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- Overall, we rate South Front a strong conspiracy site based on secretly promoting Russian Propaganda that is not always factual.
Factual Reporting: Low
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 149/180
Founded in 2015, South Front is a Russian propaganda website that claims to be non-profit and non-partisan. According to their about page, South Front is a “public analytical umbrella organization created and maintained by a team of experts and volunteers from the four corners of the Earth. SouthFront focuses on issues of international relations, armed conflicts, and crises. The organization provides military operations analysis, military posture of major world powers, and other important data influencing the growth of tensions between countries and nations.”
The website lacks transparency as they do not name an owner or editors and articles lack author names and bios.
In 2016, South Front was accused of being a Russian propaganda tool. In another 2016 article, they were accused of “spreading Russian propaganda during the [U.S.] election.” Finally, in 2017, their Wikipedia page was deleted due to being a non-reliable source.
Funded by / Ownership
South Front does not disclose ownership, however, the domain is registered in Russia, there is an email address with the .ru extension and donations via Paypal are in Russian, “Пожертвовать на firstname.lastname@example.org, Цель: Any amount donation.” In other words, this source does not disclose they are from Russia and try hard to hide that fact. Revenue is derived through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, South Front provides an analysis of battles and conflicts, evaluation of the major world power armed forces, and study of tensions between countries from a Russian perspective. Articles are published anonymously and typically do not use loaded emotional headlines such as this LOCAL FIGHTERS KILLED, INJURED IN TWO SEPARATE ATTACKS IN SYRIA’S DARAA. This story does not source to an outside source.
According to EU VS Disinfo South Front frequently publishes false or misleading Russian Propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate South Front a strong conspiracy site based on secretly promoting Russian Propaganda that is not always factual. (D. Van Zandt 8/1/2016) Updated (7/25/2020)