Monitoring of Russian disinformation topics. Issue №2. Zelensky can become “bloody”

The Data Journalism Agency TEXTY conducted a media monitoring of Russian disinformation topics for the period of May 27 – June 2, 2019.

Restriction of the research: We take the topics of Russian propaganda in Ukraine exclusively from online media that are written for the population of the occupied territories (we will call them “media from occupied territories (SDDLR)”, for convenience), and from the Ukrainian so-called “junk websites”. Under the term “junk websites” we mean online media, which are designed for the Ukrainian audience and publish a large number of manipulative news of different ideological orientation. In this research, we considered only those news that is consonant with Russian disinformation campaigns.

Russian disinformation media from the occupied territories and Ukrainian “junk websites”, as in the previous monitoring period, wrote a lot about the war on the Donbas, about the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and international politics. In the Ukrainian “junk websites” we found a significant number of supposedly anti-corruption publications such as “thief, criminal, deputy”. According to our research of this segment of the media environment, this is a traditional subject for such media. However, such materials about the members of the BPP (Poroshenko’s party) and the encirclement of the former president are currently consonant with Russian disinformation.

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