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RT and Sputnik: 5 facts to know

RT and Sputnik have been in the news lately. Learn more about these two Russian outlets that call themselves journalism.
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Putin’s poisons: 2017 attack in Syria

This installment in a series on Russia's role in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide takes a look at the 2017 sarin attack in Syria.
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United with Ukraine [February-March 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.
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Putin’s lies are a broken record [infographic]

The Russian government's disinformation campaign justifying its unprovoked attacks on Ukraine reprises some old Kremlin hits.
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Putin’s pattern of lies [video]

From Syria to Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has a track record of using disinformation to hide what Russia is doing. Learn some recent examples.
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How to tell fact from fiction online — even in wartime

Don't be fooled by rogue sites pretending to be news. Here are some tips for evaluating online information.
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Russia’s media crackdown hides war in Ukraine

A new Russian law makes factual reporting about the war in Ukraine punishable by 15 years in prison, forcing many independent media to leave..
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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Voices of Ukraine: Stanislav

Stanislav wants the world to know what he endured after the Russian military invaded Ukraine in 2014. The electric shocks, the beatings.