Slovakian Presidential Election Reveals Pro-Russian Disinformation Strategy & Why We Should Combat It

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readApr 15, 2024

In Slovakia, openly pro-Russian politicians, like Prime Minister Robert Fico and now President Peter Pellegrini, have come back into power in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

Fico has immediately emulated the authoritarian playbook seen in the likes of Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban. Seize state television. Take control of courts. Establish an oligarchy. In the meantime: deny, distract, and dismay the international community.

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views