Disinfo: Downing of PS752: The West is demonizing Iran


The West accuses Tehran of involvement in the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 in order to “demonize Tehran” and justify the US strike on Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. The indictment campaign launched by a number of Western media indicates that this is an information attack against Iran.


Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Earlier, intelligence services of Canada and the United States informed that the Ukrainian plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile minutes after departure from the Tehran airport.

Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.


  • Reported in: Issue179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Iran
  • Keywords: PS752, West, Conspiracy theory


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Poland and the Baltic States are preparing for a future war with Russia

By comparing Hitler and the Soviet Union, Poland and the Baltic States, they are preparing the case for reparations, contributions and punishment of Russia, in case their campaign of weakening and dismembering Russia succeeds. It is a preparation for a future war.

They are reconstructing a Western public opinion about Russians and it is dangerous. When people stop being sympathetic to others it is easier to demand not just for reparations but also physical destruction of millions of people.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Poland and the Baltic States. See similar disinformation cases:  Poland is threatening Russia;Lithuania and Poland conduct aggressive hybrid war against Russia. 

The disinformation message is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the impeding war, and encircled Russia.

The Iranian air-defence operator might have been recruited by US intelligence

PS752 was shot down deliberately to exert additional pressure on Iran from the United States during the alleged acute phase of the crisis between Iran and the United States, which had a chance to develop into an open regional war. In the framework of this version, it could be suspected that the [air-defence] operator may have been recruited by US intelligence or blackmailed, or the system was captured in an act of sabotage by the US or its affiliated forces.


An unfounded conspiracy theory. Iran has officially admitted the downing a result of a human error and has allowed independent experts access to the crash site.

Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.

Protests in France were instigated by the US

As soon as Macron started to criticise NATO and to lobby the creation of a European army, he faced troubles inside the country. He cannot engage in the foreign policy of the European Union anymore. Does it have some connection with his anti-American agenda?! Look at who benefits from this, look at what happens to countries where something does not coincide with the interests of the US.


It is one of the pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories hinting that the protests in France are caused by the US intrusion. It is consistent with the previous narratives about the “colour revolutions” and the US role in them.

The protests in France were motivated by a governmental initiative to increase fuel prices. Later popular discontent was caused by the planned pension reform.