Disinfo: Carl Bildt has connections to the "Azov batallion" in Ukraine

Summary

Carl Bildt has connections to the “Azov batallion” in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is being “ mobbed” by Swedish media which is reporting in an unfriendly and unjustified negative manner about the President’s actions.

Disproof

No compelling evidence for these allegations is provided.

The recently published OSW report about the instrumental use of allegations of “russophobia” provides an understanding of why these allegations of a “russophobic attitude” by the Swedish media are being made: bit.ly/1kAeLsg,

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  • Reported in: Issue 3
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2015
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Sweden, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Azov Battalion, Carl Bildt, Vladimir Putin, Information war
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Disproof

A commercial bank in Estonia applied EU sanctions and froze the assets of Rossija Sevodnja. This legal case is based on COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 269/2014. The complaints follow the launch of a new Estonian-run TV channel in Russian on October 16, ETV+ which is to serve as an alternative source of Russian language news for Russian-speaking Estonians, thereby competing directly with Russia’s own, state-controlled TV channels in Estonia: bit.ly/1Yd5a8X, Worth noting is that Estonia’s Internal Security Service KAPO noted already in its report of 2013 bit.ly/1HP8uTu, and 2014 the problems associated with Russian state-controlled propaganda media, and described Rossiya Sevodnya in Estonia as one part of the Russian influence operations: bit.ly/1HjO2HF,