Like other authoritarian regimes, the Russian government has taken full advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread disinformation. However, while the crisis may serve as a convenient backdrop for Moscow’s campaigns of disinformation, this is only a small part of a much larger trend.
To make sense of this situation, MLI Senior Fellow Marcus Kolga was joined by the Daily Beast’s Editor-at-Large, Michael Weiss. In addition to his role at the Daily Beast, Weiss is also writing a forthcoming book on the history of Russian military intelligence.
Kolga and Weiss discuss the Kremlin’s long-running campaigns of disinformation, particularly in the context of the current US political climate. Rather than attempting to achieve a specific political goal, they explain that Russian disinformation serves to undermine social cohesion, catalyze chaos, and undermine democratic institutions.