This week, the pro-Kremlin media stated that the British government was behind the Skripal case, the West is meddling in Belarus, the US is conducting dangerous experiments in Ukraine and – as usual – Ukraine is the provocateur.

What kind of a picture could one paint about Ukraine? At least six pro-Kremlin outlets have been busy creating the image of a dangerous and unpredictable country, by claiming that an Italian journalist went missing in eastern Ukraine. In reality, the journalist is safely back in Italy and now sharing vivid images captured in the government-controlled sector of Mariupol.

Continuing with Ukraine – after the Foreign Minister announced his country is preparing to terminate 50 treaties with Russia, the pro-Kremlin media turned up its sleeves and got to work spreading disinformation about Ukrainian politicians supposedly trying to show the results of their work to their master – the USA. Looking at pro-Kremlin media week by week, the will to undermine the credibility of approaching elections and of politicians in Ukraine with claims of dependence to US is pre-eminent.

In addition to Ukraine, the “working for the American master” narrative was also applied to Germany. Russian state media announced that Germany has only limited sovereignty, as its foreign and military policy is conducted under the watchful eye of Washington. This distorted theory fits nicely next to older pro-Kremlin claims such as that Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; the USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany and Germany will have to choose between defending Europe’s interest and catering to Washington.

But who controls the puppet master?

To answer this question, we have to dive deeper. We heard claims that the New York Times and the Washington Post are serving the interests of the US military industry. The reasoning of the conspiracy theorists’ goes as follows: the American mass media is attacking and thus manipulating President Trump; the real puppet masters are former generals advising financial corporations and the mass media.

For those who aim to discredit the Western media, let’s reflect on the fact that according to 2018 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, Russia ranked 148 out of 180. The US is in 45th place.

The US is in the Kremlin’s crosshairs also for allegedly taking foreigners as hostages. In reality, Konstantin Yaroshenko was detained for drug-smuggling, Natalya Veselnitskaya was indicted for obstruction of justice and Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiring against the US.

New Round of Disinformation around Salisbury Attack

By March last year EUvsDisinfo had already collected 20 different narratives about the Skripal case; by last week it had catalogued over 100 disinformation messages around the Salisbury attack. But after the EU’s decision to impose sanctions on the GRU officials linked to the Skripal poisoning, even more new narratives have surfaced.

According to pro-Kremlin outlets UK Prime Minister Theresa May was behind the EU’s decision to impose sanctions and this is her way to remind British politicians that they are all part of the conspiracy. No evidence supports these claims, of course; on the contrary there is overwhelming and internationally backed evidence collected by the British Police that demonstrates a solid chain of events, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. The investigation is still ongoing but parts of the material have been released to the public.

The second pro-Kremlin narrative from last week about the Skripals was not completely developed; instead it was presented as a question about the extremely unlikely coincidence that an army colonel and chief nursing officer was amongst the first people to arrive at the scene of their poisoning. As the ever expanding number of contradictory theories about the Skripal case suggests, the strategic aim here is to confuse audiences, not to convince them about a single narrative.

More info about the West meddling in Belarus or the experiments in Ukraine conducted by the US can be found below.

It's not a coincidence that a nurse was near the Skripals
Additional details: It is an extremely unlikely coincidence that the first person who ‘by chance’ attended to the Skripals was the top nurse of the British army. An experienced officer, highly connected, who is also known for handling highly infectious patients. Someone wrote the script for this enthralling saga.

This is one of the many, many ‘coincidences’, curiosities and lies that make the official Skripal poisoning narrative so unbelievable.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
RT
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative.

The disinformation message was communicated as a series of rhetorical questions, implying UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case. This is  often-used method of applying a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. Also see here.

British Police has presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal Case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

 

 

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal
Countries: UK
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Theresa May is Using the Case of Skripal Poisoning to Deal with her Political Enemies
Additional details: Theresa May is trying to deal with her political enemies by using EU and bringing up the case of Skripal poisoning.

Theresa May is behind the EU decision to impose sanctions to GRU officials related to Skripal poisoning. It is her way of reminding British politicians that they are all part of the conspiracy around the Skripal case. This way she is reminding Boris Johnson that he publicly lied in front of cameras about having proof that Russia is behind the Skripal poisoning. Her message is "do not touch me, because if Corbyn comes to power we will all be in trouble, I will take down everyone of you with me".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal (06:10 - 07:40)
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Claims that there is UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case is often-used method of applying a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. Also see here.

British Police has presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal Case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

On the 21st of January 2019, EU Foreign Affairs Council unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on, among others, the two GRU officials, and the Head and Deputy Head of the GRU responsible for possession, transport and use in Salisbury (UK) of a toxic nerve agent on the weekend of 4 March 2018.

High Representative Federica Mogherini stressed, that the unanimous decision to impose sanctions is a part of a strong commitment and determination of the European Union to contribute to prevention of use not only of chemical weapons but weapons of mass destruction in general terms. The European Union has always been a very strong supporter of non-proliferation regime of weapons of mass destruction. It continues to put every effort to prevent their use and reacts to their use wherever there is evidence of that. These decisions are made on a very strong legal basis that the member states constantly assess. More: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/mogherini_en

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Theresa May
Countries: UK
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ISIS Serves the American Interests
Additional details: The United States will probably use the Manbij terror attack that took place in the north of Syria recently as a pretext not to withdraw their troops, despite president Donald Trump's announcement.

ISIS serves certain American interests.

 
Language / Targeted audience: French
Disinforming outlet(s): RT France
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No evidence given. No proof of ISIS advancing the interest of the US.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that the US is supporting terrorist and ISIS in Syria.

 

Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism
Countries: US, Syria
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Ukraine Might Explode Pipelines to Stop Gas Transit
Additional details: Once the Nord Stream 2 is completed, Ukraine might be tempted to explode gas pipelines to stop the transit.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): @Rossiya 1
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine, and Nord Stream 2 related issues.

Every year Ukraine earns 3 bln USD on gas transit, according to CEO of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev. In addition, Ukraine invests in the modernisation of the the GTS. In 2018 - 2027, Ukraine plans to invest additional 60 bln UAH (almost 2 bln EUR).

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin recently informed that Ukraine is interested in signing a new transit agreement, but only if it would be concluded in accordance with the European gas market rules.

Keywords: Ukraine, gas, economy, Nord Stream 2, Energy, Trade
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Ukraine entered Russian waters in the Azov Sea
Additional details: On November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy entered territorial waters of Russia, ignored the requests to stop and, with their reckless manoeuvres, endangered navigation. They were seized by the Russian coast guard near the Kerch Strait.

Ukrainian navy is getting ready to enter the Azov Sea once more, this time with an escort from NATO and OSCE vessels.
Language / Targeted audience: Spanish, Castilian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Spanish
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Azov Sea.

The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Azov Sea is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat and their crews after opening fire at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen.

The Ukrainian government asked for NATO's help in the Azov Sea.  NATO asserted that its ships routinely patrol the Black Sea, and that regular air policing and reconnaissance flights are conducted there. Nevertheless, there is no credible evidence for Ukraine preparing for entering the Azov Sea with an escort of the NATO and OSCE vessels.

Keywords: Ukraine, Azov sea, War in Ukraine, NATO, OSCE
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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EU is Collapsing
Additional details: The United Kingdom is leaving the EU, as the membership proved not to be beneficial. The European Union and NATO, who used to be against the former Soviet Union, are now collapsing.
Language / Targeted audience: Azerbaijani
Disinforming outlet(s): Report Azerbaijan
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Concerning the statement that the EU is collapsing, in reaction to the June 23rd 2016 referendum on leaving the EU, President Tusk, President Juncker, President Schulz and Netherlands Prime Minister Rutte made a joint statement: "In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it." Furthermore, the heads of state of the remaining 27 EU countries, stated “We are determined to remain united and work in the framework of the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and find solutions in the interest of our nations and peoples," after the informal meeting on 29th of June 2016.  See more here  and here.

 

 

Keywords: Brexit
Countries: UK
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An OSCE staff member was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military
Additional details: Staff member of the OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, who died in April 2017, was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military.

 
Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Deutsch
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No evidence given for the Ukrainian military planting the mine.

On April 23, 2017, an OSCE patrol, being a part of the monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, drove on a mine. The mine killed one mission member.

There have been several reports, such as the one by DW, pointing out that the incident took place in the area of Pryshyb, north-west of Luhansk, which is one of the main strongholds of the pro-Russian separatists. The separatists attributed responsibility to the Ukrainian army.

This narrative is linked to a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian provocations.

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, OSCE
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The US and Europe support Jihadist forces in Syria
Additional details: For the past eight years, the US and Europe, have been supporting Jihadist forces in Syria in order to topple the Assad regime. These forces are responsible for over 400,000 deaths in the country. Russian intervention in Syria, on the other hand, is restoring peace to the country.
Language / Targeted audience: Italian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the West supports terrorist organizations in Syria [Daesh and Al Nusra]. There is no evidence that US, NATO or EU have supported Daesh or other Jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria and Iraq  has clearly targeted Daesh.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attributing massacres of civilian population in Syria to anti-Assad opposition groups. At the same time, no responsibility attributed to the Assad regime and Russian forces. Against this background, there is ample evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for numerous massacres, bombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. Russian airstrikes on hospitals, water treatment plants and mosques [causing hundreds of civilian deaths] have also been documented.

Moreover, pro-Kremlin media often refer to Russian military intervention in Syria as a “war on terrorism” aimed at destroying Daesh. In reality,  Russia’s military action has mostly concentrated on targeting the non-Daesh opposition forces, while a relatively low proportion of Russian airstrikes in Syria have targeted Daesh or other al-Qaeda-linked groups.

For more background:

https://jamestown.org/program/russia-middle-east-new-front-information/

https://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/russias-propaganda-war-about-syria

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/syriasource/russia-s-disinformation-campaign-has-changed-how-we-see-syria

 

 

Keywords: Jihad, Syrian War, Daesh
Countries: Russia, US, Syria
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Five Members of the Synod Did Not Sign Tomos for Ukraine
Additional details: Five members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not sign Tomos, the document that officially recognises the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as independent. That would be almost half out of the 12 members of the Synod.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Strana.ua
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According to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Tomos was signed by all 12 members of the current Synod. All twelve church representatives, who signed the document, are active members of the Synod. The last was renewed on September 1, 2018, according to the standard procedure of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The current Synod will serve until February 28, 2019.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

For more information on the tomos of the autocephaly see here.

Keywords: Ukraine, autocephaly, Orthodox Church
Countries: Ukraine, Georgia
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New York Times and Washington Post are Serving the US Military Industry
Additional details: New York Times and Washington Post are serving the US military industry, and the American mass media is manipulating President Trump. The media is putting pressure on Trump by attacking him about the deal with the Russians. This is used as an instrument to manipulate him. There must be someone, like a puppet-master, standing behind this press.

The puppet masters revealed themselves after the results of US Presidential election, and when citizens of California declared their ambitions to secede from the United States - the so called Calexit. Trump is challenging the International Business Conglomerates, and they are striking back.

Trump is attacked by the financial corporations of New York and the mass media. Former military generals act as their advisers.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK6l6LrBmEU
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal (23:25 - 23:45; 33:35 - 34:06; 37:53).
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Conspiracy theory with no evidence.

Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives attacking and discrediting Western media, for examples see here and here.

The disinformation message further feeds conspiracies about the US politics, implying powerlessness of the President and democratically elected government. See examples: "Deep state pushes for a coup against Trump"; "Americans are paid to participate in protest against Trump";  "The goal of G20 meeting was to indoctrinate Ivanka Trump".

Keywords: Mainstream media, Media
Countries: US
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Theresa May Uses the Skripal Case Whenever it is Necessary to Distract Attention from Brexit and other Failures
Additional details: Whenever the Brexit process runs in to complications or political failures of Theresa May is discussed, one can wait for news on the Skripal Case. This way the British Prime Minister attempts to deflect criticism in the UK and attract sympathy from the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pakazhyt @ Pervyi kanal (15th and 16th of January).
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning.

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Brexit
Countries: UK
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There is a Civil War in Ukraine
Additional details: There is a civil war in Ukraine. The authorities in Kyiv call their adversaries " terrorists". In fact they are the people living in Donbass.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (09:00 - 10:00)
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/144158.pdf
At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded that Russia stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and along the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border. http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm#

According to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilize, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow. http://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/Russia%20Military%20Power%20Report%202017.pdf?ver=2017-06-28-144235-937

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/17/vladimir-putin-admits-russian-military-presence-ukraine

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Civil war
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukrainians Occupy the Worst Jobs in Poland and are Enslaved
Additional details: Ukrainians occupy the worst jobs in Poland and are enslaved.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 (27:20)
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukrainian citizens in Poland, whose aim is to exaggerate Polish-Ukrainian tensions and portray Ukraine as a country without any perspectives, forcing people to work in conditions similar to slavery in other countries.

According to the National Bank of Poland, in 2017, there were about 900.000 citizens of Ukraine living and working in Poland, who transferred approximately 8,6 billion PLN (2 billion EUR) to Ukraine.

Other statistics say that three-fourths of the Ukrainians earn over 2500 PLN net a month, which is approximately 70% of Polish average monthly income. 15 percent of Ukrainians in Poland earn a Polish average or more.

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: slavery, Ukraine, economy
Countries: Ukraine, Poland
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Theresa May is using the Skripal case to mobilise EU support for her leadership
Additional details: EU decision to impose sanctions on 4 individuals associated with GRU is preparation of heavy artillery to help Theresa May. The Skripals case will be used whenever it is necessary for Theresa May, which means the case needs to be "hot". And such kind of news will be periodically escalated. Theresa May is using Skirpal case as an excuse to mobilise EU support. She tricked Brussels by failing to confirm the Brexit deal. She will try to become a leader using anti-Russian actions.

EU ambassadors are governed by the UK and playing its game by agreeing to impose sanctions. They have no choice because May is threatening them to publicly declare a separate position on Russia and that would mean  the end of Western unity.

 

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ 1 kanal (02:33 - 05:00)
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Claims that there is UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case is often-used method of applying a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. Also see here.

British Police has presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal Case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

On the 21st of January 2019, EU Foreign Affairs Council unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on, among others, the two GRU officials, and the Head and Deputy Head of the GRU responsible for possession, transport and use in Salisbury (UK) of a toxic nerve agent on the weekend of 4 March 2018.

High Representative Federica Mogherini stressed, that the unanimous decision to impose sanctions is a part of a strong commitment and determination of the European Union to contribute to prevention of use not only of chemical weapons but weapons of mass destruction in general terms. The European Union has always been a very strong supporter of non-proliferation regime of weapons of mass destruction. It continues to put every effort to prevent their use and reacts to their use wherever there is evidence of that. These decisions are made on a very strong legal basis that the member states constantly assess. More: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/mogherini_en

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Theresa May, Sanctions
Countries: UK, EU
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Ahead of the Presidential Elections Poroshenko's Junta in Ukraine Must Report to their US Masters
Additional details: Ahead of the presidential elections Poroshenko's junta in Ukraine must report on what they achieved to their masters - the US. With destroyed economy and corruption they have nothing to present. The only explanation they have for the failure is the war with the Russians. Currently, the Americans do not know whom to bet for in the elections, as there are only bandits and criminals among the candidates. Severing ties with Russia makes Poroshenko look good before his masters in the USA.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pazazhyt @ 1 kanal (16:15 - 18:30)
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the election in Ukraine.

The disinformation messages were a reaction to the announcement of the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine, that the country is prepared to terminate additional 50 treaties with Russia.

Keywords: Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Countries: Ukraine
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Germany Has Limited Sovereignty
Additional details: Germany's sovereignty is limited, therefore one cannot expect full participation of its foreign affairs' minister in international talks. Foreign and military policy of Germany is conducted under US supervision.

By urging Russia to destroy a missile system foreign affairs minister of Germany is playing a game: showing America that he is following the US political and informational line. In fact he does not care what will happen with the missiles, it is a long-term question. He understands that it is not necessary to go with the US in all directions - Nord Stream II is more important to Germany.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ 1 kanal (11:00 - 13:00)
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations.

For other examples see: Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; The USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany; Germany will have to choose between defending Europe's interest and catering to Washington.

The disinformation message was a reaction to German Foreign Minister urging Russia to save the IMF treaty by destroying a missile system.

Keywords: Sovereignty
Countries: US, Germany
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Ukraine legalizes raider attacks on churches
Additional details: The new Ukrainian law on religious communities will allow raider attacks on churches.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

In fact, according to the new Ukrainian law on religious communities, the membership in a religious community is based on the principles of free will. The decision to change the subordination of a community or transfer its property is made by the religious community itself, based on majority vote.

Further debunking by The Insider.

Keywords: autocephaly, legislation, Orthodox Church
Countries: Ukraine
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Skripal worked on Trump dossier
Additional details: Sergei Skripal worked on the Trump dossier.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: utro.ru/life/2019/01/21/1387682.shtml
Disinforming outlet(s): Utro.ru
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US elections and ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal's poisoning.

According to the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, the original information linking Skripal to the Trump dossier was posted on a LinkedIn page, which is no longer available and "proved to be false".

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Donald Trump
Countries: UK, US
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US Will Use Ukraine to Put Pressure on Europe
Additional details: The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline threatens to weaken the US influence over Europe. Trump aims to use Ukraine to put pressure on Europe
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravda
Reported by:
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

The US Department of State expressed its opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project, but it did not threaten the EU.

Keywords: Nord Stream 2
Countries: Europe, Ukraine, US
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US developing biological weapons in Ukraine
Additional details: US may develop "next generation" biological weapons in its laboratories located in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Novorosinform
Informer
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Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is building biological laboratories in the Eastern Partnership region. See a similar narrative about Ukraine here.

Keywords: Biological weapons
Countries: Ukraine, US
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In 2011 Americans Politically Assassinated Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Additional details: Americans framed former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss Kahn - who was a favourite for the upcoming presidential election in France in 2011. He was a critic of US economic policy, harmful for France as well. As president of France, he might have been inconvenient for the Americans. It was a political assassination of a man, who had all chances of becoming the President of France. Therefore in 2012 François Hollande, who was considered useful for the Americans, was put into the presidential chair in France.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1 (0:00 - 02:00)
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Conspiracy theory with no evidence. Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about American domination in Europe and lack of democracy in France. For examples see: French Maidan is a lesson for those who refuse to obey American diktat; France is not a liberal democracy. 

More on Dominique Strauss-Kahn: CNN.

 

Keywords: election meddling, Provocation
Countries: US, France
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Belarus survived six attempts of colour revolutions inspired by the West
Additional details: In 25 years of Lukashenko's rule the Belarusian state survived not less than six attempts of 'colour revolutions' inspired by foreign centres of power with the assistance of local collaborators. All these attempts  failed due to high public support to the national authorities and good job done by Belarus' law-enforcement agencies.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Riafan.ru
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No evidence presented to prove the multiple 'colour revolution' inspired by foreign entities in Belarus.

The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood.

Keywords: Colour revolutions, The West
Countries: Belarus
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US began a dangerous nuclear experiment in Ukraine
Additional details: Americans began a dangerous nuclear experiment in Ukraine through the company Westinghouse.

Kiev pretends that US is ready to transfer a technology that could be used to make nuclear weapons in order to raise Poroshenko's ratings ahead of the elections.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Reporter
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the use of nuclear power in Ukraine and the upcoming presidential elections.

According to Ukrainian media, Westinghouse will provide Ukraine with nuclear fuel production technology for energy purposes.

Keywords: experiments, Nuclear issues, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Countries: Ukraine, US
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The West is destabilizing Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT
Additional details: The West is destabilizing Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: rusvesna.su/news/1547569562
Disinforming outlet(s): Rusvesna.su
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Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe and the West and attempts to corrupt EU neighbouring countries.

See for example: The West is degrading; Europe and NATO force Georgians to become LGBT; The West exports perversity.

Keywords: The West, LGBT, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: The West, Belarus
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America is Taking Hostages in Order to Influence Russian politics
Additional details: America is taking foreigners as hostages, with the help of the judiciary. Russian pilot Yaroshenko is in American jail without a right to defence. Americans are taking revenge on advocate Natalya Veselnitskaya for exposing the cheater Bill Browder, activist Maria Butina was sent to jail as a Russian collaborator working for a foreign power. They are all held as hostages in order to influence Russian politics.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @ Rossya 1 (5:20 - 6:20)
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Russian state media are often using conspiracy theories as a means to apply a pro-Kremlin narrative.

Konstantin Yaroshenko was detained for drug-smuggling. Natalya Veselnitskaya was indicted for obstruction of justice. Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy against US. All cases have been handled strictly according to the US legal system.

 

Keywords: Maria Butina, Conspiracy
Countries: US
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Italian Journalist Missing in Eastern Ukraine
Additional details: The General Prosecutor's Office of the self proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" reported 11 January that the Italian journalist Roberto Travan, at the moment filming in Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine, was missing. Mr Travan had been accompanied by Ukrainian security officials, and had allegedly complained about not being able to work without limitations. According to the sources, Mr Travan had not been heard from since 23 December.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti, Ria Novosti, TV Zvezda, Korrespondent, Komsomolsaya Pravda Donetsk, Rossijskaya Gazeta
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Disproof note:

Roberto Travan returned safely to Italy, and at the moment is publishing his photos from Donbass on social networks. Italian newspaper "La Stampa" published his photo report from Eastern Ukraine at 14 of January.

Futher debunking by StopFake.org. 

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, LNR, Donbas
Countries: Italy, Ukraine
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