Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato – “It might be untrue, but it is very well conceived”. The phrase is attributed to the Italian astronomer and philosopher Giordano Bruno, executed in Rome for heresy in 1600. Unfortunately, when it comes to pro-Kremlin disinformation, false claims are rarely elegantly constructed. State-owned Russian mouthpiece Sputnik’s Arabian services are broadcasting crude old lies about a dying British spy confessing numerous murders in Her Majesty’s Service on his deathbed. Prince Philip instructed him personally to kill Princess Diana. The story of the dying spy is a myth that resurfaces regularly and has been proven false just as many times. It is untrue, and rather crudely crafted.

The recent prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine has also been employed for crude disinformation. Pro-Kremlin TV stations claim the prisoner swap proves the war is actually an internal Ukrainian conflict, a civil war, as most of the prisoners sent to Moscow were Ukrainian citizens.

 

Let’s Blame Poland!

The Kremlin continues to attempt to whitewash its role in the events leading to World War Two: Russia was forced to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact because Western powers refused to cooperate with Russia against Hitler. Specifically, Poland should be blamed for starting the war! And the territory Russia “was given” in the secret protocol was only land occupied by Poland after World War One. The Poland of today, Sputnik Deutschland declares, is merely the executor of a NATO anti-Russian information campaign.

NATO remains a favourite target of the Kremlin’s disinformation efforts. “The Russian Threat” is conjured by NATO to justify its expansion towards Russia’s borders. German media, as we learn from Sputnik Deutschland, is joining the chorus, spreading “Russophobia” in order to make German voters more stupid.

NATO has already taken control of the Baltics and Poland and is now trying to sink its teeth into Ukraine. Bosnia will probably also be quickly devoured by NATO. Had it not been for the genuinely popular uprisings in Crimea and Donbas, NATO would have already set up military bases all over the place. NATO is, after all, just a new type of American Colonialism.

 

Conspicuous Conspiracies

Conspiracies remain a favourite instrument of the Kremlin’s disinformation toolkit. Sputnik’s Serbian services are shamelessly spreading age-old conspiracies about Jewish bankers, suggesting that “The Rothschild Family” created Emmanuel Macron. Anti-Semitism can always be employed in conspiracies; for instance suggesting the “Anglo-Zionist Empire” as the organisers of the murder of Grigorij Rasputin, a Siberian monk, close to the Imperial family of Russia before the 1917 revolution. Sputnik continues this anti-Semitic tradition, claiming that the concept of the conspiracy theory is a conspiracy itself, constructed by Jews.

Almost as evil as Jewish bankers, according to Kremlin-funded RT, are Western media and climate activists, who are calling for “a complete abolition of air and automobile travel, as well as government-overseen wealth redistribution programs beyond anything the communists of the 20th century could dream of.” A Green Dictatorship, writes RT. Another pro-Kremlin site, Stoletie.ru, manages to suggest both that climate change is a hoax, and that the West is against it because Russia would actually benefit from global warming.

The long list of conspiracies continues: Ukraine is ruled by the US, or secretly attempting to provoke the EU and the US into a war with Russia. The fascists in Kyiv want to nuke the Russian-speaking population. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has one job: to put the blame on Russia for shooting down MH17.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets are relying on a few well-tested tropes. Blame the bankers. Blame Jewish bankers! Blame Poland! Play the Nazi card. Refer to a super-secret conspiracy!

Why use facts when you can rely on prejudice and bigotry?


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Date
Title
Outlets
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Hong Kong, US
10.09.2019
  • Strategic Culture Foundation
Japan, China, Germany, US, Russia
09.09.2019
  • Sputnik Spain
USSR, Poland
09.09.2019
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
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08.09.2019
  • SouthFront - English
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
08.09.2019
  • Sputnik English
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
08.09.2019
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
07.09.2019
  • News Front - Russian
Ukraine
07.09.2019
  • Sputnik Arabic
UK
06.09.2019
  • RT Russia
The Netherlands, Ukraine
06.09.2019
  • svpressa.ru
Ukraine, Russia
06.09.2019
  • Sputnik Germany
Russia
06.09.2019
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
06.09.2019
  • Pervyi Kanal
Ukraine
06.09.2019
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US, Ukraine
06.09.2019
  • RT English
Brazil, US
06.09.2019
  • Sputnik Italia
UK, US, Russia
06.09.2019
  • NTV - YouTube
Ukraine
05.09.2019
  • Sputnik Serbia - Cyrillic
USSR, Poland, Russia
05.09.2019
  • ukraina.ru,
  • utro.ru
Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
05.09.2019
  • Pervyi Kanal
Ukraine
05.09.2019
  • Pervyi Kanal
Ukraine
05.09.2019
  • Sputnik Germany
Poland, Russia
05.09.2019
  • Sputnik Italia
Ukraine, Russia
05.09.2019
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Ukraine, Russia
05.09.2019
  • RT English
Ukraine
04.09.2019
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
US
04.09.2019
  • Pervyi Kanal - YouTube
Ukraine, Russia
04.09.2019
  • Sputnjik Srbija - YouTube
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro
03.09.2019
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
US, Baltic states
02.09.2019
  • Sputnik Germany
Germany, US, Russia
02.09.2019
  • Sputnik English,
  • Sputnik Serbia - Latin,
  • cafe.ba,
  • Srpska dijaspora,
  • srbijadanas.com
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro
01.09.2019
  • RIAFAN - Russian
Russia
01.09.2019
  • Sputnik Serbia - Cyrillic
France
01.09.2019
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Poland
01.09.2019
  • Strana.ua
USSR, Poland
30.08.2019
  • Sputnik Arabic - (sptnkne.ws)
Georgia, Russia
30.08.2019
  • Katehon - English
Russia
30.08.2019
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
US, Ukraine, Russia
30.08.2019
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Belarus, Lithuania
30.08.2019
  • myvideo.ge Resource
Georgia, US
29.08.2019
  • RT Arabic
Syria, Russia
28.08.2019
  • Livenews.am
Canada, US, Ukraine, Russia
27.08.2019
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Russia
27.08.2019
  • Sputnik Germany
Poland, US, Russia
26.08.2019
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
Ukraine
26.08.2019
  • RT Russia
USSR, Poland, Russia
26.08.2019
  • Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian
Georgia
26.08.2019
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
UK, US, Russia
26.08.2019
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Belarus, Lithuania
25.08.2019
  • Sputnik Serbia - Cyrillic
US, Ukraine, Russia
22.08.2019
  • Teleskop
Hungary, US, Russia
22.08.2019
  • antifashist.com,
  • RT Russia,
  • Ria Novosti
USSR, US, Ukraine, Russia
17.08.2019
  • Sputnik Serbia - Cyrillic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
12.08.2019
  • Together with Russia
Ukraine, Russia
12.08.2019
  • Together with Russia
Ukraine, Russia
12.08.2019
  • Stoletie
Russia