Edward Lucas: Russian Hybrid Warfare – The View from Estonia


Victim-blaming is a common mistake when talking about crime. Women are told that their clothing or social habits are to

Victim-blaming is a common mistake when talking about crime. Women are told that their clothing or social habits are to blame for sexual assault, for example. That arouses justified outrage. But does the same apply to our discussion of Russia’s hybrid warfare?

Last weekend I was chairing a panel on Hacks and (Fake) Facts: Warfare in the Information Space” at the Lennart Meri conference in Tallinn, the main security shindig in the Nordic-Baltic region. The other participants were Kier Giles, a leading British expert on Russian e-spookery, Gerhard Conrad, a former German spymaster now running the European Union’s intelligence-assessment center, Ivana Smolenová, a Slovak information-war expert living in Ukraine and Taimar Peterkop, who runs Estonia’s national information systems agency. Sadly we did not enjoy the company of the chief of Germany’s domestic security service, Hans-Georg Maaßen, who had to pull out at short notice.

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