Crime-infested no-go zones exist in multiple European countries

Summary

Crime-infested “no-go” zones, where police and businesses are too afraid to venture, exist now in several European countries. Sweden appears to have had it the worst, as major cities in the country, including Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, have such areas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking migrants and asylum seekers in the EU to violent crime.

The report provides no evidence in support of these claims and names no specific European countries aside from Sweden.

There are no such zones in Sweden. The country's Police Authority publishes a biennial report on what it terms "vulnerable areas" suffering from elevated rates of crime, poverty, and unemployment, but has made clear "it is not the case that the police do not go into them." In 2019, 60 such areas have been identified, with both law enforcement and the media acknowledging "positive trends" in their socioeconomic situation.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Europe, Sweden
  • Keywords: migration, Refugees, Migration crisis
  • Outlet: RT (rt.com)
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Disproof

This is a repeated narrative of the USSR's innocence during World War II. The resolution entitled “Importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe” was adopted by the European Parliament on 19 September 2019. The resolution is not directed at Ukraine, but to the crimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The resolution emphasises that the two totalitarian regimes cooperated in the political, economic and military fields, and through the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the secret protocol thereto, agreed to divide Europe.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Robert Mueller's investigation did conclude that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". It led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter it from further election meddling.

George Soros: Europe will win even if no ashes remain from Ukraine – Nobody cares about the Ukrainians

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Disproof

Not an actual quote, but a recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory on George Soros. See the EUvsDisinfo article "The All-Powerful Mr. Soros" for more details.

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