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Thu, May 2, 2019

Armenia Assailed by Deceptive “Fact-Checking” Groups, Part 1: The Players

The DFRLab has uncovered a sophisticated influence operation with the aim of discrediting Nikol Pashinyan and his supporters under the hashtag #SutNikol.

Article by Zarine Kharazian, Eto Buziashvili, and Yulia Reshitko

Civil Society Disinformation

Eto Buziashvili is a Research Assistant for the Caucasus at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Georgia.

In this role, Eto researches the information space, focusing on Russia and the Caucasus region. Prior to the DFRLab, Eto advised the National Security Council of Georgia and was involved in developing strategic documents. Before joining the NSC, Eto worked as a senior analyst at the country’s Ministry of Interior, where she covered security issues related to Russia and the occupied regions of Georgia. In her role as senior analyst, she was one of the negotiators at the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) through which Russian officials and separatist leaders from the occupied regions of Georgia addressed the consequences of 2008 Russian-Georgian War. Eto graduated from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the University of Geneva with an MA in International and European Security.