Disinfo: Banning Russia from the Olympics is a modern form of racism

Summary

It is modern-day racism to declare a certain group of people non-eligible for a certain activity. An example of that is telling Russian athletes that they “can’t compete in Olympic Games, can’t speak Russian, and can’t show Russian flags”.

Disproof

The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 due to the systemic manipulation of anti-doping rules during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Individual athletes from Russia could still compete under the Olympic flag.

Racism or Russophobia accusations are a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign to distract the audience from the actual cause for the ban.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Olympics, Racism, Russophobia
  • Outlet: RT CrossTalk '23:50
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On January 13th, 1991, people died in Vilnius at the hands of their own forces

Forest brothers in Lithuania killed 25 thousand people during the WW2, including youth and children. Now they are awarded the Freedom Prize. It is symbolic that the freedom prize is awarded on the 13th of January. On this day in 1991 fifteen people died at the TV tower in Vilnius. Later independent experts determined that these people were killed by their own forces. The prize is 5000 euros – this is the price of Lithuanian freedom.

The freedom prize was made up by the parliament in 2011, is it given to those who are approved by the Lithuanian authorities for their public service  – that is exceptionally russophobic.

Disproof

Prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Independence movements in Lithuania and the Baltic States and the Forest Brothers. 

On January 13th Lithuania commemorates the night in 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the re-established independence, killing 14 civilians. Lithuania proclaimed independence in March 1990. Moscow tried to foil the secession with an economic blockade. When that proved ineffective, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of the January 13th, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented.