- Keir Giles, an expert on the Russian military at the Chatham House think-tank, has warned that Russian “information warfare” occupies a wider sphere than the current Western focus on “cyber warriors” and hackers.
- “The aim is to control information in whatever form it takes,” he wrote in a Nato report called “The Next Phase of Russian Information Warfare”.
- There have been reports of Russian information attacks targeting Nato troops in the Baltic states, the Polish military, and Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian rebels.
- According to Mr Giles, the Russian military decided to prioritise information warfare after the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict.
- Commenting on Mr Shoigu’s remarks, former Russian commander-in-chief Gen Yuri Baluyevsky said a victory in information warfare “can be much more important than victory in a classical military conflict, because it is bloodless, yet the impact is overwhelming and can paralyse all of the enemy state’s power structures”.
Country’s defence minister admits the presence of a powerful military team focused on controlling information.
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