Disinfo: Catalan leaders have recognized Crimea


Catalan leaders have recognized Crimea and said they consider it a part of Russia


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to legitimize the illegal annexation of Crimea. 

The disinformation message repeats ungrounded claims in the pro-Kremlin which appeared in 2016, alleging that Crimea is soon to be recognized by independent Catalonia. See a case form 2016 here.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Crimea is now recognized as an integral part of Russia; Ukrainian state company Naftogaz recognized Crimea; Czechia intends to build hotels in Crimea.


  • Reported in: Issue169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Spain
  • Keywords: Catalonia, Crimea


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