Am 5. Dezember schloss das Internationale Olympische Komitee Russland von den Olympischen Winterspielen 2018 in Pyeongchang aus. Grund war die systematische Manipulation von Anti-Doping-Regeln in Russland während der Olympischen Winterspiele vor drei Jahren in Sotschi. Einzelne russische Athleten dürfen trotzdem unter der Olympischen Flagge teilnehmen.

Die erste Reaktion der Desinformationskampagne war für das heimische Publikum in Russland bestimmt, um zur Verteidigung der belagerten Festung zusammenzurufen und jegliche innere Kritik oder Forderungen gegenüber den Behörden zu vermeiden.

In militärischen Begriffen über Olympia zu reden, das war die Strategie, um diese Nachricht durchzubringen. Wir hörten daher, dass der Ausschluss aus den Winterspielen „ein Krieg gegen Russland“ sei, wie dass es bei „Olympia nie um Sport gegangen ist, sondern um Krieg“. Die Behauptung, dass „das IOC Russland demütigt“ wurde mehrmals in den Nachrichten im russischen Staatsfernsehen wiederholt. Die einzelnen Athleten, die in Betracht ziehen, bei den Spielen nicht unter der russischen Flagge anzutreten, wurden als „unpatriotisch“ bezeichnet. Eine Verschwörungstheorie wurde verbreitet, wonach dies eine vom Westen vorbereitete Operation sei, um Russland im Vorfeld der Präsidentschaftswahlen 2018 zu diskreditieren.

Im nächsten Schritt wandte sich die Desinformationskampagne an das internationale Publikum. Hier war das Hauptziel, die Ermittlungen zu Russlands staatlich unterstütztem Dopingsystem mit der Behauptung anzuzweifeln, bei der Sperre ginge es nicht um Sport oder Doping, sondern um russophobische westliche Eliten, die sich für einen „endlosen Krieg“ einsetzten.

Die Kriegsrhetorik könnte nicht weiter weg von der Olympischen Idee sein, die „mithilfe des Sports eine friedlichere und bessere Welt“ schaffen will, wie es in der maßgeblichen von der UN-Generalversammlung verabschiedeten Resolution heißt. Wie üblich bei der kremlfreundlichen Desinformationskampagne, könnte die Rhetorik nicht weiter von den tatsächlichen Fakten entfernt sein. Die Tradition des „Olympischen Friedens“ ist in Wirklichkeit schon fast dreitausend Jahre alt.

„Gastronomischer Genozid in Griechenland“—nein, die EU verbietet den Kebab nicht

Die „Genies“ des Europäischen Parlaments und der Europäischen Kommission würden ernsthaft erwägen, sowohl Gyros als auch Kebab in dem Land zu verbieten, welches „die Wiege der Zivilisation“ genannt werde: So schrieb serbische Ausgabe von Sputnik in einem Artikel mit der Überschrift „Das griechische Szenario für Serbien“. Serbien solle es sich demnach gut überlegen, ob es die Ehe mit der EU aus Liebe oder zu eigenem Vorteil eingehen wolle. Wie Sputnik schreibt, wäre es in jedem Fall so, als würde ein Opfer seinen oder ihren Vergewaltiger heiraten, da die orientalischen Einflüsse in der serbischen Küche ursprünglich aus Griechenland kämen, welches nun von einem „gastronomischen Genozid“ bedroht sei. Genozide oder Völkermorde sind ein wiederkehrendes Thema in den kremlfreundlichen Medien, wie neuerdings in seiner „linguistischen“ lettischen Form. Aber selten wird der Begriff “Genozid” dort so verwendet, dass es mit seiner tatsächlichen Definition übereinstimmt.

Dies ist nicht das erste Mal, dass kremlfreundliche Desinformationsmedien solche Behauptungen entwickeln. 2016 wurde die traditionelle europäische Küche „von muslimischen Bürgern angegriffen“ genannt.

Natürlich verbietet die EU keine Kebabs. Die Desinformation wurde verbreitet, als der Gesundheitsausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments Bedenken über die Auswirkungen von Phosphaten erhob, die in Lebensmittelzusatzstoffen enthalten sind.

Es ist auch schwer zu verstehen, warum Serbien als Vergewaltigungsopfer der EU am Stockholm-Syndrom leiden sollte, wie Sputnik nahelegt. Serbien hat erklärt, der EU-Beitritt gelte als strategisches Ziel. Außerdem ist Serbiens Status als EU-Beitrittskandidat sichergestellt.

Ein Screenshot aus Sputnik Serbia: „Das griechische Szenario für Serbien“.

Kein weißer Phosphor in der Ukraine

Am 9. Dezember wurden französische Twitternutzer darüber informiert, dass die ukrainische Armee vermutlich ein Gebäude zur Wasseraufbereitung im von Rebellen kontrollierten östlichen Teil der Stadt Donezk in der Ostukraine mit weißem Phosphor beschossen hätte.

Der Tweet war zu einem Artikel von Novorossia Today verlinkt, eine Webseite, die von den prorussischen separatistischen Rebellen in der Ostukraine betrieben wird. In dem Bericht war ein Video des angeblichen Angriffs eingebettet.

Die Behauptung wurde sofort von der Speziellen Beobachtermission in der Ukraine (SMM) der OSZE widerlegt.

Am 8. Dezember nahm eine Kamera der SMM an dem Donezker Gebäude zu Wasseraufbereitung tatsächlich Verletzungen der Waffenruhe auf. Doch die OSZE schrieb in ihrem täglichen Bericht, dass die Projektile von Osten nach Westen geflogen seien und nicht von Westen nach Osten. Die OSZE erwähnte auch nirgends weißen Phosphor.

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The anti-Russian sanctions of the US have not had any effect
Additional details: The sanctions do not work.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJjBkzyJLc
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 19:30
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

There are various estimates of losses because of sanctions imposed on Russia: both what the countries that imposed sanctions have lost and what Russia itself has lost. In April 2017, for example, while being in Moscow, Idriss Jazairy, the first OHCHR Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, announced that Russia had lost US $ 52-55 billion or about 1% of GDP because of the sanctions imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea. At the end of 2014, Anton Siluanov, Russia's finance minister, reported that Russia was losing US $ 40 billion a year because of the sanctions or 2% of its GDP. In January 2016, Alexei Likhachev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, estimated losses as € 25 billion for 2015. Other Russian experts estimated Russia's GDP losses for 2014-2017 as 6% of GDP (see Russian sources in Russian: https://www.rbc.ru/economics/28/04/2017/590332b69a7947ae385244b0  ).

Keywords: Sanctions
Countries: Russia
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The EU rejects the principle of territorial integrity
Additional details: [An example why the EU does not respect] territorial integrity: The unification of Germany. [Another example why the EU does not respect] territorial integrity: Europe recognized the collapse of the Soviet Union. That is, talking about territorial integrity, as it was understood in Helsinki, is out of the question. Europe destroyed Yugoslavia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqft3aJHrMA
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Voskresnyi vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym’ @Rossiya-1, 2:06:51
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

The principle of territorial integrity has always been one of the cornerstones of the EU's foreign policy. As for Germany, its unification was recognized not only by Europe, but also by Moscow. Read more: https://www.britannica.com/place/Germany/The-reunification-of-Germany  Europe didn’t attempt to disintegrate the USSR – that occurred as a result of independent and actions of the leaders of the peoples inhabited this country. Read more: https://www.britannica.com/place/Russia/The-Gorbachev-era-perestroika-and-glasnost

Europe did not wage a war in Yugoslavia. The former Yugoslavia was a Socialist state created after German occupation in World War II and a bitter civil war. A federation of six republics, it brought together Serbs, Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Albanians, Slovenes and others under a comparatively relaxed communist regime. Tensions between these groups were successfully suppressed under the leadership of President Tito. After Tito's death in 1980, tensions re-emerged. Calls for more autonomy within Yugoslavia by nationalist groups led in 1991 to declarations of independence in Croatia and Slovenia. Read more about the devastating wars that followed and accompanied and facilitated the breakup of the Yugoslav state. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17632399

Keywords: EU
Countries: Yugoslavia, USSR, Germany
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The US is pressing Ukraine to launch a war against Russia
Additional details: The West, primarily the US, is raising pressure on Ukraine demanding to launch a war against Russia. Ukraine is now being pushed to a war in Donbas, a war with Russia. Through Donbas and then - wherever it will be possible.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJjBkzyJLc
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 48:45
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation about Ukraine's aggression towards Russia, when in fact it is Russia that supports the separatists in Donbas and East of Ukraine, inside the sovereign state of Ukraine, and has illegally annexed Crimea.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

Keywords: Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West
Countries: Ukraine, US
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The exclusion of Russia from Winter Olympics has been done in order to humiliate Russia
Additional details: The exclusion of Russia from Winter Olympics has been done in order to humiliate Russia on the anniversary of the Soviet counter-offensive near Moscow during WWII and avenge the victories of Russia at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. This is proven by the date of the announcement; December 5 - the day of the beginning of the Soviet troops’ counter-offensive near Moscow, in 1941 during WWII. It is done symbolically, to try to humiliate Russia.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f44d7vuW1Q
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 16:26, 25:12
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given for this bizarre historic linkage. . It was the systematic state sponsored doping program in Russia that made the IOC decide this https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag. Russian athletes not convicted of doping will be allowed to compete under Olympic flag. According to the rules of the IOC, any attempt to blockade or blackmail the Olympics means the exclusion from participation in the Games for up to 8 years.

Keywords: IOC, Olympics
Countries: Russia
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The ban imposed by the IOC on Russia's participation in the Winter Olympics 2018 is a war against Russia
Additional details: The ban imposed by the IOC on Russia's participation in the Winter Olympics 2018 is a war against Russia on all fronts.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCNN2kP6wJE
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 27:06
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. It was the systematic state sponsored doping program in Russia that made the IOC decide this https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag. Russian athletes not convicted of doping will be allowed to compete under Olympic flag. According to the rules of the IOC, any attempt to blockade or blackmail the Olympics means the exclusion from participation in the Games for up to 8 years, so using this "opportunity" would lead to consequences.

Keywords: IOC, Olympics, Anti-Russian, Warmongering
Countries: Russia
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The Olympics have never been about sports, but war
Additional details: The Olympic movement is not only really sports. Originally in Antiquity, and then revived by Coubertin, as a sublimation of war. Because 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' are Olympic slogans: "Faster, Stronger and Higher". 'Fortius' is interpreted from Latin not only as "Stronger", but also as "More courageous". That is,  strength and courage was offered to measure. Not in combat, but in sports competitions.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NOyM62UYfQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 12:48
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. This is seemlingly another attempt to present the world as aggressive and phobic against Russia.

Keywords: Olympics
Countries: Russia
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Poverty in the US is comparable to poverty in Russia
Additional details: The percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in Russia, and the percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in America, are comparable.

  
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqft3aJHrMA
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Voskresnyi vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym’ @Rossia-1, 1:05:32
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Being poor in America is not the same as being poor in Russia.

In the US, the official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent. In 2016, some annual poverty thresholds were:

  • $12,486 for a single individual under age 65
  • $14,507 a household of two people with a householder 65 years or older with no children
  • $24,339 for a family of four with two children under age 18

According to the official figures in Russia, 13,5 % of the population live in poverty. In Russia, an individual is defined as poor if he or she lives with less than $ 174 a month. According to to the polls, the Russians see poverty very differently than the official figures state. If the official poverty line is $ 174 a month, the polls show that Russians see that the real poverty threshold is in average $ 262.

Keywords: Russian superiority
Countries: Russia, US
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Bellingcat investigation of the MH17 tragedy was just a reaction to new proof that Ukrainian forces shot down the plane
Additional details: The results of the joint investigation of the MH17 tragedy by the Bellingcat and the Insider were an answer to the revelations of the former Ukrainian army colonel Yuriy Baturin who says that the plane was shot down by Ukrainian forces. The results of the joint investigation identify the voice of Russian General Nikolay Tkachev to be the same as of the person Dolphin - one of the key figure in the tragedy. But in fact none of the experts dared to state that it is definitely his voice, even though the investigators even made a provocation to obtain his voice samples.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.kp.ru/daily/26767/3799839/
Disinforming outlet(s): Komsomolskaya Pravda
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

Misleading information that aims to frame Bellingcat and the Insider as unreliable sources. Repeating recurring disinformation about MH17.

In fact the joint investigation between The Insider and Bellingcat used open source research, investigative journalism, and forensic voice analysis to determine the identity of “Delfin,” a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). The investigation has identified, to a high degree of certainty, Delfin as Colonel General Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev, currently serving as the Chief Inspector of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.

Already in October, the former Ukrainian colonel Yuriy Baturin started to give disinforming interviews that MH-17 was shot down by Ukrainian forces. The recent interview to Zvezda TV Channel was just a repetition of this disinformation. TV Zvezda removed the interviews with Yuriy Baturin from its websites soon after publishing them in October, but on December 7, a day before the Bellingcat and the Insider published their report, TV Zvezda published a new interview with Baturin.

 

Keywords: MH17
Countries: Ukraine
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Daesh started to arm refugees
Additional details: Muslim refugees arrived in Greece on a cargoship, and in the containers that arrived with them were found large amounts of weapons and cartridge. It has been known for days or weeks that the Islamic State is plotting a 9/11 in Europe. It is not known where or how they want to strike, but they are planning an attack with several hundreds or thousands of victims. This would be the last step for those Islamic warriors, who have already infiltrated Europe, to spring to arms and bring Europe to its knees both from the inside and the outside.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Világlátó
Reported by: Political Capital Institute
Disproof note:

No evidence given, conspiracy theory. The article refers to another Hungarian article (https://avilagtitkai.com/articles/view/mar-elkezdte-felfegyverezni-a-menekulteket-az-isis) and a video from 2015 by Truth Seeker News, on the basis of which other Hungarian sites also spread similar conspiracies.

Keywords: Terrorism, Migration crisis, Daesh
Countries: Hungary, Greece, EU
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Moldovan President - the only President not invited to the EaP Summit
Additional details: Igor Dodon became the only one of the six Presidents of the EaP member countries who had not been invited to the Brussels Summit. Moldova was represented at the forum by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko refused to go to Brussels and sent his minister of foreign affairs to the Eastern Partnership Summit. The other 4 delegations were led by the Presidents of the EaP countries concerned.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Link to the disinformation: http://www.infotag.md/politics-en/256329/
Disinforming outlet(s): Infotag
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:
The invitations to the Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November in Brussels were sent to the Heads of State or Government of all six partner countries and of European Union Member States, signed by President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Estonia (holding the presidency of the Council of the EU over the second half of 2017) Jüri Ratas. The choice of addressee was based on the constitutional responsibilities in the countries concerned.  In Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, foreign policy largely pertains to the responsibilities of Prime Ministers, while in the other four partner countries it largely rests with the Presidents.
Keywords: European Commission, Igor Dodon, Brussels, Eastern Partnership, EU, Alexander Lukashenko
Countries: Moldova, EU
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Soros will finance rivals of President Zeman
Additional details: George Soros will finance rivals of current Czech President Miloš Zeman during upcoming presidential election. This is part of the prepared "colour revolution" in the Czech Republic.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Disinforming outlet(s): aeronet.cz
Reported by: Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI)
Disproof note:

No evidence given concerning financing of any presidential candidate by Mr. Soros or by his Open Society Foundations.

Keywords: Miloš Zeman, Colour revolutions, Elections, George Soros
Countries: Czech Republic
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92 % of Ukrainian TV viewers want Yanukovich back
Additional details: Ukrainian TV audience wants Yanukovich back. Most of the viewers of Ukrainian TV channel "NewsOne" support the idea that the ex-president would come back to power in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Izvestia
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

There are no reliable polls that suggest that a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of Yanukovich return to power.

Keywords: Media, Viktor Yanukovych
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukrainians go to Poland to save its economy since Ukraine's economy has failed and cannot be saved
Additional details: Ukrainians go to Poland to save its economy because Ukrainian economy has already failed and cannot be saved any more.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Economica Segodnya
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

The rating agency Standard&Poor’s has improved their prognosis for Ukraine's economy and deems it as having a stable outlook https://www.reuters.com/article/brief-sp-says-ratings-on-ukraine-affirme/brief-sp-says-ratings-on-ukraine-affirmed-at-b-b-outlook-stable-idUSFWN1IE0XV

 

Keywords: Economic difficulties
Countries: Ukraine, Poland
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The aim of IOC is to show that Russia is not a great power
Additional details: Russia are told by the International Olympic Committee and others; guys, did you think that you are a great power? And you were put in your place.


 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCNN2kP6wJE
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 57:15
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

The aim of the IOC is to protect the integrity of the Olympic games, which has been undermined by Russian cheating. It was the systematic state sponsored doping program in Russia that made the IOC decide this https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag. Russian athletes not convicted of doping will be allowed to compete under Olympic flag. According to the rules of the IOC, any attempt to blockade or blackmail the Olympics means the exclusion from participation in the Games for up to 8 years.

 

Keywords: Olympics, WADA
Countries: Russia
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The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited Chechnya and found no evidence of extrajudicial executions
Additional details: The delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited Chechnya and found no evidence that extrajudicial executions were committed on the territory of the republic, as it had been reported by the media before.

        
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://www.interfax.ru/russia/590725
Disinforming outlet(s): Interfax
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

The Council of Europe has said precisely the opposite: a delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) rejected the claims and reported: "At the end of the visit, and in accordance with usual practice, the delegation discussed the main findings of the visit during a confidential meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. The Russian authorities had authorised a representative of [Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation] Ms Moskalkova’s Office to attend that meeting. After the visit, reports have appeared in the Russian media quoting Ms Moskalkova as saying that the CPT’s delegation found no confirmation of extrajudicial executions/punishments or torture. These reports are misleading and should not be considered as reflecting the CPT’s findings during this visit."https://www.coe.int/en/web/cpt/-/council-of-europe-anti-torture-committee-visits-the-chechen-republic-of-the-russian-federation

Newspaper Novaya Gazeta published in July 2017 an investigation according to which tens of people had been executed extrajudicially in January 2017 in Chechnya. https://www.novayagazeta.ru/articles/2017/07/09/73065-eto-byla-kazn-v-noch-na-26-yanvarya-v-groznom-rasstrelyany-desyatki-lyudey

 

Keywords: Council of Europe, Human rights, Chechnya
Countries: Russia, EU
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The Patriarch of Ukraine asks Patriarch Kirill for forgiveness
Additional details: The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, sent a letter to the Patriarch of Russia, Kirill, on November 16, in which he was asking for mercy and forgiveness.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2jRrWae
Disinforming outlet(s): TB24.ge
Reported by: Myth Detector
Disproof note:

According to the Patriarchate of Ukraine, there has been no plea for forgiveness. The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, stated in a press-conference that took place on December 2 that there neither has been any kind of plea for forgiveness, nor will be. Further debunking at Myth Detector http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/patriarchate-russia-falsified-letter-patriarchate-ukraine.

Keywords: Orthodox Church
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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EU is considering to ban kebab and Greece is now facing a gastronomic genocide
Additional details: The European Parliament could ban gyros and kebab in Greece which is a major scandal. Increasingly poor Greeks are waiting on the voting on this topic in the EP with fear. On the other hand, Serbia should consider whether it wants to join this marriage with 27 nations because of love or benefit. The marriage would be as if a victim marries his or her rapist. The oriental influences in the Serbian cuisine originate from Greece which is now threatened by a gastronomic genocide.
Language / Targeted audience: Serbia
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Serbia
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The EU is not banning ‘kebab’. The disinformation was spread as the European Parliament’s Health Committee raised concerns about the impacts of phosphates that are used as food additives. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20171128IPR89003/meps-move-to-block-phosphate-use-in-kebabs

According to the EU executive spokesperson, the European Commission proposed the extension of the possibility to use the food additive called ‘phosphate’ which is necessary for certain spit meat preparations, such as the types mentioned above. https://www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-commission-eu-not-banning-kebab/

The word genocide is frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=genocide&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_language%5B%5D=rus&date=, but it seldom corresponds to the actual definition of a genocide http://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.html

Keywords: European Parliament, European Commission, EU, Genocide
Countries: Greece, Serbia, EU
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The European Parliament lists the Russian Orthodox Church as terrorists
Additional details: The European Parliament entered the Russian Orthodox Church into the black list and equated it with terrorism.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): npa.ge
Reported by: Myth Detector
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation that appeared a year ago in Georgian news portal Mediacity.ge. The resolution clearly singles out propaganda from a state actor (Russia) and non-state actors (Daesh/ISIS), but the Russian Orthodox Church is not mentioned in the text at all. Further debunking at Myth Detector http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/npage-releases-1-year-old-misinformation-about-resolution-ratified-european-parliament.

Keywords: European Parliament, Orthodox Church
Countries: EU, Georgia
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The victims of Stalin's repressions were not innocent
Additional details: The victims of Stalin’s repressions of 1937-1938, were mainly people who were themselves arresting and shooting, torturing and killing innocent people earlier in 1933-1934.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Georgian printed newspaper Alia
Reported by: Myth Detector
Disproof note:

According to the data released by Russian human rights center Memorial, 7-8 million people were arrested and over 1.5 million were shot throughout the Soviet Union in 1936-1938. Most charges were fabricated. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation aims to cover up the crimes committed by the Soviet union.

Keywords: Historical revisionism, Joseph Stalin
Countries: Russia, Georgia
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Ukrainian Army uses white phosphorous
Additional details:






The Ukrainian army has shelled a water-treatment facility in Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern city of Donetsk with white phosphorous.








Language / Targeted audience: French
Disinforming outlet(s): nrt24.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The claim has been disproved by the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.  On December 8, an SMM camera at the Donetsk water-treatment facility did indeed record ceasefire violations. But the OSCE said in its daily report that the projectiles flew from east to west and made no mention of white phosphorus. Kyiv's Anti-Terrorist Operation denounced the incident as one more case of "Russian propaganda." https://www.facebook.com/ato.news/posts/1782946181716180, https://www.unian.info/war/2289829-osce-surveillance-camera-at-donetsk-water-filtration-plant-records-increased-fire-by-militants.html

Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, War in Ukraine, OSCE
Countries: Ukraine
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Donetsk People’s Republic launches representative office in Helsinki
Additional details: Donetsk People’s Republic launches representative office in Helsinki.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Tass, Ria Novosti, Life.ru, Lenta.ru, Vzglyad.ru, Regnum, REN TV, TV Zvezda and others.
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” is not recognized by Finland and therefore cannot have an embassy or other official representation in Finland. Neither are the separatist groups in eastern Ukraine recognized by the UN, the EU or the OSCE. A diplomatic mission can be founded only between countries that have established diplomatic relations and only by mutual consent. A Finnish source claims that it acts as the “Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic” or the “Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic” in Helsinki.

Finland emphasises the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Finland does not approve of the unilateral efforts to separate regions of Ukraine from the country itself. http://www.finland.org.ru/public/default.aspx?contentid=326873&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI, https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-donetsk-people-s-republic-office-opens-in-finland

Ria Novosti and Tass published both the disinformation about opening a representation of DPR and the debunk by the Finnish Foreign Ministry: https://ria.ru/world/20171208/1510491372.html, https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2963523

Keywords: DPR
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Finland
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Donetsk People’s Republic launches representative office in Helsinki
Additional details: The DPR Foreign Ministry added that the official opening ceremony had been attended by the Finland-Russia Friendship Society chairman Daria Skippari-Smirnov.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputniknews.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” is not recognized by Finland and therefore cannot have an embassy or other official representation in Finland. Neither are the separatist groups in eastern Ukraine recognized by the UN, the EU or the OSCE. A diplomatic mission can be founded only between countries that have established diplomatic relations and only by mutual consent. A Finnish source claims that it acts as the “Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic” or the “Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic” in Helsinki.

Finland emphasises the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Finland does not approve of the unilateral efforts to separate regions of Ukraine from the country itself. http://www.finland.org.ru/public/default.aspx?contentid=326873&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI, https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-donetsk-people-s-republic-office-opens-in-finland

Ria Novosti and Tass published both the disinformation about opening a representation of DPR and the debunk by the Finnish Foreign Ministry: https://ria.ru/world/20171208/1510491372.html, https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2963523

Daria Skippari-Smirnov does not represent Finland-Russia Society but association RUFI that initiated an "Immortal Regiment" march on Victory Day May 9 in 2017 in Helsinki.

Keywords: DPR
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Finland
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The West is planning to use Mikheil Saakashvili as a "weapon of war against Russia" to disrupt gas transit from Russia
Additional details: This is a tool of neo-conservatives [of the West]. The task of the creation of Saakashvili - a man without passport - is to create a zone of instability around Russia on the transit energy routes, both along the western border and in the Caucasus. Saakashvili's goal is Georgia. Saakashvili is needed to destabilise the Georgian internal political situation, and to disrupt this project of Russia's rapprochement with Iran [possible gas transit from Russia to Armenia and Iran]. This is the weapon of war against Russia.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zObuQ-4YlU
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 9:52
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Mikheil Saakashvili is a frequent target for the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=saakashvili&disinfo_issue=&date=. In fact, the EU's goal is precisely the opposite - through it's Eastern Partnership policy, to create a zone of prosperity and stability in the Eastern Neighbourhood. It is Russia that is causing instability e.g. through its illegal aggression in Ukraine.

Keywords: Mikheil Saakashvili, Conspiracy
Countries: Iran, Armenia, Russia, Georgia
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The West did not let Russia participate in the Olympics
Additional details: Russia just needs to ask North Korea and there will be no Olympics. Because the Olympics without Russia should not take place. The West did not let Russia go to the Olympics, so - there will be no Olympics. We have the opportunity to make sure that these Olympics will not take place.

               
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBp6D5Htgrc
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 19:50
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

It was not "the West" that prevented Russia from participating in the coming Olympics, it was the systematic state sponsored doping program in Russia that made the IOC decide this https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag. Russian athletes not convicted of doping will be allowed to compete under Olympic flag. According to the rules of the IOC, any attempt to blockade or blackmail the Olympics means the exclusion from participation in the Games for up to 8 years.

Keywords: Olympics, WADA, The West, Warmongering
Countries: South Korea, North Korea, Russia
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MH17 was shot down by Ukraine with a ‘Buk’ missile from the village of Zaroshchenskoye (Donbas)
Additional details: In July 2014, officer Yuri Baturin served as a commander of the A-1215 military unit of the Anti-Aircraft Missile Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Kharkiv and received all information about the situation in the airspace in the region. According to him, before the flight disappeared from the radar, it changed the route of the flight in agreement with civil controllers. A few days later, servicemen of the Armed Forces arrived in the unit where Baturin served. The servicemen were those who relocated the ‘Buk’. In conversations, they said that they were delivering anti-aircraft missile systems to the village of Zaroshchenskoye - and this is the zone of action, from which the MH17 liner could most likely had been struck, according to a study conducted by the ‘Almaz-Antey’ concern.

There are two options. Option number 1 - the airplane was shot down from the ground by a surface-to-air missile. Or the air plane crashed for technical reasons.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Zvezda’ TV channel
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

The Russian concern ‘Almaz-Antey’, which produces the ‘Buk’ anti-aircraft missile systems, claimed that a missile was fired at MH17 from the village of Zaroshchenskoye. However, this version was convincingly refuted by the Russian media, in particular ‘Novaya Gazeta’ newspaper: as it turned out, at the time of the tragedy, the village of Zaroshchenskoye was under full control of the pro-Kremlin militants. The newspaper's conclusions were also confirmed by the Joint Investigation Team https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/. According to it, the Malaysian Boeing was shot down from the area of ​​the village of Pervomaiskoye (Donetsk region), which is located 50 km from Zaroshchenskoye.

Recently, investigators of the independent group ‘Bellingcat’ and ‘The Insider’ site have identified, to a high degree of certainty, a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17): Russian colonel-general Nikolai Tkachev, who now occupies the position of chief inspector of the Central Military District of Russia. https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2017/12/08/russian-colonel-general-delfin/

As for the second explanation given for the crash, that the plane crashed for "technical reasons" it is clearly not true which shows the recurring attempts to use disinformation purely to confuse regarding the situation.

Keywords: War in Ukraine, MH17
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The decision of Donald Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel is an attack on Russia
Additional details: The decision of Donald Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is "a continuation of the strikes on Russia" with the aim of destabilizing inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations in Russia. Indeed, one of the most explosive things is the problem of interethnic relations in Russia. In the 90s the US tried to blow it up - through the North Caucasus, through the republics of the Volga region. Russia have 20 million Muslims and a certain kind of radicalism will be spurred on. This is a continuation of strikes on Russia.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMemF7qSB54
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 1:08:51
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former juornalist
Disproof note:

Exaggerated conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Donald Trump
Countries: Israel, Russia, US
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The CIA is behind the decision by Donald Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Additional details: The CIA has made this move as a provocation and they know what they are doing. This is not his spontaneous decision [transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem]. 


 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: https://youtu.be/9WF-q0xw74k?t=865
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 14:25
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Keywords: Donald Trump, Secret services, CIA
Countries: Israel, US
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Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen, says that Islam needs to be destroyed
Additional details:




The Norwegian army chief, Odin Johannessen held a speech in Oslo back in february 2016 stating that he believed that «Islam needs to be destroyed».



Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): weagreeinfo.com
Reported by: Aldrimer.no
Disproof note:

Recurring disinformation. Odin Johannessen has not said anything of the sort. The full speech can be found here https://www.oslomilsamfund.no/foredrag-haeren-mot-en-usikker-fremtid/. Further debunking at aldrimer.no https://www.aldrimer.no/hoyreekstreme-sprer-falske-nyheter-om-haersjefen/. The webiste, weagree.com, are regularly spreading pro-Kremlin disinformation, they mention the infamous "Lisa-case" as late as November 2017 - almost two years after it was proven fake. http://www.weagreeinfo.com/2017/11/22/watch-russians/

Keywords: Civil war, Muslim/Islam
Countries: Norway
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