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Pro-Kremlin Media Belarus

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Pro-Kremlin media misrepresent Belarusian opposition’s policy platform

An “anti-Russian” national security reform agenda that pro-Kremlin media linked to the opposition was never part of the opposition’s official platform.

Article by Roman Osadchuk

Belarus Disinformation

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Operation Carthage: How a Tunisian company conducted influence operations in African presidential elections

A Tunisia-based company operated a sophisticated digital campaign involving multiple social media platforms and websites in an attempt to influence the country’s 2019 presidential election, as well as other recent elections in Africa. In an exclusive investigation that began in September 2019, the DFRLab uncovered dozens of online assets with connections to Tunisian digital communications firm UReputation. On June 5, 2020, after conducting its own investigation, Facebook announced it had taken down more than 900 assets affiliated with the UReputation operation, including 182 user accounts, 446 pages, and 96 groups, as well as 209 Instagram accounts. The operation also involved the publication of multiple Francophone websites, some going back more than five years.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Andy Carvin, Luiza Bandeira, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Nika Aleksejeva, Alyssa Kann, Kanishk Karan, Ayushman Kaul, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Roman Osadchik, Esteban Ponce de Leon

Africa Disinformation

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Anonymous Ukrainian Telegram channels serve as gateways to fringe media

Allegations against former Ukrainian MP on anonymous Telegram channels made way to fringe media and other MPs’ Telegram channels.

Article by Roman Osadchuk

Disinformation Eastern Europe

Roman Osadchuk is a Research Assistant for Eurasia at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Ukraine.

Roman researches disinformation narratives and technology uses for their spread in the region. He is interested in the role of information policy and media cycle in the disinformation spread. Before joining DFRLab, he held several positions in Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC), where he was involved in communications of decentralization reform and administrative support to the internal operations. As decentralization communication project manager, Roman Osadchuk managed a team of 5 colleagues under larger USAID-funded project. The UCMC team organized two large-scale events for 250+ participants each, several pieces of training for journalists, and a few lower scale outreach projects. He and his team successfully overviewed the production of TV show ‘Hromada on a Million’ that promoted decentralization. It was tuned in by more than 7 million viewers.

Before the manager position at UCMC, Roman worked with grant applications, preparation of national and international workshops, developed communication strategies and preparation of narrative and financial reports.

Recently, Roman received a Master in Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where he focused on information policy. Roman researched the role of information policy and media cycle in the disinformation spread. He holds master and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kryvyi Rih National University, bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dnipro National University, and a master degree in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.