Russia's (Dis-) Information activities against Ukraine: the Battle of Narratives

22nd November 2016
Event location/address: 
Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel Conference room, Gedemino av. 16, Vilnius, Lithuania

Over the last three years the NATO Strategic Communications COE has continued to research Russia’s influence activities against Ukraine and the West. Our researches concludes that Russia is employing a variety of means and methods both direct and indirect, through a wide range of actors and channels, in a way that affects national security interests. At this event our latest research into this influence will be presented, with a focus on narratives that the Kremlin has been cultivating over a long period in order to achieve its strategic aims.

The event will cover:

  • The Russian concept of fascism – how it is interpreted and exploited
    Which activities, phenomena, policies, groups and individuals Russia labels as “fascist”
    Assess Russia’s intent to use fascism as foreign policy instrument towards Baltic States and Ukraine
  • The dynamics of Russia’s information activities against Ukraine in the context of Syria
    Identify narratives and topics employed by Russia;
    Assess the changes of intensity of information activities over the Syrian period.
  • The Russia`s efforts to portray NATO as a party of the Ukraine conflict
    Examine the extent to which NATO was involved in the Ukraine conflict
    Assess the Russia`s attempts to craft a narrative which would justify the annexation of Crimea and how it was changed during the conflict


09:30 – 10:00
Registration & morning coffee

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome by the Director of the NATO StratCom COE Mr Janis Sarts

10:15 – 10:30
Introduction about the Project “Russia`s (dis-) information activities against Ukraine”
Ms Dace Kundrate, NATO StratCom COE

10:30 – 11:00
Backdating the blame – How Russia made NATO a party to the Ukraine conflict
Ms Beata Bialy, NATO StratCom COE

11:00 – 12:00
Russia`s Information Activities Against Ukraine during Syrian Campaign
Russian propaganda in Ukraine: Innovative Approach to Information Activities’ Assessment
Mr Denis Bohush and Ms Oleksandra Baglai, Centre for Russian Studies, Ukraine
The Dynamics of Russia`s Information Activities
Dr Gunda Reire, Center for International Studies, Latvia

12:00 – 12:30
The Instrumentalisation of ‘Fascism’ in Russian Foreign Policy toward Ukraine and the Baltic States
Mr Maris Cepuritis, Centre for East European Policy Studies, Latvia
Mr Dmytro Kondratenko, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

13:30 – 13:00
Coffee brake

13:00 – 14:00
Panel discussion: The battle of narratives: Russia`s strateg
Moderated by Mr Janis Sarts, Director of the NATO StratCom COE

Registration deadline: November 14, 2016.