Russia and Disinformation: Maskirovka (Summary)

Russia and Disinformation: Maskirovka (Full Report)
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This CREST brief by Dr Cerwyn Moore focuses on disinformation and Russia’s ‘strategic narrative’.

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This CREST brief investigates the phenomenon of disinformation in the contemporary context as conceived and practised by actors in the Russian Federation. It summarises the findings from the full report, which can be read here.

The full report considers the following questions:

  • The historical background to disinformation operations in the Soviet Union/Russia.
  • To what extent there are dominant narratives that dominate Russian disinformation, and if so whether these narratives explain Russia’s wider strategic aims.
  • How disinformation complements external diplomacy and is woven into ‘strategic narratives’ promoted by the Russian state.
  • Targets and objectives of disinformation activities (with two short case studies of disinformation campaigns).
  • Means and methods of dissemination of disinformation.
  • To what extent disinformation appears to work and the measures adopted to date by external actors to counter its influence.

This brief is part of a series on disinformation to come out of the Actors and Narratives programme. The other three reports in the Russia and Disinformation series: ‘The Case of the Caucasus’, ‘The Case of Ukraine’, and ‘Institutions and Actors’ can be found at

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The full report can be found here.

All the reports in this series can be found here.

These resources are produced from the Actors and Narratives programme, funded by CREST. To find out more information about this programme, and to see other outputs from the team, visit the Actors and Narratives programme page.

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