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In it simplest form, active measures incorporates information warfare aimed at undermining the West. Active measures (“Π°ΠΊΡ‚ΠΈΠ²Π½Ρ‹Π΅ мСроприятия” in Russian) refer to a form of political warfare conducted by the Soviet Union and now, by extension, Russia, to influence the course of world events. These measures include a wide range of activities, such as espionage, […]

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Disinformation Dictionary of Psychological Warfare The cat is well and truly out of the bag in terms of understanding how easily wide swaths of people can be misled into believing total falsehoods and even insane conspiracy theories that have no basis whatsoever in reality. In their passion for this self-righteous series of untruths, they can […]

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Buckle up, we’re in for a wild ride. Many of the serious scholars of political history and authoritarian regimes are sounding the alarm bells that, although it is a very very good thing that we got the Trump crime family out of the Oval Office, it is still a very very bad thing for America […]

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These Cold War definitions are unfortunately all too relevant again with the advent of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Some terms are from the original period of nuclear anxiety between the United States and the Soviet Union, and are being fleshed out with new terminology from the age of frigidity between Putin’s Russia and the so-called […]

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Some of us have been boning up on this topic for about 6 years already, while others are just tuning in now based on the horrors of recent events. It can be overwhelming to come in cold, so here — don’t go it alone! Take this: Putin’s war against the west President Biden “declassified” an […]

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It’s not just here at home in the US that fascism seems to have taken root in the population. There are many burgeoning nationalist movements resurrecting right-wing populism around the world, and as per many experts’ warnings, right-wing authoritarianism is on the rise around the globe. Many of the right-wing populist thatches that have sprung […]

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Siloviki is a Russian term for those who have backgrounds and employment in security services, the military, and police under the former USSR. More unofficially, the word can refer specifically to a group of high-ranked politicians around Putin, his security cabal, and the heads of the Russian power ministries — many of whom were formerly […]

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Sistema is a Russian term to denote “how the government really works” (as opposed to via formal state institutions). The term refers to a complex and pervasive system of governance, influence, and control that was deeply embedded in the Soviet Union’s political and intelligence fabric, particularly embodied by the KGB during the Cold War era. […]

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A systematic corruption of government by organized crime syndicates. Term coined by former KGB/FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko. See also: kleptocracy

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The Russian Federal Security Service, formerly known as the KGB under the Soviet Union. The main intelligence division within the Russian military apparatus, containing the GRU and other specialty units.

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“Eternal Rome” is an ideology positing Russia as a geopolitical bulwark of conservatism against a weak-kneed West (part of Alexander Dugin’s reformulation of Eurasianism theory). It explains part of the seemingly sudden appeal of Russia to a political party once responsible for McCarthyism — whose acolyte Roy Cohn would later groom Donald Trump for the […]

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Loyalty to the concept of an unbroken chain of Russian security services, all the way from Lenin’s Cheka to the KGB to the FSB

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Did Russia hack the 2016 US election? Most certainly. The FBI, CIA, and entire intelligence community is in agreement on this point. Russian information warfare has been infamous the world over for decades — with a recent flare up starting with the Brexit vote as an obvious canary in a larger coalmine, and extending to […]

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