Feature image source: MV-lehti

Imagine someone whispering in your ear non-stop: “Why would you bother, you will never find out the truth.”

Sometimes the voice could grow to an unbearable scream. One of the basic tools of pro-Kremlin disinformation is to fill the information space with constant noise to confuse the audience – or to at least force it to stop paying attention.

A recent target of this method has been The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE), hosted by Finland. This week, pro-Kremlin attempts to obscure the public discussion around the centre grew in both quantity and absurdity.

Finnish MV-lehti published an article claiming that the “NATO hybrid centre has a license to kill”. Actually the Hybrid CoE is not a NATO centre, but an instrument of its participating countries: Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. More fundamentally, the centre obviously doesn’t have a license to kill, as no one has in Finland.

But the orchestrated disinformation campaign does not end up with one article. What we also saw was the setting up an organisation with a similar name that calls NATO and the EU a threat for democracy in Europe. And in order to further confuse the public, a website was launched – http://hybridcoe.ru/ – [note the Russian domain] – that copies the design of the real centre.

Fake Twitter accounts resembling the Hybrid CoE logo have been circulating since autumn 2016, and some of them got activated again in September. This account has been spreading message that Finnish citizens would be unhappy with the new Hybrid Centre – referring to comments on other disinforming outlets.

Just so you know, these are the actual webpage and the Twitter account of the Hybrid CoE.

Blame the victim!

One of the aims of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign is to twist the narrative of WWII. This time, weekly Russian news show Vesti Nedeli accused Poland of initiating the second world war.

We’ll leave it to more reliable sources than Vesti Nedeli to set the record straight on this. But the Russian audience is constantly exposed to this parallel reality. And the results of this disinformation campaign are clearly visible for example in a Levada centre poll on the Molotov-Ribbentrop secret protocols, which reveal that 40% of Russians think it’s true, 17% think it’s false, and 44% are not aware or unsure that the protocols existed.

This week’s disinformation cocktail also included some favourite disinformation themes. We read that Europe’s excessive tolerance towards other religions results in punishing “true” Europeans, and in discriminating against orthodox values.

So disinformation outlets reported about a man being fined for eating bacon in front of Muslims in Sweden and about a Georgian judoka who suffered defeat during the course of the World Championship for wearing a cross around her neck. Visit our table to set the record straight on these two entertaining stories.

And the favourite narrative about EU orchestrating colour revolutions was revived once again. Thus, in a Moldovan disinformation-oriented outlet, the readers were convinced that if the country refuses to join the EU, Brussels will punish it with a Maidan. We are sorry to disappoint, but it is not in EU’s capabilities to instigate a nation-wide revolution.

Disinformation cases reported in the previous week

There is a 97 % probability Ukraine will fall apart
Additional details: There is a 97 % probability Ukraine will fall apart.
Language / Targeted audience: Ukrainian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnzN20aUJwc
Disinforming outlet(s): Gazeta UA. YouTube-channel
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Member of the Ukrainian parliament Serhiy Taruta refers to non-existing forecasts of the World Bank and Academy of Sciences.

Further debunking: http://www.stopfake.org/fejk-97-takova-veroyatnost-raspada-ukrainy/

Keywords: World Bank, Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Ukraine
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Man was fined for eating bacon in front of Muslims in Sweden
Additional details: A man was fined for eating bacon in front of Muslims in Sweden.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravda.ru, Interfax, Izvestiya, tvzezda.ru
Reported by: The Insider
Disproof note:

The man was charged after insulting women wearing veils on the grounds of their ethnicity and religion. The man hold bacon in front of their face and demanded that they should eat it.

When the three women changed to different seats, the man followed them. He also said he "hates Muslims". Attunda District Court judged that the man's intention was to insult the three passengers on the grounds of their ethnic origin and creed.
https://www.thelocal.se/20170901/no-a-man-was-not-convicted-in-sweden-for-eating-bacon, http://theins.ru/antifake/69387

Keywords: Muslim/Islam
Countries: Sweden
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There is a 97 % probability Ukraine will fall apart
Additional details: There is a 97 % probability Ukraine will fall apart.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): РЕН ТВ, Московский комсомолец, Политнавигатор, Русская весна
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Member of the Ukrainian parliament Serhiy Taruta refers to non-existing forecasts of the World Bank and Academy of Sciences.

Further debunking: http://www.stopfake.org/fejk-97-takova-veroyatnost-raspada-ukrainy/

Keywords: World Bank, Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Ukraine
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US coal deprives Ukraine of its independence
Additional details: US coal deprives Ukraine of its independence and may lead to a bankruptcy.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): mk.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

Russia remains the biggest coal importer to Ukraine. The coal contract doesn't have a link to Ukraine's sovereignty.

http://www.stopfake.org/fejk-amerikanskij-ugol-mozhet-sdelat-ukrainu-bankrotom/

Keywords: Economic difficulties, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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Ukraine to introduce food ration cards
Additional details:

Ukraine to introduce food ration cards. According to Ukraine’s State Statistics Service prices for basic food products increased in average 15-20%, while meat and fish have doubled in price.

Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): riafan.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

The article quotes a Social Security employee Marina Fedirko and Vladislav Terenchuk, activist from Ukraine’s Consumer Association. According to StopFake, there is no Marina Fedirko working for the social security and there is no such organisation as Ukraine's Consumer Association.

According to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service, milk, cheese, eggs and fish have gone down in price in recent months while meat prices rose by 5%. http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2017/ct/is_c/isc_u/isc2017m_u.html

Further debunking: http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-to-introduce-food-ration-cards/

Keywords: Economic difficulties
Countries: Ukraine
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McLaren doesn't accuse Russia for state-supported doping-conspiracy any more
Additional details: McLaren doesn't accuse Russia for state-supported doping-conspiracy any more.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/1923867/
Disinforming outlet(s): NTV
Reported by: theins.ru
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The article claims that professor Richard McLaren has changed the terminology and speaks now about "institutional conspiracy" of doping instead of "state conspiracy". McLaren has been using the word "institutional conspiracy" of doping at least since December 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2016/dec/09/mclaren-report-into-doping-in-sport-part-two-live?page=with:block-584a84eae4b06a0d55b19219#block-584a84eae4b06a0d55b19219

Further debunking: http://theins.ru/antifake/69696

Keywords: Doping, WADA
Countries: Russia
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RT leads among TV news channels on YouTube with 5 billion views
Additional details: RT has reached 5 billion views on YouTube, maintaining its undisputed leadership among international news networks, far surpassing the total number of views for BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and Euronews.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT.com (Russia Today)
Reported by: theins.ru
Disproof note:

According to the Socialblade.com, as of August 31, 2017, Russia Today (RT) had
2,091,661,439 video views on YouTube. It ranks number 388 on video views.
BBC has 4,088,457,605 views that gives it 140th place on video view rank.
https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/russiatoday

All the different Russia Today's channels on YouTube have altogether 4,65 billion views, whereas BBC 7,3 billion views.
Further debunking: http://theins.ru/antifake/69974

Keywords: Euronews, Russia Today (RT), Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN
Countries: Russia
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Results of the Association Agreement in Moldova: People have become much poorer and the social genocide continues
Additional details: After three years of implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union, the Moldovan people have become much poorer and social genocide continues. After three-year implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, the worst fears about the consequences of signing this document were justified.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldavian
Link to the disinformation: http://a-tv.md/index.php?newsid=34887
Disinforming outlet(s): TV channel "Accent TV"
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

The EU is the most important trading partner for the Republic of Moldova, and the largest donor. https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/1538/republic-moldova-and-eu_en

The trade performance of the Republic of Moldova during the first two years of DCFTA implementation was negatively affected by several factors (with no relation to the Association Agreement signed with EU):
continuous political instability in the Republic of Moldova, less favourable national/regional economic situation (banking crisis, theft of the billion, MDL devaluation, US dollar appreciation, unfavourable climatic conditions, decrease in the international prices for some products), regional geopolitical tensions (the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine). http://www.expert-grup.org/en/biblioteca/item/1409-evolutia-fluxurilor-comerciale-rm-ue-dupa-2-ani-de-implementare-a-zlsac/1409-evolutia-fluxurilor-comerciale-rm-ue-dupa-2-ani-de-implementare-a-zlsac

Keywords: Economic difficulties
Countries: Moldova, EU
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If the country refuses to join the EU, it is punished with a Maidan
Additional details: For joining the EU, a country should pay several tens of billions of euros. For leaving the EU, the country should double the entrance fee as in the case of UK.

If the country refuses to join the EU, it is punished with a Maidan like in the case Yanukovych. If the country does not want to pay, it receives a default like Greece.  If you do not accept refugees, you receive sanctions like Poland and Hungary, while if you do not accept gays and do not conduct gay parades, you get fines like Cyprus.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Online edition of the newspaper "Argumenty i Fakty v Moldove"
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Before entering the EU, each country chooses to agree or not with complying with EU's conditions for membership. Countries wishing to join need to have: stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities; a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces in the EU; the ability to take on and implement effectively the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union.
https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/policy/conditions-membership_en
The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not EU's punishment to Ukraine, nor were they provoked from outside. They 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.

Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, EU, Euromaidan
Countries: Hungary, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland
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Angela Merkel has said: "If I want, you will read in tomorrow's newspapers that 98% of the population is happy with my policies."
Additional details: Angela Merkel has said: "If I want, you will read in tomorrow's newspapers that 98% of the population is happy with my policies."
Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): Facebook-page
Reported by: Correctiv.org
Disproof note:

Angelma Merkel hasn't said so. The small print in the picture says "In (Satira) Veritas Uwe Ostertag”. The author is Uwe Ostertag. According to Correctiv, he is a "professional troll".
Further debunking: https://correctiv.org/echtjetzt/artikel/2017/09/06/fake-news-tiefer-geht-immer/

Keywords: Media, Angela Merkel
Countries: Germany
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US openly instructs Moldovan democrats what to do with Russian-language media in Moldova
Additional details: US openly instructs Moldovan democrats what to do with Russian-language media in Moldova. The Democrat deputy Sergei Sirbu received a letter from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) where the US agency expressed its concern about the fact that the expansion of information in Moldova from Russian media is dangerous to Moldovan citizens.


 
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): aif.md
Reported by: api.md
Disproof note:

Sergey Sirbu says he hasn’t received such letter and USAID Moldova stated that the letter is fake. The letter was spread on social media and it contains stylistic mistakes and punctuation errors.

https://www.facebook.com/USAIDMoldova/posts/1701016686576386

Further debunking: http://api.md/news/view/ro-fals-usaid-i-a-expediat-o-scrisoare-deputatului-democrat-serghei-sirbu-1646

Keywords: US presence in Europe, Media
Countries: Moldova, Russia, US
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Georgian judoka suffered defeat in World Championship for wearing a cross
Additional details:

Georgian judoka suffered defeat during the course of the World Championship for wearing a cross around the neck.

Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ipress.ge, Imedinews.ge
Reported by: Myth Detector
Disproof note:

Distortion of information. Nino Odzelashvili got disqualified not for wearing a cross specifically, but because of violation the rules of the International Federation of Judo, according to which the sportsman is prohibited from wearing any kind of jewel while competing.

Myth Detector contacted Nino Odzelashvili, who explained that the incident had nothing to do with the cross as a symbol and Christianity as a religion. According to Nino, this is a rule that every athlete in the world has to comply with.

Further debunking: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/manipulation-ipressge-and-imedinews-if-georgian-judoist-suffered-defeat-during-course-world

Keywords: Christianity
Countries: Georgia
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US Special Envoy says Russia seeks to freeze conflict in Eastern Ukraine
Additional details: US Special Envoy says Russia seeks to freeze conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: Polygraph.info
Disproof note:

After a visit to eastern Ukraine, Kurt Volker described the situation there as a “hot war.” He added that separatists “under Russian command and control” have been firing at ceasefire monitors and obstructing their work.

According to the FT, Volker stated that Russia seemed prepared to “live with” the status quo in the conflict-plagued region, adding that he did not think the situation there was “working out very well” for Moscow.

“There is a cost to Russia internationally being in the Donbas, the sanctions as well as politically,” he told the newspaper. “And frankly that situation is going to get worse over time, not better. A situation where Russia is going to be frozen out of diplomatic relationships, of economic relationships, because of this, is certainly not something that Russia would want. I think they have got to make their own choice, their own calculations.”
Further debunking: https://www.polygraph.info/a/russia-seeks-to-freeze-conflict-in-ukraine/28720393.html

Keywords: Kurt Volker, War in Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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EU integration has become a disaster for Moldova
Additional details: European integration has become a disaster for Moldova, since during the years of EU integration, people have become completely impoverished and billions of euros have been stolen.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Link to the disinformation: http://socialistii.md/declarataia_psrm/
Disinforming outlet(s): Socialistii.md
[Socialist party of the Republic of Moldova]
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

The EU is the most important trading partner for the Republic of Moldova, and the largest donor. https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/1538/republic-moldova-and-eu_en
Moldova has experienced rapid economic growth in the past decade, which has been accompanied by reductions in poverty and good performance in shared prosperity. Nonetheless, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and faces challenges in sustaining the progress, the World Bank notes in its report. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/168451467995808859/Poverty-reduction-and-shared-prosperity-in-Moldova-progress-and-prospects

Keywords: EU
Countries: Moldova
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Angela Merkel has admitted that reconsolidation of Crimea with Russia is irreversible
Additional details: Angela Merkel has admitted that reconsolidation of Crimea with Russia is irreversible.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): dni.ru
Reported by: Promote Ukraine
Disproof note:

In an interview for Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Merkel warned against resignation in the face of injustice, saying: “When I hear, for example, that we should just accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea, I wonder: What would have happened if the question of the GDR [communist East Germany] was handled in that way, if people had said, ‘Well of course, Germany will stay divided, that won’t change.'
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/angela-merkel-scharfe-krtik-an-erdogan-im-f-a-s-interview-15191472
Quote in English: http://www.politico.eu/article/angela-merkel-europe-needs-coherent-foreign-policy/

Keywords: Crimea, Angela Merkel
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Germany
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Poland was the initiator of the WWII
Additional details: Poland was the initiator of the WWII.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2930661#
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti nedeli @Rossiya 1
Reported by: The Insider
Disproof note:

By the early part of 1939 the German dictator Adolf Hitler had become determined to invade and occupy Poland. Secret negotiations led on August 23–24 to the signing of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact in Moscow. In a secret protocol of this pact, the Germans and the Soviets agreed that Poland should be divided between them, with the western third of the country going to Germany and the eastern two-thirds being taken over by the USSR.
On August 31, 1939, Hitler ordered hostilities against Poland to start the next morning. The invasion began as ordered. In response, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3. World War II had begun. https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-II

Further debunking: http://theins.ru/history/70515

Keywords: WWII
Countries: Russia, Poland
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Laundromat: Azerbaijani targeted with fake news inspired by Soros
Additional details: Azerbaijan targeted with fake news inspired by Soros.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): moscow-baku.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence that would prove that the articles would be inspired by George Soros or that they would be fake.

The Azerbaijani Laundromat is a complex money-laundering operation and slush fund that handled $2.9 billion over a two-year period through four shell companies registered in the UK. The scheme was uncovered through a joint investigation by Berlingske (Denmark), OCCRP, The Guardian (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Le Monde (France), Tages-Anzeiger and Tribune de Genève (Switzerland), De Tijd (Belgium), Novaya Gazeta (Russia), Dossier (Austria), Atlatszo.hu (Hungary), Delo (Slovenia), RISE Project (Romania), Bivol (Bulgaria), Aripaev (Estonia), Czech Center for Investigative Journalism (Czech Republic), and Barron's (US).

This project is part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a collaboration started by OCCRP and Transparency International.
https://www.occrp.org/en/azerbaijanilaundromat/
https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/

Keywords: Corruption, Media, George Soros
Countries: Azerbaijan
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American nuclear fuel will cause a second Chernobyl
Additional details: The American nuclear fuel that Ukraine is going to use instead of Russian fuel will cause the second Chernobyl. This political decision which didn’t pass any technical verification is very dangerous for the neighbour countries as well.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://svpressa.ru/blogs/article/181113/
Disinforming outlet(s): Svobodnaya Pressa
Reported by: Promote Ukraine
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation. Westinghouse has been accused several times of producing non safe fuel, without any evidence https://www.rferl.org/a/chornobyl-zaparozhye-nuclear-pushilin-westinghouse-disaster-fuel/26766554.html. Pro-Kremlin outlets regularly publish stories about what they call extremely dangerous Ukrainian nuclear power plants, predicting that Ukraine’s atomic sector is on the point of collapse (see e.g #DisinfoReview nr 62), and it has been debunked several times before by Stopfake http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-turning-into-europe-s-nuclear-dump/.

Keywords: Chernobyl, Nuclear issues
Countries: Ukraine, US
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Moldovan workers live in poverty after the European integration has started
Additional details: A simple qualified worker can hardly find a job now and lives in poverty in contrast to the victorious reports of Moldovan authorities about how living has become better during the European integration.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Moldova
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

The unemployment rate in Moldova decreased to 3.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 from 4 percent a year earlier. Unemployment Rate in Moldova averaged 6.28 percent from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 13 percent in the first quarter of 2006 and a record low of 2.90 percent in the third quarter of 2016.
Conclusion: before signing the Association Agreement with EU, the unemployment rate has been even higher than it is now.

https://tradingeconomics.com/moldova/unemployment-rate

According to World Bank, Moldova has experienced rapid economic growth in the past decade, which has been accompanied by reductions in poverty and good performance in shared prosperity. Nonetheless, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and faces challenges in sustaining the progress. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/168451467995808859/Poverty-reduction-and-shared-prosperity-in-Moldova-progress-and-prospects

Keywords: EU, Economic difficulties, AA/DCFTA
Countries: Moldova
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American media questioned the legitimacy of the "neo-Nazi regime" in Ukraine
Additional details: The American media questioned the legitimacy of the "neo-Nazi regime" in Ukraine. American politicians do not take into account the fact that they are dealing with a "neo-Nazi" state.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): tvzvezda.ru
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Firstly, there is no "neo-Nazi regime" in Ukraine. Moreover, the far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that http://bit.ly/2dFFEdi
Secondly, the blog of Jeremy Kuzmarov, an American historian, in the Huffington Post does not represent the opinion of the American media. Huffington Post stresses that the authors control their work themselves and are able to post freely to the website. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-to-arming-ukraine_us_59a06905e4b0d0ef9f1c1385
Further debunking: http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-american-media-question-the-legitimacy-of-ukraine-s-neo-nazi-regime/

Keywords: Media, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine, US
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US and the EU are ready to give up Ukraine in exchange for Russia's help with North Korea
Additional details: Today Mr Gabriel [Germany FM] and Stratfor [US analytical company] are saying: "Russia is needed in North Korea." The more spirals there are over North Korea, the more the West will give up Ukraine.




 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMCbqqHQwUc
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV, 1:13:56
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence for the claims that the West would bargain Russia's help in North Korea for Ukraine.

Keywords: Sigmar Gabriel, Abandoned Ukraine, The West
Countries: North Korea, Russia, Ukraine, US, Germany
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Donbas soldiers and Russian volunteers are fighting to prevent a genocide of the people of Donbas
Additional details: Donbas soldiers and Russian volunteers are fighting to prevent a genocide of the people of Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SNFuqRYdMY
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV, 2:10:53
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Debunking an already debunked disinformation, no evidence given for these claims. There were no confirmed reports prior to Russian intervention of any ethnic Russians being threatened in Ukraine; only allegations perpetuated by pro-Kremlin outlets. No evidence of genocide has been provided.

Keywords: Genocide, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Ukraine
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NATO's hybrid centre has a license to kill
Additional details:

Secret US and NATO military espionage centre has been given unlimited powers in Finnish law. The hybrid centre has a license to kill.


Language / Targeted audience: Finnish
Disinforming outlet(s): MV-lehti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) is not a NATO centre, it doesn't practise espionage and it doesn't have unlimited powers.

Hybrid CoE is an instrument of its participating countries: Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Participation in the Centre is open to EU Member States and NATO Allies.

Hybrid CoE will serve as a hub of expertise and follow academic-based approach.
https://www.hybridcoe.fi/about-us/

The centre performs its functions in Finland in accordance with national legislation that entered into force on 1 July 2017.
http://finlex.fi/fi/laki/alkup/2017/20170417

Keywords: NATO
Countries: US, Finland
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A man was fined for eating bacon in front of Muslims in Sweden
Additional details: A man was fined for eating bacon in front of Muslims in Sweden.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): infowars.com
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

The man was charged after insulting women wearing veils on the grounds of their ethnicity and religion. The man held bacon in front of their face and demanded that they should eat it.

When the three women changed to different seats, the man followed them. He also said he "hates Muslims". Attunda District Court judged that the man's intention was to insult the three passengers on the grounds of their ethnic origin and creed.
https://www.thelocal.se/20170901/no-a-man-was-not-convicted-in-sweden-for-eating-bacon, http://theins.ru/antifake/69387

Keywords: Muslim/Islam
Countries: Sweden
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