Non-Military Security

Major Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives and Their Transmitters in Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia

Adapt Institute

The fall of the Soviet Union ended over 30 years ago, but the Kremlin to this day attempts to maintain its influence in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe via a network of both its own and local proxy actors. These diverse local actors encompass everything from fringe media outlets and social media groups to politicians who align themselves with the Kremlin’s agenda.

The background paper ‘Major Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives and Their Transmitters in Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia,’ jointly compiled by AMO, the Adapt Institute, and the EAST Center, delves into the extensive web of foreign and domestic actors that propagate pro-Kremlin narratives in these three countries. The paper does not only shed light on their strategies and tactics but also examines how their playbook has evolved since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Highlighting both the similarities and nuances across these three nations, this paper unveils a captivating portrait of the issue at hand. Peering into the methods and motives of these actors provides invaluable insights into the ongoing battle for influence within the heart of Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia.

The policy brief is joint work of Pavlína Janebová (editor), Pavel Havlíček and Nikoleta Nemečkayová (authors from AMO), Andrei Yeliseyeu and Veronica Laputska (EAST Center) and Peter Dubóczi with Michaela Ružičková (Adapt Institute).

The paper is a part of the project “Strengthening the Resilience of Czech, Slovak and Polish Societies Prior to the 2024 European Parliament Elections” supported by the EU. You can find more information about the project on its website.

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