Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News

Russian leader Vladimir Putin meets with members of his Security Council in May 2017. The Kremlin deems the supremacy of the state’s version of events a vital national security interest, and last December Putin signed an executive order to that effect. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

Russia’s efforts to flood the media landscape in both the United States and the European Union with hacked emails and fake news have been well documented. Less known are Russia’s own moves to drain its information space of news and facts that do not conform to Kremlin narratives.

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Bakhtiyor Avezdjanov is a program officer for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative seeking to advance understanding of the international and national norms and institutions that protect the free flow of information. Prior to joining Columbia University, he worked with the UNHCR in Sudan, as well as in Kyrgyzstan for Freedom House, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Tian Shan Policy Center at the American University of Central Asia. He has focused on issues concerning free speech, torture prevention, and refugee rights.

Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News

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