Distracting the audience is one of the goals of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. One of the techniques how to do this is to force us to ask the needed irrelevant questions – and drain our energy in trying to find the answers to them.

An easy, fast and effective way to create disinforming content is to manipulate statistics and figures. And since the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign’s main goal is to sow discord (and not to maintain credibility), being caught red-handed is not an issue.
This week, we saw how distorted figures were used as parts of larger pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns. Let us highlight them here.

MH17. The Russian Defence Ministry has had a crucial role in producing fabricated evidence for the needs of the disinformation campaign on MH17, and this week was not an exception. After the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team published its new report on the MH17 downing last week, one of the responses of the Russian Ministry of Defence was to claim that the missiles from year 1986 – that downed the MH17 – were disposed of after 2011. This was reported by Sputnik and Russia Today and widely spread by the Russian-language media.

But the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign proved its ability to debunk itself: In fact, as noted by Bellingcat, the the Buk manufacturer Almaz Antey used one missile from 1987 in their MH17 test in 2015, which means it was 28 years old and should have already been decommissioned. Diverting the audience towards heated discussions about numbers blurs the facts provided to us by the JIT: that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile that was launched by a BUK-TELAR from an area controlled by pro-Russian fighters, that it was brought in from Russia and taken back to Russia and that it originates from a unit of the Russian army from Kursk.

Alarm as EU’s economy on the brink of collapse. During this week, Russia’s Defence Ministry was active on another front. Its TV Channel Zvezda reported how the European Parliament has informed about “total unemployment” in the EU. In fact, 1) the European Parliament’s research presented the unemployment rates among young people in each EU member state; 2) there has been a significant improvement in the past few years (in spring 2013, the youth employment rate peaked at 23,8 % and then declined sharply to 16,1 in 2018); and 3) huge imbalances persist between EU Member States. The lowest rates were observed in the Czech Republic (5.8 %) and Germany (6.6 %) while the highest were recorded in Greece (43.7 %), Spain (36.0 %) and Italy (31.5 %).

State-controlled Russian TV continued to spread multiple theories regarding the Salisbury attack and referred to “another oddity: the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW says that 100 grams of nerve agent were used in Salisbury”. In fact, the OPCW stated already a month ago that it had wrongly referred to grams in the comments to New York Times, when the quantity should probably be characterised in milligrams.

The question presented in the headline – how many non-existent apples go into two apples? – has confused mathematicians for hundreds of years when they have sought the answer to the nature of zero.
It seems that the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign doesn’t have to waste time on such pondering. It is able to create as many non-existing pieces of any kind of fruit as fits its purpose.

See all the disinformation cases reported past week:

Handbook for Journalists Covering World Cup is Russophobia
Additional details: “The initiative that seems to be useful at first glance and aimed at helping sports observers cover the main football event occurring every four years actually turned out to be nothing but more Russophobia, trivial anti-Russian stereotypes."
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://tass.com/politics/1005722
Disinforming outlet(s): TASS
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Russophobia is a common explanation to criticism towards Russia in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Russophobia&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the handbook for journalists covering this year’s World Cup, which will be held next month in Russia, is “nothing but more Russophobia” and a “collection of trivial anti-Russian stereotypes.”

The handbook was produced by the Norwegian Helsinki Commission, together with other global rights watchdog groups, including Amnesty International and the Human Rights Foundation.

The Norwegian Helsinki Commission is part of the human rights monitoring network within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

What Zakharova calls a “collection of trivial anti-Russian stereotypes” is actually a collection of facts documenting abuses of rights and freedoms committed by the Russian state -- both during preparations for the 2018 World Cup and more broadly -- as well as racist behavior by Russian soccer fans.

Futher debunking by Polygraph.info

Keywords: World Cup, Western values, Human rights, Russophobia
Countries: Russia
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The West is forcing Georgia to propagate homosexuality
Additional details: Why is the West forcing us to propagate homosexuality?

This happens because the gay-mafia has become very powerful in the world! This way they fight against traditional, conservative values! The more pederasts we have, the more immoral society will be and it is easy to manage immoral society!

So our authorities, who chose the Euro-Atlantic course, were told – do you want NATO and the European Union? – Then you have to promote that we have more and more ''men in tights''! How shameful to dream of membership of NATO and the EU with the help of pederasts!
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval-Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation that cooperation with the West is destroying Georgian society. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77174&date= The EU cooperation with Georgia encompasses many things, but propaganda to "make" anyone homosexual are not among them https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/23634/eu-georgia-relations-factsheet_en.

Keywords: Western values, EU, NATO, LGBT
Countries: Georgia
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LGBT activists damaged icons to mark the IDAHO day
Additional details: Members of LGBT community damaged icons in the Church of St. Catherine in Thessaloniki, when marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Facebook page named Political Footprint
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The photo circulated in 2018 is 8 years old and first showed up on Greek internet forums in 2010. It depicted icons damaged by anarchist groups in April 2010. Greek anarchist groups vandalised the same icons in 2015 as well.Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Keywords: Western values, Orthodox Church, LGBT
Countries: Greece, Georgia
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Mayor of Thessaloniki beaten up for supporting LGBT community
Additional details: The Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, has been attacked due to issuing a permit for conducting a gay pride.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ipress.ge
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Actually, the attack on the Mayor of Thessaloniki was not associated with the LGBT community. The reason behind the attack carried out by Greek ultra-nationalists was him attending a genocide-related event. The material by Ipress misleads the reader by portraying that the Western society allegedly answers the support of LGBT community by politicians with violence. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Keywords: The West, LGBT
Countries: Greece, Georgia
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The United States has not provided satellite images on MH17
Additional details:

"It is also worth mentioning that the United States has not provided satellite images, the presence of which was announced immediately after the [MH17] catastrophe."

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

The criminal investigation team "has concluded that the Buk Telar (missile) with which Flight MH17 was shot down is from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade from Kursk in the Russian Federation," said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Netherlands' National Crime Squad.

In response to the report, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the United States of “not providing” satellite images, “the presence of which was announced immediately after the catastrophe.”

The head of the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) Fred Westerbeke confirmed in the interview with the Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, that the United States provided the investigation with the highly classified satellite images from the time and place of the MH17 downing.

"Yes, we have them. My officer who has access to the intelligence materials marked "top secret" and "national secret" saw and analyzed the United States' satellite data," Westerbeke said.

U.S. intelligence also released part of the satellite images data and other evidence of a Russian connection to the downing of MH17 shortly after the incident took place.

The images were widely published and independently analyzed.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info

Keywords: MH17
Countries: Russia, US, The Netherlands
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NATO Expansion Destabilizes Europe
Additional details: NATO expansion takes place under the flag of a mythical threat from Russia, while the alliance has not managed to adapt to the new conditions, continuing to act on Cold War calendars.
The expansion of NATO in the Balkans destabilizes the situation. "The Balkans should become a place where, in the interests of developing the region, it would be possible to add up efforts, say, to Russia and the European Union".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on NATO. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=NATO&disinfo_issue=&date= The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. In any case, no such promise was made https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm.

EU enlargement is not an obstacle to maintaining or developing relations with Russia as long as the countries conserned commit to and implement the necessary democratic, economic, social and market reforms.

Further debunking by Stopfake https://www.stopfake.org/en/manipulation-nato-expansion-destabilizes-europe/

Keywords: Western Balkans, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia
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People can no longer be photographed in Europe after 25 May 2018
Additional details: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) prohibits the publication of other people's image without their written consent, even on social media. The law completely kills the entire genre of photography. Sights of European cities will be very difficult to photograph, without violating the law. It is completely unclear how this law will work in Europe, for example, with regard to the TV shooting.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Point.md
Reported by: East Stratcom network
Disproof note:

The new regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data by a "natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity and thus with no connection to a professional or commercial activity. Personal or household activities could include correspondence and the holding of addresses, or social networking and online activity undertaken within the context of such activities".

According to GDPR, "the processing of personal data solely for journalistic purposes, or for the purposes of academic, artistic or literary expression should be subject to derogations or exemptions from certain provisions of this Regulation if necessary to reconcile the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information". So the journalists' activity should not be seriously affected.

Further debunking by Stopfals.md.

Keywords: EU
Countries: Moldova, EU
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A very good appearance of Yulia Skripal on her recent interview’s video proves that Novichok was not used on her in the UK
Additional details: Many women in Russia and in other countries [...] will now ask whether it is possible to set up ‘Novichok’ clinics.

We really like the changes in Julia’s [Skripal] appearance –  from ‘before’ to ‘after’ [Photographs shown on the screen in the studio] It is obvious there has been no 'Novichok' used there.


 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmgrUJUknEo
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 22:37
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Comparing photographs of Yulia Skripal before and after the poisoning cannot serve as a proof that there was no attack.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. As for the scar on her throat, news outlets, including the BBC and Telegraph, have described it as a result of a tracheotomy, a surgical procedure which opens a hole in a person's windpipe to help them breathe. She has not shared specifics of her treatment, but described it as "invasive, painful, and depressing." http://uk.businessinsider.com/skripal-poisoning-yulia-skripal-neck-scar-hints-at-painful-recovery-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

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

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal
Countries: UK
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Unscrupulous, corrupt and greedy Ukrainians have always been betraying Russia
Additional details: Those Ukrainians, who are tracing their ancestry since the very beginning of the Zaporozhskaya Sich [historical territory of the Ukrainian Cossacks] or even earlier, have always been unscrupulous, corrupt, greedy. [---] This mentality has not been diluted by immigrants from Russia, nor by any other factors. [...] Since Ukraine joined Russia – called "reunification" – the first what the Ukrainians started doing was betraying. Betraying Russia. And they were always focusing on laying under those who is going to pay more.

        
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phxLkS9Aymw
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 32:23
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation framing Ukrainians as corrupt and as Russia's enemy. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77191&date=

Keywords: Anti-Russian, War in Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Patrol
Additional details: On May 21 Ukrainian forces shot at an OSCE patrol near the village of Kriakivka in Eastern Ukraine. Intimidation of OSCE representatives by the Ukrainian military is increasing. These intimidations occur “with the aim of concealing prohibited weapons and other violations of the agreements reached in Minsk from the OSCE”
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): DNR Today
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission report for May 21 notes the shelling incident and reports that “it was not possible to determine the direction of the fire”. The report goes on to say that the OSCE patrol was on the western outskirts of Kriakivka, a village in Ukraine-controlled territory some 38 kilometers northwest of Luhansk when they heard four shots fired about 100 meters south of their location. After the incident the mission members returned to Ukraine-controlled territory and notified the Ukrainian side of the incident. https://www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine/382210

Further debunking by Stopfake https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-military-fire-on-osce-patrol/

Keywords: Military, War in Ukraine, Donbas, OSCE
Countries: Ukraine
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Russophobic false flag operations have become a trend
Additional details: Russophobic false flag operations have become a trend. This was the case in the Syria chemical attack, the Skripal poisoning, where the Englishwoman did the dirty again, and with the Malaysian Boeing, which was shot down by a Ukrainian missile.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1n4u8aOrlc
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli s Dmitriem Kiselyovym @Rossiya 1, 1:06:28
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Before the disinformation described above, the report refers to Ukrainian authorities' faking journalist Arkady Babchenko's death https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/31/arkady-babchenko-details-staged-murder-plot-russia-ukraine. It creates an artificial link between Babchenko's case, chemical attacks in Syria, Salisbury attack and MH17. Accusations on russophobia are frequent in pro-Kremlin disinformation, as well as logical fallacies. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77369&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77113&date= https://medium.com/dfrlab/logical-fallacies-fuel-kremlin-disinfo-e4185bb455e6

Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign aims to distract the audience from the facts available regarding the chemical attacks in Syria, Skripal poisoning and MH17.

For further debunks see: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/chemical-weapon-attacks-in-syria-are-western-provocations/, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/yulia-skripals-statement-like-a-hostage-video/, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=

 

Keywords: Arkady Babchenko, Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Anti-Russian, Syrian War, MH17
Countries: Russia, Syria
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Another oddity in Skripal poisoning: OPCW says that 100 grams were used in Salisbury
Additional details: Another oddity in Skripal poisoning: OPCW says that 100 grams were used in Salisbury of a poison from which hundreds could die from what fits on the head of a safety match.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Itogi Nedeli @NTV, 15:20
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

On 4 May, a month before the NTV news program was broadcast, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW amended statements that its leader had earlier given to The New York Times, in which he estimated that 50 to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent had been used in the March 4 attack on the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/world/europe/opcw-skripal-attack.html

The OPCW stated it would not be able to estimate or determine the amount of the nerve agent that was used in Salisbury on 4 March 2018. The quantity should probably be characterised in milligrams. However, the analysis of samples collected by the OPCW Technical Assistance Visit team concluded that the chemical substance found was of high purity, persistent and resistant to weather conditions. https://www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-spokespersons-statement-on-amount-of-nerve-agent-used-in-salisbury/

For background:

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

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

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

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

Keywords: OPCW, Sergei Skripal
Countries: UK
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There is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia, which is shown by the lack of criticism in the latest elections
Additional details: International observers had no serious criticism as to how the Russian Presidential election 2018 was organized or regarding the election results. Therefore, there is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Actually, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe stated that there had been no real choice in Russia’s presidential election and complained it had been marked by unfair pressure on critical voices https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election-osce/osce-says-russian-presidential-election-lacked-real-choice-idUSKBN1GV1JN

The OSCE election observation mission to the presidential election in Russia 2018 stated in it's preliminary conclusions that; "The 18 March presidential election took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment marked by continued pressure on critical voices, while the Central Election Commission (CEC) administered the election efficiently and openly. After intense efforts to promote turnout, citizens voted in significant numbers, yet restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression, as well as on candidate registration, have limited the space for political engagement and resulted in a lack of genuine competition. While candidates could generally campaign freely, the extensive and uncritical coverage of the incumbent as president in most media resulted in an uneven playing field.Overall, election day was conducted in an orderly manner despite shortcomings related to vote secrecy and transparency of counting."

Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Elections, OSCE
Countries: Russia
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90% of Romanian media is ruled by Israeli people
Additional details: The brainwashing of the Romanians has reached maximum levels. The destruction of Romania is received with joy by the Romanian people. The traitors which are now ruling Romania are naming Israeli citizens for Government positions. 90% of Romanian media is ruled by Israeli people. The foreigners who ruled and still rule Romania with the support of the treacherous political parties managed to empty the country in order to create a vital space for other nations who already invade us. Some openly, through the long-tumbling migration of "refugees".
Language / Targeted audience: Romania
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremuri Tulburi
Reported by: East Stratcom network
Disproof note:

Anti-Semitic remarks and no evidence given for these statements. According to this law, only Romanian citizens can form a political party.

Anti-Semitism is frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77417&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/antisemitism-and-pro-kremlin-propaganda/

The website that published the article pushes pro-Kremlin narratives:  https://vremuritulburi.com/2015/03/26/despre-vladimir-putin-si-actiunile-sale-de-cand-a-ajuns-presedintele-rusiei/

Keywords: Refugees, Jews
Countries: Romania, Israel
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Europe recognized the loss of its sovereignty
Additional details: Europe recognized the loss of its sovereignty
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Zvezda
Reported by: East Stratcom network
Disproof note:

Misleading and disinforming headline. In fact, TV Zvezda quotes an American outlet that does not claim so. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/call-realism-europe-25991 The EU consists of 28 sovereign member states.

Keywords: EU, Sovereignty
Countries: EU
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The European Parliament: there is total unemployment in the EU countries
Additional details: The European Parliament: there is total unemployment in the EU countries.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Zvezda
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Disinforming headline and misleading information. The article does not specify that the European Parliament's research presented the unemployment rates among young people in each EU member state. The original document actually states that in spring 2013, the youth unemployment rate peaked at 23.8 % and then declined sharply. In January 2018,
the rate was at 16.1 % (Eurostat) meaning that 3.64 million young people (under 25) were unemployed in
the European Union (EU). There has thus been a significant improvement in the past few years.
Nevertheless, huge imbalances persist between EU Member States. The lowest rates were observed in the
Czech Republic (5.8 %) and Germany (6.6 %) while the highest were recorded in Greece (43.7 %, November
2017, latest data available), Spain (36.0 %) and Italy (31.5 %).

Keywords: EU
Countries: Europe, EU
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After 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal
Additional details: After 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal.The maximum lifetime of the missile, the engine from which was demonstrated to us [by the Dutch-led JIT] was 2011 (1986 + 25), after which it should be decommissioned and sent for disposal.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Disinformation refers to Russian Ministry of Defence statement on May 25 that "after 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal".  http://www.interfax.ru/russia/614297

In fact, the Buk manufacturer Almaz Antey used one missile from 1987 in their test in 2015, which means it was 28 years old and should have already been decommissioned. https://twitter.com/EliotHiggins/status/1003904308755214336

See also Meduza's and the Insider's reports.

 

 

 

Keywords: MH17
Countries: Russia
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Photo: Kim Jong-un smiled while meeting Lavrov
Additional details: Photo shows how Kim Jong-un smiled while meeting Lavrov.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/d1n4u8aOrlc?t=4479
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli s Dmitriem Kiselyovym @Rossiya 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Independent Russian outlet Meduza, the BBC and other media reported, Russian social media users questioned the authenticity of the image, which was used as documentation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Pyongyang on 31 May.

Dmitry Kiselev, the host of the programme where the image appeared, denied in a comment to Radio Govorit Moskva that it had been doctored.

Social media users and bloggers could not detect the smile in video footage showing the handshake moment.

See more: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/smile-youre-on-russian-state-tv/

Keywords: Kim Jong-un, Sergei Lavrov
Countries: North Korea, Russia
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Global powers tailored technology to destroy the morality of the Orthodox people
Additional details: Global powers tailored technology called “King Rat” specifically for the Orthodox people of the former Soviet Union, which aims to destroy morality of a person. Based on experiments on rats – the way the strongest rat in the cage eats the weaker ones with the aim of survival.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Geworld.ge
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring theme for conspiracy theories about the West in Georgia https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&date=

“King Rat” is actually the title of a 1962 novel by James Clavell from Britain. The plot of the conspiracy on how rats eat each other in the cage is taken exactly from this book. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Keywords: Western values, Orthodox Church, The West
Countries: Georgia
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Babchenko's fake murder means that Russians might eventually turn out to be right about their theory on the downing of MH17
Additional details: Babchenko's fake murder means that Russians might eventually turn out to be right about their theory on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/vZ-j_0nBHYM
Disinforming outlet(s): Post Scriptum @TV Centre, 32:30
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Logical fallacy frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation. https://medium.com/dfrlab/logical-fallacies-fuel-kremlin-disinfo-e4185bb455e6

The story refers to Ukrainian authorities and how they faked journalist Arkady Babchenko's death and creates an artificial link between it and MH17. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/31/arkady-babchenko-details-staged-murder-plot-russia-ukraine

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=

The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federationhttps://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/

24 May 2018, JIT stated that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation. The JIT reached this conclusion after extensive comparative research. Several images of the BUK-TELAR with which MH17 was downed are available. Analysis of those produces a number of characteristics. The combination of those is so special that that can be considered as a fingerprint. This fingerprint has been compared with numerous images of BUK-TELARS, both Ukrainian and Russian ones. The only BUK-TELAR on which this combination of characteristics also was found, is a BUK-TELAR that was recorded several times when it joined a convoy of the 53rd brigade on 23 – 25 June 2014. https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@103196/update-criminal-0/

Furthermore, a joint international open source investigation led by Bellingcat has identified conclusively that the person of interest known as ‘Andrey Ivanovich’ or ‘Orion’ whose identity is sought by the Joint Investigating Team in connection with the criminal investigation into the downing of MH17, is in fact Russian citizen Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov. Ivannikov was an officer of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Ministry of Defence (GRU), and served in that function until at least as late as September 2017. During his undercover deployment to LNR, he coordinated and supervised the military activities of Russian militants, pro-Russian separatists and “private army” contingents from the Wagner group. Ivannikov also supervised the procurement and transport of weapons across the Russia Ukraine border. He held these functions at the time of the downing of MH17. https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/05/25/mh17-russian-gru-commander-orion-identified-oleg-ivannikov/

The European Union an NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/05/25/declaration-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-findings-of-the-joint-investigation-team-on-the-downing-of-flight-mh17/ https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_154585.htm

On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable. https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2018/05/25/mh17-the-netherlands-and-australia-hold-russia-responsible

The US have supported the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia https://twitter.com/statedeptspox/status/1000039780384755712

Keywords: Arkady Babchenko, MH17
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The West conducts one big campaign to spoil the World Cup in Russia
Additional details: The West tries to spoil the World Cup in different ways. Simulated murder of journalist Arkady Babchenko in Ukraine, the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK and accusations that Russia downed the Malaysian Boeing in 2014 are one big campaign planned by someone.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto Vstrechi @NTV, 1:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory. Recurring disinformation on World Cup. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=world+cup&disinfo_issue=&date=

The story establishes an artificial link between Ukrainian authorities' faking journalist Arkady Babchenko's death https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/31/arkady-babchenko-details-staged-murder-plot-russia-ukraine, Salisbury attack and MH17. Logical fallacies are frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation. https://medium.com/dfrlab/logical-fallacies-fuel-kremlin-disinfo-e4185bb455e6

Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign aims to distract the audience from the facts available regarding the Skripal poisoning and MH17.

For further debunks see: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/yulia-skripals-statement-like-a-hostage-video/, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Arkady Babchenko, World Cup, Sergei Skripal, MH17
Countries: Russia, The West
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The doctors treating the Skripals admitted that the diagnosis was not made by them
Additional details: It is impossible to understand how the patients who were poisoned, if they believe what the doctors say themselves by the powerful neural-paralytic substance A234, were able to be cured in Salisbury. It is known that there is no antidote for the poison.


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When being poisoned by A234 it is meaningless to give the injured air through the trachea. It is from this procedure that Julia Skripal has a deep scar around her neck.

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Until now, from the public appearances of those who in one way or another have been linked to the scandalous history in Salisbury, there has not been a single convincing proof, or at least evidence that there is a Russian trace in this case .
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti @Rossiya 24
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In the original article by BBC, which Vesti is referring to, the medical staff does not state that they didn't diagnose the Skripals. They do explain though, that when the Skripals were found, an opioid overdose was suspected. "We were just told that there were two patients down in the emergency department who were critically unwell and they would be coming up to the unit," recalled ward sister Ms Clark. But when police became aware of Mr Skripal's former career as a Russian spy, they told the hospital and discussed the possibility that he may have been the victim of a targeted attack. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44278609

Further debunking by the Insider.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. As for the scar on her throat, news outlets, including the BBC and Telegraph, have described it as a result of a tracheotomy, a surgical procedure which opens a hole in a person's windpipe to help them breathe. She did has not shared specifics of her treatment, but described it as "invasive, painful, and depressing." http://uk.businessinsider.com/skripal-poisoning-yulia-skripal-neck-scar-hints-at-painful-recovery-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

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

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK, Russia
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Crimea decided its own fate after the unconstitutional armed coup in Kyiv
Additional details: Crimea opted to rejoin Russia in 2014 after a popular vote showed overwhelming support for the move. The referendum was arranged after an “unconstitutional armed coup” in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, and it was the Crimeans themselves who ultimately decided their own fate. “Crimea gained independence through the free will of the Crimeans, expressed in an open referendum, not as a result of an invasion by Russian forces.”
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state 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.

In 2014, the Russian troops forced the parliament of Crimea to organize an illegal referendum and then conducted the annexation of it that has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine) http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

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.

Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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