A little girl in turquoise t-shirt and pants, a boy and an older man are lying on a vehicle. Their bodies look dead, but at the same time a neat and clean film crew with cameras is surrounding them. What is happening there?

The true sad story behind these images – and the people depicted – is that they were falsely presented on Russian state-controlled TV as “new evidence of a fake chemical attack” on April 7 in Douma, Syria. “The Western politicians and the media are ignoring the obvious evidence that there was no chemical attack in Douma”, the presenter tells when the images are shown on Pervyi Kanal.

In fact, the images were published already in 2016, as independent Russian media The Insider and TV Dozhd, quickly noticed. They tell the behind-the-scenes story of a Syrian-born director, who was shooting a film to attract international attention to the victims of the 2013 sarin gas attack.

Well-prepared disinformation operation

Only a week earlier, Russian state TV got caught out for repeatedly recycling images from another movie, Revolution Man, naturally as a “proof of the White Helmets faking pictures”. The same disinformation was first published by Russian Defence Ministry TV channel Zvezda already in March, a month before the attack.

When reports of the Douma chemical attack first appeared, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine was well-prepared. It had discredited the volunteer and rescue group White Helmets since 2015, but the attempts accelerated after the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack last year. And it didn’t stop when the UN war crimes investigators concluded that the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry again falsely referred to White Helmets “manipulation using children in staging an alleged chemical attack in Khan-Sheikhoun”.

Beefing up the flow of disinformation

When the aim is not to inform but to disinform the audience, getting caught lying does not actually harm achieving these goals. The priority is to beef up the disinformation narrative with a flood of new stories. The same purpose was served with a variation of false messages like “Western methods in Syria now are like Nazi propaganda in 1939” or that “the West destabilises Armenia to weaken Russia in Syria”.

Coda story interviewed the director of the Lugar laboratory.

A lower-level disinformation activity was reported regarding the civil protests in Armenia. Disinformation outlets repeated the expected false message of a “Maidan scenario: West behind the Armenian protests” But this time the coverage on main Russian TV channels followed carefully the position of Russia’s foreign ministry and rejected these parallels.

In neighbouring Georgia, we saw a new wave of old disinformation spread about biological weapons being developed by the US in the region. The Russian Foreign Ministry drew a link to the Salisbury attack and the disinformation was repeated in the Georgian language.

Another line was that people living close to the so called Lugar laboratory are like “patients of Mengele”: they did not guess the threat but later understood that they were placed in death camps. For facts to clear your mind from years-old disinformation see here.

See all the disinformation cases reported during the past week:

Lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department led to delay for OPCW inspectors arrival in Douma
Additional details: Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were unable to reach the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma because of a lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in TASS
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Prior to the statement by Ryabkov, the British delegation to the OPCW tweeted that Russian and Syrian authorities were denying access to the inspection team.

U.N. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on April 16: “The United Nations has provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma. We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma.” On April 14, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres issued a statement on the situation in Syria expressing full support for the OPCW inspection.

The security for the sites where the OPCW fact finding mission plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police and they could not secure the area according to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info.

Keywords: Douma, OPCW, Chemical weapons/attack, UN
Countries: Russia, Syria
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Those who live near the Lugar Laboratory in Tbilisi are under a big risk
Additional details: The patients of Mengele, like people who live close to the Lugar laboratory, did not guess the threat, however later understood that they were placed in death camps. I warn those who live near the Lugar Laboratory that they are under a big risk. The locals who settled there were misled that this was an ordinary laboratory and nothing else.

...

By building such laboratories America is avoiding the convention banning biological weapons.  The Lugar Laboratory is located not far from the airport, this means that loading bombs and moving viruses to other facilities from there would not take a lot of time. According to one scenario, America is trying to continue its fight in Syria by using this biological weapon.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval-Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation creating parallels with Nazis. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

Recurring disinformation that the US/the West is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region in order to use it as a test site https://euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/ and https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

No evidence given.

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

See also a debunk regarding similar narrative in Armenia: http://uicarmenia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Report-english.pdf

Keywords: laboratory, Biological weapons
Countries: US, Georgia
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Next to Lugar's Laboratory in Tbilisi children with anomalies are born
Additional details: 5000 residents of Tbilisi Airport Settlement are in panic – over the last 5 years oncological and other grave diseases are on the rise there. Children are born with extraordinary anomalies. Terrible smell at night becomes so strong that it is impossible to open windows. The population links this to the Lugar Laboratory which is located one kilometre away from their houses.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval-Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation that the US/the West is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region in order to use it as a test site https://euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/ https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

No evidence given.

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

See also a debunk regarding similar narrative in Armenia: http://uicarmenia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Report-english.pdf

Keywords: laboratory, Biological weapons
Countries: US, Georgia
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The West destabilises Armenia to weaken Russia in Syria
Additional details: The West began destabilizing the situation in Armenia, the participant of the Eurasian Union, in order to weaken Russia's positions in Syria.

...

The protests in Armenia, which the opposition leaders themselves called a "velvet revolution", should be considered in the context of the aggravation of Russia's relations with the West and the Syrian crisis.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): politnavigator.net
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation in pro-Kremlin outlets that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests or colour revolutions. No evidence given.

Keywords: Colour revolutions, The West
Countries: Armenia, Russia, Syria
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President Poroshenko proposes Crimeans be deprived of Ukrainian citizenship
Additional details: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship all those who live in Crimea and were forced to take Russian passports because of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT (Russia Today)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

President Poroshenko has put forth amendments to the existing citizenship law to be considered by parliament.  The changes the President proposes will not deprive Crimeans of Ukrainian citizenship as Russian media claim, but rather will guarantee those citizenship rights.

Currently Ukraine’s citizenship law states that a person loses Ukrainian citizenship when he or she voluntarily takes on another citizenship. Poroshenko proposes that the law be amended to reflect cases when people take other citizenship unwillingly. The explanatory note Poroshenko submitted with the amendment proposal to parliament establishes “additional grounds for the loss of citizenship” but provides safeguards for those who live in the occupied territories of Ukraine”. Willing collaboration with Russian occupying authorities, participation in elections or serving in the army of another state though are grounds for loss of citizenship.

The pro-Kremlin outlets completely ignore the fact that the proposed amendments safeguard Ukrainian citizenship in cases where new citizenship is taken under coercion as is the case in illegally annexed Crimea.

Read more on Stopfake.org

Keywords: Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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No trace of chemical attack in Douma
Additional details: There are no traces of a chemical attack whatsoever in Douma, and the doctors in the hospital in Douma said there were no chemical attacks.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Link to the disinformation: http://balrad.ru/2018/04/18/sziria-312/
Disinforming outlet(s): Bal-Rad
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

Background:

On Saturday April 7th, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: Douma, OPCW, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: Russia, Syria
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The expulsion of Russian diplomats means that the US has declared a New Cold War on Russia
Additional details: When the UK began leading such a crusade [the expulsion of Russian diplomats], the banner of this crusade was raised up by the United States. In fact the United States announced the beginning of a large-scale Cold War. This is a fact.


 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV0dVgsKAtk
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 9:10
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Neither the US nor the UK have announced a Cold War on Russia.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

143 Russian intelligence officers based in 26 countries were expelled as a reaction to the attack. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, New Cold War, Anti-Russian
Countries: UK, Russia, US
More
The West has announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats to muffle the ‘remarkable victory of Russia’ in the Eastern Ghouta
Additional details: All this hysteria [the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US and Europe after the Salisbury attack] is being carried out to muffle the effect of the remarkable victory of Russia and Syria in the Eastern Ghouta.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV0dVgsKAtk
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 22:23
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The expulsion had nothing to do with Russia's involvement in the Syrian war.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

143 Russian intelligence officers based in 26 countries were expelled as a reaction to the attack. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Syrian War, The West
Countries: Russia, The West
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The West punishes Russia for having chosen Putin as a president again
Additional details: Russia has been for Putin. Russians have chosen Putin and now are being punished for this. The date [for expulsion of Russian diplomats after Salisbury attack] was chosen in purpose: March 26th  This is the anniversary of the first victory of Putin. This is a special diplomatic action.           

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV0dVgsKAtk
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 24:39
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The expulsion has nothing to do with the Russian election.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

143 Russian intelligence officers based in 26 countries were expelled as a reaction to the attack. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Vladimir Putin, Elections
Countries: Russia
More
Only 51 Moldovans regained Romanian citizenship in 2016
Additional details: Only 51 Moldovans regained Romanian citizenship in 2016, according to Eurostat. There were 592 Moldovans who became Romanian citizens in 2015. The number of Moldovans asking for a Romanian nationality is decreasing.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Moldova
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Manipulation of figures. According to the Romanian National Citizenship Authority, 57,748 Moldovans requested to regain the Romanian citizenship in 2015; 45,507 Moldovans received it. In 2016 there were 94,461 Moldovans asking for the Romanian citizenship; 61,206 received it. In total 521.025 Moldovan citizens regained Romanian citizenship in 2002 - March 2018. So the number is actually continuously increasing.

Contacted by the portal Stopfals.md, Eurostat declared that the figures presented by Sputnik.md do not reflect the total number of Moldovan citizens who regained Romanian citizenship, but only the number of those who have both Romanian citizenship and permanent residence in Romania.

Keywords: EU
Countries: Romania, Moldova, EU
More
A subsequent US missile strike against Syria was based on a YouTube clip
Additional details: A subsequent US, UK and France missile strike against Syria was based on a YouTube clip, even though the Russian soldiers and journalists, the first on site, established there was no chemical attack.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1, 02.30
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

In the end of the story, Vesti Nedeli has interviewed a man who claims that he assisted in the filming of the fake chemical attack. The story is illustrated with pictures that in fact were published in Global Times in 2016, and are behind-the-scenes pictures from a film with which a Syrian-born film-maker "wanted to attract the world’s attention to the real-life stories of the victims of the 2013 sarin gas attack."  Further debunking by the Insider and TV Dozhd.

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: Douma, YouTube, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
Countries: UK, Russia, US, Syria, France
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Western methods in Syria now like Nazi propaganda in 1939
Additional details: This [Douma chemical attack] was a provocation, a typical pretext for war. World War II began that way, when SS troops in Poland in 1939 acted as if they took lessons from the British-sponsored White Helmets, which was then used by Nazi propaganda. The fake attack on a German radio station in the town of Gleiwitz in August 1939 became the pretext for the Nazi invasion of Poland at the start of World War II where millions of people got killed. What is the difference between that and the Western methods in Syria now?
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1, 16:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria and the White Helmets. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

The Nazi German attack in Gleiwitz 1939 has nothing to do with the Douma chemical attack. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/6106566/World-War-IIs-first-victim.html, https://www.britannica.com/event/German-Soviet-Nonaggression-Pact

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Propaganda, WWII, Syrian War, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Syria
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New evidence that the chemical attack in Douma was a fake
Additional details: The Western politicians and the media are ignoring the obvious evidence that there was no chemical attack in Douma.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal (00:14), Rossiya 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

The story is illustrated with pictures that in fact were published in Global Times in 2016, and are behind-the-scenes pictures from a film with which a Syrian-born film-maker "wanted to attract the world’s attention to the real-life stories of the victims of the 2013 sarin gas attack."  Further debunking by the Insider and TV Dozhd.

Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, The West
Countries: The West, Syria
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Georgian trace may be found in the case of poisoning ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal in Great Britain
Additional details: Georgian trace may be found in the case of poisoning ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal in Great Britain. Commenting on the issue, Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, focused on the U.S. Defense Department’s medical-biological activities, including in Georgia.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sakinform
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning  https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

For the UK response see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

Sakinform echoes the statements made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova on April 12, 2018. Commenting on the issue of Skripal poisoning, Zakharova noted that Russia was deeply concerned about the scales of the Pentagon’s medical-biological activities near Russian borders. Biological weapon and biological sabotage plotted by the United States against Russia is one of recurring themes of pro-Kremlin disinformation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Biological weapons
Countries: UK, Russia, US, Georgia
More
EU plans to destroy vineyards in Romania, the next one will be Republic of Moldova
Additional details: EU member states are lobbying for the adoption of a European directive on the voluntary destruction of vineyards in some countries, including Romania. This happens under the pressure of countries with centuries-old traditions of viticulture, especially French farmers, who suffer from overproduction and believe that their incomes in the EU market have significantly decreased because of competition with the newcomers. This is one of the most revealing examples of how the EU imposes its rules to those countries where there is corruption and "obedient" politicians.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Moldavskie Vedomosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Contacted by Stopfals.md. the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development denied this information. The ministry declared that the EU funds contribute to the development of this area and over 30,000 hectares of vineyards have been replanted. The European Parliament underlined that there is no such directive that would require the destruction of vineyards, and no call for it from France. The EU's financial allocation for the Romanian wine sector is 47.7 millions euro per year.

Keywords: EU, Economic difficulties
Countries: Romania, Moldova, EU
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Maidan scenario: West behind the Armenian protests
Additional details:

Maidan scenario: West behind the Armenian protests.

Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria FAN
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation in pro-Kremlin outlets that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests or colour revolutions. No evidence given.

Keywords: Protest, Euromaidan
Countries: Armenia, The West
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Only fake evidence of a chemical attack in Douma
Additional details: Laughable carelessness when stories on Douma chemical attack were cooked up [by the White Helmets], with children forced to pretend to be wounded, dead, poisoned with a deadly gas.

In the video, a girl in a red sweater lies under a striped blanket whereas in posted photos the same girl lies in the center of another room among numerous dead bodies of adults. This is a pure fake.

An appropriate question arises as to how the allegedly dead children could move around different rooms.

Similar manipulations using children were used by the White Helmets in staging an alleged chemical attack in Khan-Shaykhun.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Mid.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets and Douma attack. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

It is illogical to conclude that a person is alive if images depict the same dead body in two different places.

Similarly, the White Helmets did not "fake" the chemical attack last year in Khan Shaykhun, UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for that chemical attack.

Background:

On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue group made up of Syrian civilians, which has been attacked by the pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad media on numerous occasions. https://medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21

It was the White Helmets’ footage that documented the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, which killed at least 83 people, a third of them children. UN war crimes investigators later concluded the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/syria-white-helmets-conspiracy-theories

In May of 2017 Russia’s Chargé d’Affaires at the UN Security Council, submitted a report containing “information on the work of the White Helmets in Syria”. The evidence in the document consisted solely of a presentation a British blogger had given in London earlier that year. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/vanessa-beeley-syria-white-helmets_uk_5ad9b6cae4b03c426dad48a9?22

Keywords: Douma, Khan Sheikhoun, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: Syria
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For 235 years, Crimea is Russia's
Additional details: For 235 years, Crimea is Ours [Russia's]. On April 19, 1783 Empress Catherine the Great issued a Manifesto on Crimea’s accession to the Russian Empire.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): http://newsland.com/community/5101/content/235-let-krym-nash/6305808
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Crimea is part of Ukraine. In 1783 Catherine II (the Great) annexed Crimean peninsula. After that, rivalry between the Russians and the Turks persisted, and in the Crimean War (1853–56) it expanded into a broader European conflict.

When the Revolution of 1917 led to the collapse of the Russian Empire, the remaining Crimean Tatars declared Crimea to be an independent democratic republic. The peninsula was reorganized as the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1921. After the war Crimea was downgraded from an autonomous republic to an oblast (region) of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, and in 1954 it was transferred to Ukraine. https://www.britannica.com/place/Crimea

Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/41530/international-law-crimea-ukraine_en

Keywords: Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Britain seeks another anti-Russian provocation
Additional details: The Douma attack and the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury are parts of the same plot. Evidence is destroyed. OPCW mission was manipulated by the British. And now US BZ nerve agent's discovery in the Skripal samples.. Who is to say that nothing else was injected - like the agent used to allegedly poison the Skripals?  As evidence is destroyed and the Skripals are "abducted", Britain seeks another anti-Russian provocation - with warnings of a Russian cyber-attack.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti nedeli @Rossija 1, 19:30
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning and Douma chemical attack https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

For the UK response see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

The laboratory has answered to Russian claims about BZ https://twitter.com/SpiezLab/status/985243574123057152

The OPCW have confirmed the UK findings in the case. "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people." https://www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-issues-report-on-technical-assistance-requested-by-the-united-kingdom/

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Cyber, Provocation, Anti-Russian
Countries: UK, Russia
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The White Helmets is an organisation that creates fakes and makes propaganda on behalf of jihadists and terrorists
Additional details: The White Helmets are an organisation that creates fakes and makes propaganda on behalf of jihadists and terrorists.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/_v27Ey2NeGA?t=1364
Disinforming outlet(s): Voskresnoye Vremya @Channel One, 22:40
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue group made up of Syrian civilians, which has been attacked by the pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad media on numerous occasions. https://medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21

It was the White Helmets’ footage that documented the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, which killed at least 83 people, a third of them children. UN war crimes investigators later concluded the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/syria-white-helmets-conspiracy-theories

In May of 2017 Russia’s Chargé d’Affaires at the UN Security Council, submitted a report containing “information on the work of the White Helmets in Syria”. The evidence in the document consisted solely of a presentation a British blogger had given in London earlier that year. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/vanessa-beeley-syria-white-helmets_uk_5ad9b6cae4b03c426dad48a9?22

Keywords: Douma, Jihad, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Propaganda, Terrorism
Countries: Syria
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The Istanbul Convention includes full rejection of national culture, introducing juvenile justice and gay-parades in Armenia
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The Istanbul Convention includes full rejection of national culture, introducing juvenile justice and gay-parades in Armenia. The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement signed between Armenia and the EU talks about closing the nuclear power plants.

 

 


 
 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravda.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Task Force
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on childcare https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77245&date=, sexual minorities https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77174&date= and the nuclear power plants https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=armenia+nuclear&disinfo_issue=&date=

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) is the most comprehensive international agreement in terms of preventing violence against women. Armenia signed the Istanbul convention in January 2018. https://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/-/armenia-signs-the-istanbul-convention

The purposes of the Convention are to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence; to contribute to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and promote substantive equality between women and men, including by empowering women. Read more: http://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/home?desktop=true

The text of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement was signed between Armenia and the EU at the end of last year. The provision of the agreement on the closure of the Nuclear Power Plant states that it is necessary to approve a roadmap or action plan, which intends to substitute the Metsamor NPP with new capacities necessary to ensure Armenia’s energy security and sustainable development. In the meantime, the agreement does not rule out that Armenia can build a new nuclear power plant. On the contrary, under the agreement, the European side undertakes to support nuclear security in Armenia. In other words, in case of construction of a new nuclear power plant, Armenia will enjoy EU assistance in its security issues. https://sut.am/en/archives/2870

Keywords: Nuclear issues, LGBT
Countries: Armenia, EU
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12 snipers from Lithuania and Georgia arrived in Donbas
Additional details: 12 snipers from Lithuania and Georgia arrived in Donbas to fight for the Ukrainian forces.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/2008522/
Disinforming outlet(s): NTV.ru, Vesti.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom network
Disproof note:
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation since 2015 on foreign mercenaries https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77165&date=

Instructors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces have been contributing to the training of Ukrainian soldiers since August 2015. The military mission in Ukraine was launched to deliver training to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Lithuanian soldiers do not take part in combat actions of the Antiterrorist Operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine. https://kariuomene.kam.lt/en/military_insignia/news_1889/soldiers_serving_in_lithuanias_training_mission_in_ukraine_rotate.html

Further debunking by Delfi: https://ru.delfi.lt/news/live/prorossijskie-separatisty-ne-skromnichayut-snova-ischut-litovskih-snajperov.d?id=77792685

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Foreign mercenaries
Countries: Ukraine, Lithuania
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