Disinfo: Christmas lights are banned in Sweden because of the Muslim communities


Christmas lights are banned in Sweden because of tolerance towards Muslim communities.


A recurring narrative about threatened values in the West. This disinformation story has been debunked before. The Swedish National Traffic Authority has refused some local communities, access to light poles, as they are not dimensioned for the decorations. The original news story (In Swedish) here. The decision is not related to any religious concerns. Further debunking by Viralgranskaren.


  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Sweden
  • Keywords: Muslim/Islam, Christmas, Christianity
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Disinfo: The enlargement of NATO in Eastern Europe was imposed by the USA

The enlargement of NATO after the Cold War was imposed on Eastern European states by the USA. Russia received assurances that NATO will not expand further East in 1990.


No evidence given as regards the imposition of NATO membership by the USA on Eastern European states. The alleged promise that NATO will not enlarge further east, which was supposedly given to Gorbachev during negotiations on the reunification of Germany, is not recorded anywhere, is not part of any treaties, and was even denied by Gorbachev himself ().

Disinfo: It is not true that Rosneft and Russia target European courts with disinformation

It is not true that Rosneft and Russia target European courts with disinformation, as the Dutch newspaper NRC and Financial Times claim. Their reporting is based on fake emails and it is part of an anti-Russian conspiracy much like the ‘McLaren’ report.


An investigation led by the Dutch newspaper NRC and also reported in the FT has revealed that disinformation coming from Russia can also target the EU court system. Rosneft representatives themselves, who have denied the claims as “ill-founded contentions”, have in fact not denied the actual authenticity of the emails. The McLaren report was an independent investigation presenting evidence that the Russian Ministry of Sport manipulated the doping control process of the 2014 Sochi Games; the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow; the 2013 World University Games in Kazan; and, put measures in place to circumvent anti-doping processes before the 2012 London Games .