Propastop analysis: Russian propaganda attacks the legitimacy of the Ukrainian President

As President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s nominal term ends on 20 May, Kremlin propaganda attacks the credibility of the Ukrainian Head of State in the eyes of his most important allies and seeks to undermine the President’s legitimacy in the eyes of Ukrainians.

The Kremlin is quietly dropping its “denazification” line

Kremlin propaganda began depicting Ukrainians as Nazis in 2014, although there is little coherence to Putin’s narrative about denazifying Ukraine – so the term appears increasingly less frequently.

Narrative X-Ray: Russia’s ‘nuclear fist’

Russia threatens nuclear war with increasing frequency, partly to distract from discussing the progress of its war against Ukraine. In our second Narrative X-Ray, we discuss how Russia developed its ‘nuclear fist’ and what else it aims to achieve with this rhetoric.

How the Kremlin uses graffiti as propaganda

An American woman arrested in Michigan for a series of hate crime incidents turned out to be a supporter of Russia, not Ukraine as her graffiti implied. Journalists are still missing the bigger story.

Who are the NAFO ‘fellas’ fighting misinformation online?

An online community based around dog memes has become an unlikely thorn in the side of Kremlin propagandists.

6 of the best YouTubers to follow to understand Russia’s war on Ukraine

Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine has generated a wave of new YouTube stars dedicated to exposing the reality behind Kremlin propaganda.

Why propagandists are battling to redefine ‘vatnik’

‘Vatnik’ was first defined by Russians as a jingoistic follower of their government’s propaganda. Some people are trying to make you think otherwise.

Kremlin propaganda is seeping into Reddit

Reddit, “the front page of the internet”, brings together niche online communities in largely positive ways. But where there’s people to influence, Kremlin propagandists are there too.

‘Valerian’ is a new Propastop initiative to reach our Russian neighbours

Attacks on Estonia’s information space have increased dramatically since the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Project Valerian aims to tackle the problem at its source.

A new symbol of Ukrainian resistance appears in Mariupol

While Ukrainian and Russian share a Cyrillic alphabet, the letter Ї only appears in Ukrainian – and has become a brave symbol of continued Ukrainian identity during the resistance to Russian occupation.