Despite the WWII anniversary approaching, there have been relatively few disinformation cases this week touching on history.

Out of 55 disinformation messages we tracked this week, 31 still focused on the coronavirus. In addition to the usual conspiracies about the coronavirus being used to achieve world dominance or being a Western operation, we also found one that uses the “lost sovereignty card”: American lobbyists will force Poland to buy more weapons to help the struggling US economy. In other words, using the coronavirus for disinformation purposes to smear opponents continues.

As we wrote last week, the pro-Kremlin media is slowly turning away from the virus and it seems the left-over attention has turned back towards Ukraine. Looking back to December last year, we found weeks where the number of cases about Ukraine fell as low as 4. However, this week we got 16 cases with some focusing on the age-old topics like Euromaidan, MH17 crash and the war in eastern Ukraine. Probably inspired by the virus, there are also cases claiming secret US laboratories in Ukraine might have provoked cholera or plans to close biolabs in Ukraine made the US start supporting Euromaidan.

Back to history

Despite May 9th and the commemoration of 75 years since the end of WWII being only a few days away, we collected only a few cases on that topic. This is perhaps to be expected with the Victory Day parade being cancelled and the world’s attention focused on fighting the virus.

Continuing with history, the decision to remove the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague got quite a pushback. According to pro-Kremlin media, this decision is against the national interests of the Czech Republic, insults the US-Russian joint fight against coronavirus, and that the removal decision was taken by the US embassy in Czechia.

Leaving aside the fact that removing this monument was fully within the rights of the democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6, it’s also good to to be reminded who that mister Konev actually was: Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968 Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation but also the terror to Czechia, as the mayor of Prague 6 reminded.


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Date
Title
Outlets
Country
05.05.2020
pravdoryb.info, Tsargrad TV
US, Ukraine
04.05.2020
RT France - YouTube
China, Cuba, Italy, Russia
04.05.2020
rusvesna.su
EU, Italy, US, Russia
04.05.2020
News Front - German
Germany, Russia
03.05.2020
Sputnik Poland
EU, Poland
03.05.2020
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EU, Italy
03.05.2020
Komitet spaseniya Ukrainy, Golospravdy.com, antifashist.com
Ukraine
03.05.2020
News Front - Hungarian
Ukraine, Russia
03.05.2020
PolitPuzzle, RIAFAN - Russian, 1k.com.ua, Ura.news
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
02.05.2020
News agency REX
Czech Republic, US, Russia
02.05.2020
News Front - French
Ukraine
01.05.2020
Sputnik Armenia - Russian, Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Russia
01.05.2020
Sputnik Spain
China, US
01.05.2020
Sputnik Spain
China, US
01.05.2020
Sputnik Spain
China, US
01.05.2020
Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian
Hungary, USSR, US
01.05.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Italy
30.04.2020
SouthFront - English
France, US
30.04.2020
Together with Russia
Yugoslavia, Italy, Russia
30.04.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian, Geopolitica.ru - Russian, Geopolitica.ru - Arabic, Geopolitica.ru - English
China, US
30.04.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian, Geopolitica.ru - English, Geopolitica.ru - Russian
US
30.04.2020
nahnews.org, antifashist.com, x-true.info
EU
30.04.2020
Sputnik English
Ukraine, Russia
30.04.2020
Sputnik Arabic - (sptnkne.ws), Masrawy, shorouknews.com, dostor.org, masralyoum.net, New Hub, Misr Alan, kachaf.com
UK, Russia
30.04.2020
RT Russia
Russia
29.04.2020
News Front - Russian
Ukraine
29.04.2020
dnr-pravda.ru
Ukraine
29.04.2020
News Front - French
UK, Czech Republic, Russia
29.04.2020
pl.rubaltic.ru
Moldova, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
29.04.2020
Moskovskij Komsomolets
US, Ukraine
29.04.2020
Pervyi Kanal
US
28.04.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, US
28.04.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Russia
28.04.2020
Sputnik Poland
EU, Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
28.04.2020
Sputnik English
EU, Russia
27.04.2020
Teleskop, Podneprovie, Berestje News
EU, Germany, Belarus, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
26.04.2020
News agency REX, cont.ws, Politinform, PolitNews - YouTube, Strana.ua
China, US
26.04.2020
politnews24.ru
Ukraine
25.04.2020
Qartuliazri Reportiori
UK
25.04.2020
News Front - French
Ukraine
25.04.2020
RT Germany - YouTube
Germany, US, Ukraine, Russia
25.04.2020
Sputnik Italia
EU, Italy, US
24.04.2020
rg.ru, TASS - Russian
US, Ukraine
24.04.2020
Berestje News
Belarus
24.04.2020
rubaltic.ru, Baltnews Lithuania
China, Germany, US, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
23.04.2020
Russia in Arabic
US
22.04.2020
geoclub.info
US
22.04.2020
Komsomolskaya Pravda - Moldova, Accent TV - Romanian, Eho.md
EU, China, Moldova, Russia
20.04.2020
life.ru
Ukraine
20.04.2020
News agency REX, cont.ws
USSR, Czech Republic, US
20.04.2020
regnum.ru, News agency REX, Imperiya News, Tehnowar.ru
China, USSR, UK, US, Russia
20.04.2020
Berestje News
Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
17.04.2020
Livenews.am
Armenia
17.04.2020
News Front - Spanish
Venezuela, US
17.04.2020
Sputnik Georgia
China, US
17.04.2020
News Front - French
India, France
17.04.2020
Podneprovie
South Korea, Norway, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Latvia
17.04.2020
Grodnodaily
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania
16.04.2020
Together with Russia
EU, Poland, Belarus, Russia
16.04.2020
Berestje News
Belarus
16.04.2020
RIAFAN - Russian
Czech Republic, US
15.04.2020
Podneprovie
Belarus
14.04.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Italy
13.04.2020
Tsargrad TV
US, Ukraine
12.04.2020
business-gazeta.ru
EU, Germany
09.04.2020
Vesti FM - YouTube
Russia
09.04.2020
cont.ws
Armenia