The 2016 US Presidential elections were the final wake-up call for Western countries to grasp the full scope of Russian information warfare. For more than a decade, Russia has been waging an unceasing and far-reaching information campaign against NATO and the Western countries, which were caught by surprise.
Western countries have shown unprecedented solidarity with Britain over the accusation that it was Russia which was responsible for the poisoning with a nerve agent of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yuliya.
In late 2014 a scandal made headlines in Lithuania that young Lithuanian Russian-speaking students are being sent to Russian military youth camps. This incident reached attention of the highest government officials and the Intelligence community in Lithuania.
“Disinformation” – the act of deliberately putting out false information to distract people from the truth – is a Russian concept. The word itself is one of the few examples of a Russian word which has come into the English language, and should not be confused with “misinformation”, which is incorrect information passed on in the belief that it is true.