A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate InfoRos.ru right biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, promotion of state propaganda, and conspiracy theories as well as a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: State Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 149/180
InfoRos is a Russian news website launched in 2000. The website does not have an about page, however, they describe themselves on their Facebook page as “dedicated to a wide range of topical issues of political, economic and socio-cultural life of Russia and CIS countries.” The footer of the website lists Ilyashenko Andrey Vitalievich as its chief editor, however, there isn’t a bio page.
Funded by / Ownership
“Inforos” does not disclose its ownership or funding.
Analysis / Bias
The website has a tagline (on Facebook) that reads “world through the eyes of Russia”. The Associated Press reports that Russian intelligence officers are using InfoRos.ru, Infobrics.org, and OneWorld.press to “spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.”
In review, InfoRos.ru reports news from a pro-Russian government perspective. Headlines and articles often contain loaded emotional wording that is negative toward America such as this “USA is dictating its rights to the world” and “The Ins And Outs Of The West’s Anti-Russian Infowar.” Typically, InfoRos either sources to quotes or questionable Russian sources such as topwar.ru and RT. When reporting on the United States they often take a right-wing perspective that is supportive of President Trump: “Trump realizes benefits of good relations with Russia”. Further, when reporting on Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden they report negatively and promote conspiracies such as this Ukrainian trap for Biden. This story is sourced to Trump Advisor Rudy Guiliani who demonstrates a poor track record with fact-checkers and has promoted Ukrainian conspiracy theories. In general, news reporting is strongly right biased that promotes pro-Russian propaganda.
Overall, we rate InfoRos.ru right biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, promotion of state propaganda, and conspiracy theories as well as a complete lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 7/29/2020)