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Russia’s cyber warfare & disinformation campaigns in Belarus and Ukraine: what we need to know to counteract it?
In his testimony to the Committee on Armed Services at the US National Congress, Christopher S. Chivis (RAND Corporation) in 2017 said: ‘As used today in relation to Russia, “hybrid warfare” refers to Moscow’s use of a broad range of subversive instruments, many of which are non-military, to further Russian national interests. Moscow seeks to use hybrid warfare …to divide and weaken NATO; to subvert pro-Western governments; to create pretexts for war; to annex territory; and to ensure access to European markets on its own terms’. Five years on, Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine proves just that: it used its state propaganda not just in Russia itself but also in other countries of the region, including Belarus, to justify its ’special operation’ in Ukraine; it brainwashes its population to entice hatred; it is awashed in self-denial of the committed atrocities; it annexed and occupied territories of neighbouring states; and it lives a dream-turned-nightmare as a restorer of the Russian World (Russkiy Mir) which might include countries of the former USSR. How can we stop this misinformation campaign now waged by Russia in Belarus, Ukraine and other countries for several decades? How can we break through the lies and Russia-sponsored brainwashing to allow the truth to be more widely shared? How can we mobilise those who disagree with the state and pro-Russian propaganda, to counteract misinformation? What has already been done in Belarus to contrattack propaganda and what are the prospective steps? These and other questions will be discussed at the expert webinar jointly convened by the Research Centre of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Office (OST Research Centre) and the Oxford Belarus Observatory (OBO), with the support of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute.

May 19, 2022 03:00 PM in London

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