Disinfo: Crimean Platform: the West nurtures neo-Nazi mood in Ukraine

Summary

There will be another Witches' Sabbath day, that is, the Crimean Platform, during which the West will continue to nurture the neo-Nazi mood and racism of the modern Ukrainian authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that Nazism in Ukraine is on the rise.

First, the Crimea Platform is aimed at drawing international attention not only to Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula, but also to human rights abuses, which Crimean residents have been suffering since 2014. The summit is expected to be held on 23 August 2021 in Kyiv within the framework of this platform, where world leaders will be discussing ways to mobilise a more effective international response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

Second, the myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and obtained abysmal results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. During the 2019 election cycle, the far right managed to sustain an even more tremendous failure; the highest-rated nationalist candidate, Ruslan Koshulynskyy, won 1.62% of the vote whereas Svoboda, one of the Kremlin's favourite bogeymen, won 2.16% of the national vote, falling far short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2021
  • Article language(s) French, English, Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Ukrainian statehood, Crimea, Nazi/Fascist
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Disinfo: Lithuania lost the "liberal curtain" after repressing the protests at home

When Western countries face protests, they lose the "liberal curtain". For example, a meeting against restrictions directed at citizens who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus took place on 10 August in Vilnius. Police used tear gas against protesters. This shows how the smell of democracy disappears when Western countries need to manage situations inside the country and repress the protests at home.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania.

A rally against the Lithuanian government's COVID-19 measures took place on the 10 August 2021 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament. The protest began in the morning and should have ended at 17:00hrs. A few hundred protesters stayed near the parliament after the official end of the meeting. They blocked members of the parliament inside the building, refused to follow police instructions and attacked journalists. Police used special measures when all other means had been exchaused. 26 people were detained. Read more about the protest here. Information about riots after the meeting and the results of it can be found here.

Disinfo: Navalny keeps inciting demonstrations through his extremist organisation

A Russian investigative committee announced new charges against Alexey Navalny because he has founded an extremist organisation (FBK) and he has been inciting new demonstrations against the Russian government.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian opposition activist and politician Alexei Navalny.

Alexei Navalny, in addition to founding the Russia of the Future party in 2018, is also the founder and leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the Russian state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices. FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption. Their funding comes from donations and therefore the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recognised FBK as a "foreign agent" due to the Russian "foreign agent" law because they receive donations from outside Russia. However, FBK does not agree with this claim and is appealing it in court.

Disinfo: Lithuania asks Europe for money for hybrid war with Minsk

Lithuania is asking money from Europe for hybrid warfare against Minsk. Brussels promised to help Lithuania manage the migrants' crisis. Interesting, that Europe will help Lithuania when Italy, Greece and Spain were left one by one with a similar problem.

It is the result of Lithuanian policy. All three decades after its independence, Lithuania built its domestic and foreign policy on anti-Russian grounds. It was also Lithuania's ticket to the EU and NATO. The West supporting Lithuanian Russophobia with money.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Russophobia in the Baltic States.

In July and August 2021, Lithuania has faced unprecedented migration crisis with sharp increase of arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus.