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Maria Snegovaya, Kohei Watanabe

The Kremlin’s Social Media Influence Inside the United States: A Moving Target

The Kremlin’s Social Media Influence inside the United States: A Moving Target is a report co-authored by Maria Snegovaya and Kohei Watanabe summarizing key insights of their analysis of social media behavior on Twitter during the 2020 US Presidential elections.  The study scopes out the Kremlin’s malign social media operations in the United States, their key purveyors, platforms and enablers. … Continue reading The Kremlin’s Social Media Influence Inside the United States: A Moving Target

Michael Weiss

Aquarium Leaks. Inside the GRU’s Psychological Warfare Program

In this exclusive and groundbreaking report, Free Russia Foundation has translated and published five documents from the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency. The documents, obtained and analyzed by Free Russia Foundation’s Director of Special Investigations Michael Weiss, details the GRU’s modern psychological warfare program and are dated from within the last decade. The documents include … Continue reading Aquarium Leaks. Inside the GRU’s Psychological Warfare Program

The Russian Orthodox Church’s Isolation from the People

The Russian Orthodox Church—as a social, organizational, and financial structure – is extremely fragile, and may collapse in the near future, argues this report by Fedor Krasheninnikov

Alexander Morozov

Political Crisis in Belarus

In this September 2020 analysis, Free Russia Foundation’s Fellow Alexander Morozov chronicles the unraveling of the political crisis in Belarus unleashed by Lukashenka’s illegal efforts to hold on to power despite a broad national demand for change. Morozov describes the growth of the Belarus protest movement and traces the emergence and evolution of the Coordinating … Continue reading Political Crisis in Belarus

Michael Weiss, Pierre Vaux

The Company You Keep: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Influence Operations in Africa

Yevgeny Prigozhin, or “Putin’s chef,” as he’s called in the press, is notorious for two things: dispatching Russian mercenaries into war zones and running a troll farm accused of interfering in democratic elections. This report by Michael Weiss and Pierre Vaux features new insights, including leaked materials from within Prigozhin’s own organization, into how his … Continue reading The Company You Keep: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Influence Operations in Africa

Anton Shekhovtsov

The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly #2

The second issue of The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly continues investigating the malign influence of Putin’s Russia in the areas of the economy, media, religion, civil society, politics, and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following his essay on the Russian coronavirus-related aid to Italy published in the first issue of this journal, Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov looks … Continue reading The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly #2

Global Financial Flows of Putin’s Russia

This report describes mechanisms and schemes used by Putin’s regime to finance its illegal activities around the world.