Information Warfare in the Internet. Exposing and Countering pro-Kremlin Disinformation in the CEEC

cyber-war-weapon-crimeThe project aims to facilitate regional cooperation between the V4 countries, Moldova and Ukraine in the field of security. It focuses on finding countermeasures to growing  Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns being waged – on a massive scale with  the use of a contemporary battlefield: the Internet – within the individual CEE countries,  aimed at destabilizing European cohesion, and influencing political structures to affect  strategic nodes in the region.

Through a number of activities initiated jointly by six renowned think tanks, the project helps to understand the complexity of tools adopted by Kremlin to manipulate public opinion and affect political and business environment in the partners’ countries, as well as to work out ways to respond to Russia’ s information warfare.

Target groups are mainly the expert communities (think tanks, analytic centres, media  analysts), civil society activists, academic circles and journalists in the CEE region. Thanks  to all partners’ promotional activities aiming at popularising the project’ s findings, decision ­makers  from  Ministries  of  Foreign  Affairs  and  Ministries of  Defence  in  the  Visegrad countries, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as decision ­makers  from NATO and the  European  Union.

Among the expected outputs are:

  • a simultaneous research to identify country­-tailored Russian disinformation  strategies in the net; commentaries under articles in e-editions of regular media;  social  media: fake fan pages on Facebook and cyber trolling, videos on Desk  research of  available materials. Analysis of  findings  to  identify  methods  &  intensity of Russian propaganda aimed at particular country and types & categories of  disinformation.
  • several multimedia presentations with  selection  of  representative  examples.
  • an expert conference planned in February 2017 in  Kyiv to exchange experiences;  expose methods and strategies of Russian propaganda via net; discuss implications  of Russian activities for different sectors of life and ways for countering them;  propose policy recommendations.
  • publishing a final report based on research and conference’ s conclusion. Outline of  Kremlin disinformation strategies designed for the 6 countries, similarities and  differences of propaganda patterns, presentation of categorised case studies, recommendations for policy­makers how to build response strategies.
  • database of cases.


The project summary can be found here.


The project partners are:

The Centre for International Relations, Poland

The Prague Security Studies Institute, the Czech Republic

Media Center, Moldova

Association of Independent Press (API), Moldova