Oligarch Deaths, Propaganda Campaigns, Endangered Cultural Heritage, More: Ukraine Update, November 2, 2022


Slate: Russian Oligarchs Keep Dying in Suspicious Ways. Wikipedia Is Keeping a List.. “On July 9, an anonymous Wikipedia editor with the username ‘cgbuff’ started Wikipedia’s 2022 Russian mystery deaths article, which chronicles ‘unusual deaths of Russian-connected businessmen [that] occurred under what some sources suggest were suspicious circumstances.’ When the article was first published, it listed just nine Russian oligarchs.Today, it chronicles 17 deaths, and it’s been viewed more than 400,000 times.”


New York Times: Russia Intensifies Its Propaganda Campaign Against Ukraine. “Since before the war, Russia has spread disinformation about its need to stamp out Nazism in Ukraine. But in recent days, Moscow’s propaganda has shifted, arguing that it is battling terrorism and falsely accusing Ukraine of planning a dirty bomb attack as part of that narrative.”

Associated Press: UN steps up satellite tracking of damage to Ukraine culture. “The U.N.’s cultural and satellite agencies have joined forces to more systematically track the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the country’s architecture, art, historic buildings and other cultural heritage, and have compiled an initial list of more than 200 sites that have been damaged or destroyed.”

Engadget: Elon Musk says SpaceX will keep paying for Ukraine’s access to Starlink. “Musk confirmed what he said in his tweet to The Financial Times and added that SpaceX will continue funding Ukraine’s access to Starlink’s satellite internet ‘indefinitely.'”


BBC: How Ukraine is winning the social media war. “After almost eight months, the war in Ukraine hangs in the balance. Ukrainian counter-offensives continue to make progress, while Russian forces are still pressing elsewhere. But on the internet, it’s a very one-sided affair.”

Meduza: Ukrainian military intelligence puts a $100,000 price on blogger Strelkov’s freedom. “The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced that it would pay $100,000 for handing Igor Strelkov (Girkin) over to Ukrainian captivity.”

Foreign Policy: Russia Wages Winter Information War Against the West. “Russia is waging renewed influence operations in Europe designed to undermine Western support for Ukraine in an attempt to turn the tide in a war that has shifted decisively in Kyiv’s favor over the past month, top Estonian defense officials told reporters during a visit to Washington this week.”


New Voice of Ukraine: Russian troops taking archive documents out of Kherson, says General Staff . “Russian invasion forces are taking archive documents from the administrative buildings of the occupied city of Kherson, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said in its morning summary on Nov. 2.”

Defense Daily: Army Officials Detail Information, Cyber, Space Importance In Ukraine War, Counter-Drone Help . “Army officials on Tuesday told reporters they have seen more interest from allies and partner countries to learn techniques to resist occupation and use information warfare if invaded in the wake of Ukraine’s resistance to its invasion by Russia.”

Kyiv Post: NRA Releases Full Trove of Data Critical to Russia’s National Security. “Russian hackers affiliated with the National Republic Army (NRA) have released 1.2 terabytes of sensitive Russian data. This includes information concerning Russia’s key national security infrastructure, blueprints for cyber security strategies and other related data. Kyiv Post was given exclusive access to the trove, which is made public here for the first time.”


US Naval Institute: Ukraine Lessons for Naval Intelligence’s Next War. “The lessons learned in this conflict will directly affect how the U.S. military understands its Russian competitor, which will drive planning assumptions and force employment. For U.S. naval intelligence, identifying the lessons is an easy first step, but applying them and creating a cultural shift to adapt to future conflicts requires deliberate action and intention.”

Naval Technology: OSINT in Ukraine: Global Defence Technology 137. “A war has perhaps never been covered in such details as seen in Ukraine, with the creation of a new class of open-source intelligence (OSINT) analysts, harvesting and examining content posted on social media for intelligence into orders of battle, equipment and personnel losses, and more.”

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