Thursday, 25. June 2015 /

Exposing Russian Disinformation in the 21st. Century


Date, Time
Thu, 25. Jun 2015,
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarter Berlin

Please note: The conference is on invitation only and booked out anyway

An important part of the russian hybrid warfare in the Ukraine conflict targets the European public opinion: The Russian government has invested immense resources into media networks in Europe. The Russian state-media complex has established news and media outlets in the local languages of many European countries through which the Kremlin attempts to influence European discourse and public opinion on the Ukraine crisis. How does the Russian state-media complex use social media, political partnerships, and financial incentives to influence European media outlets? How successful is the media campaign launched by the Russian government? Where are the next targets of the Russian disinformation campaign? How could and should the EU respond?

Russian state policy under Putin has stifled independent voices. This informational censorship widens the rift between Russian and Western societies. How is the Russian government shaping public opinion at home and among Russian speaking diaspora? What is the Russian public opinion today on Western Europe, the United States, and neighboring states? How can we reach the Russian public in an increasingly censored environment?

Two panel discussions on these questions with journalists and media expert from Europe, the US and Russia will be followed by the presentation of Boris Nemzov’s report “Putin.War.” and the Atlantic Council’s report “Hiding in plain sight”. The latter will be presented by Eliot Higgins, founder of the citizins journalism platform Bellingcat, and Alina Polyakova, Associate Director, Atlantic Council.

Further down on this page You will find links to the reports and the organizers social media accounts to follow the conference, as well as -further on- Video Tapings of different sessions of the conference and images.


  • Ralf Fücks, Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • John Herbst, Atlantic Council
  • John Emerson, US Ambassador to Germany
  • Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition politician and report author
  • Eliot Higgins, Founder of Bellingcat and report author
  • Ilya Ponomarev, Russian opposition politician, Member of Duma
  • Marieluise Beck, MP, Bundestag
  • James Kirchick, Foreign Policy Initiative, Correspondent, Daily Beast
  • Lucian Kim, Journalist and Blogger, Berlin 
  • Boris Reitschuster, Journalist and Author, Berlin
  • Gemma Pörzgen, Journalist, Reporters Without Borders
  • Gustav Gressel, European Council on Foreign relations
  • Andrey Lipsky, Deputy Editor in Chief, Novaya Gazeta
  • Maria Stepanova, Editor in Chief,
  • Galina Timchenko, Editor in Chief, Meduza (formerly


A cooperation with Atlantic Council and European Council on Foreign Relations.


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Nina Happe
Heinrich Böll Foundation
Department Eastern Europe