Diese Woche schaffte es eine der berüchtigtsten Desinformationen der kremlfreundlichen Echokammer wieder zurück in die Schlagzeilen: Die Tragödie des Flugs MH17. Wie wir schon früher gezeigt haben, kehren die Hauptlinien der Desinformation nach einiger Zeit im Dunkeln oft wieder zurück ans Licht. Und, wie wir ebenfalls schon früher hervorgehoben haben, folgen kremlfreundliche Desinformationen oft gewissen Mustern, was man in diesem Fall ebenfalls wieder beobachten kann.

Dieses Mal lasen wir, dass neue Dokumente angeblich beweisen, dass der ukrainische Geheimdienst für den Abschuss des Flugzeugs verantwortlich sei—eine von vielen v Theorien, die kremlfreundliche Medien verbreiteten. Dennoch zeigt die ganze Art, wie diese Meldung lanciert, wiederholt und vervielfältigt wurde, typische Anzeichen aktiver staatlich finanzierter Maßnahmen. Zum Beispiel wurde dieser „Exklusivbericht“ zuerst in einer kleinen kremlfreundlichen Zeitung veröffentlicht, dann wurde er ins Englische übersetzt und tauchte danach auf hunderten Internetseiten auf, die für Verschwörungstheorien, kremlfreundliche Sichtweisen und Anti-Establishment-Berichte anfällig sind. Innerhalb von drei Tagen wurde der Artikel in 24 Sprachen übersetzt, bevor er beim kremlfreundlichen Sprachrohr Sputnik landete, wo er jedoch als Frage und nicht als Aussage präsentiert wurde. Wie es um Sputniks “investigativen Journalismus” steht, lesen Sie hier.

Eine tschechische Webseite behauptete, dass der Abschuss des Flugzeugs eine Operation unter falscher Flagge gewesen sei, die Russland diskreditieren solle. Wie wir schon früher bemerkt haben, ist das eine weitere beliebte Behauptung, die Verwirrung säen soll. Bellingcat hat mittlerweile weitere Beweise veröffentlicht, die ihre Schlussfolgerungen auf die Fakten über Flug MH17 stützen.

Sputnik sät weiter Zweifel zum Abschuss des Flugs MH17

 

Spannungen in der Ukraine provozieren

Seit dem Beginn des Konflikts in der Ukraine sind kremlfreundliche Desinformationen für die von Russland unterstützten Separatisten und für Russland selbst ein Hauptwerkzeug. Und sie bleiben ein ziemlich effektives Mittel, um Spannungen in dem Land zu schaffen. Diese Woche behaupten Falschmeldungen, dass die in der ukrainischen Region Transkarpatien lebenden Ungarn die Unabhängigkeit erklären würden und dass der ukrainische Geheimdienst die beteiligten Aktivisten festnehmen und verfolgen würde. Diese Falschinformation wurde sogar von gefälschten Indizien “bewiesen”. Dennoch wurde der ganze Vorfall von der Demokratischen Union der Ungarn in der Ukraine in einer offiziellen Mitteilung dementiert und als „Provokation gegen die ungarische Gemeinschaft“ verurteilt.

Es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass sich Desinformationen gegen ethnischen Minderheiten in der Ukraine richten. StopFake hat eine Liste von schon wiederlegten Falschmeldungen über angebliche regionale Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen von Minderheiten zusammen gestellt, darunter die polnische, rumänische, gagausische und krimtatarische Minderheit.

Die komplette Tabelle der neuesten Berichte mit Falschmeldungen lesen (auf Englisch):

Kyiv will use the money from the EU on military...
Additional details: Kyiv will use the money from the EU on military actions against the people of Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rCd9Tg
Disinforming outlet(s): russian.rt.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. EU Commissioner Hahn recently made an announcement about the consideration of the allocation of 50 million euros to Ukraine for humanitarian and infrastructure projects: http://bit.ly/2s8NgNH

Keywords: Donbas
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The...
Additional details: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague withdrew all charges regarding Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes during the Bosnian war. But the Western media blatantly keep silent about it.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rwBmvK
Disinforming outlet(s): NewsInfo
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given, no mention of this on the ICTY website http://bit.ly/2rPp1Ub

Keywords: Bosnia war, War crimes, ICC, Media, The West
Countries: Yugoslavia, The West
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Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU
Additional details: Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Spain
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2sz7fT5
Disinforming outlet(s): Público
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO), which is responsible for extraditions, said they had not received any requests for such an extradition from Ukrainian police, nor had they issued any extradition requests to EU authorities http://bit.ly/2r0YiQy.

Keywords: Other
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU
Additional details: Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Italian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2pdyo01
Disinforming outlet(s): La Repubblica.it
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Italian translation of the Público disinformation debunked above.

Keywords: Other
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Ukraine loses from trade with the EU
Additional details: Ukraine loses from trade with the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rZOHym
Disinforming outlet(s): gazeta.ru
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Gazeta.ru not only manipulated figures in this article, but also completely ignored the reality regarding Ukrainian exports to the EU: http://bit.ly/2sbYcKp

Keywords: Trade, AA/DCFTA
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is advocating cutting off the Donbas...
Additional details: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is advocating cutting off the Donbas area of Ukraine and building a wall to separate it from Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rHOsVy
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA Novosti Ukraina
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

In fact, Petro Poroshenko has said precisely the opposite: “There is an offer to cut off these lands, give them to Putin, build a wall, forget about the Donbas, because we will never get it back … These are not propositions that I could ever consider." http://bit.ly/2sNtOmr

Keywords: Donbas, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine
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The story about Russia's involvement in the DNC hack is...
Additional details: The story about Russia's involvement in the DNC hack is finally debunked, the leaked DNC emails were given to Wikileaks by a DNC staffer Seth Rich, who got killed for that.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rIsljY
Disinforming outlet(s): aeronet.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

The detective who came up with the claim later denied it. Fox News, the original source of the claim, retracted the story. Seth Rich's family also denied the story: http://bit.ly/2rREmUW

Keywords: Democratic Party (US), Wikileaks
Countries: Russia
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Ukraine is ending train travel to the Russian Federation
Additional details: Ukraine is ending train travel to the Russian Federation.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2s00Hju
Disinforming outlet(s): ren.tv
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Ukraine’s rail service categorically dismisses this claim as a complete fake and says there are no plans to end train travel to Russia: http://bit.ly/2szwPY4

Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia
Countries: Ukraine
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Hungarians living in the Ukrainian region of Transcarpathia were declaring...
Additional details: Hungarians living in the Ukrainian region of Transcarpathia were declaring autonomy and the Ukrainian Security Service was detaining and persecuting the activists involved.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rwxCe3
Disinforming outlet(s): TASS
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Repeating disinformation already debunked before. This time, with faked signs that the Union of Hungarians living in Ukraine declared to be a provocation: http://bit.ly/2sNduCb

Keywords: Secret services, Transcarpathia
Countries: Hungary, Ukraine
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Ukrainian historian Volodymyr Viatrovich called on Ukrainians to sever all...
Additional details: Ukrainian historian Volodymyr Viatrovich called on Ukrainians to sever all ties with their Russian relatives.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rZBo0P
Disinforming outlet(s): obozrevatel.com
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Russian media twisted Viatrovych’s Facebook post from May 21 in which he wrote: "Everything that distances us from Russia is beneficial to Ukraine. Everything that maintains a connection between our countries (economy, language, history, culture, traditions and even family ties) will be used against us": http://bit.ly/2rPiLeX

Keywords: Anti-Russian
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Leaked internal documents from the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) show...
Additional details: Leaked internal documents from the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) show that SBU tried to cover up the MH17 tragedy and destroyed documents proving that Ukraine was responsible for the crash.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2sypWGB
Disinforming outlet(s): sovsekretno.ru
Reported by: East StratCom Network // Christo Grozev
Disproof note:

The alleged documents were not reported by any credible media; they contain linguistic errors; they call the so-called Donetsk people's republic a "state" – whereas Ukrainian authorities use for it the term "terrorist organisation"; and they are addressed to a department that was disbanded in 2005. The whole process of planting the story, echoing it and multiplying it by state-owned media shows typical signs of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign: http://bit.ly/2rG9YtX

Keywords: SBU, MH17
Countries: Ukraine
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Washington has plans for preemptive nuclear strikes on Russia and...
Additional details: Washington has plans for preemptive nuclear strikes on Russia and China. The US is trying to portray Russia as bad through propaganda. Russia hasn't interfered in US elections, or invaded Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2riLDx4
Disinforming outlet(s): paulcraigroberts.org
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. // Russian interference was confirmed: http://wapo.st/2qSOCw7 // Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, they are still both in Crimea and in Donbas.

Keywords: Propaganda, Nuclear issues, Elections
Countries: China, Russia, Ukraine, US
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Leaked internal documents from the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) show...
Additional details: Leaked internal documents from the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) show that SBU tried to cover up the MH17 tragedy and destroyed documents proving that Ukraine was responsible for the crash.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rGaZSB
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik ENG
Reported by: East StratCom Network // Christo Grozev
Disproof note:

English translation of the sovsekretno.ru disinformation mentioned above.

Keywords: SBU, MH17
Countries: Ukraine
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In the EU member states, acquisition of agricultural land by...
Additional details: In the EU member states, acquisition of agricultural land by foreigners is prohibited.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rcysdO
Disinforming outlet(s): geworld.ge
Reported by: Givi Gigitashvili, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
Disproof note:

Only Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have taken steps to prohibit non-EU/EEA citizens from buying farmland: http://bit.ly/2rx38JX

Keywords: EU regulations
Countries: EU
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Denmark & other EU members may soon be forced into...
Additional details: Denmark & other EU members may soon be forced into the euro.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2qSOpVE
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The article also contradicts itself, as Commissioner Dombrovskis has stated that it is a misunderstanding. Denmark has an opt-out. All countries without opt-outs have agreed to "at some point" join the euro, once the requirements are met http://bit.ly/2scnSqj.

Keywords: EU regulations
Countries: Denmark, EU
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The downing of flight MH17 was a false-flag operation prepared...
Additional details: The downing of flight MH17 was a false-flag operation prepared in order to discredit Russia. Its investigation by an international committee of experts was manipulated.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2s8Ud16
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI)
Disproof note:

Often re-occuring disinformation, both regarding the MH17 case but also claims about false flag operations in several other situations such as Syria gas attacks for example http://bit.ly/2pkPadA.

Keywords: MH17
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Europe was sold out to Islam already in 1975 by...
Additional details: Europe was sold out to Islam already in 1975 by signing the Strasbourg resolution.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2qL0I6p
Disinforming outlet(s): svobodnenoviny.eu
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

The "Eurabia" conspiracy theory promoted e.g. by Anders Breivik: http://bit.ly/2qWZlAI // The resolution is non-binding and its text does not substantiate such claims: http://bit.ly/2qModQR

Keywords: Islamisation
Countries: Europe
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Globalists, namely an alliance of the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers,...
Additional details: Globalists, namely an alliance of the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers, want the West to destroy the Slavic world and to establish worldwide neomarxism.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rIn0Jz
Disinforming outlet(s): aeronet.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

Keywords: Rothschild, Secret elites / global elites, Slavic, The West
Countries: The West
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Finnish people lived better as part of the Russian empire...
Additional details: Finnish people lived better as part of the Russian empire than now in the European Union, according to a Finnish historian.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2r1PWIo
Disinforming outlet(s): Svobodnaya Pressa
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Re-occuring disinformation, usually about the Baltic States though, that countries were better off under Russian/Soviet rule than today http://bit.ly/2lBzobb. Moreover, the historian cited in the article claims not to have been interviewed. The other expert interviewed for the article, Johan Bäckman, is a well-known pro-Kremlin mouthpiece in Finland.

Keywords: Historical revisionism
Countries: Russia, EU, Finland
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The Brussels (EU/NATO) elites are incrementally building a totalitarian regime...
Additional details: The Brussels (EU/NATO) elites are incrementally building a totalitarian regime and were teaching Donald Trump how to do that during the G7 meeting. // 6 million migrants are prepared by the Mediterranean coast to further neutralize what is left of national communites.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2qMVw69
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Groundless conspiracies with no supporting evidence.

Keywords: Mediterranean, Secret elites / global elites, Donald Trump, NATO
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Brussels has manipulated the election results in France, and they...
Additional details: Brussels has manipulated the election results in France, and they plan to do the same with the German and Czech elections this autumn. // European bureaucrats broke their promise when they did not accept the amendment to the Lisbon Treaty which would prevent the Sudeten Germans from demanding their confiscated property from the Czech state that was established after World War II.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rKnD50
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI)
Disproof note:

Groundless accusations quoting an unidentified "source from usually well-informed environment". // The negotiation about the amendment was stopped by the Czech government in 2014: http://bit.ly/2rssIyC

Keywords: Lisbon Treaty, WWII, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
Countries: Czech Republic, EU, France
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Bessarabian Bulgarians in Ukraine are being harassed due to their...
Additional details: Bessarabian Bulgarians in Ukraine are being harassed due to their ethnicity.
Language / Targeted audience: Bulgaria
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rPvZs9
Disinforming outlet(s): The Bulgarian Times
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. About a week prior to the report, there was an incident with a politician with Bulgarian origins in Ukraine, but the incident was not as serious as the one descibed and it did not have anything to do with ethnicity http://bit.ly/2scsAUT. It is a common tactic of pro-Kremlin disinformation in Ukraine to claim that ethnic minority groups are repressed in the country http://bit.ly/2sNduCb, http://bit.ly/2rZEKAZ.

Keywords: State oppression
Countries: Bulgaria, Ukraine
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Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, has informed ‘Deutsche Welle’ that...
Additional details: Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, has informed ‘Deutsche Welle’ that she strictly follows orders that are dictated by Brussels and Washington when dealing with Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2qS7Q17
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ (55:48, 56:09)
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. In the interview referred to by the talk show host, President Kaljulaid simply stresses that Estonia consults with and inform their European partners about any contacts with Russia.

Keywords: DW
Countries: Russia, Estonia, EU, US
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The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ – the US and the UK - successfully...
Additional details: The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ – the US and the UK - successfully conducted a hybrid war against Ukraine with the help of social media.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2syiyLd
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ (06:41)
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. In fact, it is Russia who has conducted a hybrid war in Ukraine http://bit.ly/2qS8hIr.

Keywords: Hybrid war, Anglo-Saxon, Media
Countries: UK, Ukraine, US
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Washington has plans for preemptive nuclear strikes on Russia and...
Additional details: Washington has plans for preemptive nuclear strikes on Russia and China. The US is trying to portray Russia as bad through propaganda. Russia hasn't interfered in US elections, or invaded Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rIWmRt
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Czech translation of the paulcraigroberts.org disinformation article debunked above.

Keywords: Propaganda, Nuclear issues, Elections
Countries: China, Russia, Ukraine, US
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The prosecution of gay men in Chechnya is fake news
Additional details: The prosecution of gay men in Chechnya is fake news.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: Printed newspaper
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Several human rights organisations have reported about the anti-gay purge in Chechnya http://bit.ly/2roAU4c,http://bit.ly/2qX2SEh, first reported by independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta http://bit.ly/2omoAza.

Keywords: Chechnya, LGBT
Countries: Russia
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The Western elites have designed a plan to divide Russia...
Additional details: The Western elites have designed a plan to divide Russia into small independent states in order to oust Russia from the political map of the world.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2sMIySt
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Vremya pokazhet’ (33:55)
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Often repreated disinformation in pro-Kremlin outlets, no evidence given.

Keywords: Secret elites / global elites, The West
Countries: Russia, The West
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Russophobia is a new kind of Nazism that is being...
Additional details: Russophobia is a new kind of Nazism that is being propagated by the liberals of the global world, to show that Russians are subhuman.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2sMIySt
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Vremya pokazhet’ (23:18)
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Often repreated disinformation in pro-Kremlin outlets, no evidence given.

Keywords: Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Russia
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The Moldovan market was flooded by European products after the...
Additional details: The Moldovan market was flooded by European products after the signing of the Association Agreement with EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2qS3jvC
Disinforming outlet(s): Komsomolskaya Pravda
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

EU imports from Moldova increased by 7,7% during 2016. Imports from EU fell by 18 per cent after two years of the Association Agreement compared to the period when Moldova was not an associated partner of EU (2012-2014) – says economist from Expert – Grup, Andrian Lupusor in an interview to RFE: http://bit.ly/2mvdozn //
This fact is confirmed by a detailed analysis on the consequences of the AA on Moldovan economy: http://bit.ly/2qWrjlf

Countries: Moldova, EU
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EU Commissioner Hahn has no doubts that the visa-free regime...
Additional details: EU Commissioner Hahn has no doubts that the visa-free regime with Ukraine will be suspended.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rK1VhM
Disinforming outlet(s): politikus.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Commissioner Hahn sees no reason to suspend the visa-free regime: http://bit.ly/2svameA

Keywords: Visa liberalisation
Countries: Ukraine
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Migrants are smuggled to the EU on an industrial scale...
Additional details: Migrants are smuggled to the EU on an industrial scale by NGOs supported by Brussels.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rQlPs7
Disinforming outlet(s): novarepublika.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Recycling disinformation debunked already in Disinformation Review 51: http://bit.ly/2rQ7cEB, http://bit.ly/2hRIDi7

Keywords: NGO, Migration crisis
Countries: EU
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Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU
Additional details: Kyiv demands extradition of representatives of the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2rwwEhX
Disinforming outlet(s): rossaprimavera.ru
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Russian translation of the Público disinformation debunked above.

Keywords: Other
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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