Processing may take a few seconds...


Download file


Information war as a mechanism of conducting international competition by the Russian Federation


[ 1 ] Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach | [ 2 ] Wydział Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.3] Security studies

Year of publication


Published in

Wiedza Obronna

Journal year: 2022 | Journal volume: t. 279 | Journal number: nr 2

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • Disinformation
  • Information
  • Information attack
  • Information warfare
  • Information operations
  • Information warfare means and equipment
  • Propaganda
  • Russia
  • Atak informacyjny
  • Dezinformacja
  • Działania informacyjne
  • Informacja
  • Propaganda
  • Rosja
  • Środki i urządzenia walki informacyjnej
  • Walka informacyjna

EN The article focuses on information war used by the Russian Federation as part of its holistic approach to conducting international competition. Through a critical analysis of Russian literature and operational practice, the mechanisms of its application and challenges to the security of European states were identified. Through the research it was established that the Russian perception of contemporary international rivalry is based on the idea of playing out the struggle in people's minds, and its foundation is the concept of new generation war. The article justifies that information war is a holistic concept of influencing people's cognitive sphere and forming their behavioral attitudes in line with Russia's expectations. Moreover, it is suggested that in the strategic dimension, information war allows to achieve the goals of international rivalry or create conditions for achieving them, without the need for military force. In this context, conducting information campaigns integrated with psychological operations in cyberspace is a weapon of the Russian government, which is used to discredit legitimate authorities and weaken the political, economic and social systems of European states.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

11 - 37





Bibliografia na stronach 34-36.

License type

CC BY-SA (attribution - share alike)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Release date

11.2022 (Date presumed)

Date of Open Access to the publication

2 months after publication

Full text of article

Download file

Access level to full text


Points of MNiSW / journal