Crimea has been Russian since 1783 and this was confirmed by the 2014 referendum

Summary

Crimea, which has been Russian since 1783, was transferred to the Socialist Republic of Ukraine for administrative reasons in 1954 by Nikita Krushchev, then-leader of the Soviet Union. In 2014, the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula expressed their choice via referendum to return to Russia.

Disproof

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “[t]he 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." Click here for more information.

In addition, Mustafa Dzhemilev disclosed that Vladimir Putin called him on March 12th 2014 announcing that Tatarstan is very happy being part of Russia and that Crimean Tatars will be happy as well.  Announced on March 27th 2014, the "referendum" in Crimea took place on March 16th. On April 17th 2015, Vladimir Putin admitted that "[Russian] soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion".

On March 27th 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that the Crimean referendum was not valid and could not serve as the basis for any change in the status of the peninsula.

The claim that Crimea is part of Russia is a recurring disinformation narrative.

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  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, France
  • Keywords: Manipulated elections/referendum, War in Ukraine, Referendum, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik FR
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The editorial board of the “Telescope” outlet has reported Alena Anisim to the Prosecutor General, the Minister of Information and the Minister of Internal Affairs, requesting a criminal investigation on the matter.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on Ms. Anisim's responsibility for the articles in question.

Novy chas is one of the few independent Belarusian newspapers remaining relevant in a difficult situation with the mass-media in Belarus, where most of the independent media outlets are regularly oppressed. Over the last few years political activist and journalist Mikalai Dziadok published several articles on the Chechen military leaders who fought against Russia and for independence during Russian-Chechen wars in 1990s.

NATO impoverished Moldova

NATO is a threat to the Republic of Moldova.

This collaboration with NATO, besides putting our budget on the brink, creates problems with Russia, which is our strategic partner.

Besides creating inter-ethnic problems, with 70 percent of the population being against NATO, […] this collaboration with NATO creates serious problems for our peace and the political stability of the country. Look at all the NATO states, they all have terrorist acts.

Disproof

Following  request for access to public information, the Ministry of Defense declared that, last year, only 50,000 lei were allocated from the public budget for military participation in missions abroad.

Previous sociological surveys, such as the May 2018 Barometer of Public Opinion, estimate that 53.8% of Moldovan citizens are against the accession of the Republic of Moldova to NATO. This figure is significantly below the 70% referenced in the articles.

The US interferes in Moldova’s parliamentary elections

The United States of America and US Ambassador to Chisinau, Dereck J. Hogan, are interfering in the parliamentary elections in Moldova.

As soon as he took office last autumn, Hogan began to be actively involved in the internal processes of the Republic of Moldova. He publicly supported some politicians over others, offering recommendations on the conduct of parliamentary elections.

The US ambassador’s non-diplomatic manners clearly reflect US habits, combining threats with promises and imposing their will. Moldova should not become another area for such irresponsible experiments that destroyed Iraq and Libya, and threw Syria and Ukraine into the abyss of bloody conflicts.

 

Disproof

The US Ambassador's message to Moldova was distorted and misinterpreted. He has publicly stated that the US will support the development of democracy in Moldova.

At a meeting with students at a Moldovan university, the ambassador declared at the beginning of February that he hoped that the citizens with the right to vote would make the right choice during the February 24th parliamentary elections. He reiterated that from the US, the Republic of Moldova will receive all necessary support: ”No matter who wins the elections, we will continue to support Moldova's sovereign right to choose its own way - but we believe that establishing closer ties with the United States and Europe will strengthen the prospects for a brighter and prosperous future. To this end, we will continue to support Moldova's economic development by developing stronger trade and investment ties with the United States. We will support Moldova's sovereign right to seek new trade and investment partners throughout the region and the world to strengthen the country's economic development”.