Disinfo: Die Welt proposed to kill Putin


The West does not hide that it is preparing for a full-scale world war. They do everything to make it come as soon as possible. Die Welt published an article, with a headline, in which they are directly calling for the assassination of the supreme commander [Vladimir Putin].


The claim is untrue. Die Welt published an opinion called "The post-Putin scenario" (this pro-Kremlin media outlet might be referring to it, without specifying the article). The article does not call "to kill Putin".

The author of this op-ed warns about attempts to try and change the Russian political regime artificially: "Many current focal points and long-term important issues had to recede into the background - because a Russian President living in his alternative reality is launching a war of annihilation in Europe. Of course, it is primarily up to Russia's citizens to make decisions about their government or those in power. It would be easiest if the people in Russia could simply vote out the current regime. But free and fair elections are not possible in Russia. <>And yet every Russian citizen has to make a very fundamental choice: do they want to continue to accept Putinism, or do they want to distance themselves from it? Those Russians who have bravely organised themselves into smaller protest groups or who have moved their media offices to Georgia or Lithuania have made their choice. But millions haven't, or haven't yet."

The opinion concludes: "Every democratic country - whether in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa or Latin America - should be invited to take an active part in maintaining and improving a rules-based international order and thus against Russian Putinism".

Political forecasts for "Russia's future after Putin" cannot be equated with calls to "kill Putin". Vladimir Putin, born in 1952, will run for the next election in 2024. Since Russia is a democracy on paper, other candidates will be allowed, as well as non systemic opposition, as it is called in Russia, may also campaign. Die Welt's article clearly refers to legal mechanisms of condemning Russia's war crimes and political processes which await Russia in the future.

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  • Reported in: Issue 329
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/04/2023
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
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Disinfo: The UK is planning to destabilise the EU and bring pro-UK regimes to power

The US has no sufficient resources to continue controlling the EU, so the UK will try to take over. First the UK will need to destabilise the EU, then it will try bringing pro-UK regimes to power in European countries. The UK may prepare attacks of Islamic radicals. In case of massive terrorist attacks in European countries, for instance at a French nuclear power station or at US military bases in Germany, the US may leave the EU just as it earlier did in Afghanistan. In this scenario, to prevent Russia from taking quick control over Ukraine and the whole eastern Europe, destabilisation in Kazakhstan and the Caucasian region may be organised.


This is a baseless conspiracy theory which aims at sowing discord in the UK-EU relations and implies that the western actors may destabilise foreign countries and distant regions as part of anti-Russian strategy. The publication also promotes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about an alleged loss of sovereignty of Europe/ the EU and its member states. Pro-Kremlin outlets often portray European states as vassals, puppet states or colonies of the US and NATO.

While pro-Kremlin outlets regularly speak about an upcoming EU collapse, the claim about the UK's grandiose vicious plans is a rather unusual modification of the EU disintegration disinformation narrative.

Disinfo: Ukraine will cease to exist because no-one needs it

Ukraine will cease to exist because the post-Soviet republic is no longer needed by Europe, the United States, Africa and Latin America, Asia or Russia. Moreover, a Ukraine under Nazi leadership is not needed by its citizens. Because of this, the country has turned out to be of no use to anyone and has doomed itself to extinction.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about ‘Nazi Ukraine’, as well as an attempt to undermine Ukrainian statehood.

Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014.

Disinfo: US should stop encouraging war in Ukraine

The United States and its allies should focus on peace in Ukraine, rather than arming Kyiv to encourage war. World leaders might be able to convince both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that peace is in the interests of the whole world.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the West is not interested in peace, but is instead fueling the war.

The West supports Ukraine with military and financial aid for the country’s efficient self-defence, in accordance with the UN Charter Article 51, to stop Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.