Russian Cyber Information Warfare International Distribution and Domestic Control

Lev Topor, Alexander Tabachnik

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Cyber information warfare (IW) is a double-edged sword. States use IW to shape the hearts and minds of foreign societies and policy makers. However, states are also prone to foreign influence through IW. This assumption applies mainly to liberal democratic societies. The question examined in this article is how Russia uses IW on other countries but protects itself from the same activities. The authors’ main argument is that while Russia executes influence operations and IW in cyberspace, it strives for uncompromising control over its domestic cyberspace, thus restricting undesirable informational influence over its population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-127
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Advanced Military Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cyber policy
  • Cyber warfare
  • IW
  • Information warfare
  • Russia
  • Sharp power


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