Dzhaparova: International Community Underestimating Russia’s Cognitive Influence
On 5 April 2019, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, took part in a public discussion “On the Road to Toronto – Ukraine’s Civil Society and Information Resilience Five Years After Maidan” in Brussels, Belgium.
The discussion dealt with issues related to countering hybrid warfare and disinformation and support for independent news media.
“The international community underestimates cognitive influences, which can quickly alter conscience and construct new identities. The West focuses primarily on the cyber aspect when it comes to information security. However, Ukraine’s experience clearly reveals that Russia’s cognitive warfare that recycles everything—from news media, experts, and NGOs to Hollywood stars as ‘useful idiots’—is a relatively cheap means of influencing the world and other countries. The aim is exercising control, interference, and implementing the imperial dream of ‘Great Russia’,” Ms Dzhaparova was quoted as saying.
She paid particular attention to Russia’s repressive actions in Crimea, where classic independent journalism has been purged and civil journalists are being cracked down on.
The discussion was also attended by Hanna Hopko, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs, MEPs, experts, journalists and civic activists.
The public discussion is the preparatory event for the 3rd Ukraine Reform Conference to be held in Toronto, Canada, in June this year, with Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman of Ukraine visiting. The event was organised by the Mission of Canada to the EU and the European Commission Support Group for Ukraine.
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