Bloomberg: Germany and France proposed measures to the EU “to combat propaganda inside Russia” Berlin and Paris invited the European Union to think about “creative ways” that would allow “fighting propaganda inside Russia”, bypassing Internet censorship and obtaining independent information, Bloomberg found out source srcset=”https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/6/83/756618271803836.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min- device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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Germany and France proposed to take measures “to combat propaganda inside Russia” in order to “drive a wedge” between representatives of the Russian authorities and citizens of the country, reports Bloomberg. According to the agency, Berlin and Paris sent the states— Members of the EU, Defending the International Order in an Era of Systemic Competition: EU-Russia Relations prepared by technical experts.
According to the agency, in a non-paper document, Berlin and Paris call on the EU to explore “creative ways” to allow the dissemination of independent information within Russia. The plan includes the use of “technical measures against Russian censorship” on the Internet, as well as providing Russian-language content for Russian-speakers who live abroad.
Another proposal involves funding media literacy courses in Russian that could be distributed by video bloggers on YouTube, in Facebook (Meta, the company that owns the social network, has been declared extremist and banned in Russia), TikTok, Telegram and VKontakte, Bloomberg reports, citing the document.
Germany and France are also urging the EU to maintain channels of communication with the Russian authorities, despite the imposition of sanctions, in order to minimize the risk of unintended escalation and maintain “minimal cooperation” on issues such as the nuclear deal with Iran.
According to Bloomberg, the document was circulated among countries— members of the EU in the run-up to the meeting of foreign ministers in Prague on August 30-31, which will discuss the issue of a ban on issuing visas to Russian tourists.
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In March, shortly after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Russia passed a law that criminalizes fakes about the actions of Russian troops. Roskomnadzor demanded that the media that cover what is happening rely only on data from official Russian sources. Since the beginning of hostilities, the department has blocked hundreds of Russian and foreign publications in Russia. Social networks were also blocked— Facebook, Instagram (also owned by Meta, which was recognized by the Russian court as extremist and banned in the country) and Twitter.
At the same time, Russian authorities have repeatedly filed claims against YouTube for blocking various channels, including state media, and demanded to restore access to them. At the end of February, YouTube banned the monetization of some Russian publications, and then began blocking the pages of Russian TV channels.
In the spring, The Telegraph reported that the British Government Information Cell (GIC) was buying advertising on Russian social networks, including “Vkontakte”, to combat “Russian disinformation” about the fighting in Ukraine. VK said that the information is not true, and all advertising on the social network platform is moderated and must comply with the law.