Disinfo: Anglo-Saxon owners behind La Stampa’s attack on Russian doctors

Summary

There is a rather simple answer to why La Stampa decided to engage in dirty accusations against the Russian medics in Italy. The paper is long owned by Fiat, but today, a hundred percent of La Stampa stock belongs to the American auto-corporation Chrysler. The chairman of the board of Fiat is New York resident John Elkann and the CEO is Michael Manley from the county Kent in England. Anglo-American capital squeezed out all Italians already in 2014, taking control over La Stampa. Behind the Italian newspaper’s provocative attacks on Russian doctors stand its Anglo-Saxon owners.

Disproof

A false statement on the ownership structure of La Stampa. La Stampa is owned by the Italian holding GEDI group; a public company, registered on the Milan Stock Exchange. The Agnelli-family, founders of the FIAT automotive corporation and minority shareholders in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has large share in GEDI.

The editorial independence of La Stampa is guaranteed in the paper's charter.

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, UK, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Anglo-Saxon
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Removal of Konev statue in Prague is rewriting of history

There are increasing attempts of officials in some foreign countries to falsify the historical truth about the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union in defeating fascist invaders during World War II and the Great Patriotic War.

An example of this is what happened on April 3, 2020, in Prague, where a memorial of the Soviet marshal Konev was removed based on a decision of the Prague 6 city council.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and the supposedly hostile anti-Russian intentions of the West, based on which Russia can cast itself as the victim. It is also consistent with Russia's accusation to the EU and the West of trying to rewrite the history of WWII and undermine the role of the Soviet Army in defeating Nazism. The removal of the statue has nothing to do with denying the role and the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers in defeating Nazism.

The mayor of the Prague 6 district that owns the statue, Ondřej Kolář said that he respects the role of Konev-led forces in liberating Prague, and the sacrifice of Soviet armies liberating Europe from Nazism. "We will strive for an art competition for a memorial to the liberators of Prague at the end of World War Two instead of the marshal Konev statue," he said before the vote to remove the statue. "At the same time, we will secure a dignified - and let me stress that dignified - placement of this art piece (Konev) in a memorial institution. I think this is a consensual solution we have called for a number of years."

Western-backed anti-government forces use the COVID-19 crisis to destabilise Russia

It becomes obvious that anti-government Western-backed forces are trying to use the COVID-19 crisis to destabilize the situation in Russia.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made. Consistent with a narrative suggesting that the West is using biological weapons to stage "colour revolutions" in other countries.

EU member states were just thinking of themselves during the coronavirus crisis

The story of the epidemic in Italy, and how it found itself in the first weeks of the outbreak left to the mercy of fate and without the help of its partners in the European Union, showed perfectly that when a general disaster strikes, everyone just thinks of themselves.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of inter-EU solidarity.

EU Member States have been actively helping each other in this crisis, which most EU member states have been grappling with themselves. For example, German hospitals offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic sending masks to Italy.