As our favourite parody account Darth Putin frequently reminds us, one of the most repeated disinformation tactics is to accuse your counterpart precisely of what you are doing yourself. The aggressor presents himself as the victim and thus strengthens his core internal audience. External audiences that want to defend the aggressor get the “line to take” they can repeat in their local media, discussion forums and other information channels. And external audiences from the non-expert community (and sometimes even some solid mainstream media) receive an “alternative fact” that makes it harder for them to distinguish what is the truth, and what is an attempt to hide the facts and mislead.

Thus, as Russia has been preparing for the biggest military exercise since 1981 and was expected to resume airstrikes on the Syrian city of Idlib, pro-regime disinformation-oriented outlets were flooding the information space with groundless accusations, focusing on two regions: Syria and Ukraine.

1. In Syria, the pro-Kremlin outlets accused the West and/or the humanitarian organisation White Helmets of preparing a provocation. Involved in spreading these stories was the main pro-Kremlin weekly show Vesti s Dmitriem Kiselyovym; the Russian Army’s channel TV Zvezda; the most important regime bullhorn for Western audiences, Russia Today (RT) ; and official Kremlin representatives from the ministries of defense and foreign affairs.

2. In Ukraine, where the pro-Kremlin outlets recycled some of the four years old pieces of disinformation about the Ukrainian army supposedly working under the command of NATO; accused Kyiv of plans to launch an offensive in Donbas; and of attempts to spread diseases and poisonings in those parts of Ukraine occupied by Russian and pro-Russian forces. In probably the most absurd outburst, the outlet News Front (that has been linked to Russian secret services by one of its former employees) accused the Crimean Tatars of being guilty of the destabilisation of Crimea.

You want to defend against our manipulation? You are manipulating!

A very similar technique was used also in regular TV news show Vesti, that accused the US Democrats of being willing to turn Facebook into a tool for manipulating voters. In fact, the initiative aims to prevent exactly those kinds of manipulation of public opinion that we have seen during the 2016 US elections, and where substantial evidence has been presented that the actor behind the manipulation via social media was Russia.

An essential part of such disinformation attempts is to deny the obvious and keep repeating that there is no evidence of Russian interference, as we have seen yet again, this time from RIA Novosti

And Russia Today used one tweet from one Member of Parliament in one NATO country to build a case that “NATO plans to break up Russia”. Of course, there are no such plans – but coming back to the tweet mentioned in the beginning of this text: when the intention of a disinformation campaign is to weaken the West, the EU, NATO, one way to obscure this fact is to keep accusing the West of trying to do the same thing.

Nazism, paedophilia, necrophilia, stealing children

For audiences that do not know much about the EU, it is very easy to try out ever more outrageous pieces of disinformation. Thus, we have once again seen such complete and unsubstantiated falsehoods as that Europe is close to legalising paedophiliathat the EU is imposing paedophilia on Serbia; and even that it forces Georgian authorities to kidnap children from their parents.

After awarding a football player who stood for equal rights and wore a rainbow armband during a game, UEFA got accused of the “pederastisation” of football“.

Similarly, in an echo back to one of the most popular articles on our website (“No, Denmark is not legalising sexual abuse of animals”), Sweden, Germany and Denmark were all accused that necrophilia and bestiality are a norm in these countries. And finally, from the “oldies but goldies” section, we have heard once again that the EU is a Nazi project invented by Nazis in Nazi Germany.

No, this is still nonsense, and always will be. No matter how many times you repeat a lie, it will still not become the truth.

New chemical attack to be staged by the White Helmets in Idlib
Additional details: In Syria, preparations are under way for a "provocation" in Idlib, which, will be carried out to justify a US cruise missile attack on Assad's regime. Assad does not have chemical weapons, but now the US is ready to return them to Syria, use them and then . The chemicals have already been delivered to rebel fighters in Idlib in order to stage the chemical attack.  White Helmets are planning the provocation. They have already abducted 44 children to use them for realisation of this staged chemical attack.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqc951_Ni2I
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli s Dmitriem Kiselyovym @Rossiya 1, 00:47:00
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on White Helmets and chemical attacks in Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date= https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Read more: https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/08/31/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-les-intox-de-la-russie-pour-brouiller-les-pistes_5348708_4355770.html#xtor=AL-32280270

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Bashar al-Assad
Countries: US, Syria
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The first European-Crimean Chamber of Commerce to be opened in Slovakia
Additional details: The first European-Crimean Chamber of Commerce will be opened in Slovakia. An agreement in this regard has been signed by the director of "Krymkongress" Rustam Muratov, Slovak deputy Peter Marček and businessman Roman Busch, after the visit of a Slovak delegation to Crimea on 1 August. The delegation consisted of 12 persons.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Izvestia, RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to Stopfals.md, the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied this information, underlining that there is no agreement between Slovakia and the region of Crimea. The Slovak Republic does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea.

There was also no official Slovak delegation to Crimea. According to the Slovak deputy Peter Marček, they went to Crimea as "private individuals"

Keywords: EU, Crimea
Countries: Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, EU
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Foreign specialists arrived in Syria to stage chlorine chemical attack
Additional details: [Referring to a tweet by the Russian Embassy in South Africa, including a photo of what appears to be actors on a film set.] This image accompanied a claim that “English-speaking foreign specialists” had arrived in Syria to stage a chlorine chemical attack in Hama province.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russian embassy in South Africa
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

The photo does indeed show a film set, but not “foreign specialists.” In fact, the photo is of the set of Revolution Man, a film produced by Syrian state media. Read more here: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russian-embassy-tweets-misleading-photo-about-syria-/29458058.html and here https://euvsdisinfo.eu/a-movie-as-new-evidence-on-fake-chemical-attack-again/

Keywords: false flag, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK, Russia, US, Syria
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West is Blocking Chemical Weapons Inspections in Syria
Additional details: [Referring to several past cases of chemical weapons use in Syria, including in Eastern Ghouta and Khan Sheikhoun] Russia has called for inspections by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but that Russia’s “Western colleagues” moved to block these inspections.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Zvezda
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Western countries did not try to block OPCW inspections in Syria. In fact, Russia and its Syrian government ally have impeded the OPCW’s work several times. For more information, see https://www.polygraph.info/a/the-west-is-not-blocking-chemical-weapons-inspections-in-syria-/29462105.html and https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/white-helmets-are-preparing-false-flag-chemical-attack/

Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: West, The West, Syria
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Baltic countries are typical replica states with no own political history and tradition
Additional details: The Baltic countries are typical “replica states” with the absence of their own political history and tradition.

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The main task is to forever tear off the Baltic region from Russia and Russian influence and to raise the younger generations of Latvians, Estonians, and Lithuanians in the spirit of total Russophobia and admiration for the West.

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

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77106&date=

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania became independent in 1918. Three countries were occupied and illegally incorporated first by the Soviet Union, then by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944, and again by the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991, when they regained the independence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_the_Baltic_states,  https://www.britannica.com/place/Baltic-states/Independence-and-the-20th-century

See more how the myth of Russophobia is used in pro-Kremlin disinformation: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/

Keywords: Sovereignty, Russophobia
Countries: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
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US Sells Ukraine Defective Javelins
Additional details: The United States sold Ukraine defective Javelin anti-tank missiles. As proof, the media published a letter from the state Kyiv design bureau Luch to the National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksander Turchynov, who asked the company to review the reliability of the Javelins after they allegedly failed to fire during a training demonstration on May 22.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council called the "Luch" letter a fake. The Council never asked Luch to assess the Javelins and never received any letter from them about the missiles. Further debunk by StopFake: https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-us-sells-ukraine-defective-javelins/

Keywords: Missile defence system, US, Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine, US
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Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures
Additional details: There is a cyber operation centre deployed in Finland with the help of the US.


Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures. An agreement was signed in May providing for their full-fledged participation in NATO drills and for possible use of its troops and weapons control systems. In exchange, NATO has been granted unimpeded access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries.

Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/5399285
Disinforming outlet(s): Tass, many others
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on NATO. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77118&date=

The comments by the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoygu, in Moscow on Tuesday with regard to Finland’s and Sweden’s cooperation with NATO contain a number of inaccuracies and factual errors, Finnish defence ministry responded: http://www.defmin.fi/en/topical/press_releases/comments_by_russian_defence_minister_sergei_shoygu_on_finland_s_and_sweden_s_nato_cooperation_inaccurate.9414.news

Finland has not set up any cyber-operation centre with the assistance of the United States, as Shoygu indicates. Instead, Finland hosts a multinational European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which was established in 2017.

In his speech, Shoygu also refers to a treaty signed between Finland, Sweden and NATO in May. There is in fact no such treaty. In May 2018, Finland, Sweden and US signed a Trilateral Statement of Intent on defence cooperation.

Finland does not participate fully in NATO exercises nor does it have full access to NATO’s command-and-control system, contrary to what Shoygu claims. Moreover, NATO does not have unrestricted access to Finland’s airspace and territorial waters. Any foreign vessels or aircraft wishing to enter Finland’s territory must have authorisation from the relevant authority, which in Finland is the Defence Forces. Such authorisation is always case-specific and subject to national discretion.

Shoygu is incorrect in saying that Finland is being pulled into NATO. Finland’s position on its military non-alignment is clear and Finland makes its security policy choices independently.

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has said that Shoygu's statement was misleading and that Nato countries still require "special permission" to enter Swedish territory.

"Sweden is non-aligned militarily and we make our own decisions. This was an incorrect description," he told Swedish Radio. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=7012912

Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
Countries: Russia, US, Finland, Sweden
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Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures
Additional details: There is a cyber operation centre deployed in Finland with the help of the US.


Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures. An agreement was signed in May providing for their full-fledged participation in NATO drills and for possible use of its troops and weapons control systems. In exchange, NATO has been granted unimpeded access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries.

Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: tass.com/defense/1014679
Disinforming outlet(s): Tass
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on NATO. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77118&date=

The comments by the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoygu, in Moscow on Tuesday with regard to Finland’s and Sweden’s cooperation with NATO contain a number of inaccuracies and factual errors, Finnish defence ministry responded: http://www.defmin.fi/en/topical/press_releases/comments_by_russian_defence_minister_sergei_shoygu_on_finland_s_and_sweden_s_nato_cooperation_inaccurate.9414.news

Finland has not set up any cyber-operation centre with the assistance of the United States, as Shoygu indicates. Instead, Finland hosts a multinational European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which was established in 2017.

In his speech, Shoygu also refers to a treaty signed between Finland, Sweden and NATO in May. There is in fact no such treaty. In May 2018, Finland, Sweden and US signed a Trilateral Statement of Intent on defence cooperation.

Finland does not participate fully in NATO exercises nor does it have full access to NATO’s command-and-control system, contrary to what Shoygu claims. Moreover, NATO does not have unrestricted access to Finland’s airspace and territorial waters. Any foreign vessels or aircraft wishing to enter Finland’s territory must have authorisation from the relevant authority, which in Finland is the Defence Forces. Such authorisation is always case-specific and subject to national discretion.

Shoygu is incorrect in saying that Finland is being pulled into NATO. Finland’s position on its military non-alignment is clear and Finland makes its security policy choices independently.

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has said that Shoygu's statement was misleading and that Nato countries still require "special permission" to enter Swedish territory.

"Sweden is non-aligned militarily and we make our own decisions. This was an incorrect description," he told Swedish Radio. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=7012912

Keywords: Cyber, EU/NATO enlargement, Military exercise, NATO
Countries: Russia, US, Finland, Sweden
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Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be stripped of their Romanian passports
Additional details: Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be stripped of their Romanian passports. According to a new Romanian law, all the documents will have to be changed in order to correspond to a new grammatical revision. The letter "î" will be replaced in most of the cases (e.g. geographical names) with the letter "â". The Moldovan citizens with Romanian passports will have to change their documents.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Moldova
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The headline is misinforming the readers: citizens of the Republic of Moldova will not be stripped of their Romanian passports. According to the new law, mentioned by Stopfals.md, the changes in the identity papers, passports and driving licenses will be made upon request or at the expiry of their validity. No one is obliged to do it immediately.

Keywords: EU, Sputnik
Countries: Romania, Moldova
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UEFA award to Georgian football player means pederastisation of football
Additional details: The footballer of Georgia's national football team and Vice-Captain Guram Kashia, who now plays in San Jose, is awarded by UEFA for supporting homosexuals.

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He was awarded for supporting pederasts.

He should not to take part in this Sodomise ceremony.

We call on Kashia not to accept a gift bestowed by pederasts and their bosses and to be remembered as a champion of the continent and not as a champion of Conchitas.

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Some have really decided to annihilate and degenerate us! What these sick people want from us, I don’t understand! We are forced that a man should sleep with a man and a woman with a woman! What do they want, sorry but they even start pederastisation of football.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval-Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Networ
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on LGBT, equating homosexuality with paedophilia, and how cooperation with Europe is destroying Georgian society. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77174&date=

UEFA granted Guram Kashia its inaugural #EqualGame award for his ‘courageous public stand for equality’. Last year, Kashia wore a rainbow armband during a game for Dutch team SBV Vitesse, and despite facing heavy backlash in Georgia, made further statements in support of equality. According to UEFA, Kashia’s gesture was greeted with an extremely negative and hostile response in certain quarters in his native Georgia. There were even calls for him to renounce playing for the national team. Nevertheless, he was defiant in the face of the abuse and threats he received, insisting he had no regrets about wearing the armband and underlining his full support for diversity and inclusion. https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/news/newsid=2567743.html

Keywords: UEFA, Perversion, LGBT
Countries: The West, Georgia
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Maybe Sergei Skripal is dead
Additional details: Relatives of Sergei and Yulia Skripal think Sergei might be dead. The Salisbury hospital staff are so frightened that they refused for any amount of money to take photographs with Sergei.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria Novosti, Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. No reliable resources have reported that there would be any reasons to assume that Sergei Skripal is dead. Further debunking by the Insider: https://theins.ru/antifake/114915

Background:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Salisbury attack. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=skripal&disinfo_issue=&date= 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, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK, Russia
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Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics
Additional details: Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics.

The Baltic states help Pentagon to develop biological weapon for the WWIII - the role of guinea pigs is reserved for them.

Mosaic outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe are gradually forming a general picture of the testing ground at which the Pentagon is working out the strategy and tactics of the third world war (biological). Probably, in this coordinate system a special role is assigned to the Eastern vanguard of NATO - the Baltic countries, which can be sacrificed. Believe me, conspiracy here does not smell - the facts are obvious.
Language / Targeted audience: Lithuanian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik in Lithuania
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US biological weapons. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=biological+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Biological weapons, WWIII, NATO
Countries: Baltic states, US
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NATO plans to break up Russia
Additional details: Call to break up Russia by Latvian MP Proof of NATO’s Hostile Plans.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

In reality, there has been no NATO proposal to invade or break up Russia. Instead there was just a tweet by an individual member of the Latvian parliament, who belongs to a minority party, and who therefore does not represent the position of Latvia, even less so the position of NATO. Moreover, even this tweet did not call for a break up of Russia. Read more here: https://www.polygraph.info/a/nato-isn-t-planning-to-break-up-russia/29399669.html

Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, NATO
Countries: Latvia, Russia
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Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics
Additional details: Stroke of pigs: Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics.

The Baltic states help Pentagon to develop biological weapon for the WWIII - the role of guinea pigs is reserved for them.

Mosaic outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe are gradually forming a general picture of the testing ground at which the Pentagon is working out the strategy and tactics of the third world war (biological). Probably, in this coordinate system a special role is assigned to the Eastern vanguard of NATO - the Baltic countries, which can be sacrificed. Believe me, conspiracy here does not smell - the facts are obvious.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik, Ria Novosti, Izvestia, TV Zvezda, Regnum, others
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US biological weapons. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=biological+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Biological weapons, WWIII, NATO
Countries: Baltic states, US
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Douma chemichal attack was a provocation by the White Helmets
Additional details: The alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma was a grotesque provocation by US-backed terrorists and their propaganda agents, known as the White Helmets.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria and the White Helmets. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

According to the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission's preliminary report, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples. No organophosphorus nerve agents or their degradation products were detected.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation, Terrorism
Countries: US, Syria
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English-speaking experts arrived to Idlib to perform chemical attack
Additional details: Világyfigyelő reported that Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said English-speaking specialist had arrived to Idlib, who would then stage a chemical attack against the civilian population there "within two days." Konashenkov said that the attack would take place in the town of Kafer-Zait. Vilagfigyelo added that the attack will be blamed on the Assad regime.

Konasenkov added that Washington and his allies are preparing another aggressive step, which is evidenced by the fact - for example - that on August 22, representatives of the US, UK and France said that they would respond "as determinedly as possible" if the Syrian government wanted to use chemical weapons. According to Konashenkov, there was "no basis" for this statement.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Világyfigyelő
Reported by: Political Capital Institute
Disproof note:

There is no evidence given either by the article or the Russian MoD that militiants or Western powers are preparing a staged chemical attack in Syria. The Kremlin and the Syrian regime has long blamed the West for chemical attacks/staging chamical attacks in the country.

Additionally, the joint statement of the US, UK and France was not without any basis, as they made the statement on the occasion of the fifth annyversary of the Ghouta sarin gas attack. https://abcn.ws/2Nalye8

The attack should have already happened - which is clearly not the case.

Keywords: false flag, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
Countries: UK, US, Syria, France
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Europe is close to legalising paedophilia
Additional details: On June 20, a video recording of TV Channel TED's educational programme was published. It focused on the following main points:

- paedophiles are also human beings, this is not a crime, but sexual orientation

-a paedophile cannot be held responsible for his/her feelings. He / she is not a criminal

-we should respect others' sexual orientation

-we should not exasperate paedophiles' pain by ridiculing, judging and persecuting them

-we should see the difference between paedophilia and sexual violence against children. Violence is bad, paedophilia is good and normal

-sexual violence against children is the result of the weakness of a paedophile's delicate soul, as a paedophile cannot speak openly about his / her orientation. Permanent social pressure is added to this: it is difficult for a ''poor'' paedophile to appear at the beach, as there are children there and they all wear bathing suits.

-society is responsible for paedophiles' sexual crime

It seems that transformation from the stage of ''unimaginable'' to ''an effective norm'' with regard to paedophilia is going on extremely quickly in Europe.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Georgia and the World
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

A recurring conspiracy theory in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=paedophilia&disinfo_issue=&date= .

There are no plans to legalise paedophilia, on the contrary, the Council and the European Parliament adopted on 13 December 2011a Directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, stepping up the fight against child sexual abuse. https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/organized-crime-and-human-trafficking/child-sexual-abuse_en

Read more on the controversial TEDx Talk here https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tedx-pedophilia-sexual-orientation/

See more here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/old-disinformation-finds-fresh-ground-in-serbia-targets-the-eu/

Keywords: Paedophilia, European values
Countries: EU, Georgia
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EU legislature forces Georgian authorities to kidnap children from their parents
Additional details: The agency of Sergeenko [Minister of Health, Labour, and Social Affairs] started kidnapping children from parents on the basis of the European-Juvenile legislature initiated by Tsulukiani [Minister of Justice]… So, the juvenile-satanic justice (about which our newspaper has warned about for years) was put in action with its hellish abnormality!
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: Printed newspaper
Disinforming outlet(s): Asaval Dasavali
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

It is not clear what legislation the disinformation is referring to, but there is no EU legislation that would force any Government (be it an EU or non-EU state) to steal children from their parents. It is, however, a recurring disinformation narrative in the pro-Kremlin sphere euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=stealing+children&disinfo_issue=&date=euvsdisinfo.eu/children-in-the-disinformation-spotlight/ , https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/euroliberal-activists-will-soon-come-to-georgian-families-to-take-children-from-parents/

Keywords: EU, European values, Stealing children
Countries: Georgia
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Terrorist Sentsov is responsible for the death of Crimeans
Additional details: Sentsov is a neo-Nazi terrorist and took part in the battle in front of the Crimean Supreme Court on February 26, 2014. It was Sentsov who threw a nerve gas grenade into the crowd of Crimeans defending the Supreme Council, the clash at the Council led to two deaths. Sentsov and his activists set the offices of civil society organisations - such as the "Crimean Russian Community" - ablaze as well as United Russia's local party office.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Oleh Sentsov was convicted in a Russian military court for terrorist offences. However, according to Amnesty International and PEN International, the trial itself was littered with irregularities: Sentsov said he was tortured, the main witness of the prosecution said his evidence had been extorted under torture and he said that no terrorist acts were committed. Moreover, Sentsov was not committed for offences committed on February 26, 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/russian-court-jails-ukrainian-filmmaker-oleg-sentsov-for-20-years-over-terror-offences

It can be confirmed that there were clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters on February 26, 2014, but there is no proof that Sentsov threw a nerve gas grenade into the crowd. Moreover, media reports suggest there was one death during the protect, and the man presumably died of a heart attack. https://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/26/world/europe/ukraine-politics/index.html

European Parliament has demanded that the Russian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Sentsov and more than 70 Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula.

The EU has stated that it expects international human rights standards on the peninsula to be upheld and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula to be released without delay. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/49296/statement-spokesperson-continuous-detention-ukrainian-film-director-oleg-sentsov_en

Keywords: Sentsov, Human rights, Freedom of speech, Media, Ukraine, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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An Islamic revolution has started in Sweden!
Additional details: The Swedish city of Falkenberg is ruled by immigrants and there are numerous individuals sympathising with ISIS in Trollhättan. An Islamic revolution has started in Sweden.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Világfigyelő
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence of an Islamic revolution in Sweden. The city of Falkenberg is actually governed by a center-right coalition.

Keywords: Islamic extremism, Refugees, Islamisation, Muslim/Islam, The West
Countries: Sweden
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EU is imposing paedophilia on Serbia
Additional details: Paedophilia is a natural sexual orientation, just like heterosexuality, and we should treat paedophiles with the same respect as other people. This scandalous statement was made during the TEDx Talk conference at the German University of Wuerzburg. Fighters against paedophilia in Serbia warn that this is just the beginning of the campaign since “modern” Europe is planning to introduce such perverted attitudes in the Balkans.
Language / Targeted audience: Serbia
Disinforming outlet(s): Republika
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

A recurring conspiracy theory in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=paedophilia&disinfo_issue=&date= .

There are no plans to legalise paedophilia, on the contrary, the Council and the European Parliament adopted on 13 December 2011a Directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, stepping up the fight against child sexual abuse. https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/organized-crime-and-human-trafficking/child-sexual-abuse_en

Read more on the controversial TEDx Talk here https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tedx-pedophilia-sexual-orientation/

For background see: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/old-disinformation-finds-fresh-ground-in-serbia-targets-the-eu/

Keywords: Western Balkans, Paedophilia, EU, European values
Countries: Serbia
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Crimean tatars behind Crimea's destabilisation
Additional details: One of the main reasons behind Crimea’s destabilisation is the Majlis of the Crimean Tatars. The leaders of (the currently banned) Majlis provoke acts of crime and terrorism from abroad. The Majlis was illegal even in Ukraine and majorly corrupted. The Mejlis leaders are parts of the plans of the Ukrainian regime. Crimean Tatar leaders are supporting the persecution of their own people because they turn a blind eye to the ongoing "ethnocultural genocide".
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation about the persecution of minorities in Ukraine. According to Amnesty International, the Crimean Tartars are repressed by the occupying Russian authorities https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/12/crimea-more-than-70-crimean-tatar-activists-put-on-trial-simultaneously-in-brazen-crackdown/

The Majlis had been an assembly of the Tatar minority in Crimea before it was banned by Russian authorities. Its leaders, who were Ukranian MPs, left for Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea. No evidence that they were organising terrorism. Even though they protest from Ukraine, they do not organise terrorism, nor were there any major corruption scandals in connection with the Majlis while it existed. Furthermore, there is no proof that an "ethnocultural genocide" is taking place in Ukraine in which Majlis leaders would in any way be complicit.

Keywords: illegal annexation, Human rights, Freedom of speech, Crimean Tatars, Genocide, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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European Court of Human Rights says Russian government not involved in Politkovskaya's murder
Additional details: European Court of Human Rights has concluded that Russia is not guilty of murdering investigative journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. According to Russia’s Justice Ministry, the Court found Russia’s investigation into Politkovskaya’s killing to have been competent and allowed to achieve serious results.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): REN TV
Life.ru
RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The Europan Court of human rights heavily criticized Russia’s investigation into the Politkovskaya murder. The court ruled that Russia had “failed to take adequate investigatory steps to find the person or persons who had commissioned the murder” and violated the European convention on Human Rights. The Court is of the opinion that "The State had failed to abide by its obligations under the Convention to carry out an effective investigation and the length of the proceedings had been too long." More information can be found here.

Further debunking by StopFake: https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-european-court-of-human-rights-says-russian-government-not-involved-in-politkovskaya-murder/

Keywords: Anna Politkovskaya, ECHR, EU
Countries: Russia
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Stuffed Hitler Doll on sale in Ukraine
Additional details: Ukrainian children in Lviv were offered to play with a knitted doll of Adolf Hitler. The advert is published on the Olx.ua website in the cathegory "Toys. Lviv".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Riafan
Pravda
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Nazis. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

The hyperlink mentioned by the media send the reader to the Olx general site. According to StopFake, a search of the site using Ukraina.ru’s description of the toy comes up with the response “nothing found to match your description”. Lenta.ru claims the Olx site deleted the announcement for the toy on July 25, but it can still be found in Google cache. Google however draws a blank.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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UK secret services created the White Helmets that plans to stage a new provocation with the use of chemical weapons
Additional details: White Helmets group, a pseudo-organisation created, funded and lead by the British security services, has recently abducted several children in order to stage a new act of provocation with chemical weapons in Syria. Children will be the victims of this new provocation.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/cwBd8GJu-jo
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti @Rossiya 1, 31:00; Zvezda TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on White Helmets and chemical attacks in Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date= https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Read more: https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/08/31/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-les-intox-de-la-russie-pour-brouiller-les-pistes_5348708_4355770.html#xtor=AL-32280270

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

 

Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation, Secret services
Countries: UK, Syria
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‘Foreign specialists’ may stage chemical attack in Syria to frame Assad
Additional details: “English-speaking specialists” have arrived in Syria and may stage a chemical attack using chlorine in “the next two days”, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The operation is planned to unfold in the village of Kafr Zita in Syria’s north-western Hama Province in "the next two days". Groups of residents will be used to assist fake rescuers from the White Helmets.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given and disproved by events. This is a repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=stage+chemical&disinfo_issue=&date= No such attack happened during the two days after the disinformation had been published.

For background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/ www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/29/pieces-matter-syrias-chlorine-bombs-douma-chemical-attack/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, US, Syrian War
Countries: Russia, Syria
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Juncker warns: Europe will become too small and it will not be important
Additional details:
The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warns that Europe will become too "small" and it will not be important anymore on the international stage. It risks to loose its position in G7.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Moldova
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In his original speech at the Carlos de Amberes foundation, president Juncker did not say that Europe will become less important or would lose its position in G7 as a whole. He mentioned that Europe's population will become smaller compared to other nations and that working together as an "indivisible entity" would be key. Here is the quote: "By the end of 20th century Europe represented 20% of global population, today - it's 6% (...). In a few years, none of the EU member states will account for even 1% of the world's population. In a few years, there will be no EU member state member of G7. Therefore, (...) we will have to rediscover our forces that make us an active whole and an indivisible entity". 

Keywords: G7, Jean-Claude Juncker, EU, Russian superiority
Countries: Russia, EU
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Ukraine is planning an offensive in Donbas under the command of NATO military
Additional details:
Ukraine’s army command is preparing an offensive on positions of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) with the use of three army brigades and the Azov paramilitary battalion under control of foreign instructors, Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the DPR operations command, said. "All these operations will be commanded by the military from the United States and Canada, or, in other words, by NATO military," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: tass.com/world/1019641
Disinforming outlet(s): TASS
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

There are no credible sources reporting that this would be the case.

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accused Ukraine of plans for escalation without providing any evidence, see e.g. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-planning-major-hostilities-during-the-world-cup/; https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/ukraine-is-increasing-its-military-presence-in-donbas-and-is-preparing-a-major-provocation/; or https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/possible-that-kiev-plans-provocation-with-chemical-weapons-in-donbas/

Pro-Kremlin sources repeatedly accuse foreign military of taking part in the war in Ukraine without providing any evidence, see dozens of cases in our database: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77165&date=

Keywords: War in Ukraine, NATO, Foreign mercenaries
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Kyiv is planning to launch an offensive on Donbas
Additional details: Kyiv is planning to launch an offensive on Donbas on 14 September and is massing troops reinforced with large numbers of foreign mercenaries, including US and Canadian military personnel, in the Mariupol area.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @Rossiya 1, Pravo Golosa @TV Centre (from the beginning)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory. No evidence of any war preparations.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian aggression. The same disinformation was actively spread ahead of the 2018 World Cup, among others, euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date= euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=world+cup&disinfo_issue=&date=

Foreign mercenaries is a recurring topic in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77165&date=

For further debunking see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-osce-the-pentagon-nato-headquarters-and-the-council-of-europe-do-not-recognize-the-facts-of-russias-aggression-against-ukraine-primarily-the-intrusion-of-russian-tanks-and-paratroopers-into-do/

Keywords: War preparation, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Foreign mercenaries
Countries: Canada, Ukraine, US
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The EU is a Nazi project, the plan to form the EU was created within Nazi Germany
Additional details: “The Plan to Form the European Union Was Created within Nazi Germany”. The European Union is a Nazi project and it lacks democracy.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Politicano
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating a disinformation that had been debunked many times before, see e.g. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/nazi-east-nazi-west-nazi-over-the-cuckoos-nest/

The founders of the EU have no connection with Nazis. The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. Read more here: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/politicano-misinformation-if-european-union-nazi-project

Keywords: EU, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: EU, Germany
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Footage shows Tskhinvali bombed by Georgians
Additional details: On August 8, Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Director of a bakery in Tskhinvali says in the video that Georgian soldiers were entering houses in Tskhinvali and leaving hand grenades in basements. Afterwards, the video shows footage with Sophio Muradov.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.ntv.ru/video/1625280
Disinforming outlet(s): NTV
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

The footage is falsified: whereas NTV talks about the Georgian attacks in Tskhinvali, the footage in reality shows Gori that had been bombed by Russian Air Forces. Sophio Muradov was wounded during the bombings of residential buildings in Gori by the Russian Air Forces on August 9, 2008. Read more here: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/falsified-footage-ntv-gori-bombed-russian-air-forces-portrayed-tskhinvali

 

Keywords: Russo-Georgian War
Countries: Russia, Georgia
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The end of trade with Russia "kills" Ukraine's economy
Additional details: In recent years, the trade with Russia has increased. The Free Trade Area with the EU countries only harmed the economy of Ukraine. The end of trade with Russia will destroy Ukraine's economy.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to the European Commission, trade with Ukraine has increased over the last few years. The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, accounting for more than 40% of its trade in 2016.

In the first six months of 2018 Ukraine’s exports to the EU grew by $1.8 billion compared to the same period last year.

Keywords: Trade, Economic difficulties, Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, EU
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Ukrainian leadership intends to continue the war against its own people
Additional details: [After Zakharchenko was killed] Ukrainian leadership intends to continue the war against its own people.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/hrgUsVWznPc
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @Russia 1, 28:45
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date=

It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war. For further debunking see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/

Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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Necrophilia and bestiality are accepted norms in Sweden, Germany and Denmark
Additional details: “One letter added to LGBT and crucified Orthodoxy.” The article claims that necrophilia and bestiality are accepted norms in Sweden, Germany and Denmark. They are not criminalized and may even be legalized soon. The author equals pedophilia and bestiality with homosexuality.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): geworld.ge
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Geworld’s article on the legal status of necrophilia and bestiality in Germany, Sweden and Denmark is false. In reality, necrophilia and bestiality are punishable in these countries. The source of Geworld’s fake news is the Russian federal news agency ФАН, which, in turn, is one of the projects of a notorious Russian troll factory. For more information, read: http://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/geworld-spreads-news-russian-troll-factory-legalization-necrophilia-and-bestiality-europe

Keywords: Bestiality, Necrophilia, LGBT
Countries: Denmark, Germany, Sweden
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Finnish and EU citizens are not allowed to purchase property in Åland Islands
Additional details: It is necessary to move on and grant vast autonomy to Donbas, similar to that enjoyed Finland's Åland Islands. Finnish and EU citizens are not allowed to purchase property there.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/hrgUsVWznPc?t=885
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minut @Rossiya 1, 14:45
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Åland is of specific interest for pro-Kremlin disinformation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/talks-of-%c3%a5lands-remilitarization-were-met-with-cheers-in-sweden/

In 2014, out of 28 916 inhabitants of Åland, 26 079 were Finnish citizens and 1 257 Swedish citizens. https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahvenanmaan_maakunta#%C3%84idinkieli,_syntym%C3%A4paikka_ja_kansalaisuus https://pxweb.asub.ax/PXWeb/pxweb/sv/Statistik/Statistik__BE__Befolkningens%20storlek%20och%20struktur/BE035.px/?rxid=f59f413b-cd1a-4d62-b247-0a42c5f0678c&rxid=f59f413b-cd1a-4d62-b247-0a42c5f0678c

According to its basic law, Ålands inhabitants are entitled to right of domicile (citizenship) either from birth or after they have lived in Åland for five years. A dispensation may be granted as regards the owning of land and carrying on a trade. Ownership of shares in a housing association does not require the right of domicile. http://www.visitaland.com/en/articles/aland/

Åland has been a member of the EU since 1995 but remains outside the fiscal union, which means it has a customs frontier with other countries, including Finland. The currency is the euro. Åland has been an autonomous island realm within the republic of Finland since 1921.

 

 

Keywords: Åland, Donbas
Countries: Ukraine, EU, Finland, Sweden
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Eastern Europe is a testing ground for NATO
Additional details: Eastern Europe is a testing ground for NATO. This [accidental missile launch] would never happen in Germany, France or Italy, but Estonia, Romania and Poland are second class countries for NATO.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Gazeta, Ria Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on NATO and Eastern Europe. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=nato&disinfo_issue=&date=

A Spanish Eurofighter EF2000 jet accidentally fired an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) during a training mission in Estonia. Read more on pro-Kremlin narratives of the incident on DFRLab: https://medium.com/dfrlab/balticbrief-accidental-missile-launched-over-estonia-26fe8c222a2b

Keywords: NATO
Countries: Italy, Romania, Estonia, Germany, Poland, France
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The president of Ukraine allows wood smuggling to the EU
Additional details: Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has allowed wood smuggling to EU countries. Having vetoed a bill designed to protect Ukraine’s forests from logging, Poroshenko is supporting the illegal export of valuable lumber.
Language / Targeted audience: Ukrainian
Link to the disinformation: ukraina.ru/news/20180723/1020671602.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

President Poroshenko did veto a bill on illegal lumber smuggling. However the bill was returned to parliament with proposals from the presidential office. The President’s press service explained that Poroshenko supports the bill in general, but the original version had loopholes that contradicted WTO rules and Ukraine’s Free Trade Agreement with the EU and created possibilities for lobbying schemes. Further debunk by StopFake: https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-poroshenko-allows-lumber-smuggling-to-eu/

Keywords: EU, Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Germany doubts that Russia is responsible for Salisbury attack
Additional details: Germany doubts that Russia is responsible for Salisbury attack.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Russkaya Planeta, many others
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The headline is based on the personal opinion of a single German politician..

In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/ Earlier Germany, among others, stated that "The United Kingdom thoroughly briefed its allies that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack. We share the United Kingdom’s assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia´s failure to address the legitimate request by the government of the United Kingdom further underlines Russia’s responsibility." https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-united-states-france-germany-united-kingdom-attack-salisbury/

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK, Russia, Germany
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US Democrats want to turn Facebook into a tool of manipulating the voters
Additional details: US Democrats want to turn Facebook into a tool of manipulating the voters and to a source of legalised leak of personal information of the users.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=3047092&cid=5
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to Raffi Krikorian, the Democratic National Committee's chief technology officer and a former Uber executive, the proposal would allow Democrats and Republicans alike to combat misinformation by serving those people accurate information:

"Krikorian wants Facebook to go even further and identify audiences that have seen the content so the DNC -- or the Republican National Committee, for that matter -- can serve those people correct information. Krikorian said he's not calling on Facebook to identify individual users, only the audiences that have seen the misinformation. For example, if Ohio college students receive bogus details on their polling location, the DNC wants to know that so it can deliver accurate information to that same audience." https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/08/technology/dnc-facebook-disinformation/index.html

Further debunking by the Insider: https://theins.ru/antifake/112928

Keywords: Facebook, Democratic Party (US)
Countries: US
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Crimea is part of Russia, the process is irreversible
Additional details: In the West, acknowledging Crimea as part of Russia is gaining a momentum.

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Crimea is part of Russia, over time it will be marked as such in all the maps of the world. The process is irreversible, says a German politician.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria Novosti, Vesti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Crimea is part of Ukraine and illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and states 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.

EU's sanctions remain in place because of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/18/illegal-annexation-of-crimea-and-sevastopol-eu-extends-sanctions-by-one-year/

The German politician referred to in the disinformation article is Andreas Maurer, head of the Die Linke party's faction in the town of Quakenbrück. He advocates the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and calls for the abolition of  sanctions imposed by the EU.

Further debunking by the Insider https://theins.ru/antifake/113784

Keywords: The West
Countries: The West, Germany
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Ukraine infected the Azov Sea with cholera
Additional details: Cholera was found near the Ukrainian Azov sea port of Mariupol. According to a source, the officials of Mariupol have found cholera in the waters around Mariupol since 2017 but Ukrainian authorities ignore these findings, creating a potentially dangerous situation for neighbouring Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: utro.ru/accidents/2018/07/09/1366627.shtml
Disinforming outlet(s): Utro.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The World Health Organization Regional Office have informed that they have no data confirming the presence of cholera in Mariupol or the surrounding area.

According to StopFake, the Health Ministry of Ukraine said that as of July 18, 2018 no cholera cases had been recorded in Ukraine and no cholera bacteria were found in the Donetsk area or any other region. The Ministry published a statement on its website debunking Russian cholera claims.

Keywords: Virus / bacteria threat, Climate
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukraine, together with the help of US secret services, wants to poison Donbas water supply
Additional details: According to Cyberberkut, a group of pro-Russian hackers, Ukraine, helped by the US secret services, is preparing to use nuclear waste to poison the water supply of the separatist controlled swathes of Luhansk and Donetsk territories, in order to blame Russia. Ukrainian military are being trained for this operation by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and fourteen other US military instructors.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Moskovskyi Komsomolets (mk.ru)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The disinformation was spread by Cyberberkut, an ostensibly independent hacking group that cybersecurity experts say in fact has ties to Russian intelligence.

One of the fake “leaked” documents details how the nuclear waste was allegedly transferred from Ukraine’s Vakelenchuk storage facility in March 2018.

As pointed out by StopFake, this facility was decommissioned in 2017 and all nuclear waste was removed.

Konstantyn Danko, the chairman of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences’ Hydrometereological Institute, told StopFake that Cyberberkut’s claims contain a number of scientific inconsistencies.

According to Danko, if nuclear waste were dumped into the Northern Donetsk-Donbas waterway as described by the hackers, it would contaminate large swathes of Ukraine that are not controlled by the separatists as well as the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

Vladislav Seleznyov, a former spokesman for Ukraine’s General Staff, also told StopFake that the alleged military letters cited by Cyberberkut as evidence are fabricated as they do not follow the military protocols for official correspondence.

CyberBerkut has been spreading disinformation before: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/back-to-basics/; or https://euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/

Read more: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/figure-of-the-week-14/

 

Keywords: false flag, Eastern Ukraine, Nuclear issues, US, Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Secret services
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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The Russian military is open, friendly, and non-aggressive against foreign countries
Additional details: The Western military bloc cannot stand Russia being an independent player in international politics and is trying to prevent this by boosting its military presence in Eastern Europe. In a contrast to NATO’s behaviour, Russia’s military “demonstrates openness, friendliness and the absence of any sort of aggression against foreign countries.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today (RT)
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

In reality, the Russian military stands accused of war crimes in Russia’s own North Caucasus region and in Syria; of provocative, aggressive and dangerous behavior in international airspace and waters; of brutal covert operations around the world, including contributing to the shooting down of the Malaysian passenger jet MH-17, which killed 268 people; the aggressive online operations of its intelligence units in the United States and France, as well as against the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA; shadowy involvement in the conflicts in eastern Ukraine and Georgia that claimed thousands of civilian victims; and of violating international treaties and agreements; and openly threatening to use its nuclear weapons. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/putin-claims-russia-has-nuclear-arsenal-capable-of-avoiding-missile-defenses/2018/03/01/d2dcf522-1d3b-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?noredirect=on, https://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/16/europe/russia-putin-crimea-nuclear/index.html

For more information, see https://www.polygraph.info/a/russian-military-friendly-or-aggressive/29392743.html

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine
Countries: Russia
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Maria Butina is forced to stay awake during 1-3am in the nights in US prison
Additional details: Maria Butina is forced to stay awake during 1-3am in the nights in a US prison.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ria.ru/world/20180830/1527473692.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to Butina's father, in fact Maria Butina - accused of spying for Russia in the US - has to make her phone calls to Russia during night time. Further debunking by the Insider: https://theins.ru/antifake/115463

Keywords: Maria Butina
Countries: Russia, US
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The US do not want to present any evidence about Russian cyber interference
Additional details: No evidence about Russia's cyber interference.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ria.ru/world/20180821/1526968767.html
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement was a response to the Microsoft announcement on August 20 that the company has moved to seize control over six internet domains affiliated with the Russian military intelligence. There are multiple publicly available reports by different governments and non-government cyber security firms worldwide. These reports offer detailed forensic analyses unveiling the cyber espionage and criminal hacking activities of the group as well as demonstrating their affiliation with the Russian military intelligence/Russian government. The groups’ multiple nicknames have been revealed, they include Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear, APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM and others. For more, read https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russia-cyber-espionage-microsoft/29447856.html

Keywords: Microsoft, election meddling
Countries: Russia, US
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UN Supports Disinformation Campaign About White Helmets
Additional details: The United Nations Office (UNO) participated in the evacuation of the White Helmets, the UNO confirmed their involvement in these events. The UNHCR thereby supports the disinformation campaign [in Syria], arranged by these ‘fearless humanitarian workers.’
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date=

In July, 422 rescue workers from Syrian Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, were evacuated to Jordan ahead of advancing pro-Assad forces. The workers and their family members received support from the United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) and are seeking asylum in several countries. The main reason for the evacuation is that the rescuers fear reprisals at the hands of the government, which has labeled them “terrorist collaborators.”

To date, detractors of the White Helmets have failed to provide any concrete evidence that the organization staged any of the chemical attacks that it investigated. Those claims have also been thoroughly debunked. For more information, see https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-sputnik-accuses-un-of-supporting-the-white-helmet-disinfo/29437896.html and https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date=

Keywords: false flag, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, UNHCR, UN
Countries: Russia, Syria
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EU defence industry fund will ruin defence industries of small states
Additional details: The EU defence industry fund, which is to distribute 500 million Euro to defence industry initiatives in the years 2019-2020, was designed to benefit defence industries in Western Europe. Smaller countries such as the Czech Republic will not gain anything, and may even lose, from the fund.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik CZ
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

The statement is based on an interview with a Czech politician who speculates on the implementation of the fund. The declaratory title of the article is therefore misleading.

For more information about the EU defence industry fund, see: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20180628IPR06812/first-ever-eu-defence-industry-fund-to-finance-joint-development-of-capabilities

Keywords: European Parliament, Economic difficulties
Countries: Czech Republic, EU
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