Disinfo: Child Rights’ Code and UNICEF encourage drug and alcohol use among teens

Summary

According to UNICEF’s conclusion, reflected by the Georgian Parliament in the Code on the Rights of the Child, a parent should not prohibit a child from using drugs and alcohol…As soon as this “law” enters into force, parents will be under pressure and will be strictly punished by law if they demonstrate even minor strictness towards children, for example, if they do not allow them to go somewhere or scold them for their clothing, or prohibit them from using alcohol or so called soft drugs.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on values and moral decay. Repeated targeted campaign against UNICEF. This is exactly the same narrative already published in January 2020. Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child reads that participating states shall take all appropriate measures to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs. Furthermore, article 63 of Georgia's Code on the Rights of the Child strictly prohibits the sale of alcohol, drugs, psychoactive, toxic and other harmful substances to children.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: Western values, UN
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British cyber forces are attacking Russia with anti-Russian fuss

A special unit in the British cyber forces is called JTRIG, and it is this unit’s ‘specialists’ who quite often carry out propagandistic cyber operations, which have recently most often been directed against Russia. Among these are the anti-Russian fuss around Skripal poisoning, groundless accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in the crash of the Malaysian plane MH-17 over Donetsk, and accusations of Moscow’s aggressive actions in Syria.

Disproof

This is an unfounded conspiracy theory that utilises the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative invoking "Russophobia", which is used to attempt to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions as merely being a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" attitudes. In fact, the Skripal case, the downing of MH17, and Russian military aggression in Syria are all well-documented cases of Kremlin-organised acts of violence outside Russia. There is no evidence to support the groundless claim about the British cyber forces.

For similar cases attempting to smear the UK for being Russophobic or anti-Russian, see here.

Russia is falsely accused of interference in the US electoral process in 2020

There is an orchestrated campaign against Bernie Sanders by US “freedom of expression champions” such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, and if it is necessary to link him to Russia, let’s do it, people will swallow it anyway. If they have to invent that Vladimir Putin is the virus of US democracy, they will continue to do so, because who cares that there are no arguments? They can simply frame it as ‘highly likely’ because it always works.

Disproof

Russian attempts to interfere in US elections 2020 have already been well documented. In February 2020, US intelligence officers warned lawmakers that Russia was about to help both Donald Trump and Democratic aspiring candidate Bernie Sanders. Some of these efforts were described by social media investigation company Graphika in a report published in October 2019, which includes ample evidence of this process. Facebook also repeatedly suspended Russian accounts targeting US voters in the last months of 2019.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative denying Russia’s interference in foreign elections despite overwhelming evidence, both in the US and in other countries. You can see other examples of disinformation about this subject, such as allegations that neither the US Intelligence Committee report nor the Mueller report found any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, that there is no proof that Russia tried to influence the Brexit referendum or about the role played by RT and Sputnik in these and other processes, that “absurd” accusations against Russia are an attempt to demonise it, or that the US and UK are indeed the ones who try to interfere in Europe.

A US citizen reveals the truth about how his country created the crisis in Ukraine

In an exclusive interview, a US citizen revealed the true state of things in Donbas despite CIA propaganda. He explained that [Ukrainian president Petro] Poroshenko was a US puppet, and that a foreign government came and carried out a coup in the presidential elections. The US wanted more influence in Ukraine because it wanted to stop the supply of Russian gas to Europe and to expand NATO along the Russian border. For this reason, the US interfered in Ukraine’s internal affairs and started a war in Eastern Ukraine. Donbas’ citizens had no alternative but to take up weapons in face of what was basically an invasion of their country.

Disproof

The article summarises several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine, blaming the US and the West for the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and labelling the protest movement that overthrew him as a coup, and denying any Russian responsibility for the outbreak of violence in Donbas.

The demonstrations against Yanukovych, which began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan",  were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with the president’s last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. When those protests were met with government-led police violence, they became massive, ultimately resulting in Yanukovych’s fall. There is zero evidence of any foreign implication behind the demonstrations. On the contrary, proof of Russia’s involvement in fomenting unrest in Eastern Ukraine and in creating a military conflict has been mounting since an early stage.