Russia continues to move tanks and other materiel into Belarus along Ukraine’s northern border, as far west as Brest

Screencap of video showing Russian armor in a field near Rechitsa. (Source: )

By Michael Sheldon and Lukas Andriukaitis

The DFRLab has tracked military equipment arriving in Gomel and Brest Oblasts, in southeastern and southwestern Belarus respectively, as well as a resumption of equipment arriving near Russia’s border with northern Ukraine. While Russia claims that the equipment is in Belarus for upcoming joint…

Hashtag trended on Venezuelan Twitter alongside messages praising China for donating its vaccine and attacking US for sanctions

A health worker gestures during a day of immunization against Covid-19 with the compound manufactured…

By Daniel Suárez Pérez and Kenton Thibaut

In March 2021, pro-China messaging dominated Venezuelan Twitter around use of the hashtag #VacunaEsperanzayVida (“#VaccineHopeAndLife”), which trended thanks to the Nicolás Maduro regime’s promotion as a part of its “hashtag of the day” campaigns.

Venezuela plays an important role in China’s diplomatic efforts…

BM-27 220mm multiple rocket launchers spotted on trains in Belarus, some within range of the Ukrainian border

TikTok footage and geolocation of Russian materiel being transported from the Russian far east through…

By Michael Sheldon

On January 17, 2021, Russian military equipment arrived in Belarus. Trains transporting BM-27 220mm multiple rocket launchers and other materiel were spotted in the Belarusian cities of Minsk, Gomel, and Rechitsa, the latter two near the Ukrainian border. It is expected that more equipment will arrive throughout…

Newly geolocated social media footage suggests redeployment began prior to US-Russia negotiations in Geneva

Geolocation of military vehicles loading onto trains in Ulan-Ude, near Lake Baikal. The caption in…

By Michael Sheldon

In the first weeks of January 2022, video footage emerged of military equipment moving westward by rail all throughout the Eastern Military District (MD) in Russia’s far east. The footage serves in stark contrast to previous video of Russian military movement, which most commonly was filmed in…

Twitter’s decision to deactivate trending topics in Ethiopia did not reduce the volume or toxicity of tweets about the civil war

A man holds the Ethiopian national flag in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square during a pro-government…

By Megan A. Brown and Tessa Knight

This piece first appeared in .

On November 6, 2021, Twitter it was halting trending topics in Ethiopia due to the ongoing threat of violence in the country, which has been embroiled in a year-long civil war. The escalating conflict…

OSINT reveals new Belarusian outpost near Ukrainian border, joint air patrols with the Russian Air Force near Lithuania

Orekhovo border outpost, constructed by Belarus near the Ukrainian border. (Source: /)

By Lukas Andriukaitis

Recently surfaced videos suggest that Belarus is constructing new outposts along its border with Ukraine, as they simultaneously conduct joint air patrols with Russia close to the Lithuanian border.

The current security situation between NATO and Russia is approaching a low point not been seen in decades…

Analysis of hashtags supporting both presidential candidates shows activity highly concentrated among a small percentage of accounts

A Chilean man places his vote in the ballot box during the second round of…

By Esteban Ponce de León and Luiza Bandeira

An analysis of different hashtags supporting presidential candidates Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast ahead of Chile’s December 2021 presidential runoff showed that only a few accounts were responsible for most of the posts using them. Hashtags that were related to the…

False narratives underline dangers posed by disinformation as a means of stoking hostility between nuclear-armed neighbors

An Indian Army convoy moves along a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s…

By Ayushman Kaul

The threat of the ongoing border dispute between India and China escalating into an active conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors continues to large, despite months of sustained aimed at ameliorating tensions. As both sides continue to militarize disputed territory along their sides of the…

Russian policy document describes new procedures for the mass burial of corpses amidst rising tensions with Ukraine and NATO

Illustration from Russian policy document regarding procedures to bury large numbers of bodies. (Source: /)

By Lukas Andriukaitis

As Russia raises the stakes in security talks with the United States, the Kremlin released a document clarifying the norms of “urgent burial of corpses in wartime and peacetime.” The draft, which will come into effect in February 2022, was by Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations…

China leverages its investment in the South African media space to push Beijing-approved narratives and conspiracies

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By Kenton Thibaut

From June through September 2021, China amplified Beijing-approved narratives and a conspiracy theory on the origin of COVID-19 in the local South African media space by leveraging its content exchange and syndication agreements with South African partner news organizations.

China’s actions in South Africa are part of…

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