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Hiding In Plain Sight: Putins War In Ukraine And Boris Nemtsovs Putin.War

Opening remarks
- Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Presentation of Boris Nemtsov’s Russia.War.
- Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition leader and report author

Presentation of Hiding in Plain Sight Report
- Eliot Higgins, Founder of Bellingcat and report author
- Alina Polyakova, Associate Director, Atlantic Council, and report author

Panel discussion on what the US and European policy makers and Russian opposition leaders should do to counter Russian disinformation
- Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition leader
- Ilya Ponomarev, Russian opposition politician, Member of Duma
- Marieluise Beck, MP, Bundestag
- Francisco de Borja Lasheras, ECFR Madrid

Moderated by: The Hon. John Herbst

About the conference:

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.

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