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Imminent threat of civil war – in Sweden!

July 06, 2017

Social alienation is a condition characterised by a low degree of common values and integration and a high degree of distance between individuals or groups of people. That sense of distance between two groups feeds on a sense of doubt about “the other”. In pro-Kremlin disinformation, Europe/the West is that “other”, and thus has to be presented as different in some way – perhaps suspicious, evil or simply weak.

This week in pro-Kremlin disinformation, we learned once again that European countries are “Russophobic”; that they steal children away from their parents without any grounds; and that they are imposing LGBT policies to make Georgian children immoral so that they conduct colour revolutions when they grow up. These are all topics we have seen before – read more here, here and here.

Sweden also made it back to the disinformation headlines this week. We learned that there is apparently an imminent threat of civil war in this country that enjoys one of the world’s highest living standards. Last week in Sweden, so we were told in disinformation outlets, the chief of the National police called for international help since the country is torn to pieces by Muslim immigrants. In reality, he called for increased cooperation between state agencies in vulnerable areas – calling for help on a serious issue, it’s true, but a far cry from civil war.

No jazz for Ukrainians

According to the official TV channel of the Russian Ministry of Defence, TV Zvezda – also known for past disinformation stories such as that Ukrainians steal food from pigeons and that there are zombies fighting in the Ukrainian army – the Lviv jazz festival had to be cancelled this year due to the serious health threat posed by the amount of rubbish in the streets.  In fact, the Alfa jazz festival was held according to plan and there were never any plans to cancel it, nor was the question even discussed.

Lenta.ru informed its readers that Kyiv had planned to attack flight MH17, again seeking to sow doubts on the cause of this tragic event, even though the technical report of the Joint Investigative Team has clearly concluded that the missile that shot down MH17 was fired from a Russian vehicle that crossed into Ukraine and then back to Russia again afterwards.

 There aren't any racial ad campaigns on the streets of Kyiv.

There aren’t any racial ad campaigns on the streets of Kyiv.

Regular disinformation outlets were active again this week in spreading disinformation about Ukraine, claiming that there is an ongoing poster campaign on the streets of Kyiv projecting the Russian language as a sign of low IQ and equivalent to an infection. This plays into the common but unsubstantiated disinformation narrative that Ukraine is threatening its Russian speakers. But there is just one detail in the poster story that needs to be corrected; the poster – however deplorable, was only one single amateur contribution to an exhibition in 2015, not an ongoing ad campaign on the streets of Kyiv. So, just another part of the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign.

Disinformation cases reported in the previous week


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
03.07.2017
  • news-front.info
France, US, Ukraine
03.07.2017
  • news-front.info
Poland, Ukraine
03.07.2017
  • Sputnik on Twitter
Ukraine, Russia
02.07.2017
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Ukraine
01.07.2017
  • Norazzismoversoitaliani.it
Italy
01.07.2017
  • ren.tv
Ukraine
01.07.2017
Germany, US
30.06.2017
  • novarepublika.cz
30.06.2017
  • zvedavec.org
US
29.06.2017
  • lenta.ru
Ukraine
29.06.2017
  • protiproud.cz
EU, Europe
29.06.2017
  • novarepublika.cz
Czech Republic
29.06.2017
  • protiproud.cz
US
29.06.2017
  • Russkaya pravda
Iran, US
29.06.2017
  • Russkaya pravda
US, Ukraine
29.06.2017
  • ac24.cz
Syria
28.06.2017
  • mv-lehti.net
Germany, Russia
28.06.2017
  • contra-magazin.com
Sweden
28.06.2017
  • reporters.pl
Sweden
28.06.2017
Georgia, Russia
27.06.2017
  • kick.media
Finland, Germany
26.06.2017
  • protiproud.cz
Iraq, Syria, Russia
26.06.2017
26.06.2017
  • czechfreepress.cz
Czech Republic, Ukraine
26.06.2017
  • infowars.com
Sweden
21.06.2017
  • tvzvezda.ru
US, Russia
21.06.2017
  • moslenta.ru
Russia
19.06.2017
  • tvzvezda.ru
Ukraine
19.06.2017
  • novorosinform.org
Ukraine, Russia
18.06.2017
  • novorosinform.org
US, Russia
15.06.2017
  • Center for Strategic Assessment and Forecasts
Germany, Russia
12.06.2017
  • regnum.ru
Finland