The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign excels in manipulating the emotions of its audiences. Its orchestrators collect information about the divisions and weaknesses of societies and further exploit these weak spots to fuel polarization.

This week, the disinformation campaign focused on migration and the Syrian war, and for an understandable reason – but let us guide you through the emotional smokescreen step by step.

First, pro-Kremlin disinformation stirs up feeling of INSECURITY. Here, particularly hot-button topics like migration offer a natural starting point. We heard, among other things, that not a single criminal case has been opened in Germany for sex crimes committed by refugees, hence signalling that the authorities are hushing up crimes related to migrants. In reality, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) releases an annual situation report on crime in Germany, including on criminality among immigrants. Last year it reported thousands of non-German or immigrant suspects in rape or sexual assault cases. The overall crime fell 9.6 percent in Germany in 2017.

The next step is to spread FEAR. Last week, European leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss measures against migrant smugglers. The centres for migrants discussed at the summit are assimilated to WWII Nazi camps. The conclusion on Russian TV: “Germany has a habit of building concentration camps in Poland”. The word “concentration camp” was repeatedly used on Russian state-controlled TV channels also by the hosts of news shows and the Chairman of the Federation Council. And this is nothing new: the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has previously issued claims that Germany sends kids to concentration camps, that Ukraine planned to build camps in Donbas, and that Estonia is building concentration camps for its Russian-speaking population.

At the same time, as the UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday, intense air and ground-based strikes at multiple locations in Syria’s south-western Dara’a governorate have resulted in the “largest displacement” in over seven years. As many as 330 000 people have been displaced by the heavy fighting.

Conclusion on Russian TV: Instead of building “concentration camps” in Europe, the EU should send money to Syria and other countries and then “refugees will go back home”. These comments create a classical smokescreen to take advantage of the audience’s CONFUSION and to detract from the facts: Russia backs a Syrian government offensive in the southern province of Daraa which has huge humanitarian costs, and the EU has for a long time been the leading donor in the international response to the crisis.

The topic of migration was further manipulated to provoke DISGUST. Disinformation claimed that it was migrants, not birds, that brought West Nile Fever to the Czech Republic. The source is a vocal critic of migrants from Muslim countries with no expertise in epidemiology or contagious diseases.

Another way to make use of the audience’s feelings is to inspire CYNICISM and APATHY. Therefore the ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign repeated messages like economic disaster awaits Ukraine and the West is to blame for it,  the White Helmets prepares yet another chemical attack (when in fact these has been perpetrated by the Syrian government), Pentagon admits that US will be unable to protect Poland from a Russian invasion and Czech politics are decided in Berlin.

After this rather tiresome walk through the emotional jungle of pro-Kremlin disinformation, we can reward our readers with some good news.

No one is planning to ban Easter! Even if disinformation claims so.

On 22 June 1941 the whole Europe attacked the Soviet Union
Additional details: A crusade against Stalin. On 22 June 1941 the whole Europe attacked the Soviet Union. Not only German officers were among those who were captures by the Soviet army but also Frenchmen, Spaniards, Italians, Finns, Poles, Austrians, Dutch, and even Norwegians. Based on this Stalin concluded that not only German Wehrmacht, but the whole Europe attacked the Soviet Union. 
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In the World War II,the belligerents were the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allies—France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China. On June 22 in 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, regardless of the nationality of the soldiers.

Logical fallacies and historical revisionism are repeatedly used in pro-Kremlin disinformation. https://medium.com/dfrlab/logical-fallacies-fuel-kremlin-disinfo-e4185bb455e6 https://euvsdisinfo.eu/self-help-via-pro-kremlin-disinformation/ https://euvsdisinfo.eu/russia-as-a-victim-of-western-aggression/

Keywords: WWIII, Joseph Stalin
Countries: USSR, Germany
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The anti-Babiš demonstrations were financed by George Soros
Additional details: The demonstrations against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš held on 5 June 2018 were organised by an association supported by George Soros' Open Society Fund.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Antikavárna
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring theme blaming George Soros for everything https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Soros&disinfo_issue=&date=

The event was organised by a civic association Milion chvilek pro demokracii (A Million Moments for Democracy), which is financed by various contributors through a transparent bank account. See debunk here (in Czech): http://manipulatori.cz/hoax-demonstraci-proti-babisovi-platila-osf-george-sorose/.

 

 

 

Keywords: Andrej Babiš, George Soros
Countries: Czech Republic
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Economical disaster awaits Ukraine, the West is to blame
Additional details: Ukraine is on the brink of economical disaster because of the  attempts by the West to "plunder the national wealth" of the country.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation about the relationship between the West and Ukraine. The EU is helping Ukraine through various very concrete means: first of all, the entry into force of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 1st of January 2016 offers duty free (for most products) access to the largest market in the world to Ukrainian companies; second, the EU has granted cheap and long term loans to Ukraine to help the country to stabilized its economy: 2,2 bn € have been disbursed already; third, the EU (whose Member States represent altogether the largest IMF shareholder) is strongly supporting the IMF loans and programmes which have helped to stabilize the economic situation in Ukraine and will continue to help the country to reform its economy; fourth, the EU is providing substantial budget support, technical assistance and loans to the businesses through the EIB. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/4081/eu-ukraine-relations-factsheet_en

Further debunking by Stopfake

Keywords: EU, Abandoned Ukraine, Economic difficulties, The West
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Popular band calls for the destruction of the Ukrainian Government
Additional details: The leader of the popular Ukrainian rock band "Okean Elzy" called for the destruction of the current government in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): REN TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to Stopfake, the singer of the band criticised "the system" in a speech, he did however not call for a destruction of the current government.

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Ukraine
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The Ukrainian intelligence service (SBU) is creating death squads against political opponents
Additional details:

The Ukrainian intelligence service (SBU) is creating death squads to kill political opponents. These death squads are created on the order of president Poroshenko.

Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): www.novarepublika.cz
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets regularly spread disinformation about Ukrainian Armed Forces and special forces in order to undermine support for EU policies towards Ukraine. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/dehumanizing-disinformation-as-a-weapon-of-the-information-war/

Keywords: Democracy, Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, State oppression, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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The Istanbul Convention bans Easter
Additional details: The Istanbul Convention introduces compulsory education for boys and adult men on issues of gender roles, with 50% representation of men and women in institutions, organizations, clubs, sports clubs, cultural and other (and private) institutions.

 Also, it prohibits Easter.

 

Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): www.euportal.cz
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The Istanbul Convention (the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a treaty of the Council of Europe that opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. It does not mention banning Easter. https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=090000168008482e

Keywords: Council of Europe, European values
Countries: Europe
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White Helmets are preparing "false flag" chemical attack
Additional details:

White Helmets are planning on committing and filming another chemical attack in Syria. The White Helmets are cooperating with terrorist groups.

Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): https://stredoevropan.cz
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the White Helmets.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 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.

Background:

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.

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/

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/

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: false flag, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, Bashar al-Assad
Countries: Syria
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A video shows a major influx of migrants to Prague
Additional details: A video is showing a huge number of migrants who came to the Prague train station from Germany. 
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Facebook
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The video was not from Prague, but from the English town Brighton and did not show migrants but regular rush hour, as shown by Dennik.sk. The video was deleted by Facebook later on.

Keywords: Migration crisis
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
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The Czech government will import migrants under the guise of workers
Additional details: The Czech government intends to import migrants into the Czech Republic under the guise of providing workers for local industries by preparing to adopt a new Alien Act. In line with the recommendations of the Marrakesh Political Declaration, the government will build integration centres for foreigners in order to teach them the customs of their new homeland.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Aeronet
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Misinterpretations of the Marrakesh Political Declaration have already been addressed by both government bodies and NGOs. See http://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/ministr-vnitra-se-v-marrakesi-zucastnil-konference-k-reseni-migrace.aspx The article further blends this misinterpretation with unrelated events, such as the adoption of an updated Alien Act.

Marrakesh Political Declaration was signed by representatives from 27 European and 28 African countries at a conference on migration and development in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh in May 2018.

Discussions in the conference focussed on strengthening cooperation in the fields of migration and development, including the prevention of irregular migration and strengthening of legal pathways.

https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/20180503_declaration-and-action-plan-marrakesh_en.pdf

 

Keywords: Migration crisis
Countries: Czech Republic
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Film maker Oleh Sentsov is a Russian citizen
Additional details: Since imprisoned film maker Oleh Sentsov is a citizen of Russia, the FSIN (Russian correctional service) authorities could not allow access to the Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudswoman Ludmila Denisova because she is a foreign citizen.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.interfax.ru/russia/618917
Disinforming outlet(s): Tatiana Moskalkova, Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, in Interfax
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Sentsov was born in Crimea, which was invaded by Russian soldiers in 2014 and annexed by Russia following a vote the United Nations called invalid.

Sentsov remains a citizen of Ukraine. Russian authorities are well aware of this and have repeatedly admitted this. For example, the indictment document for Sentsov from 2015 lists him as a citizen of Ukraine, with information from his Ukrainian passport and no references to a Russian passport.

More importantly, the administration of the prison where Sentsov is currently held identified him as a Ukrainian citizen in an official notice sent to Ukraine’s consulate in Russia.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info

Keywords: Sentsov, illegal annexation, Human rights, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Secret Czech project aims to end net neutrality in Europe
Additional details: There is a secret project underway in the Czech Republic whose aim is to end net neutrality. Czech citizens will gradually be denied access to certain independent and/or alternative websites, thus ushering in an era of censorship.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Aeronet
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given, conspiracy theory about the secret plan. Net neutrality has been approved by the EU in April 2016. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2015.310.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2015:310:TOC

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/open-internet-net-neutrality

 

Keywords: European Parliament, European Commission, Internet, Censorship, European values
Countries: Europe, Czech Republic
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Not a single anti-aircraft missile system of the armed forces has ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border
Additional details: Not a single anti-aircraft missile system of Russia's armed forces has ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/5328657
Disinforming outlet(s): TASS
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring disinformation message by the Russian Ministry of Defence. For further debunk see here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/not-a-single-anti-aircraft-missile-system-of-the-russian-armed-forces-has-ever-crossed-the-russian-ukrainian-border/ and Polygraph https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russia-mh17-eu/29326204.html

In June, the European Council reiterated its full support for UNSC Resolution 2166 concerning the downing of flight MH-17. It called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/

Keywords: War in Ukraine, MH17
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Czech politics are decided in Berlin
Additional details: All levels of Czech politics are directed from Berlin. The German-Czech Future Fund (Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds) is a case in point, providing grants and funding to NGOs for programs supporting multiculturalism and inclusion. German NGOs, in cooperation with certain German schools, send representatives to the Czech Republic in order to indoctrinate Czech children through workshops and seminars - making them think positively about cohabiting with other ethnicities, especially the Arabs.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Aeronet
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. According to the German-Czech Future Fund, the organisation helps to build bridges between Germans and Czechs. It specifically promotes projects that bring together the people of both countries and provide insights into the common culture and history of the two countries. http://www.fondbudoucnosti.cz/de/uber-uns/uber-uns/

Keywords: Islamisation, Muslim/Islam, Migration crisis, Angela Merkel
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
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Migrants, not birds, brought West Nile Fever to the Czech Republic
Additional details: Mainstream media are wrong in reporting that West Nile Fever, several cases of which have occurred in the Czech Republic recently, has been brought in by birds. An expert presents an alternative version claiming that the virus was brought in by migrants from Africa.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Parlamentní listy
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

West Nile fever is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and whose reservoir includes wild birds and mosquitoes. Actually, person-to-person transmission of West Nile fever has not been reported. https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/west-nile-fever/facts/factsheet-about-west-nile-fever Furthermore, the "expert" in question teaches programming at a university in Prague. He is also a vocal critic of censorship on the internet, as well as of migrants from Muslim countries. There is no information available as to his expertise in epidemiology and contagious diseases. The article builds on a narrative that migrants are dangerous and contagious.

Keywords: Mainstream media, Migration crisis
Countries: Czech Republic
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Pentagon admits that US will be unable to protect Poland from a Russian invasion
Additional details: American soldiers will be unable to stop the Russian army in case of an invasion into the Baltic states and Poland.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik CZ
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The Czech-language version of Russian website Sputnik cites an article published by The Washington Post, misinterpreting its content to suit its own purposes. While the original article talks about the long time it would take the US Army to arrive at its destination  in the event of an invasion into the Baltics and Poland by Russia, the headline chosen by Sputnik only mentions Poland and the US's allegedly proclaimed inability to protect it.

Keywords: NATO, Warmongering, Baltic states
Countries: Baltic states, US, Poland
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Former Obama advisor admits that the US helped the onset of terrorism in Syria
Additional details: In an interview for The Intercept, Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for U.S. President Barack Obama, basically admitted that the US contributed to strengthening terrorists in Syria.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik CZ
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring narrative that the US aids terrorists in Syria https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77105&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77187&date=

The title of the article in question is manipulative. In reality, Ben Rhodes does not admit that the US helped the onset of terrorism in Syria - he negates the suggestive question of the journalist and comments on the absurdity of supporting part of the opposition while considering the other part of the opposition to be terrorists, saying that "there was a slight absurdity in the fact that we were debating options to provide military support to the opposition at the same time that we were deciding to designate al-Nusra, a big chunk of that opposition, as a terrorist organization. So there was kind of a schizophrenia that’s inherent in a lot of U.S. foreign policy that came to a head in Syria". See: https://theintercept.com/2018/06/22/is-it-time-to-reckon-with-obamas-foreign-policy-legacy/

Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism
Countries: US, Syria
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Ukraine is a victim of US aggression and interference
Additional details: The US has organised a junta in Ukraine. [---] Maidan was a US-organised coup and Ukraine is a victim of US aggression and interference in its internal policies. Ukraine is not a sovereign country any more.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @Rossiya 1, 32:50
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10 Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

Keywords: Junta, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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Germany has a habit of building concentration camps in Poland
Additional details: Refugees do not want to live in Poland, but Germany, which has a habit of building concentration camps in Poland, wants to force immigrants to live there.

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Germany, which has a vast experience in building concentration camps, thought that it would digest all the refugees, but miscalculated
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravo Golosa" @TV Centre 17:45, 39:40
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about refugees and migration. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has repeatedly referred to concentration camps when talking about migration in Europe. See more: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/brussels-summit-discusses-creation-of-concentration-camps-for-migrants/

For background on the centres for migrants see: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/07/03/report-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-european-parliament-on-june-european-council-meetings/ and https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44652846

The European Council called in June on the Council and the Commission to swiftly explore the concept of regional disembarkation platforms, in close cooperation with relevant third countries as well as UNHCR and IOM. Such platforms should operate distinguishing individual situations, in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor.

The Council concluded that on EU territory, those who are saved, according to international law, should be taken charge of, on the basis of a shared effort, through the transfer in controlled centres set up in Member States, only on a voluntary basis, where rapid and secure processing would allow, with full EU support, to distinguish between irregular migrants, who will be returned, and those in need of international protection, for whom the principle of solidarity would apply. All the measures in the context of these controlled centres, including relocation and resettlement, will be on a voluntary basis, without prejudice to the Dublin reform. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/

 

Keywords: Refugees, Migration crisis
Countries: Germany, Poland
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Not a single criminal case has been opened in Germany for more than 500 sex crimes committed by refugees
Additional details: Not a single criminal case has been opened in Germany for more than 500 sex crimes committed by refugees. // George Soros stands behind the refugee crisis in Europe.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravo Golosa @TV Centre, 42:35, 44:40
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) releases an annual situation report on crime in Germany, with an emphasis on criminality among immigrants. https://www.bka.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/Publikationen/PolizeilicheKriminalstatistik/2017/pks2017ImkBericht.html?nn=96600

Out of 9.414 cases of rape/sexual assault 37% (=3.483) in 2017 included a non-German suspect and 15.9% (=1.469) included an immigrant suspect.  The definition of immigrant includes asylum-seekers; those who have been allowed to stay temporarily despite not having received asylum status; illegal immigrants; and refugees who have been brought into Germany on the basis of quotas. Suspects whose asylum applications have been approved are not included.

The overall crime fell 9.6 percent in Germany in 2017.

Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/is-there-truth-to-refugee-sex-offense-reports-a-1186734.html

Pro-Kremlin disinformation spreads conspiracies on George Soros and migration repeatedly. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/

Keywords: Sexual assault, Refugees, Migration crisis, George Soros
Countries: Germany
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The West artificially produces hatred in the countries of ex-USSR
Additional details: The West incites hatred among the people of countries of ex-USSR. There is politically-motivated and artificially produced hatred, which is offered as a consumer product. It was offered to those, who were the beneficiaries of the project [of the Soviet Union].

They [Western nations] need this hatred because it is a tool to create conflict, albeit uncompromising. This is a mechanism, which either forces you or seduces you to refuse your identity and allows them to take everything that belongs to you.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravo Golosa @TV Centre 49:45
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the Western aggression and EU's Eastern neighbours. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77469&date=

The Eastern Partnership initiative is not an EU accession process. Its aim is to build a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation. The Eastern Partnership initiative provides an inclusive framework for the European Union Member States, plus Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to cooperate notably on: (1) economic development and market opportunities; (2) strengthening institutions and good governance; (3) connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change; and (4) mobility and people-to-people contacts. Each country is free to choose the level of ambition and the goals to which it aspires in its relations with the European Union.

The Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU, if they so choose. The EU does not demand that any of its partners need to make a choice between the EU or any other countries. We stand for good neighbourly relations. The Eastern Partnership respects the individual aspirations and ambition of each partner country.

Read more on the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative: https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35712/myths-about-eastern-partnership-factsheet_en

Keywords: Eastern Partnership, The West
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, USSR, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia
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EU plans to allocate money to the construction of concentration camps for refugees
Additional details: Instead of allocating money to the construction of concentration camps for refugees, the EU should send money to Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to help them restore their destroyed infrastructure and then refugees will go back home rather than flood Europe.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti v Subbotu @Rossiya 1, 35:23
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about refugees and migration. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has repeatedly referred to concentration camps when talking about migration in Europe. See more: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/brussels-summit-discusses-creation-of-concentration-camps-for-migrants/

For background on the centres for migrants see: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/07/03/report-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-european-parliament-on-june-european-council-meetings/ and https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44652846

The European Council called in June on the Council and the Commission to swiftly explore the concept of regional disembarkation platforms, in close cooperation with relevant third countries as well as UNHCR and IOM. Such platforms should operate distinguishing individual situations, in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor.

The Council concluded that on EU territory, those who are saved, according to international law, should be taken charge of, on the basis of a shared effort, through the transfer in controlled centres set up in Member States, only on a voluntary basis, where rapid and secure processing would allow, with full EU support, to distinguish between irregular migrants, who will be returned, and those in need of international protection, for whom the principle of solidarity would apply. All the measures in the context of these controlled centres, including relocation and resettlement, will be on a voluntary basis, without prejudice to the Dublin reform." http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/

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The Syrian crisis is the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the crisis, with over €10.6 billion from the EU and Member States collectively allocated in humanitarian and development assistance since the start of the conflict.

Since 2011, the European Commission’s support in response to the Syrian crisis has exceeded €5 billion, including both urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance, and non-humanitarian aid, which responds to immediate and medium-term needs. The Commission has allocated almost €1.1 billion in assistance to civilians inside Syria (almost 70% is humanitarian, channelled through EU humanitarian aid- €753 million, and non-humanitarian: ENI – €268.6 million, IcSP – €73.8 million, EIDHR – €16.1 million, DCI-Food – €15.9 million). https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/22664/eu-and-crisis-syria_en

In the Syrian war, Russia supports the al-Assad government.

See more for the EU's humanitarian aid to Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.

Keywords: Refugees, Syrian War, Migration crisis
Countries: Europe, Russia, EU, Syria
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The White Helmets cooperate with al-Qaeda, prepares new chemical attack
Additional details: Russia has proof that the White Helmets framed President Assad for the recent chemical weapon attacks in Syria, furthermore, they are planning on committing and filming another attack. The White Helmets are cooperating with al-Qaeda.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Alternatív Hírek
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the White Helmets.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 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.

Background:

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.

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/

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/

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: false flag, White Helmets, Western values, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, Bashar al-Assad
Countries: Syria
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