Dezinformatsiya

Russian leader Vladimir Putin on September 10, 2020 (Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)
On Russia’s (one-sided) disinformation war

Editor’s Note: The below is an expanded version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Russian government has various means of attack: assassination, invasion, annexation. But don’t forget dezinformatsiya, i.e., disinformation, which the Kremlin has practiced for almost a hundred years. A special disinformation office was set up in 1923.

“Misinformation” is an innocent mistake: You report that Mr. Smith lives on Elm Street when he in fact lives on Maple Street. On learning of this error, you correct it. “Disinformation” is not innocent. It is a lie, intended to achieve a political end.

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