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Truthmeter.mk: Narratives which Russia uses to influence news media in Western Balkans

A research titled "Russia’s narratives toward the Western Balkans", published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) identified several Russian narratives in the news media in the Western Balkans. The research is based on the media reporting in 2018, which cited the Serbian edition of the Russian state news agency "Sputnik". The Sputnik website, which...

Truthmeter.mk: A protest justifying aggression against a sovereign country

A small group of citizens protested in front of the Ukrainian embassy last week with a classic exchange of theses – to declare the victim of aggression by the “big brother” a justified goal and to wrap it all in some imaginary ideological sugarcoating, writes Truthmeter.mk We republish the analysis below:   Is there any justification for the annexation of a part...

Truthmeter.mk: Video from Russia, presented as if it were from Mount Athos, showing the Mother of God

Truthmeter.mk is reviewing a Facebook post, which says that an amazing video from Mount Athos shows the appearance of the Mother of God. According to the description in the text, the video was shot on Mount Athos and shows the appearance of the Most Holy Mother of God.   Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below: Around the figure that people...

Truthmeter.mk: Why the Russian Sputnik vaccine is not yet approved In Australia?

On the eve of the Australian Open tennis tournament, it became evident that some of the tennis players vaccinated with two doses of Sputnik vaccine, from the Russian manufacturer Gamaleya Research Institute, will not be able to participate in the tournament, because this vaccine is not approved in Australia, writes Truthmeter.mk Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below:   Russian...

Global Voices: Russia blocks access to Tor browser website

Russian authorities blocked access to the Tor browser website, torproject.org, on Wednesday, 8 December, according to reports from Tor developers and users. The official block follows earlier reports of Russian internet service providers blocking access to the service, with some Russian users unable to access the Tor Project website since 1 December, writes "Global Voices". Meta.mk republishes the original article, under the...

Plevneliev: Russia isn’t behaving like an aggressor only in Bulgaria but in the region as well

The current model for implementing sanctions against Russia isn't the most appropriate one. The sanctions don't act as they should, but not because they aren't effective but because we are shortsighted about the ways and the measures for their implementation. USA has decided to impose sanctions on Russia about everything, including Syria and Ukraine, and their interference in the...

Facebook joins the fight against disinformation by removing three Russian troll networks that spread media manipulations in Africa

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cyber-security Policy of Facebook announced that on October 30 this social media company has removed three networks composed of accounts, Pages and Groups for engaging in foreign interference — which is coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign actor — on Facebook and Instagram. They originated in Russia and targeted Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte...

Bachev and Mihov’s hostess, the Russian MP Inga Jumasheva, questioned by the FBI at the Kennedy airport

The Russian MP, Inga Jumasheva aka a radio and TV host, was questioned upon her arrival at the Kennedy airport in New York. Due to her delay and questioning, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a protest against the US on Sunday, and a note of protest was sent at the US Department of State by the Russian...

Soft power: How alternative medicine publications promote brand Russia in the Balkans

One method for spreading Russian influence in the Balkans is through alternative medicine magazines. While the newspaper industry in all Balkan countries is in steep decline, numbers of magazines with titles like “Russian Doctor,” “Russian Herbalist,” “Russian Encyclopedia of Health” had been increasing since 2015. At least half dozens of them originate in Serbia and spread through the newsstands of...

Russian news agency “Sputnik” calls country “N. Macedonia”

Russian news agency "Sputnik News", formerly known as "RIA Novosti" and "Voice of Russia", has already renamed the Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia. Under the headline "Greece, N. Macedonia have "started talking" despite "identity conflict", the Russian agency that is part of the government's media consortium "Rossiya Segodnya", published an interview with Professor Neophytos Loizides from the University of Kent,...

Putin to visit Serbia either in October or November

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will visit Serbia either in October or November this year, announced today the Russian Ambassador in Belgrade, Alexandar Chepurin. -We expect that President Putin will visit Serbia either in October or in November - said Chepurin during his visit to the building of the railroad tunnel Chortanovci, that is part of the railroad...

Greece to expel two Russian diplomats over attempts to undermine the name dispute Treaty

The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two others, accusing them of attempting to interfere in Greece's internal affairs, as well as undermining the Agreement regarding the name with Macedonia, reports the Greek daily “Kathimerini”. Diplomats have been charged with attempts to obtain and distribute information, as well as the bribing of...

Lavrov: The EU is passive in regards to the Tirana platform and the violation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, reiterated Macedonia yesterday, stating that Moscow is "concerned about the EU's passivity with regard to the initiative coming from Tirana about the “Tirana platform” which, as he said, is "an explicit call for creating a Greater Albania". “There are enough examples which give...

Russian MFA: The Balkan states should not be forced to rush to join the EU

Our principled approach is that Russia is that the region's most complicated issue to be resolved by the Balkans independently without being rushed or gauged up to formal criteria; in other words - without any external interference. This was said today by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Marija Zaharova at the regular press...

Lavrov: Russia will accept the name that Macedonia and Greece will agree upon

Any kind of solution (for the name dispute) that will be agreed upon by Macedonia and Greece, and will be supported by the Macedonian Constitution, we (the Russian Federation), most probably are going to accept it, said the Head of the Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov, when he was answering a question posted by a Greek journalist at the annual...

Moscow: USA and EU didn’t hesitate to interfere into Macedonia’s internal affairs

US Vice President Mike Pence made another series of anti-Russian statements in Podgorica, scaring leaders of Western Balkan states with a mythic “Russian threat” and went as far as to accuse our country of attempts to redraw the borders in the region by force, said the press reaction issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Pence's statement...

Russia: Foreign interference into Macedonia must stop

Russia has called for foreign interference into Macedonia’s internal affairs to stop, said the Russia's Ambassador to the OSCE, Aleksandar Lukashevich. "It is necessary to stop external interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia and to respect the right of Macedonian citizens to independently decide their own destiny in accordance with the fundamental democratic principles. We call upon all political forces...

Moscow: Shameless manipulation of voters could destabilize Macedonia

"We note a serious aggravation of the political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia. It is obvious that the contrived early parliamentary elections, which were held on December 11, 2016, have not helped stabilise the situation", said Monday's commentary of the department for information and press from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. According to the Russian...

Harassing diplomats is regular intelligence business from Moscow to Macedonia

Diplomats from the United States, staff in the embassies and their families in Moscow and in several other European countries in the past period have been targets of harassment and intimidation as part of an organized campaign orchestrated and systematically implemented by the Russian Intelligence and Security Services, reported in June the prestigious American newspaper the "Washington Post". Recently, in...

Russia has stopped all imports on beef and products with meat from Macedonia

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control yesterday introduced temporary restrictions on imports of cattle, beef, and other meat products from Macedonia to Russia. The decision was made due to the registration of a Jazlesta epidemic in leather goods from Macedonia. The ban applies to imports such as products of beef, as well as other animal products susceptible to the...