Disinfo: British ambassador urges youth to take radical action in Iran

Summary

The British media reported the detention of Ambassador Robert Macaire in Tehran. He was detained during an anti-government protest. The diplomat called on young people to take radical action against the authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West being behind various protests around the world. You can read similar cases such as "The US and the West are behind the Hong Kong protests", "The protests in Moscow were coordinated from the US", etc. Similar disinformation messages also appeared in cases about GeorgiaUkraineBelarus and Venezuela. See more here.

The British Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, stated that he was not taking part in any demonstrations and went to a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Iran, UK
  • Keywords: West, Protest, Conspiracy

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MH17: Ukraine conceals evidence confirming its guilt

Ukraine still hides evidence against itself in the tragedy with the Malaysian Boeing of the flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukrainian territory during the hot phase of the civil war in Donbas.

Disproof

This is one of the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the MH17 crash on 17 July 2014.

On the 24th of May 2018, JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled to begin on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

Trudeau unusually active regarding the downed flight PS752 because the victim of the crash was a Canadian intelligence officer

News Front has obtained the passport photo of an alleged Canadian spy killed in the plane crash. This is why a neoliberal Justin Trudeau has immediately blamed Iran for the tragedy. His unnatural activity and appeal for “intelligence material” endorses this version.

Disproof

No proof is given. The photo, allegedly of a Canadian intelligence officer, shows one of the victims of the crash of flight PS752. It was not obtained by News Front. The photo, among others, from the crash site was published in the official web site of the President of Ukraine on January 11th, one day before News Front.

63 Canadians were on board of the downed jet, there is nothing unusual about the Canadian Prime Minister's interest in the case.

World Wars were the result of Anglo-Saxon intrigues

Russia and Germany would have shared the world leadership in the first half of the twentieth century, if it was not for the two world wars in which, as a result of Anglo-Saxon intrigues, they were forced to fight against each other.

Disproof

This message is an example of a narrative shift about the two world wars. Kremlin's policy of historical revisionism stands on the attempts to undermine or deny Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on the one hand and on another hand on accusing European countries of cooperating with Nazi Germany. In this case, Germany is portrayed as a victim of European countries, which was dragged into the war unwillingly. "The Anglo-Saxons" have appeared as a "go-to bogeyman" for pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets; an evil force behind all geopolitical processes.

Neither WWI nor WWII has nothing to do with "Anglo-Saxon intrigues". Multiple reasons are cited as the cause of WWI: nationalism, militarism, mutual defence alliances, colonial policy and the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A final green light for unleashing WWII for Nazi Germany was a non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union. German troops invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. On September 17, 1939, Soviet troops entered eastern Poland. USSR and Nazi Germany even held a common military parade in Brest-Litovsk.