Russian information warfare and its challenges to international law

Authored by: Oscar Jonsson

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
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In Russian military-theoretical debates, information warfare has arisen as the most significant aspect of the changing character of warfare. 1 This appreciation is well reflected in the war in Ukraine, where information warfare has taken centre stage, and Russia demonstrated that it has updated its toolbox accordingly. As well as psychological operations in Russia and Ukraine, the information war has assumed a global focus. Russia’s international news network, RT, received a 2014 budget increase of 41 percent to GBP250 million, and will, among other initiatives, start channels broadcasting in the UK, France, and Germany. The importance of information warfare will only continue to rise as our societies grow more connected. This chapter thus asks how Russian information warfare is changing and what challenges this poses for international law.

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