Information Warfare: An Ooze From the Past


May 5,2008: Russian media is regressing to Cold War fantasies. There are two current examples. First is a story given big play in Russia, where a Russian diplomat insisted that the MiG-29 recorded (on a UAV video) shooting down a Georgian UAV, was not Russian (from a nearby air base), but one of the MiG-29s still used by some NATO countries. This NATO MiG-29, the ambassador, insisted, must have been secretly moved to Georgia, or maybe nearby Turkey, and used in the attack. In other words, the ambassador was trying to make a case for Russia not being responsible.

The second example is even more bizarre. A recent Russian TV documentary asserted that the unrest in Chechnya over the last fifteen years was a plot by Turkey and the United States to make money. Media stories like this were common during the Cold War, and few people, least of all their KGB creators, took them seriously. The Cold War may not have returned, but some of the comic relief of the period is oozing back into our lives.


Article Archive

Information Warfare: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close