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RUSSIAN FAKE NEWS – A NEW INSTRUMENT OF PROPAGANDA
RUSSIAN FAKE NEWS – A NEW INSTRUMENT OF PROPAGANDA

Author(s): Mara Sofia CRĂCIUNESCU
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Media studies, Corruption - Transparency - Anti-Corruption
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: Russia; European Union; U.S.A; propaganda; fake news; hybrid war;elections.
Summary/Abstract: Russia is using the internet to spread propaganda, by sharing fake news, which creates tensions between states. The first targets were the European neighboring countries. In order to create an ideal image of Russia, the fake messages would raise the trust of the countries in the information coming from there. Other targets were the European countries at some crucial moments, such as the 2014 European Parliament elections and regional elections and also U.S.A., due to personal interests in the 2016 presidential elections. In this paper, recent statistics presenting the current influence of Russian mass-media are reviewed.The latest reports on the targeted countries and means adopted by European institutions for combating the Russian propaganda are presented. All of these show a tremendous impact of fake news on population’s opinion and international politics.