Decoding Crimea

Pinpointing the Influence Strategies of Modern Information Warfare

Published in: NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence website (2020)

Posted on RAND.org on February 02, 2022

by Alan Kelly, Christopher Paul

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This monograph uses an existing study of the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea as a working example, presenting maps of precise 'plays' employed by Russia. The resulting illustrations shed light on the ploys of Russian propagandists and the motives behind their messages. We provide visual evidence of how individual plays work, their patterns and scope, as well as a vocabulary and lens with which to address such campaigns.

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