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How Russian propaganda works in Georgia

Russian disinformation activities in Georgia, a front-runner in the Eastern Partnership, illustrates how Russian propaganda works on a variety of levels. Understanding the Georgian case may provide an insight into how to counter such hybrid activities in the country and elsewhere in the West.

Today, no one argues with the fact that Russian propaganda is a global challenge. Over the past few years we have witnessed how well-structured disinformation campaigns can be used as a tool for achieving certain strategic goals: to shape public opinion, increase political polarisation, influence elections, demonise opponents, undermine state security, boost nihilism and cripple democracy. As the Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev wrote: “The Kremlin weaponises information!”
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July 7, 2020 - Grigol Julukhidze - Hot TopicsIssue 4 2020Magazine

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and Valery Gerasimov. Gerasimov is cited as author of the “Gerasimov doctrine” which states that “21st century political goals could be achieved through non-military and informative means”. Photo: Website of the President of Russia (CC) http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61584

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