Vatnik Soup

“What is #vatniksoup?”

#vatniksoup is a Twitter thread series (and a hashtag!) where I’ll introduce pro-Russian actors and propagandists from around the world, be they so-called “independent journalists”, politicians, military personnel or just regular grifters looking to get some easy money.

The series also has introductions and deeper insights on how online propaganda and disinformation works and is spread. For example, I’ll talk about troll farms, social media manipulation and Russia’s online information operations.

I feel like it is important to introduce these bad actors along with the strategies they employ in the information space. Only this way we can pursue the one thing that’s usually referred to as the first victim of the war: truth.

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Also in Spanish! ¡También en español!

“There’s so many entries, where should I start?”

If you are interested in Russian culture and power politics, read these two entries:

If you want to get an introduction on how the whole propaganda/disinformation machinery works, start with these:

If you need some background about Russia’s genocidal invasion of Ukraine:

After getting acquainted with the system in general, dive deeper into the vatniks and their stories. I consider the ones in bold to be the most essential.

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#DateTitleFirst thread tweetThread Reader AppThread Reader PDFAudioVatnik’s professionVatnik’s country of originRetweetsLikesViewsRelated soupsIn Spanish
24820.11.2023Samantha AIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American social media personality, Samantha A. (@zukosmadre).She's best-known for anti-Imperialism (but only when it comes to the US), and for her hot takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War and the conflict in the Middle East.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUSA5352k92k
24720.11.2023Migration BombIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about a hybrid warfare strategy I call the Migration Bomb. It's a strategy in which countries like Russia and Belarus organize immigration from relatively poor regions to EU and Schengen areas.ReadReadListenN/AN/A3k8k1M
24616.11.2023RussificationIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about Russian attempts to "russify" and completely wipe out the Ukrainian identity in the Eastern Ukrainian territories and Crimea that Russia is temporarily occupying.Read*Read*ListenN/AN/A2k7k400k
24515.11.2023Hubert SeipelIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German journalist and documentarist, Hubert Seipel. He's best-known for creating several propaganda pieces on Vladimir Putin, for downplaying Putin's atrocities, and for receiving money from a Russian oligarch without disclosing this.ReadReadListenJournalistGermany4k11k990k
24413.11.2023Tyler 'Armchair Warlord' WeaverIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American attorney, weeaboo and social media personality, Tyler Weaver (@ArmchairW). He's best-known for his copium-infused, pro-Russian analysis on the Russo-Ukrainian War, and for his deep admiration of Russian Imperialism.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUSA2k8k811k
2435.11.2023Anatomy of a grifterIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll discuss the anatomy of a grifter. As a case study, I'll talk about @jacksonhinklle, and how he's utilizing social media to make money and become a popular yet highly controversial figure online.ReadReadListenN/AN/A4k11k2M
2423.11.2023Lucas GageIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American social media personality, conspiracy theorist and neo-Nazi, Angelo John Gage AKA Lucas Gage (@Lucas_Gage_). He's best-known for his rabid antisemitism, support for white nationalism, and his anti-Ukrainian statements on X.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUSA2k6k489k
2411.11.2023Peace negotiationsIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about peace negotiations. There's a common misconception that only Russia wants peace and Ukraine wants to keep on fighting "until the last man", but of course this is far from the truth.ReadReadListenN/AN/A2k7k628k
24030.10.2023Vadim LoskutovIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Swiss social media personality, investment banker and journalist, Vadim Loskutov (@runews). He's best-known for praising Russia and its politics, and criticizing the West while living comfortably in Switzerland.ReadReadListenSocial media personalitySwitzerland2k7k559k
23926.10.2023Sahra WagenknechtIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German politician, Sahra Wagenknecht (@SWagenknecht). She's best-known for her praise of Russia, fighting against the Western sanctions set against Russia, and for her attempts to stop the military aid to Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenPoliticianGermany3k9k805k
23820.10.2023Donbass Devushka, part 2In today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about @DD_Geopolitics, so-called useful idiots, and theorize on how DDG's founder Sarah Bils become one. Bils is best-known for setting up the pro-Kremlin Donbass Devushka network and later rebranding it as DD Geopolitics.ReadReadListenPodcasterUnited States2k5k475k
23717.10.2023Laura LoomerIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American far-right conspiracy theorist and social media personality, Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer). She's best-known for her unethical activism and "journalism", and for promoting the most outrageous conspiracy theories.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUnited States2k10k881k
23616.10.2023Anastasia Maria LoupisIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Danish medical doctor and conspiracy theorist, Anastasia Maria Loupis (@DrLoupis). She's best-known for spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19, Russo-Ukrainian War, or basically any other trending topic.ReadReadListenMedical doctorDenmark3k10k1M
23511.10.2023Pope FrancisIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce the head of the Catholic Church and the bishop of Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio AKA Pope Francis (@pontifex). He's best-known for praising Russian imperialism and for failing to condemn Russia for their genocidal war in Ukraine.ReadReadListenClericVatican City3k12k723k
23410.10.2023Russia and the Middle East, part 2In today's #vatniksoup, I'm going to talk about Russia's involvement in the Middle East politics. Countries like Iran have been assisting Russia in their genocidal war in Ukraine, and the Kremlin has also meddled with various extremist groups in the region.ReadReadListenN/AN/A3k9k714k
2339.10.2023Russia and the Middle EastIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll provide my predictions on what will happen next:1) Russia will promote themselves as mediator in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and also start spreading propaganda about how they've wanted peace in Ukraine but the West has prevented this.ReadReadListenN/AN/A4k13k2M
2325.10.2023DD Geopolitics (part 2)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll continue introducing the international pro-Kremlin network called DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics). They're best-known for spreading Russian propaganda and disinformation, and for collecting money to outlets like Rybar and Killnet.ReadReadListenDisinformation networkVarious2k7k349k
2313.10.2023Patrick JMIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Canadian social media personality and QA tester, Patrick JM (@vonClownsewitz). He's best-known for spreading pro-Kremlin propaganda & for creating a fake persona as an academic expert on international relations and strategic studies.ReadReadListenQA testerCanada1k5k306k
23029.9.2023Russian propagandaIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll dissect Russian propaganda, go through its main characteristics and also discuss how it differs from Ukrainian propaganda. This soup will mostly focus on the Kremlin's more "sophisticated" forms of media, like mobilization ads and advertisements.ReadReadListenN/ARussia8673k365k
22928.9.2023Stewart PetersIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American far-right social media personality, Stewart Peters (@realstewpeters). He's best-known for his (short) rap career, and for promoting conspiracy theories related to COVID-19, "global elites" and the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUSA7162k133k
22826.9.2023DD Geopolitics (part 1)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an international pro-Kremlin network called DD Geopolitics (DDG; @DD_Geopolitics). They're best-known for spreading Russian propaganda and disinformation, and for collecting and donating money to Russian outlets like Rybar and Killnet.ReadReadListenDisinformation networkVarious1k3k227k
22720.9.2023Sergey KaraganovIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russian political scientist and head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Sergey Karaganov. He's best-known for his imperialistic policies since the early 1990's, and for calling the destruction of the West and of Ukraine.ReadReadListenPolitical scientistRussia21151027k
22619.9.20232014 Odesa clashesIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll discuss about one of the less-known events of the Russo-Ukrainian War: the 2014 Odesa clashes.It's often used by pro-Kremlin propagandists to prove that the "neo-Nazis" in Ukraine were "persecuting" the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine.ReadReadListenN/AUkraine2k5k627k
22518.9.2023Slobodan DespotIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Swiss writer and editor of Serbian origin, Slobodan Despot (@despotica). He's best-known for his conspiratorial views, for translating and publishing prominent far-right figures, and for supporting and spreading Kremlin propaganda.ReadReadListenEditorSwitzerland9773k296k
22413.9.2023Irina OsipovaIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russo-Italian politician, Irina Osipova. She's best-known for her ties to European and Russian neo-Nazi groups like Golden Dawn and Rusich, for her close ties to various Russian officials, and for her new job at the Italian senate.ReadReadListenPoliticianRussia and Italy2k4k219k
2234.9.2023Roman GKIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an Austrian communist and social media personality, Roman GK AKA @GeromanAT. He's best-known for promoting pro-Kremlin perspective on the Russo-Ukrainian War and for trying to monetize his apparent social media addiction.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityAustria5k2k441k
22231.8.2023Yan PetrovskyIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russian-Norwegian mercenary, Yan Petrovsky AKA Voislav Torden AKA "Slavyan". He's best-known as the co-founder of the Rusich Group,for committing war crimes in Ukraine, and for trying to start a normal life after in Northern Europe.ReadReadListenSoldierRussia and Norway2k5k479k
22125.8.2023Vivek RamaswamyIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American businessman and politician, Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy).He's best-known for his stock promotion schemes, for his staunch support of Donald Trump, and for his hot takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenBusinessmanUSA4k11k1M
22022.8.2023Christian WehrschützIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an Austrian journalist, Christian Wehrschütz (@Wehrschu).He's best-known for supporting and spreading pro-Kremlin narratives on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenJournalistAustria1k4k377k
21920.8.2023DD Geopolitics and Ghana RallyIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an attempt to create a pro-Kremlin fifth column in Ghana, Africa. This attempt was done by two prominent propagandists, @DD_Geopolitics (DDG) and Simeon "AussieCossack" Boikov.This research was conducted by the Unintelligence Agency.ReadReadListenN/AUSA, Australia and Ghana9593k336k
21818.8.2023Matt WallaceIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American social media personality, Matt Wallace (@mattwallace888). He's best-known for simping on Elon Musk, and for spreading the most outrageous lies and conspiracy theories online, thus monetizing his social media accounts.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityUSA1k3k290k
21712.8.2023Merdan 'Ghost' EIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Swedish social media personality, Merdan E AKA @mdfzeh. He's best-known for threatening pro-Ukrainian voices, and for desperately trying to delete his social media accounts. This research was conducted by the Unintelligence Agency.ReadReadListenSocial media personalitySweden2k5k639k
2167.8.2023Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German right-wing and populist political party, Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD (@AfD). The party is best-known for their Euroskeptic and pro-Kremlin politics, and for having strong political and financial ties to the Kremlin.ReadReadListenPolitical partyGermany2k4k547k
2154.8.2023Dmitry PolyanskiyIn today's #vatniksoup,I'll introduce a Russian diplomat, SVR officer & First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Alekseevich Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un). He's best-known for promoting Western,pro-Kremlin fake news blogs & individuals like @TheGrayzoneNews.ReadReadListenDiplomatRussia2k5k870k
2142.8.2023Alessandro OrsiniIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an Italian sociologist, academic and talk show host, Alessandro Orsini (@orsiniufficiale). He's best-known for his pro-Kremlin & anti-NATO/Ukraine comments on the Russo-Ukrainian War on Italy's public broadcasting TV channel, @raitre.ReadReadListenPoliticianBulgaria2k5k620k
21329.7.2023Rumen RadevIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Bulgarian politician and current President, Rumen Radev (@PresidentOfBg). He's best-known for offering his unwavering support for Vladimir Putin and his genocidal war in Ukraine, and for resisting all European aid to Ukraine.ReadReadListenPoliticianBulgaria1k4k58k
21229.7.2023NAFO, part 2In today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about #NAFO and its achievements. Pro-Kremlin accounts and Russian opposition often claim that NAFO is nothing but a harassment movement, but this statement couldn't be further from the truth.ReadReadListenInformationN/A2k4k513k
21127.7.2023Monetization Twitter/XIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll discuss the current state of Twitter/X. After @elonmusk took over, the site's gotten rid of most their safety rules & monetized people who agree with Musk's politics & constantly use lies and deceit to create outrage and increase their audience.ReadReadListenInformationN/A5201k84k
21025.7.2023Russian Nazis, part 2In today's #vatniksoup I'll talk about Russian Nazis and introduce Russian neo-Nazi movements and paramilitary groups like Rusich and PMC Wagner. They're best-known for being funded by the Kremlin and being responsible for the "denazification" in Ukraine.ReadReadListenInformationRussia3k6k749k
20924.7.2023ZokaIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a Bosnian social media personality and nurse, @200_zoka aka Lazo Z. He's best-known for his conspiratorial analysis on the war in Syria, and for his pro-Russian takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War.This soup was a NAFO collaboration.ReadReadListenSocial media personalityBosnia and Herzegovina2k6k997k
20821.7.2023Atul Mishra In today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce an Indian political analyst, poet, singer, and patriot (all his words) Atul Mishra and his network, The Frustrated Indian (@TheAtulMishra & @FrustIndian). He's best-known for his awful pro-Russian takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenPoetIndia4972k151k
20716.7.2023Richard Z (Trollstoy88)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a social media personality and LARPer, @trollstoy88 AKA Richard Z. He's best-known for acting to be Russian, and for his pro-Russian tweets on the Russo-Ukrainian War. Most of the research presented here was done by the NAFO Team.ReadReadListenTanker bridge attendantGermany2k5k642k
20615.7.2023Dom LucreIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American social media personality, Dominick "Dom Lucre" McGee (@dom_lucre). He's best-known for lying about absolutely everything, and for spreading QAnon-related conspiracy theories and disinformation on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenGrifterUnited States1k4k416k
20513.7.2023#NAFOFor several reasons, #NAFO is an amazing movement. Lemme elaborate:1) It's a de-centralized movement without leaders or idols. Leaders and hierarchies are the biggest reason why social media movements die. @Kama_Kamilia has stated on many occasions that NAFO is what...ReadReadListenCartoon dogsGlobal organization6903k219k
20410.7.2023Dimitri LascarisIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Canadian lawyer and politician, Dimitri Lascaris (@dimitrilascaris). He's best-known for parroting the Kremlin propaganda regarding NATO expansion and the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, and for traveling to Russia amidst the war.ReadReadListenPoliticianCanada12640319k
20329.6.2023Elon Musk (part 2)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a South African-American(!) businessman and social media figure, Elon Musk (@elonmusk). He's best-known for being the wealthiest man in the world, running Tesla Inc., SpaceX & Twitter, and for parroting Kremlin's propaganda narratives.ReadReadListenBusinessmanUSA and South Africa4k17k3M
20226.6.2023StarlinkIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about Starlink. First I thought I would just add this to the second part of the @elonmusk soup, but it is such a complex topic that I think it requires a thread of its own.ReadReadListenN/AN/A9144k553k
20125.6.2023Elon Musk (part 1)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American businessman and social media figure, Elon Musk (@elonmusk). He's best-known for being the wealthiest man in the world, running companies like Tesla Inc., SpaceX and Twitter, and for parroting Kremlin's propaganda narratives.ReadReadListenBusinessmanUSA and South Africa7k27k5M
20021.6.2023Vladimir PutinIn today's #vatniksoup, voted by you, I'll introduce a Russian politician and president, Vladimir Putin. He's best-known for turning Russia into a totalitarian state, and for waging war in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine.Grab a coffee, this one's long.ReadReadListenPoliticianRussia3k10k1M
19917.6.2023Donald TrumpIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American politician, media personality and businessman, Donald Trump. He's best-known for serving as the 45th president of the US, and for promoting pro-Kremlin viewpoints regarding Putin and the Russo-Ukrainian war.ReadReadListenPoliticianUSA3k9k1M
19816.6.2023Natali and Clayton MorrisIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a clickbait, fake news show called Redacted (@TheRedactedInc) hosted by Natali (@natalimorris) and Clayton Morris (@ClaytonMorris). The Morris' are best-known for their pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories related to Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenMedia commentatorUSA6822k176k
19715.6.2023Thierry MarianiIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a French politician and member of the European Parliament, Thierry Mariani (@ThierryMARIANI). He's best-known for his pro-Kremlin politics and antics on social media, and for promoting business with authoritarian regimes.ReadReadPoliticianFrance6202k272k
19614.6.2023Ivan KatchanovskiIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Ukrainian-Canadian political scientist, Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski). He's best-known for exaggerating the role of far-right and neo-Nazi involvement in the Ukrainian politics and in the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenPolitical scientistUkraine and Canada6202k272k
19513.6.2023Daniele GanserIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Swiss conspiracy theorist and author, Daniele Ganser (@DanieleGanser). He's best-known for his CIA/NATO conspiracy theories, for his rabid anti-Americanism, and for his support for Kremlin in the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenAuthorSwitzerland1k3k516k
19412.6.2023Scottson SterrittIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American social media grifter and supplements salesman, Scottson "Ayden" Sterritt (@squatsons). He's best-known for his extensive experience in geopolitics, bodybuilding and military strategy, and for his strong support for Russia.ReadReadListenPolitical commentatorUSA1k5k730k
19310.6.2023Simeon 'Aussie Cossack' BoikovIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an Australian LARPer and political commentator, Simeon "Aussie Cossack" Boikov. He's best-known for rallying neo-Nazi groups to pro-Kremlin demonstrations, for assaulting the elderly, and for hiding in the Russian consulate in Sydney.ReadReadListenPolitical commentatorAustralia1k5k821k
1929.6.2023Jordan PetersonIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Canadian psychologist, author and media commentator, Jordan Peterson (@jordanbpeterson). He's best-known for his battle against the "woke culture",and for his strong support for Putin's "Christian values" and Russia's war in Ukraine.ReadReadListenMedia commentatorCanada3k10k2M
1915.6.2023Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Zepp-LaRoucheIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a US& German political cultists, Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Zepp-LaRouche. They're best-known for running the far-right, cult-like LaRouche movement, and for promoting conspiracy theories as well as pro-Kremlin and pro-CCP narratives.ReadReadListenPoliticianUSA and Germany4801k173k
19031.5.2023Tara ReadeIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American podcaster, RT columnist and former political aide, Tara Reade (@ReadeAlexandra). She's best-known for her allegation about Joe Biden sexually assaulting her, and for supporting Putin and Russia's genocidal war in Ukraine.ReadReadListenPodcasterUSA and Russia1k4k818k
18929.5.2023Roger WatersIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a British musician and activist, Roger Waters (@rogerwaters). He's best-known for his involvement in Pink Floyd, and for his love for the totalitarian regimes and their lies around the world.ReadReadListenMusicianUK3k12k2M
18828.5.2023Ian Miles CheongIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Malaysian conspiracy theorist, journalist and social media addict, Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray). He's best-known for his online attention-seeking activities, for his anti-Ukraine stance, and for simping @elonmusk and other techbros.ReadReadListenJournalistMalaysia4k20k3M
18726.5.2023Nina KouprianovaIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russian propagandist and blogger, Nina "Nina Byzantina" Kouprianova (@NinaByzantina). She's best-known for her full support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, for marrying neo-Nazis, and for translating fascist philosophers.ReadReadListenHistorianUSA9743k510k
18624.5.2023Agostinho CostaIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Portuguese Major General and TV commentator, Agostinho Costa. He's best-known for his terrible, pro-Kremlin analysis on the Russo-Ukrainian War on @cnnportugal.ReadReadListenSoldierPortugal1k4k807k
18523.5.2023Tulsi GabbardIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American politician and political commentator, Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard). She's best-known for blaming absolutely everything on the US Democrats and NATO, and for being a fan of totalitarian regimes like Russia and Syria.ReadReadListenPoliticianUSA1k5k766k
18422.5.2023Ukraine on Fire (Igor Lopatonok and Oliver Stone)In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a propaganda film Ukraine on Fire and its two main creators,Igor Lopatonok (@lopatonok) & Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone). It's best-known for falsely claiming the 2014 Revolution of Dignity to be a US/far-right-orchestrated coup d'état.Read*Read*ListenDocumentaristUSA and Russia1k4k614k
18321.5.2023MICEIn today's #vatniksoup, I'm going to talk about MICE. Not the rodent, but an acronym that originates from CIA recruitment strategy used in espionage. MICE explains the main motivators for covert and also overt action, and it stands for Money, Ideology, Compromise and Ego.ReadReadListenInformationN/A6332k322k
18219.5.2023James CardenIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American journalist and former policy adviser, James Carden. He's best-known for his collaboration with Stephen Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel, and for his pro-Kremlin takes on the war in Ukraine.ReadReadListenJournalistUSA5272k238k
18118.5.2023Noam ChomskyIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American author and academic, Noam Chomsky. He's best-known for his long history as a political commentator and left-wing activist, and for his staunch criticism of the US foreign policy since the 1960s.Read*Read*ListenActivistUSA2k6k1M
18017.5.2023CODEPINKIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a US non-profit organization CODEPINK (@codepink), and its founders Jodie Evans (@MsJodieEvans) and Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin). It's best-known for its anti-US stance & for its support of totalitarian regimes around the world.ReadReadListenNon-profit organizationUSA1k4k558k
17916.5.2023Caitlin JohnstoneIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll be introducing an Australian "citizen journalist", astrologer and conspiracy theorist, Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz).She's best-known for promoting outlandish conspiracy theories, and for blaming the US and the West for absolutely everything.Read*Read*ListenJournalistAustralia9554k553k
17815.5.2023Robert F. Kennedy Jr.In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American conspiracy theorist, lawyer and politician, Robert Kennedy Jr. (@RobertKennedyJr). He's best-known for being the nephew of JFK, and for constantly promoting conspiratorial and false information.ReadReadListenPoliticianUSA1k5k704k
17714.5.2023Where are they now, part 2In today's #vatniksoup and in the second edition of "Where are they now?", I'll do an update on some of your favorite vatniks around the world & report on what they've been up to.If there's someone or something you'd like to hear more about, let me know in the comments👇ReadReadListenRecapN/A6883k503k
17613.5.2023Sergei ShoiguIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russian politician and military officer, Sergei Shoigu. He's best-known for serving as the Minister of Defence of Russia since 2012, for botching the invasion of Ukraine, and for being part of Putin's inner circle.ReadReadListenPoliticianRussia8714k834k
17512.5.2023Jesper LarsenIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Danish "citizen journalist" and propagandist, Jesper Larsen (@JesperL01). He's best-known for his pro-Russian fake news blog, ipressen, and for his battle against East StratCom and @EUvsDisinfo.ReadReadListenJournalistDenmark5202k206k
17411.5.2023Steve BannonIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American political analyst and media executive, Steve Bannon. He's best-known for being Trump's chief strategist, "flooding the zone with shit", and for attempting to unite far-right, pro-Putin political parties around Europe.ReadReadListenPolitical analystUSA9823k412k
17310.5.2023Nigel FarageIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a British politician and TV presenter, Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage ). He's best-known for his prominent role in the Brexit campaign, and for his bootlicking of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.Read*Read*ListenPolitician, TV PresenterUK2k6k941k
1729.5.2023Roger KöppelIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Swiss politician and journalist, Roger Köppel (@KoeppelRoger). He's best-known for his weekly magazine, die Weltwoche, and for his pro-Kremlin commentary on social and Russia-sponsored media, as well as on his magazine.ReadReadListenJournalist, PoliticianSwitzerland1k4k598k
1718.5.2023Jack PosobiecIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American political activist, attention-seeker and TV presenter, Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec). He's best-known for his tendency to lie and spread conspiracy theories, and for his pro-Kremlin views on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenPolitical activist, TV presenterUSA1k4k722k
1705.5.20232016 Trump campaignIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, and how it was connected to various Russian actors. In this retrospect, I'll introduce some of the people who worked in Trump's 2016 campaign for the presidency, outlining their activities.ReadReadListenInformationN/A1k4k665k
1694.5.2023Firehose of FalsehoodIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll be talking about the Russian style of online propaganda and disinformation, "Firehose of Falsehood". It's a commonly used Kremlin strategy for Russian information operations, which often prioritizes quantity over quality.ReadReadListenInformationN/A1k3k358k
1683.5.2023Wyatt ReedIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American pro-Russian propagandist, Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13). He's best-known for his work for Sputnik, and for parroting the classic Kremlin narratives such as "Ukrainian Nazis", "genocide in Donbas" & the "corrupted Kiev regime".ReadReadListenJournalistUSA1k4k770k
1672.5.2023Tucker CarlsonIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American political commentator and pro-Kremlin propagandist, Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson). He's best-known for his outrageous lies and for his pro-Putin, anti-Ukrainian views while working for Fox News.ReadReadListenPolitical commentatorUSA2k7k907k
16630.4.2023Jeffrey SachsIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American economist and academic and political commentator, Jeffrey Sachs. He's best-known for his deep hate for the "US hegemony", and for his love for the totalitarian regimes in Russia, China and in Syria.Read*Read*ListenEconomistUSA1k4k838k
16529.4.2023Antiwar coalitionIn today's #vatniksoup I'm going to talk about the "antiwar movement". After Putin organized the fake referendums in the four Ukrainian Oblasts,various pro-Kremlin parties started calling for immediate peace in Ukraine. Unsurprisingly, the movement was planned by the Kremlin.ReadReadListenInformationN/A1k4k668k
16428.4.2023Where are they now?In today's #vatniksoup and in the first edition of "Where are they now?",I'll do an update on some of your favorite vatniks around the world, and report on what they've been up to.If there's someone or something you'd like to hear more about, let me know in the comments👇Read*Read*ListenRecapN/A6503k302k
16327.4.2023Arron BanksIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a British businessman and political donor, Arron Banks (@Arron_banks). He's best-known for his business meetings with the Russians, and for funding the Brexit campaign through the Leave.EU political campaign group.Read*Read*ListenBusinessmanUK1k3k408k
16226.4.2023Russian info ops and the Global SouthIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll discuss Russian online information operations, and how they are perceived around the world. In the West, we often perceive this propaganda only targeted at us, which is far from the truth.ReadReadInformationN/A1k3k444k
16125.4.2023Roger StoneIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American political consultant and lobbyist, Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr). He's best-known for his work as an advisor to Donald Trump & for his alleged connections with Julian Assange and the GRU in relation to the leaked DNC e-mails.ReadReadListenLobbyistUSA1k4k625k
16024.4.2023Oleg TsaryovIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russo-Ukrainian businessman and politician, Oleg Tsaryov (@OlegTsarov). He's best-known for acting as a pro-Russian separatist officer in Donetsk, Ukraine, and revealing Yanukovych's plan to become the dictator of Ukraine.ReadReadListenPoliticianUkraine and Russia9884k569k
15921.4.2023Kim DotcomIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German-Finnish entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist and propagandist, Kim Dotcom. He's best-known for his illegal online activities and projects, for his hate towards the US, and for his unwavering support for Putin's imperialism.ReadReadListenBusinessmanNew Zealand5k15k3M
15820.4.2023Information launderingIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about a phenomenon called information laundering. It refers to an activity where false or deceitful information is legimitised through a network of intermediaries, such as fake news blogs and/or social media networks.ReadReadListenInformationN/A9553k346k
15719.4.2023John "Badvolf" Mark DouganIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American propagandist, Florida Man and ex-cop, John "Badvolf" Mark Dougan (@RealBadVolf). He's best-known for his battle against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and for his propaganda work for the Kremlin.ReadReadListenJournalistUSA and Russia7062k481k
15618.4.2023Steven SeagalIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russo-Serbian-American actor, martial artist and carrot-enjoyer, Steven Seagal. He's best-known for allegedly pooping his pants, for his praise of dictators around the world, for being a dick, and for his sexual harassment lawsuits.ReadReadListenActorUSA, Russia and Serbia1k8k2M
15517.4.2023Caleb MaupinIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American pro-Russian propagandist, communist and "journalist", Caleb T. Maupin (@RealCalebMaupin). He's best-known for running a communist, cult-like, pro-Russian "think tank", Center for Political Innovation.ReadReadListenJournalistUSA6942k528k
15415.4.2023Donbass DevushkaIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American propagandist and podcaster, Donbass Devushka. She's best-known for her fake Russian identity, for her pro-Russian podcast, and for spreading false, pro-Russian narratives on social media.ReadReadListenPodcasterUSA3k9k2M
15314.4.2023Zero HedgeIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce Daniel Ivandjiiski's fake news blog, Zero Hedge (@zerohedge). The site's best-known for its alarmist doomsday predictions on Wall Street, and for its far-right, conspiratorial and pro-Russian content.ReadReadListenBlogUSA5222k375k
15213.4.2023Post-truth politicsIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about post-truth politics and how they have changed our society - in my opinion - for worse. This analysis relies heavily on the work done by academic John Hartley, and by journalist Adam Curtis.ReadReadListenInformationN/A6812k491k
15112.4.2023Donald Trump Jr.In today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American politician, conspiracy theorist and businessman, Donald Trump Jr. He's best-known for his dealings with the Russians, and for his work for The Trump Organization and for his father.ReadReadListenBusinessmanUSA7744k581k
15011.4.2023Maximillian KrahIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German lawyer(!), politician and MEP, Maximillian Krah (@KrahMax). He's best-known for his far-right politics, for his pro-Russian voting patterns, and for his denial of war crimes and human rights violations around the world.ReadReadListenPoliticianGermany6033k120k
14910.4.2023Lauren BoebertIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American politician and gun rights activist, Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert). She's best-known for her support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, for her support of Donald Trump, and for her pro-Russian voting patterns and hot takes.ReadReadListenPoliticianUSA6033k456k
1489.4.2023RaiffeisenIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll be introducing a bank well-known in both Austria and Russia: Raiffeisen Bank International and its Russian subsidiary, AO Raiffeisen. It is one of the few foreign banks that still continues business-as-usual in Russia.ReadReadBankAustria8603k557k
1478.4.2023Sergey GlazyevIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Russian politician and economist, Sergey Glazyev. He's best-known for his long career in Russian politics, and for his leaked phone calls in regard to Russian meddling in Ukraine before, during and after the Revolution of Dignity.ReadReadPoliticianRussia7453k755k
1466.4.2023Katrina vanden HeuvelIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American editor and publisher, Katrina vanden Heuvel (@KatrinaNation). She's best-known for blaming "NATO expansion" and the US on the Russo-Ukrainian War, and for running the pro-Russian magazine The Nation.ReadReadJournalistUSA6923k614k
1455.4.2023Tuomas MalinenIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a Finnish economist, conspiracy theorist and doomsayer, Tuomas Malinen (@mtmalinen). He's best-known for promoting market crash every two months, for his alleged support for the WEF conspiracy theory, and for his pro-Russian hot takes.ReadReadEconomistFinland4152k271k
1444.4.2023David SacksIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an American entrepreneur and investor, David Sacks (@DavidSacks). He's best-known for his investment in various tech firms, for his ghost town podcast service, Callin, and for his "peace plan" on the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadListenInvestorUSA5182k464k
1433.4.2023Gerhard SchröderIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce a German lobbyist, lawyer(!) and former politician, Gerhard Schröder. He's best-known for being the chancellor of Germany, for being BFF's with Putin, and for lobbying for Nord Stream AG, Rosneft and Gazprom.ReadReadPoliticianGermany1k4k473k
1422.4.2023TwitterIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll talk about Twitter. Elon Musk recently released the Twitter's algorithm as open-source for all to see (kudos!), and people have already found some interesting things from the code. Here's my analysis on the most interesting findings.ReadReadInformationN/A2k5k946k
1411.4.2023Gonzalo LiraIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an opportunist, grifter and YouTuber Gonzalo Lira (@GonzaloLira1968). He's best-known for appearing as an expert and making money from controversial topics, such as the "Red Pill" movement, economics and of course the war in Ukraine.ReadReadStreamerUSA4962k512k
14031.3.2023Finland and NATOIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce hand-picked anti-NATO commentary by various Finnish, pro-Kremlin voices. As of today, all 30 NATO countries have ratified Finland's application to NATO, which resulted in many unhappy Finnish Putin fans.ReadReadInformationN/A3572k206k
13930.3.2023Russell BrandIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an English comedian, actor and conspiracy theorist, Russell Brand (@rustyrockets). He's best-known for his tendency to spread conspiracy theories and for his anti-establishment (well, basically they're just anti-US/UK policy) views.ReadReadStreamerUK1k6k1M
13829.3.2023Glenn DiesenIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a Norwegian political scientist and pro-Russian propagandist, Glenn Diesen (@Glenn_Diesen). He is best-known for his promotion of pro-Russian propaganda on RT and for his articles on conspiratorial, "anti-globalist" blog Steigan.ReadReadAcademicNorway295991116k
13728.3.2023Marcel de GraaffIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce another Dutch politician and MEP, Marcel de Graaff (@MJRLdeGraaff). He's best-known for his beliefs in conspiracy theories, for his strong pro-Russian stance, and for his pro-Kremlin voting patterns in the European Parliament (EP).ReadReadPoliticianNetherlands3631k114k
13627.3.2023Tatjana ZdanokaIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a Latvian politician and MEP, Tatjana Ždanoka. She's best-known for her history in the Communist Party of Latvia, for her pro-Russian politics in the country, and for her strong and constant support of Russia in the European Parliament.ReadReadPoliticianLatvia4221k206k
13526.3.2023Marine Le PenIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a French lawyer and politician, Marine Le Pen. She's best-known for her attempts at becoming the president of France and for her connections to the European far-right movement and to Vladimir Putin.ReadReadPoliticianFrance1k4k359k
13425.3.2023Silvio BerlusconiIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an Italian businessman, politician and ex-PM, Silvio Berlusconi. He's best-known for his media empire, for his pompous politics, for his trouble with the law, and especially for his long-time friendship with Vladimir Putin.ReadReadPoliticianItaly7273k483k
13324.3.2023MintPress NewsIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a conspiratorial fake news blog called Mintpress News (@MintPressNews). The site's best-known for spreading disinformation and propaganda, and for its support of totalitarian regimes.ReadReadBlogUSA32793093k
13222.3.2023Mike "iEarlGrey" JonesIn today's #vatniksoup, I'll introduce an ex-video game streamer and gamer turned-propagandist, Mike "iEarlGrey" Jones. He's best-known for transforming his gaming-related YouTube channel into Kremlin propaganda instrument. Jones has been residing in Russia since 2018.ReadReadStreamerUK3041k88k
13121.3.2023Bakhmut Porridge, part 1In today's #vatniksoup I'll be introducing a new series, "Bakhmut porridge",where I talk about life in the front lines. My source for all this is veteran fighter, Sisu,who has been fighting for Ukraine since Mar, 2022. I've received solid proof for his identity and location.ReadReadListenField reportUkraine4503k317k
13020.3.2023Liubov SivayaIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a Spanish-Russian "journalist" & political scientist,Liubov "Liu" Sivaya (@liusivaya). She's best-known for her YouTube channel where she spreads pro-Kremlin narratives and denies war crimes conducted by the Russian military for money.ReadReadListenStreamerRussia1k4k469kLiubov Sivaya
12919.3.2023Children in the USSR/RussiaIn today's #vatniksoup I'll be talking about genocide, children and national trauma. Throughout the 20th century, both in the Soviet Union and in Russia children have been suffering because of bad politics and structural negligence & now the kidnapped children face the same.ReadReadInformationN/A5571k168k
12818.3.2023Alina LippIn today's #vatniksoup we'll visit Germany for the first time, as I introduce a Russo-German "journalist" and propagandist, Alina Lipp. She's best-known for her pro-Russian TG channel "Neues aus Russland" ("News from Russia") where she spreads propaganda and disinformation.ReadReadListenJournalistGermany8683k283k
12717.3.2023Max AbrahmsIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce an American academic, political scientist and Quincy Institute author, Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms). He's best-known for his pro-Russian and pro-Syrian views, and especially for trying to fit them into an academic framework.ReadReadAcademicUSA3801k161k
12616.3.2023Karin KneisslIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce an Austrian diplomat, journalist and politician Karin Kneissl. She's best-known for serving as Austria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, blogging for RT, and being in the supervisory board of Russian integrated energy company, Rosneft.ReadReadPoliticianAustria1k4k631k
12515.3.2023Matteo SalviniIn today's #vatniksoup we'll do our first trip to Italy as I introduce an Italian politician and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi). He's best-known for his Russia-related funding scandals, and for his Euroskeptic and pro-Putin views.ReadReadListenPoliticianItaly1k3k556k
12414.3.2023Russian journalistsIn today's #vatniksoup I'm going to be talking about the most dangerous profession in Russia: journalism. Many investigative journalists have sacrificed their lives to shed light into corruption, kleptocracy and war crimes committed in both Soviet Union and in Russia.ReadReadInformationRussia6952k360k
12313.3.2023The Revolution of DignityIn today's #vatniksoup and another edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll talk about an event called the Revolution of Dignity AKA Maidan Revolution. It was a wave of demonstrations in Ukraine that took place in 2013 and 2014.ReadReadInformationUkraine7113k700k
12211.3.2023Vanessa BeeleyIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce a British blogger and propagandist, Vanessa Beeley (@VanessaBeeley). She's best-known for spreading conspiracy theories and disinformation about both the Syrian civil war and about the Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadJournalistUK5352k328k
12110.3.2023Russian narrativesIn today's #vatniksoup and another edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll go through some of the most common pro-Russian claims and tropes. I have discussed these in previous soups, but I feel like this type of general collection would be a helpful resource.ReadReadInformationN/A9673k528k
1208.3.2023Matt GaetzIn today's #vatniksoup I'll introduce an American politician, lawyer and Florida Man, Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz). He's best-known as the US representative for the Republican Party, being a close ally of Donald Trump, and for voting against any aid for Ukraine.ReadReadPoliticianUSA5853k300k
1197.3.2023Sergey SobyaninIn today's #vatniksoup (I finally put those two words together to make a hashtag!) I'll introduce a politician and mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin. As of today, he's best-known for running a huge corruption scheme, "My District", camouflaged as a city development program.ReadReadPoliticianRussia3131k127k
1186.3.2023Denis PushilinIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Ukrainian politician, Ponzi-schemer & traitor Denis Pushilin. He's best-known for being the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), a made-up puppet state of Russia. He's also met with Steven Seagal, an actor-turned-propagandist.ReadReadPoliticianRussia5452k333k
1175.3.2023Semen PegovIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Russian blogger, "independent journalist" and propagandist, Semen Pegov. He's best-known for his work at WarGonzo, a military project associated with the Russian military intelligence service GRU.ReadReadJournalistRussia4802k447k
1164.3.2023Pedro BañosIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a Spanish writer, colonel and attention-seeker,Pedro Baños. He's best-known for his takes on "geostrategy" (his Twitter handle is @geoestratego), for his hate on "Anglo-Saxon" world and for his long-lasting, low-key support for Russia.ReadReadSoldierSpain1k4k2MPedro Baños
1153.3.2023Eoin Ó MurchúIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce an Irish writer and retired journalist, Eoin Ó Murchú (@Eomurchu). Ó Murchú is a devout communist and a contributor to (@tuairiscnuacht), a @ForasnaGaeilge funded Irish language website.ReadReadJournalistIreland14848075k
1141.3.2023Kremlin kidsIn today's #vatnik soup I'll talk about children, and especially the children of the Russian propagandists and politicians. It seems that the Kremlin-elite doesn't want to send their children to fight in Ukraine, but rather provide them with Western luxuries and education.ReadReadInformationN/A1k5k646k
11328.2.2023Jackson HinkleIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an American troll and opportunist, Jackson Hinkle (@jacksonhinklle). Hinkle is best-known for his pro-Russian and pro-Putin views, for his feeble attempts at getting attention and for his monetization of the Russo-Ukrainian War. ReadReadPoliticianUSA1k6k1M
11227.2.2023Dmitry KiselyovIn today's #vatnik soup I'll continue introducing Russian propagandists, and I'll talk about a man named Dmitry Kiselyov. Kiselyov has been the head of Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian state-controlled media group,since 2013 & has a very big role in Russian propaganda narratives.ReadReadTV presenterRussia4192k314k
11126.2.2023Olga SkabeyevaIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a Russian TV presenter and propagandist, Olga "Iron Doll of Putin" Skabeyeva. She's best-known for her hot takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War on Russian TV.ReadReadTV presenterRussia1k6k1M
11025.2.2023Mark AmesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing an American journalist, author and a podcaster, Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled). Ames is best-known for being the editor of the eXile tabloid in Moscow between 1997 and 2008, and for co-hosting the Radio War Nerd podcast.ReadReadJournalist, StreamerUSA3371k145k
10923.2.2023John LaughlandIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a British euroskeptic, pro-Russian and anti-American author, John Laughland. He's best-known for his work for the Russia-funded Institute of Democracy and Cooperation and for Thierry Baudet's political party, Forum voor Democratie.ReadReadPolitical analystUK271934106k
10822.2.2023EdelweissIn today's #vatnik soup and the edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll discuss the rather novel "Edelweiss neo-Nazi unit" narrative that was also repeated in Putin's speech of 21 Feb, 2023.ReadReadDebunkN/A3571k205k
10721.2.2023Robert FicoIn today's #vatnik soup we'll make our first trip to beautiful Slovakia to meet a Slovak politician and ex-Prime Minister, Robert Fico. Fico is best-known for leading the SMER-SD party and for his pro-Russian politics and views.ReadReadPoliticianSlovakia5502k262k
10619.2.2023VKKIn today's #vatnik soup I'll tell the tragicomedic saga of a Finnish political party, Valta Kuuluu Kansalle ("Power to the People"; VKK). It is one of the two parties with pro-Russian stances (the other is Vapauden liitto, "The League for Freedom").ReadReadPolitical PartyFinland2902k203k
10518.2.2023Glenn GreenwaldIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing an American journalist, author and lawyer, Glenn Greenwald. He's best known for revealing the classified documents from Edward Snowden about the American and British surveillance programs.ReadReadJournalist, streamerUSA2k6k1M
10417.2.2023Sanctions and businessIn today's #vatnik soup I'll talk about sanctions and business in Russia. Most of the data and discussion points come from recently published work titled "Less than Nine Percent of Western Firms Have Divested from Russia" by Evenett & Pisani.ReadReadInformationN/A3061k141k
10316.2.2023Seymour HershIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an American investigative journalist and political writer, Seymour "Sy" Hersh. His recent article suggested that the Nord Stream bombing is connected to the US, Sweden and Norway and that it was ordered by no other than Joe Biden.ReadReadListenJournalistUSA7123k540k
10215.2.2023Sports and politicsIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be talking about sport and politics. With the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, there's been a lot of debate on whether Russia and Belarus should be able to compete or not. In this soup I'll explain why they - in my opinion - shouldn't.ReadReadInformationN/A4131k87k
10114.2.2023Bruno CarvalhoIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a Portuguese "independent journalist" and a politician, Bruno Carvalho. Carvalho is part of the gang that does live - and often staged - reports from Russian-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.ReadReadJournalistPortugal1k4k765k
10012.2.2023False flag operationsIn today's 100th edition of #vatnik soup I'll talk about false flags and casus belli. Russia has utilized false flag tactics to justify their aggression in various conflicts in the past, and they will probably try to use them in the future, too.ReadReadListenInformationN/A8763k437k
9910.2.2023Syksy RäsänenIn today's #vatnik soup I'm going to introduce a Finnish cosmologist, human rights activist and a board member of @amnestyfinland, Syksy Räsänen (@SyksyRasanen). His stance - at least on Twitter - so far on the Russo-Ukrainian War has been heavily anti-Ukrainian.ReadReadListenActivistFinland7133k669k
989.2.2023Semion MogilevichIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Ukrainian-born, Russian Mafia boss Semion Mogilevich. He's been described by the FBI as "the most dangerous mobster in the world" & he's been accused of weapons trafficking,contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking & prostitution.ReadReadListenCrime bossRussia8623k351k
978.2.2023Dmytro FirtashIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a Ukrainian businessman, Dmytro Firtash. He's best known for funneling money into the pro-Russian political campaigns in Ukraine. He's also been connected to the Russian Mafia boss Semion Mogilevich.ReadReadBusinessmanUkraine4181k130k
967.2.2023Rinat AkhmetovIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Ukrainian billionaire, philanthropist and the richest man in Ukraine, Rinat Akhmetov. He's the founder, sole proprietor and president of System Capital Management (SCM). Allegedly he also has ties to organized crime.ReadReadBusinessmanUkraine2671k104k
956.2.2023AustriaIn today's #vatnik soup I'm going to talk about Austria. Countries like Serbia and Hungary often pop up in conversations about Russia and Putin apologists, but when it comes to Russian espionage and intelligence activities, Austria, along with Belgium, comes on top.ReadReadListenN/AAustria1k4k609k
945.2.2023Paul ManafortIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce an American lobbyist and political consultant Paul Manafort. Manafort was a long-time Republican Party campaign consultant, but is best known for his connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska & for leading the 2016 Trump campaign.ReadReadListenPolitical consultantUSA5482k259k
934.2.2023Oleg DeripaskaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska. He was one of the few people who had close ties to Putin, and he's been described as "Putin's favorite industrialist". Deripaska used to be "among the 2–3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis".ReadReadListenBusinessmanRussia7873k668k
923.2.2023Oleg MatveychevIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Russian politician, spin doctor and one of the most popular Russian bloggers, Oleg Matveychev. But just as much as this soup is about Oleg, it is also about his daughter Danila Ivanov, also known as Lidia Sloutskovski.ReadReadListenPoliticianRussia247889149k
912.2.2023Scott RitterIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an American arms inspector, convicted criminal and a pro-Russian propagandist, Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter). He's best known for his biased takes on the Russo-Ukrainian War, his propaganda work for RT and for his sex offenses.ReadReadSoldierUSA4351k181k
901.2.2023Information sourcesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be talking about books, documentaries, podcasts, etc. that I have found to be useful in understanding disinfo, Russian info ops, culture, etc. It's by no means a comprehensive list, but I think it's a good start! Also,list YOUR favorites below 👇🏻ReadReadInformationN/A288998121k
8930.1.2023Propaganda through architecture and rebuildingIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be discussing the "propaganda through architecture and rebuilding" model. Its a very common information operation technique used by the USSR and Russia in the last century or so.ReadReadInformationN/A3811k285k
8829.1.2023Disinformation in FinlandIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be discussing about Finland and how it fights Russian disinformation and propaganda. I'll also introduce some of the methods that Finnish vatniks have applied in order to brainwash the Finnish folk from all levels of society.ReadReadInformationN/A3361k167k
8728.1.2023Jimmy DoreIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a comedian-turned-propagandist and conspiracy theorist, Jimmy Dore. He's the host of The Jimmy Dore Show, a comedic talk show but without any comedy.ReadReadStreamerUSA2981k261k
8627.1.2023Clare DalyIn today's #vatnik soup we'll travel back to Ireland, and get to a know an Irish politician and a MEP, Clare Daly. She strongly aligns herself with another Irish MEP, Mick Wallace. Like Wallace, Daly spends most of her energy appeasing Russia and China and criticizing the US.ReadReadPoliticianIreland7713k353k
8526.1.2023Adrien BocquetIn today's #vatnik soup we'll get to know our first French vatnik: he's a former soldier and a current Russian propagandist, Adrien Bocquet. By his own words, he came to Ukraine at the beginning of the war to provide "humanitarian aid".ReadReadN/AFrance19562951k
8425.1.2023Eva BartlettIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce yet another "independent journalist". She's an American Canadian conspiracy theorist and propagandist, Eva Bartlett. Eva is part of the "may be partially or wholly under the editorial control of the Russian government" gang.ReadReadJournalistCanada8063k310k
8324.1.2023RussiagateIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll talk about Russiagate and the Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. Twitter Files by @mtaibbi and The Grayzone blogger @aaronjmate have often suggested that the Russians had no effect on the election, which simply isn't true.ReadReadInformationN/A6562k161k
8223.1.2023Mira TeradaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a Russian money launderer, convicted criminal and Prigozhin's personal propagandist, Oksana Vovk, also known as Mira Terada.ReadReadN/ARussia5812k392k
8122.1.2023Wagner GroupIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce Yevgeny Prigozhin's Wagner Group. I have written about the topic before, but now that it's been designated as a Transnational Criminal Organization by the US, we should reiterate some key points and update the latest news about them.ReadReadInformationRussia1k4k786k
8021.1.2023Sonja van den EndeIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Dutch "independent journalist", a columnist and a conspiracy theorist, Sonja van den Ende (@SonjaEnde). Sonja was recruited to report on Ukraine by Alexander Dugin through his Euroasia organization in March, 2022.ReadReadJournalistNetherlands5692k284k
7920.1.2023Mary KostakidisIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing an Australian propagandist and ex-news reporter, Mary Kostakidis (@MaryKostakidis). She's best known for her storming out from the SBS newsroom in 2007, after which she's been mostly doing hot takes on the US & NATO, Russia & China.ReadReadTV PresenterAustralia3171k136k
7819.1.2023NATO expansionIn today's #vatnik soup and the newest edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll talk about the NATO expansion and how - according to Russia - NATO and the West are actually at fault for the war in Ukraine.ReadReadDebunkN/A4051k327k
7718.1.2023Patrick LancasterIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce an American propagandist & a Youtuber, Patrick Lancaster.He's a former sailor turned pro-Russian disinfo spreader. Ironically,his videos from the Russia-occupied areas have exposed Russian war crimes and sensitive military information.ReadReadJournalistUK6683k300k
7617.1.2023George GallowayIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a British reality TV star and a propagandist, George Galloway (@georgegalloway). He's best known for his appearance on Big Brother, affiliation with Russia state-media & his love for various authoritarian regimes around the globe.ReadReadPolitician, StreamerUK3881k140k
7516.1.2023Putin's webIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss how Russia and Putin influenced politics and attitudes in European countries since (at least) 2007 by investing into the energy, financing and the real estate sectors.ReadReadListenInformationN/A8443k473k
7415.1.2023Graham PhillipsIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a British freelance journalist, agitator and propagandist, Graham Phillips. In his articles and videos he favors Russia heavily, even though he calls himself an "independent journalist".ReadReadJournalistUK6623k489k
7314.1.2023Global TimesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Chinese ultra-nationalistic tabloid & "China's Fox News", The Global Times (GT). It's a daily newspaper published by CCP's People's Daily. The newspaper has fabricated stories, spread conspiracy theories and published disinformation.ReadReadNews siteChina22379686k
7213.1.2023George SantosIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a US representative and a pathological liar, George Santos. It is almost impossible to do a proper profile on this guy, since it's hard to know what aspects of his life are true and what are false. But let's try!ReadReadPoliticianUSA4362k208k
7112.1.2023Thierry BaudetIn today's #vatnik soup we'll travel to the land of tulips & get to know a Dutch politician & a conspiracy theorist, Thierry Baudet (@thierrybaudet). He's the founder and leader of Forum for Democracy (FvD) party and also a member of the House of representatives since 2017.ReadReadPoliticianNetherlands4861k238k
7011.1.2023Mick WallaceIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an Irish politician and a MEP from (South) Ireland: Mick Wallace. He aligns himself strongly with another Irish MEP, Clare Daly, and his love for both Russia and China has been evident in his recent comments and appearances.ReadReadPoliticianIreland7673k332k
6910.1.2023Andrew AnglinIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a neo-nazi,conspiracy theorist & a troll, Andrew Anglin (@WorldWarWang). He's by no means a prominent figure of influence,but I wanted to introduce him as a cautionary tale of how people with fragile egos become brainwashed online.ReadReadBloggerUSA3421k70k
689.1.2023The Fifth columnIn today's #vatnik soup I'll talk about the "fifth column": a group of people who undermine and sabotage a nation or a group from within, usually in favor of a another nation or a group. Their activities often include sabotage, disinfo & propaganda, espionage, and terrorism.ReadReadInformationN/A6732k297k
678.1.2023Genocide in DonbasIn today's #vatnik soup and another edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me". Today we're going to talk about the "genocide in Donbas" disinformation and propaganda trope, that's been debunked many times but just refuses to die in the social media sphere.ReadReadDebunkN/A9723k501k
667.1.2023Russia's propaganda themesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss Russia's disinformation and propaganda campaigning in more detail, and go through four of the main "big" themes around which most of their propaganda is based on.ReadReadInformationN/A7982k231k
656.1.2023Conspiracy theoriesIn today's #vatnik soup I'm going to talk about conspiracy theories and the people who believe in them. These theories are an explanation for an event that's orchestrated by powerful and often hidden groups.ReadReadInformationN/A4571k288k
645.1.2023Marjorie Taylor GreeneIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an American, pro-Russian politician and a conspiracy theorist, Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG). She's also a US representative for Georgia and member of the Republican Party, and is best known for her love of guns and QAnon.ReadReadPoliticianUSA8934k311k
634.1.2023Michael FlynnIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an ex-Army man and conspiracy theorist Michael Flynn. His tenure as the National Security Advisor is the shortest in history, as he had misled VP Pence and lied to the FBI about his dealings with the Russians.ReadReadPolitician, SoldierUSA2k5k735k
623.1.2023QAnonIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a rabbit hole called QAnon, as it's a necessary step before we delve deeper into US vatniks such as Michael Flynn. QAnon is the origin of many active fringe movements inside the US today and it has spread virally around the world.ReadReadConspiracy theoryUSA3681k227k
612.1.2023Douglas MacgregorIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce an ex-US Army man who switched sides & is now working for the propaganda ministry of Russia. His name is Douglas Macgregor and he's one of the well-known commentators on the Russo-Ukrainian War, making predictions that never come true.ReadReadSoldierUSA1k5k996k
601.1.2023The GrayzoneIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce one of the biggest disinformation and propaganda blogs on the web: The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews). It's best known for misleading reporting, disinformation and love of authoritarian regimes and dictators.ReadReadBlogUSA8843k402k
5931.12.2022Tatiana GolikovaIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a corrupted Russian Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for Social Policy, Labour, Health and Pension Provision, Tatiana Golikova. Before this, she worked as the Minister of Health and Social Development.ReadReadPoliticianRussia16959559k
5830.12.2022Windows and heart attacksIn today's #vatnik soup I'll talk about windows and heart attacks. Most of you have read about the mystery deaths of Russian businessmen, but let's look at them in more detail - some of them are quite strange.ReadReadInformationN/A1k5k716k
5729.12.2022Dmitry PeskovIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.He has worked in this position since 2000. This means that he's been covering up events such as poisonings of Litvinenko, the Skripals & Navalny, as well as the 2nd Chechen War & Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadPoliticianRussia8794k382k
5628.12.2022Timur Ivanov and Svetlana ZakharovaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce the current Deputy Minister of Defense in Russia, Timur Ivanov. Actually, I'll talk more about his wife and a socialite, Svetlana Zakharova, whose 8000 leaked e-mails were carefully inspected by Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation.ReadReadPoliticianRussia1k4k831k
5527.12.2022Dmitry MedvedevIn today's #vatnik soup,I'll discuss a man who's small in every sense. He's the ex-president of Russia,Dmitry Medvedev.He's currently working as the deputy chairman of the Security Council, but he's best known for his aggressive social media behavior and sucking up to Putin.ReadReadPoliticianRussia2491k213k
5426.12.2022Twitter algorithmIn today's #vatnik soup I'll theorize what's happening with Twitter after Elon took over. As with all social media platforms, Twitter's algorithm is their best-kept secret and there is very little public information available on it.ReadReadInformationN/A7522944k
5325.12.2022Maria ZakharovaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a 🇷🇺 spokeswoman and a birthday girl, Maria Zakharova. She's been working at this position since 2015.Maria married Andrei Makarov in a glamorous ceremony in New York in 2005. This soup consists of pictures from this lavish event.ReadReadPoliticianRussia2551k194k
5224.12.2022Dmitry RogozinIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a Russian right-wing politician and a raging spaceman called Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin). Rogozin has also been very active on Twitter, threatening people from Elon Musk to former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly).ReadReadPoliticianRussia15159968k
5123.12.2022Russkiy mir 2In today's #vatnik soup I'll continue talking about Russkiy mir, the "Russian World". This time I'll focuson the Russian idea of nationality, "Narodnost", and I'll also discuss Russian imperalism.ReadReadInformationRussia167527125kRusskiy mir 2
5022.12.2022Russkiy mirIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss Russkiy mir, the "Russian World". It's a concept that comprises of core culture of Russia, including its traditions & interactions with other cultures. This series is an attempt to explain motivations behind Russia's actions & motivations. ReadReadInformationRussia17055898kRusskiy mir
4921.12.2022Viktor MedvedchukIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a pro-Russian, Ukrainian oligarch and a politician who goes by the name of Viktor Medvedchuk.Someone commented on one of my previous soups that I should cover Ukrainian oligarchs, too, so here's one!ReadReadBusinessmanUkraine13153157k
4820.12.2022Social media manipulationIn today's #vatnik soup I'll continue talking about troll farms and social media manipulation, extending the topic to other social media platforms, too. Our social media space is constantly manipulated by paid actors whose goal is to control the online narratives.ReadReadInformationN/A4241k116k
4719.12.2022Ramzan KadyrovIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce the despote that rules over Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. He is the son of Akhmad Kadyrov, who switched sides during the Second Chechen War, offering his services to Putin to become the President of the Chechen Republic.ReadReadPoliticianRussia3251k169k
4618.12.2022RotenbergsIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce three oligarchs who are good friends with Putin. Their names are Arkady, Boris and Roman, and their surname is Rotenberg.Arkady and Boris are brothers and Roman is Boris' son.ReadReadBusinessmanRussia12348249k
4517.12.2022Igor GirkinIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a mercenary, military blogger and a mass murderer, Igor Girkin (AKA Strelkov). Girkin used to be a FSB officer and he's been involved in many Russian wars from Chechenya and Transnistria to 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War.ReadReadSoldierRussia3181k171k
4416.12.2022Vladimir SolovyovIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a 🇷🇺 TV star and a propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov. He has his own TV show called "Evening with Vladimir Solovyov". Vladimir is first and foremost a Kremlin-mouthpiece and a master propagandist, who speaks mostly to the 🇷🇺 people.ReadReadTV presenterRussia2011k154k
4315.12.2022Sergey SurovikinIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a man who loves both genocide and corruption: the "Butcher of Syria", Sergey Surovikin.Surovikin is the current commander of all Russian forces in the war in Ukraine.ReadReadSoldierRussia3771k
4213.12.2022Disinfo content typesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss different content types used for disinformation and propaganda. Narratives can be made much more powerful when the stories are supported by several types of media. A simple example of this is a news story that is complemented with images.ReadReadInformationN/A69159
4112.12.2022Konstantin MalofeyevIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce an oligarch and a propagandist Konstantin Malofeyev (or Malofeev). He's a prominent figure in both organizing and funding illegal paramilitary groups and fringe political groups.ReadReadBusinessmanRussia151373
4011.12.2022Matt TaibbiIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) and why he was a bad choice for disseminating the Twitter Files.First, see the ugly ass chart that I made to see the connections between the pro-Russian actors and Taibbi. I'm truly sorry for how it looks.ReadReadJournalistUSA62186
3910.12.2022Twitter FilesIn today's #vatnik soup I'll explain why Elon Musk's (@elonmusk) "balancing act" of purging just one side will increase the spread of fake news and disinformation.First of all I'd like to say that biased, systematic blacklisting of content that Twitter conducted was WRONG.ReadReadInformationN/A78195
389.12.2022Troll farmsIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll continue discussing about info ops, disinfo & propaganda. Today's focus will be on troll farms and "useful idiots". As usual, I'll focus on Russia and its activities because of its topicality and the previous research available.ReadReadInformationN/A4161k
378.12.2022Russian info opsIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll start an introduction about the Russian information operations (an activity that tries to affect the public opinion and behavior of a society), disinformation and propaganda. This topic is a broad issue and I'll do it over several threads.ReadReadInformationN/A264621
367.12.2022Margarita SimonyanIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a Russian grand propagandist Margarita Simonyan. She's the Editor-in-Chief of RT and Rossiya Segodnya.She is one of the best known Kremlin mouthpieces and controls a large Russian propaganda network.ReadReadJournalistRussia2521k
355.12.2022NATO is not fighting RussiaIn today's #vatnik soup and 3rd edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll explain why 🇷🇺 is definitely NOT fighting NATO as they say. 1st of all, why are they claiming this without showing any proof? There are two reasons: 1) 🇷🇺 always lies, & 2) they're losing.ReadReadDebunkN/A90358
344.12.2022Janus Putkonen in MurmanskIn today's #vatnik soup we'll do a retrospect on two previous editions. In my first soup I introduced a quisling called Janus Putkonen. Later on I told the story of Fennotravels, a story about love and deception in two acts...ReadReadStoryRussia440
333.12.2022Photos and propagandaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss the power of photography & portraits. Using specific photos, propagandists can create powerful image of a person. Putin's marketing crew has been exceptionally good at this by often using old photographs of Vlad that reek of testosterone.ReadReadInformationN/A31164
322.12.2022Zelenskyy disinfoIn today's #vatnik soup and in the 2nd edition of "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll introduce some of the outlandish lies and disinformation regarding Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and how he has managed to counter these smear campaigns.ReadReadDebunkN/A5302k
3130.11.2022Viktor OrbánIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a politician who loves EU money but also 🇷🇺 energy.His nameis Viktor Orbán and he's been 🇭🇺's PM since 2010.Orbán is the ultimate opportunist,begging for gas from Russia & at the same time hoarding all the money he can get from the EU.ReadReadPoliticianHungary131444
3029.11.2022Alexander DuginIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce one of the main architects of 🇷🇺 geopolitics,Alexander Dugin.He's a far-right political philosopher,analyst & of course a fascist.His influence over Putin is disputed,but his books seem to be a blueprint for 🇷🇺's geopolitical strategy.ReadReadPolitical analystRussia3941k
2928.11.2022Russian nazisIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss nazis. I'll introduce some famous 🇷🇺 neo-nazi movements and figures and also discuss why the "de-nazification" project of Ukraine is simply absurd. First, let's discuss the similarities between Russian regime and Hitler's nazi Germany.ReadReadInformationN/A6762k
2825.11.2022SanctionsIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll discuss sanctions and why they haven't affected 🇷🇺 as badly as was predicted. First of all, not all companies have left 🇷🇺. Yale has a neat list from where you can check which companies are still conducting business in 🇷🇺:…ReadReadInformationN/A3291
2724.11.2022WEFIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll be discussing one of the most resilient and widespread conspiracies out there: World Economic Forum (WEF), The Great Reset and the "New World Order".WEF is a lobbying organization founded by Klaus Schwab (@ProfKlausSchwab) in the 70s...ReadReadDebunkN/A2990
2623.11.2022Decadent WestIn today's #vatnik soup I'll discuss the "decadent West" and how the USSR and Russian policies has affected their culture and society. One of the most persistent narratives that the Kremlin has touted is the collapse of Western civilization.ReadReadDebunkN/A124394
2522.11.2022Patriarch KirillIn today's #vatnik soup I'll introduce a KGB agent and a billionaire who disguises himself as a holy man.His name is Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev,but he's better known as Patriarch Kirill. Gundyayev is a close ally of Putin and he has called Putin's rule a "miracle of god"ReadReadBishopRussia2k5k
2421.11.2022PropagandaIn today's #vatnik soup I'll continue discussing propaganda and disinformation. During the information age, winning the online propaganda battle can be just as important as gaining the advantage on the traditional battlefields.ReadReadInformationN/A39135
2320.11.2022Nikolai PatrushevIn today's #vatnik soup I will introduce 🇷🇺's most "hawkish hawk" and Putin's old friend,Nikolai Patrushev.He belongs to Putin's siloviki faction & he's considered to be one of his closest advisors.He's also seen as one of the likeliest candidates for continuing Putin's work.ReadReadPoliticianRussia217683
2218.11.2022Gennady TimchenkoHow did Putin get so rich? In today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing one of his money men, oligarch Gennady Timchenko. Timchenko has a special place in Finnish people's hearts, as he also has Finnish citizenship and has been doing a lot of business in 🇫🇮.ReadReadBusinessmanRussia318881
2117.11.2022Vladislav SurkovIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a man who has worked mostly behind the scenes - Vladislav Surkov. Some of you might not even recognize the name, but he's the main architect of both the polarizing disinformation program and the annexation system of 🇷🇺.ReadReadPolitician, BusinessmanRussia4751k
2016.11.2022Ukraine vs Russia propaganda warIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll discuss propaganda. Why is 🇺🇦 winning the propaganda war? What happened to 🇷🇺 as a propaganda/disinformation powerhouse? Here's my take:ReadReadInformationN/A223838
1915.11.2022Leena HietanenIn today's #vatnik soup, I'll introduce a first female vatnik, 🇫🇮 Leena Hietanen. She used to be a quite prominent journalist who wrote to some of the most popular newspapers in 🇫🇮. This report is also my first attempt at adding subtitles, so please be gentle with feedback.ReadReadJournalistFinland37170
1813.11.2022Bioweapons in UkraineIn a new #vatnik soup series, "You pronounced this nonsense, not me", I'll be going through some of the most outlandish propaganda pieces ever produced by the 🇷🇺 media and its affiliates. Let's start with a classic that just refuses to die: bioweapons development in Ukraine.ReadReadDebunkN/A131688
1711.11.2022Yegveny Prigozhin (Wagner) 2/2In today's #vatnik soup I'll continue discussing Prigozhin,and focus on his mercenary group Wagner. It's a paramilitary organization that deals with Putin's "dirty problems". Private military contractors are forbidden by law in 🇷🇺,and the group operates mostly beyond the law.ReadReadBusinessmanRussia61188
1610.11.2022Useful idiotsIn today's #vatnik soup,I'll go through the many motives in creation of pro-🇷🇺 "useful idiots".By useful idiot I refer to a person who spreads propaganda and disinfo for a cause, either consciously or unconsciously. It's by no means a comprehensive list,but it's a good intro.ReadReadInformationN/A162464
159.11.2022Yevgeny Prigozhin (IRA) 1/2In today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a man behind both 🇷🇺's private war organization and its disinformation and propaganda machine: an oligarch and a businessman Yevgeni Prigozhin. This thread will be divided into 2 (or 3) parts since his "achievements" are plentiful.ReadReadBusinessmanRussia4191k
147.11.2022Genocide in UkraineIn this thread I'll be discussing 🇷🇺 genocide in Ukraine. I'll focus on the child abductions & will be providing evidence that 🇷🇺 has planned this for a long time and that their intent has been announced in the state-owned media at least since the beginning of April, 2022.ReadReadInformationN/A2k3k
136.11.2022Aleksei MilchakovFringe pro-🇷🇺 bloggers such as the @TheGrayzoneNews like to keep the 🇷🇺 narrative of Ukrainian neo-nazis and the need for "denazification" inside Ukraine. Today I'll be introducing a real Russian #vatnik, co-leader of the Rusich group and a neo-nazi called Aleksei Milchakov.ReadReadSoldierRussia3k8k
124.11.2022Aaron MatéIn today's #vatnik soup I'll be introducing a Canadian writer and reporter, Aaron Maté (.@aaronjmate). Aaron is part of the Grayzone posse together with RT poster boys/girls Max Blumenthal, Alex Rubinstein (.@RealAlexRubi) and Anya Parampil (.@anyaparampil).ReadReadBlogger, PodcasterCanada80222
111.11.2022Max BlumenthalIn today's #vatnik soup (thanks Mike Edward,.@OpsATX for the name!) I'll be introducing the Editor of the @TheGrayzoneNews, Max Blumenthal (.@MaxBlumenthal). In his previous life, he reported on prestigious publications such as NYT, LA Times and Al Jazeera English... ReadReadBlogger, PodcasterUSA176554
1030.10.2022Maram SusliWelcome to the 1st edition of international #vatnik's! Today I'll be discussing a prominent figure in the disinfo/conspiracy scene - a lady called Maram Susli AKA PartisanGirl (.@Partisangirl). Originally from Damascus, her family moved to Australia when she was a cReadReadStreamerSyria4051k
929.10.2022Ano TurtiainenToday's Finnish #vatnik is a former powerlifter turned politician and evangelist,Ano Turtiainen (.@TurtiainenAno). Since 🇷🇺's invasion of 🇺🇦,Ano has become a proponent of Putin's politics. He has spoken against all 🇷🇺 sanctions and has criticized "war crimes committed by 🇺🇦".ReadReadPoliticianFinland22141
827.10.2022Paavo LipponenToday's Finnish #vatnik report may ruffle some feathers. It's a story about how love... sorry, business conquers all. Our main character (for once) is someone who has immense influence in the 🇫🇮 politics. His name is Paavo Lipponen, a former, two-term Prime Minister of 🇫🇮ReadReadConsultantFinland107474
726.10.2022MV-LehtiToday I'll be introducing one of the most infamous Finnish 🇷🇺 disinfo site on the web: MV-Lehti (AKA MV-Media or UMV-Lehti).During its existence, the site has had three Chief-Editors:Ilja Janitskin, Juha Korhonen (.@Juha_Korh2) and currently Janus Putkonen (.@janus_putkonen).ReadReadBlogFinland40324
625.10.2022FennotravelsToday I will tell you a story- or rather a fairy tale -about a project of several Finnish #vatnik's.The story is called "The Rise and Fall of the Fennotravels".The story has two characters: Janus and Kosti, and they both share a love towards the Russian country and its people.ReadReadN/AFinland65533
524.10.2022Johan BäckmanToday I'll be introducing one of the main pro-🇷🇺 agitators and grand Finnish #vatnik's, Johan Bäckman (.@johanbek). This Alexander Dugin's disciple and avid 🇷🇺 disinfo spreader has been spewing anti-🇫🇮 propaganda on Kremlin-controlled media for years.ReadReadStreamerFinland4462k
410.10.2022LEVELIIn today's Finnish #vatnik's, I'll introduce you to a podcast called LEVELI. The main hosts of the show are two gentlemen: Nico Giansanti (.@ReaverTeknoGods) and Milad Dehghan. Embrace yourselves, 'tis is a rather long one.ReadReadPodcastFinland630
37.10.2022Juha KorhonenWelcome back to Finnish #vatnik's! Today I'll be introducing a "gentleman" who goes by the name of Juha Korhonen (.@Juha_Korh2). His main contributions for the Finnish disinformation scene are two websites:ReadReadN/AFinland22141
26.10.2022Jussi SaarelaWelcome to the 2nd edition of Finnish #vatnik's! This time I'll be introducing a real scumbag who is not very well-known even in Finland: Jussi Saarela. Jussi is an evangelist for a group called "Rhapsody of Realities" and also runs a vast propaganda network for 🇷🇺 disinfo.ReadReadEvangelistFinland1877
15.10.2022Janus PutkonenThere are some well-known #vatnik's in Finland, but I'd like to introduce them to the international audiences, too. First one I'd like to talk about is a man who goes by the name Janus Putkonen (.@janus_putkonen). He is the current "Chief-Editor" of Russian propaganda piece...ReadReadBloggerFinland2661k