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.

OpenAI’s Video Generator Sora: Unveiling New Avenues for Propaganda

The newly introduced video generation tool from OpenAI, Sora, has the capability to produce brief videos lasting up to one minute by utilizing user-provided descriptions. This functionality mirrors the way ChatGPT generates written responses and DALL-E produces images. The implications of such technology on propaganda, however, raise questions about its potential impact and influence in shaping narratives.

How to convince a Kremlin supporter?

Russian aggression against Ukraine has exposed stark differences in perspectives, with one side viewing it as a crime against an independent state and peaceful citizens, while another sees it as a means to combat Nazism. The divides among acquaintances, neighbors, friend, and family members seem insurmountable.
Propastop have compiled ten tips for influencing opinions, applicable beyond countering Kremlin propaganda, addressing diverse disagreements like vaccination attitudes or flat Earth beliefs.

Santa Claus Enlists: The Jolly Icon’s Role in US War Propaganda

“War takes no holiday!” reads the 1942 Christmas poster. The legend of Santa Claus, rooted in St. Nicholas celebrations, underwent commercial evolution. During wartime, Santa became a symbol of patriotism, utilized in propaganda efforts to boost morale and emphasize collective support for wartime initiatives.

Youth in the Crossfire: Inside the Propaganda School of Occupied Melitopol

Recent revelations expose occupiers’ insidious efforts in Ukraine, employing propaganda and manipulation to influence vulnerable youth. Initiatives like MediaTopol – Kremlin-funded “blogger school”, reveal a calculated attempt to infiltrate local communities, targeting impressionable minds. The Center of National Resistance’s vigilance emphasizes the need for awareness and resilience against external influences.

A fake video misportrayed Rammstein’s Tallinn concert

A fake video circulating on social media and reported by Russian media outlets appeared to show Rammstein singing “Vperjod, Rossija”. It was actually a song for Vitali Klitschko.

Here’s what happens when you listen to Russian speakers in Estonia

Both the BBC and NPR recently visited Estonia to listen to the perspectives of local Russian-speakers. Their stories puncture Kremlin propaganda narratives.

Exposed: The Facebook groups spreading Kremlin propaganda

Propastop has identified 17 Facebook groups of concern operating in Estonia. Here’s how to help combat their hate and misinformation.

Propaganda in the month of March

During the last month, there was a lot of talk in the Estonian media about the appearance of Estonian politicians in the Russian media, conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus, as well as the attention received by two Master’s theses.

Concepts, misinformation and Russia

In January, the Estonian media wrote about the formation of concepts and meanings, the Navalny process and its media coverage in Russia, as well as the need for more official fact-checking.