The disinformation ventilation of last week continues with some defensive pro-Kremlin strategies regarding the Navalny poisoning and protests in Belarus.

Navalny, the Story Continues, Literary

The flooding of the information space with conspiracy theories related to the poisoning of prominent Russian dissident Navalny does not abate. Just like two weeks ago, this brings back some flashbacks from Salisbury.

Let us point at just a few striking similarities.

The narrative “The Germans invented the bottle with Novichok” mirrors “London destroyed evidence in the Skripal case” and echoes “London killed Skripal”. Further, we see recurring confusing messages claiming Navalny was not poisoned, or that he was, but it could not be proved Novichock was the instrument. The variety of narratives resonate with many surrounding the Skripal case. Another familiar ring – the West would have invented “Navalny” just to put up additional sanctions against Russia.

Still, last week wasn’t only about flashbacks from the past. We also saw fresh and ‘creative’ stuff, such as “the US forced Angela Merkel to lie about Navalny” and “Navalny himself does not believe the story of Russian authorities’ responsibility for his poisoning.

Belarus Protests, Staged by the West, Again

There is continuity of narratives concerning the Belarus protests. In their different variants, the idea is advanced that the protests are engineered by an external agency (the West, the US, and who else if not nonagenarian George Soros (happy belated anniversary!))

For example, “the Americans are running the protest from a centre near Warsaw through telegram channels”. In a similar vein; “the US and the EU want to tear Minsk away from Moscow, using the Ukrainian strategy”, or the power over the protests is “shared by Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania and the United States”. Furthermore, “Polish special services intervened in the destabilising of Belarus”, “the same way they did in Ukraine”. New, however, was the narrative “the crowds protesting in Belarus are computer generated imagery.” What a time to be alive!

Zoophilia as Runaway Selection

Denmark has a worldwide reputation for sleek design, colourful houses and camping football teams, but pro-Kremlin disinformation tries hard to rebrand this Nordic country.

It hopes the world sees the Danes as zoophilians.

Aleksey Zhuravlyov, member of the Duma, stated that facilities for zoophiles have been opened in Denmark, where one can come and “rape a turtle.” This resonates with earlier narratives, in which the Danes were portrayed as zoophiles, all part of a larger moral decline of the West.

Image: 60 Minut, Rossiya 1 

The spread of the “Denmark’s zoophilia” narrative relates to peacock feathers.

Really.

For some time, biologists struggled to explain this phenomenon. How to reconcile these long extravagant tails, embellished with ornaments, with the harsh process of natural selection? They resolved this with the concept of “runaway selection”: the evolution of exaggerated male ornamentation by persistent, directional female choice.

“Zoophilia” is a beautiful example of this process in the world of disinformation. A colourful, extravagant story, which seem too unfounded to survive media selection. Nevertheless, sometimes it just runs away. It starts with something small, such as the claim that a Danish zoo was collecting unwanted house pets as food for carnivores, and then, story for story, it’s extravagantly blown out of proportion.

And there are more examples of runaway selection of disinformation. What should one make of “the time Russian TV claimed gay couples could buy an actual baby at a fair in Brussels?”, or when it was “claimed that the Council of Europe was trying to divide men and women of the Russian delegation into 6 sexes”?

There is no limit to how far pro-Kremlin disinformation is willing to run away from reality.

 

 


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Date
Title
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Country
21.09.2020
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Poland, Belarus
21.09.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania
21.09.2020
  • ntv.ru
Russia
21.09.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
Denmark, Italy, Germany
20.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
China, US, Russia
18.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Russia
18.09.2020
  • Sputnik Moldova - Russian
Romania, Poland, US, Russia
18.09.2020
  • Donbass Insider,
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (English),
  • Donbass Insider,
  • ,
  • AgoraVox.fr,
France, Sweden, Germany, Russia
18.09.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal - YouTube
Germany, US, Russia
17.09.2020
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • adarpress.net,
  • ahfad.info,
  • akhbar1.com,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • albawabhnews.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • almayadeen,
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  • dmcnews.org,
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  • dmcnews.org,
  • dostor.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • khafayalb.com,
  • lebanon24.com,
  • masralyoum.net,
  • masralyoum.net,
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  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • thawra,
  • Theworldnews.net,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • vetogate.com,
  • vetogate.com,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net
Germany, Russia
17.09.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Libya, Serbia, Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia
17.09.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
16.09.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
EU, US, Belarus
16.09.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
EU, US
16.09.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
EU, Russia
16.09.2020
  • Livenews.am
Armenia
16.09.2020
  • vz.ru,
  • newizv.ru,
  • Nakanune.ru,
  • kp.ru,
  • vz.ru,
Sweden
16.09.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Germany, US, Russia
16.09.2020
  • InfoRuss
Ukraine
16.09.2020
  • 6060news.com,
  • 6060news.com,
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • alwafd,
  • m.alwafd.news,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • asianewslb.com,
  • bald-news.com,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
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  • elnashra.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • gnoubalarab.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • innlebanon.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • newlebanon.info,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • roayahnews.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • sahafatak.com,
  • shamra,
  • xeber24.org,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net
US, Belarus, Russia
16.09.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
US, Belarus, Russia
16.09.2020
  • Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian,
  • Sputnik Moldova - Romanian
Germany, Russia
15.09.2020
  • nahnews.org,
  • ukraina.ru,
  • RIAFAN - Russian
EU, US, Belarus, Russia
15.09.2020
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • ajwad.news,
  • akhbar1.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • algerie9.com,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • bald-news.com,
  • bobiannews.com,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dostor.org,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • midline-news.net,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • shamra,
  • Theworldnews.net,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • youm7.com
Russia
15.09.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Russia
15.09.2020
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • bald-news.com,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • elmarada.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • yaf3press.net
Russia
15.09.2020
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • gerasanews.com,
  • hashtagelyoum.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • yaf3press.net
Germany, Russia
15.09.2020
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • gerasanews.com,
  • hashtagelyoum.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • yaf3press.net
Russia
15.09.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
15.09.2020
  • pl.rubaltic.ru
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania
15.09.2020
  • pl.rubaltic.ru
Belarus, Lithuania
15.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
EU, US, Russia
15.09.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
US, Lithuania, Russia
15.09.2020
  • News Front - Georgian
US, Russia
14.09.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Facebook
Germany, US, Russia
14.09.2020
  • Vremya Pokazhet
Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
14.09.2020
  • Luhansk People’s Republic State Television and Radio Company
Ukraine
14.09.2020
  • Katehon - Arabic
France, Sweden, Germany, Russia
13.09.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
13.09.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Poland, Belarus, Ukraine
12.09.2020
  • Besogon TV - YouTube
Belarus
11.09.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • New Hub,
  • algerie9.com,
  • eshraag.com
EU, Germany, US, Russia
11.09.2020
  • politnavigator.net
Germany, Ukraine, Russia
11.09.2020
  • ahfad.info,
  • Alalam TV,
  • alarabi.press,
  • albidda.net,
  • almayadeen,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • alshbaka.net,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • bawabaa.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • elfagrsport.com,
  • elmarada.org,
  • elnashra.com,
  • elnel-news.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • ertikaznews.com,
  • Gulf 365,
  • innlebanon.com,
  • islamtimes.org,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • misrelgdeda.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • sahafah24,
  • sahafatak.net,
  • shaamtimes,
  • skay.press,
  • The Nation Press Arab,
  • uepapress.com,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • vedeng.co,
  • iq.sahafahn.net,
  • yaf3press.net
Syria, Russia
11.09.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
11.09.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
EU, Germany, Russia
10.09.2020
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • albawaba.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arabipress,
  • asharq-alarabi.com,
  • bald-news.com,
  • bawabaa.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabdapp.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • skay.press,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • yaf3press.net
Kirgizstan, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Georgia, Ukraine
10.09.2020
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • saba.ye,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • yaf3press.net
US, Ukraine, Russia
10.09.2020
  • Sputnik France - YouTube
France, Belarus
10.09.2020
  • BezTsenzor
US, Ukraine
09.09.2020
  • albidda.net,
  • alsyasiah.ye,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • emeknes.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • pakistanpoint.com,
  • saba.ye,
  • skay.press,
  • urdupoint.com,
  • urdupoint.com,
  • yaf3press.net
Czech Republic, Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine
09.09.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • New Hub,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • newsformy.com,
  • Khabaralyoum
Belarus, Russia
09.09.2020
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • adensbq.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • akhbaralyawm.com,
  • Al-Binaa,
  • albawaba.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • almadenahnews.com,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • almjhar.com,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arriyada.net,
  • asharq-alarabi.com,
  • beiruttimes.com,
  • bokra.net,
  • dearborn.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • Head Topics,
  • iraqakhbar.com,
  • iraqtoday.com,
  • jbcnews.net,
  • jordanzad.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news-sinaa.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • ,
  • albaathmedia.sy,
  • pressbee.net,
  • sada-ar.com,
  • sada-ar.com,
  • Sahafah 24,
  • sahafatak.net,
  • shamra,
  • skay.press,
  • thawra,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yaf3press.net,
  • yemenvibe.com
Poland, Germany, Belarus, Russia
09.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Russia
09.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Russia
09.09.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Germany, Russia
08.09.2020
  • Sputnik Czech
France, Sweden, Germany, Russia
08.09.2020
  • RT Spanish
Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, US
07.09.2020
  • hayeli.am
Kirgizstan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine
07.09.2020
  • politnavigator.net,
  • Tsargrad TV
Ukraine, Russia
06.09.2020
  • Ria Novosti
Ukraine, Russia
05.09.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • watira.com,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • rtarab.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • kachaf.com,
  • New Hub,
  • alaan.org,
  • newsformy.com,
  • shamra,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • algerie9.com,
  • Sahafaty,
  • dowwar.com,
  • alderaah-news.net
Germany, Russia
04.09.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • imlebanon.org,
  • bawabaa.org,
  • arabstoday.net,
  • future-news.net,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • Khabar One,
  • alintichar.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • news-world0.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • tunis24.news,
  • Misr Alan,
  • newsformy.com,
  • masress.com,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • algerie9.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • pressbee.net,
  • Wikimsrweb.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • Head Topics,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • asabnews.com,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • shamra.net
Ukraine, Russia
04.09.2020
  • NTV - YouTube
Russia
02.09.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian
Yugoslavia, Syria, Belarus, Ukraine
26.08.2020
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