particularly nerve agents, into the public consciousness in the UK and elsewhere. Recent developments in the neighbouring town of Amesbury, where a couple are ill due to coming in contact with the same materials, continue to keep this case in the spotlight. These incidents also bring a lot of questions ranging from the sensible to the ridiculous, and the situation bred numerous odd “alternative narratives” and conspiracy theories.

Russia's Alienation from the West: Who is to blame? The Integrity Initiative Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:12
A critique of Dmitri Trenin’s speech at Clingendael.
Russian Disinfo Patterns: the Kremlin's Defensive World Cup Narrative The Integrity Initiative Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:02

As some football fans followed Putin’s call not to mix sports and politics, his propaganda outlets did exactly that. Russia is enjoying an unrivalled level of international media attention as thousands of fans have poured into Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

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