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Although this video concentrates on the USA narrative warfare continues to be misunderstood by many western nations including the UK along with its power as a socio-political and economic weapon which also supports kinetic warfare.
2 thoughts on “Russian and Soviet Information Operations against the west”
Soviet disinformation began before the creation of the KGB. The first intelligence-disinformation operation was probably the TRUST, directed against monarchists and Britain by Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky himself. Disinformation became an independent uni under Ivan Agayants then Gen Sergey Ivanov.
Note that the US also resorted to disinformation in the 1950s by more or less taking over three different West Berlin-based FRG groups -financing, organization, etc. When Bill Harvey arrived in Berlin he gave a new impulse to these activities, but it was a very limited exercise compared to the KGB’s woldwide efforts, seconded by East Germany’s HVA and Czechoslovakia’s STB.
Recommended reading: Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare, by Thomas Rid. The irony of it all is that Soviet and allied disinformation specialists acquired such a turn of mind that in some cases they disinformed themselves.
The advent of international data networks, which preceded by very little the collapse of Communism, was a gale changer. Non-Communist Russia immediately showed it was aiming at doing better than its Soviet predecessors.
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Always appreciate your input. Many thanks Giles for expanding on this.
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