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Handbook on Countering Russian and Chinese Interference in Europe

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    patience_limited
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    This is a great read, for a number of interests - information security, foreign policy, democracy and human rights, civil society, military affairs, etc. Located through the Sinocism newsletter -...

    This is a great read, for a number of interests - information security, foreign policy, democracy and human rights, civil society, military affairs, etc.

    Located through the Sinocism newsletter - even without the subscription, it's worthwhile.

    The report is written from the perspective of EU nations, and offers a substantially more honest, direct, specific, and unbiased assessment of Russian and Chinese goals and strategies than you'll find from most English-language media reporting. The report also illuminates the substantial overlap of Chinese and Russian targets and tools.

    Pages 9 and 10 have the TL;DR table.

    There's also a more-or-less useful list of proposed countermeasures, including items like the following:

    Measure #13: Western governments should make the fortune of Vladimir Putin and his associates public. It is clear that the regime led by Vladimir Putin has been stealing from the Russian state on a large scale in sharp contrast to the transparency of liberal democracies. Therefore, Western institutions should make sure that it is publicly known how much and in what ways Vladimir Putin, along with his associates and shadow supporters, has stolen from Russia. A bill with this goal is currently being discussed in the US Congress.6 It can take the form of official records or be distributed to the press, who would verify and make it public. The objective of this tool is to make sure that the Kremlin elite understands that it is going down a one-way street and it (or its families and proxies) will never be able to enjoy its stolen money for a comfortable life in the West.

    Measure #18: Every Western country should adopt its version of the Magnitsky Act and Mechanism for Screening of Risky Foreign Investments. Democracies have a clear right to defend human rights and their own sovereignty. Therefore, every Western democracy should implement its own version of the Magnitsky Act and Mechanism for Screening of Risky Foreign Investments. Western governments should stop ignoring the threat posed by dirty Russian money.

    Measure #19: Western governments must put principled pressure (including hard regulation) on tech-giants enabling and benefiting from the massive spread of disinformation. While Russia is the main source of hostile disinformation, platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are the principal enablers of this phenomenon hostile to liberal democracies. Every EU Member State should appoint a national coordinator for policies regarding tech platforms and every Member State should adopt a comprehensive strategy that aims to mitigate the spread of disinformation and protect personal data.

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    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      European Values or not, I'd love to see that paper published. I mean, how do you even make a $3 000 tracksuit?

      Therefore, Western institutions should make sure that it is publicly known how much and in what ways Vladimir Putin, along with his associates and shadow supporters, has stolen from Russia.

      European Values or not, I'd love to see that paper published. I mean, how do you even make a $3 000 tracksuit?

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