Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Do you think that Russia is using disinformation tactics in the rest of the world?
Vince Dhimos Geopolitical Analyst at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
I read Russian news from Russia in Russian every single day, anywhere from 5–10 or more articles, some of which I translate for my web site and some for Quora.
I read the serious sites like РИА Новости - события в Москве, России и мире сегодня: темы дня, фото, видео, инфографика, радио, for general news and editorials, and FBA Ekonomika ФБА «Экономика сегодня» Новости экономики for economics and finance and also general news. This news is all in Russian and is not aimed at a Western audience. Therefore, it is obviously not aimed at influencing Westerners. However, much of the news that interests me is digests of information that comes from US financial pages, eg, statements by renowned US economists like Stephen Roach, or Deutsche Bank economist Shameer Goel regarding the fate of the US dollar. Let’s not pretend that news from sources in the US is fake news just because it was quoted in a Russian news outlet, shall we? (I routinely open up cited news cites in the US to verify the Russian reports and have yet to find a misquote or discrepancy).
I note that one answer to this question claims to give an “example” of Russian disinformation but does not. Instead it mentions a report from a US satellite country that claims to have found examples of “Russian disinformation” but does not give a single example of such. This is clearly an example of US Russophobic propaganda and nothing else. If you have an actual example of such disinformation, trot it out so we can examine it and decide for ourselves if your example is actually disinformation or not. No, we are not going to simply take your word for it. Why? The US and its satellites use disinformation all the time for the truly despicable reason of starting wars by convincing gullible Western readers that such and such a leader or country is an enemy. NATO and the US Congress, for example, keep saying Russia is an adversary but never give a specific example of why this is so, and the US media regurgitate the “adversary” allegation without evidence. Western audiences seem to require little or no proof of anything their governments tell them. Do I need to remind you how DANGEROUS this is? Belief is the number one cause of death in war. For their own survival, Westerners must learn to doubt and question. Soviet citizens learned to question their media and they survived in an improved form — ie, the Russian Federation.
This grassroots practice of believing the outright lies disseminated by the US and European press has led to war after war after war and has supported sanctions that amount to nothing but criminal violations of human rights. Remember the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Yes, you do and you know they were never found. Yet the US used this lie to drag the “free world” into a war that cost trillions of dollars and as many as 3 MILLION human lives, mostly innocent people caught in the cross fire. There is no excuse for this and it is way past time for the Western public to rub the sleep out of their eyes. Look. When has Russia done anything remotely resembling this tired worn out US trick — ie, faking news to make its people support an immoral war? And let’s admit it: the Russian participation in the REAL fight against terror in Syria was genuinely moral and honest. They didn’t support terrorists and call them “moderates.” Russia objected when the US-NATO decided to go in and slaughter 4000 Europeans (Serbs are Europeans, Google it) in 1998, and yet, NATO cheekily claims, without a speck of evidence, that it exists to protect EUROPE from Russia. But hey, it was NATO that committed genocide in a European country, something Russia never did (how would you like to keep a “watch dog” in your home that ate your children?). That is the extent to which the US-led West lies on a regular basis, but yet, we are told that it is Russia that spreads disinformation?
Details on NATO here: https://www.quora.com/Why-hasn-t-NATO-evaluated-its-peacekeeping-experience-to-identify-and-implement-best-practices-for-transitioning-failed-states-into-functional-democracy/answer/Vince-Dhimos
Details on why Russia is not the aggressor and the US is: https://www.quora.com/How-does-a-country-like-Russia-which-GDP-based-on-totally-natural-reserves-low-technology-screw-up-population-meddle-in-the-affair-of-other-countries-Moldova-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Syria-or-say-other-Shouldnt-Western/answer/Vince-Dhimos