A great number of Russians travel to tourist destinations in the Baltic states “to feed the Nazis”

Summary

A great number of Russians travel to tourist destinations in the Baltic states “to feed the Nazis” with the money they leave there. All Russians should stop travelling to Russophobic countries: by travelling to the Baltic states they are feeding Russophobes and Nazis”.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation on the Baltic countries and Nazis. No evidence to substantiate the assertions that the three countries are Russophobe or fascist (two of the most common labels used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets). See more here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/https://euvsdisinfo.eu/and-you-are-a-nazi-too/https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-nazi-obsession-of-pro-kremlin-propagandists/

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 119
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Mesto Vstrechi @ NTV, 25:00
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A map shows: Kyiv’s eccentricity has already split the country

[A map of Ukraine divided between Russia, Hungary, Romania and Poland is shown on the studio screen with just a rump state left around Kyiv.]

“Kyiv’s eccentricity has already split the country”. Since Transcarpathia belonged to Hungary prior to the beginning of the 20th century, Budapest wants to “regain control” of the region, “even if no one is openly talking about it”. “In the south it’s not at all historically Ukrainian either” and “the Poles are keeping an eye on Ukrainian Galicia, Polissia and Volhynia”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining Ukraine's statehood and territorial integrity. No EU country claims any territory from Ukraine. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine+romania&disinfo_issue=&date=

As for Moscow's aggression: 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. See further debunking here.

Many countries agreed that sentencing Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is correct

“Many countries have recognised Russia’s right for sentencing the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov for terrorism,” said Mikhail Markelov, advisor to the head of the ‘Yedinaya Rossiya’ Party in the State Duma.

Disproof

On the contrary: in fact, many European leaders asked to release Sentsov.

The 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.

No proof against Russia in Skripal case

No proof against Russia in Skripal case.

Disproof

Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of either one of the two persons.

Bellingcat can confirm the authenticity of the leaked passport file of “Boshirov”, and that it contains all three markings that helped identify “Petrov” as a security-service asset: “Top Secret” annotations, a blank biographical page referring to a secret attached letter, a “do not provide information” stamp, and issuing authority unit 777001, exclusively used for state VIPs and intelligence officers. In addition, “Boshirov” also has no recorded history prior to the issuance of his domestic ID passport in 2010 (2009 in “Petrov”’s case). See further debunking by the Bellingcat: www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/20/skripal-suspects-confirmed-gru-operatives-prior-european-operations-disclosed/,