Disinfo: The Olympics have never been about sports, but war


The Olympic movement is not only really sports. Originally in Antiquity, and then revived by Coubertin, as a sublimation of war. Because ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ are Olympic slogans: “Faster, Stronger and Higher”. ‘Fortius’ is interpreted from Latin not only as “Stronger”, but also as “More courageous”. That is,  strength and courage was offered to measure. Not in combat, but in sports competitions.



No evidence given. This is seemlingly another attempt to present the world as aggressive and phobic against Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Olympics
  • Outlet: Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 12:48


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The exclusion of Russia from Winter Olympics has been done in order to humiliate Russia

The exclusion of Russia from Winter Olympics has been done in order to humiliate Russia on the anniversary of the Soviet counter-offensive near Moscow during WWII and avenge the victories of Russia at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. This is proven by the date of the announcement; December 5 – the day of the beginning of the Soviet troops’ counter-offensive near Moscow, in 1941 during WWII. It is done symbolically, to try to humiliate Russia.



No evidence given for this bizarre historic linkage. . It was the systematic state sponsored doping program in Russia that made the IOC decide this www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag, . Russian athletes not convicted of doping will be allowed to compete under Olympic flag. According to the rules of the IOC, any attempt to blockade or blackmail the Olympics means the exclusion from participation in the Games for up to 8 years.

The US is pressing Ukraine to launch a war against Russia

The West, primarily the US, is raising pressure on Ukraine demanding to launch a war against Russia. Ukraine is now being pushed to a war in Donbas, a war with Russia. Through Donbas and then – wherever it will be possible.



No evidence given. Recurring disinformation about Ukraine's aggression towards Russia, when in fact it is Russia that supports the separatists in Donbas and East of Ukraine, inside the sovereign state of Ukraine, and has illegally annexed Crimea.

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.

The anti-Russian sanctions of the US have not had any effect

The sanctions do not work.


There are various estimates of losses because of sanctions imposed on Russia: both what the countries that imposed sanctions have lost and what Russia itself has lost. In April 2017, for example, while being in Moscow, Idriss Jazairy, the first OHCHR Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, announced that Russia had lost US $ 52-55 billion or about 1% of GDP because of the sanctions imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea. At the end of 2014, Anton Siluanov, Russia's finance minister, reported that Russia was losing US $ 40 billion a year because of the sanctions or 2% of its GDP. In January 2016, Alexei Likhachev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, estimated losses as € 25 billion for 2015. Other Russian experts estimated Russia's GDP losses for 2014-2017 as 6% of GDP (see Russian sources in Russian: https://www.rbc.ru/economics/28/04/2017/590332b69a7947ae385244b0  ).