Does your local store fly the Russian flag?

More than two years into the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, a number of Estonian store chains persist in displaying the flag of the aggressor nation. Notably, Prisma, Maxima, Stockmann, Apollo, and Selver are on the blacklist. Learn more here.

“In the information war, there is no need for new institutions, but a strategy against Russia.”

In a revealing survey conducted by Propastop ahead of the June European Parliament elections, Estonia’s leading party candidates weigh in on the EU’s effectiveness in combating Russian propaganda amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with an average score landing a modest 6 out of 10.

A Raw Glimpse into the Frontline Through Telegram’s War Blogs

Grasping the attention of over 84 million users monthly, Telegram platform presents a stark contrast to the polished tales spun by the Russian state television channels. Propastop taps into this pulsing vein of unbridled information, offering a trench-level view of the Ukrainian front line through the unflinching lens of Telegram’s Russian war bloggers.

Security in Estonia and Europe: Analysis of the ISS Annual Review 2023-2024

The latest annual report from the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS), released on April 12, 2024, highlights significant security challenges in Estonia and Europe. It focuses, among other topics, on the situation at the Estonian-Russian border, the potential risks posed by Russian ICT sector employees residing in Europe, the threat of Islamic radicals, and the use of the Russian Orthodox Church as a Kremlin propaganda tool.

Propaganda. Powered by AI .

The development of artificial intelligence poses new challenges in the fight against misinformation – AI is learning not only to generate texts in small languages, which it previously struggled with, but also to make images that are hardly distinguishable from real ones.
Let’s check.
Do you think this image is of a real person or an image generated by artificial intelligence? You will find the answer in the article.

Who are Russian war bloggers and why is it worth reading them?

Who are Russian military bloggers, and why are they interesting? “War correspondents” continue to have more freedom than television channels. In Telegram blogs, you can find details and perspectives that are not covered by Russian media.

Narrative X-ray: A New Tool in Russian Narratives

The Kremlin’s bundle of narratives, including special operations, denazification, stopping the persecution of Russians, protecting the “Russian world”, the “historical truth” about the non-existence of Ukraine, fighting against the aggression of the collective West, etc., changes according to the circumstances, but now it has come down to playing with open cards, to stating your true intentions. The reason for this is probably to secure a better position in future negotiations.

Know your Troll – Russian Troll-Farms Identity Mimicry in 2024 and how to spot it

When you spot Russian propaganda coming from a person sharing your ethnic identity, resembling you, speaking your language, and having a name similar to yours, it creates confusion. Propastop sheds light on the tactics employed by Russian trolls in 2024.

Targeted by Russian Narratives: Moldova in the Information War

Propastop provides an overview of why Moldova is a good target for Russian propaganda narratives