Disinfo: All of Europe is saying that the sanctions are useless


Various Europeans are saying it; the Austrians, the Finns, the Germans: “the sanctions are bad, we need another approach. Let’s solve the problem with Donbas, but the sanctions are useless.” This is what all of Europe is saying.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western sanctions on Russia. On 27 June 2019, the Council of the European Union prolonged unanimously economic sanctions, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 January 2020.

Other examples of this narrative here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: , , Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, EU, War in Ukraine, Sanctions, Europe
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 Channel@43:30
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ECHR ruling proves that the European rule of law does not exist

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) proved that the concept of European rule of law is a hypothetical concept that does not exist in reality.

By rejecting an appeal against a landmark ruling that Soviet repressions against Lithuanian partisans can be treated as genocide, the ECHR is essentially rewriting the rule of law to fit the narrative that is being propagated in the mainstream media and diplomatic rhetoric in the last few months. It is similar to the recent attempts of rewriting history.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights. 

The disinformation message appeared after the ECHR upheld its earlier ruling that Soviet repressions against Lithuanian partisans can be treated as genocide.

The US admits they want to involve in Romania’s internal affairs

Pompeo and the US admit they want to involve in Romania’s internal affairs. They admit that they put pressure on the political leaders so that they can do what they want.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about lost sovereignty and Romania being under external control. There are no arguments to prove these allegations.

Romania is a sovereign country, which determines its domestic and foreign policies. Moreover, Romania is a member of the European Union. There are no arguments proving that the US is involved in the internal affairs of this state.  The statement that the United States controls the Romanian elites and political decision-making process is a conspiracy theory.

The US is weaponising human rights

Human rights are quickly turning into a weapon that the US seeks to employ. According to a report, issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the US should make more efforts to protect human rights around the world and demonstrate leadership in this matter amid the strengthening of authoritarianism. It is likely that at least some of these recommendations would be followed through, namely the ones focused on Russia, China, Iran, North Korea. The ones focused on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel, those can wait.

Of course, examples of Russia and China’s misadventures in supporting “authoritarianism” are presented. For Russia – participation in the Syrian conflict and assisting the legitimate government led by President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow is also accused of allegedly striking civilian targets. Moscow has repeatedly denied such allegations. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian air forces take all the necessary precautions so as not to cause damage to civilian objects and civilians.

The ones who are mostly disregarding human rights and international law is, in fact, the US.


No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western hostility. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets regularly describes Western support to civil society and pluralism as attempts to destabilise Russia. Such cases can be found here and here.

Previously the Human Rights Watch warned that The Russian-Syrian joint military operation used internationally banned and other indiscriminate weapons in unlawful attacks on civilians.