“Chernobyl” series intended to help Rosatom’s competitors

Summary

The reason why the HBO series “Chernobyl” is released now (as it’s not linked to a proper anniversary) is because Rosatom, created in 2007, became a dangerous competitor to the US, France and Japan in the area of nuclear energy.

Rosatom became a powerful player, especially after the sanctions introduces in 2014. And suddenly, the series tries to show how wild, stupid and careless Russians are, causing an unprecedented ecological catastrophe in Europe with sloppy built reactors.

Disproof

No evidence given.

This is a disinformation narrative about Chernobyl accident in 1986 and a pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the West trying to limit the power of Russia.

According to HBO, Chernobyl, a "five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Europe, Russia, The West, US
  • Keywords: USSR, Chernobyl, Rosatom
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Disproof

"Tyranny" or "dictatorship" are used to qualify political systems based on whether they respect or disrespect the civil and fundamental rights of the population (freedom of speech, of assembly etc.) and not the quality of food, antibiotics, or more broadly speaking, social rights. Politically free countries enjoy a high standard of social rights, including France.

This is a recurring disinformation narrative presenting Western countries as dictatorships. According to Freedom House, "the French political system features vibrant democratic processes and affords generally strong protections to civil liberties and political rights. However, due to a number of deadly terrorist attacks in recent years, successive governments have been willing to curtail constitutional protections and empower law enforcement. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment have also increased."

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis in the EU, which has been repeatedly debunked (see here). Also see earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US and EU countries are Russophobic, fascist and Nazi regimes and that the EU continues the aggressive policies of Nazi Germany.

World War II revisionism is in fact common practice in Russia, not Europe, with Soviet achievements being subject to exaggeration and elements of the war that reflect negatively on the USSR being whitewashed (for example, Stalin's and Hitler’s collaboration at the beginning of the war, the US military victory over Japan, and the widespread looting and rape by the Red Army as it moved through Europe).