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Bulletin of the MRSU / Section "Politics" / 2021 № 1.


A.V. Manoilo

INFORMATION WARFARE AND NEW POLITICAL REALITY (I). In: Bulletin of the Moscow Region State University (electronic journal), 2021, no. 1.


UDC Index: 327

Date of publication: 02.03.2021

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Aim. Research of the latest practice (forms, methods, tools and technologies) of information operations, the peculiarities of their hybridization, as well as the latest forms and methods of counteraction.

Methodology. The growing militarization of the information space is leading to a change in views on the use of force to change the geopolitical balance. This, in turn, is leading to a real technological revolution in the field of information, hybrid and trade wars. The study of this kind of complex, complexly organized processes and schemes requires the application of the methodology of a systematic approach, opening and defining algorithms of all “chains” of information and psychological impact, used in information operations of a new type.

Results. The article reveals in detail the main forms, schemes, elements of modern information operations, which originate from the “Panama Papers” of 2016; using the publications in the New York Times (05/24/2019) and the Wall Street Journal (06.03.2019), it is demonstrated exactly what planting disinformation is and what exactly it is intended for; the example of specific information operations (“Prague incident” with ricin in 2020, statement by S. Rice “Russian methodology for organizing coups d’etat” of 2020, “The Skripals poisoning of ” 2018–2020, “The Venezuelan precedent” and “Operation Gedeon” 2019–2020 show exactly how planting disinformation is used in modern tactical (operational games) and strategic operations of information warfare; highlights the general lines and main strategies of waging an information war against Russia. The example of the Russian practice of conducting information counter-actions (“The Cabello Case” 2019, “Skripal Readings” 2019, “Search for a Russian Mole in the CIA” 2019 (an operational game with R. O’Brien), etc.) discloses the latest forms and methods of organizing countering information operations of foreign states and operational games of foreign intelligence services.

Research implications. Information about the latest forms and methods of organizing and conducting information operations can be used in the work of state bodies responsible for organizing a systemic response to information attacks by foreign states, and will also be useful to political scientists, political strategists and specialists in countering destructive political technologies.

Key words

international relations, politics, information war, hybrid war, information operation, operational combination, Russia, USA, national security

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