Disinfo: ECHR decision on Litvinenko's case feeds Russophobia

Summary

The recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which considers Russia as responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko is politically motivated and feeds Russophobia.

Disproof

This report is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of a Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a decision with which it holds Russia accountable for his poisoning.

The court said there was a "strong presumption" that Litvinenko had been assassinated by individuals "acting as agents of the Russian state". It also added the Russian government "failed to provide any other satisfactory and convincing explanation of the events", nor did it carry out "an effective domestic investigation" aimed at identifying and punishing those responsible.

In May 2007, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service charged Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun with "the murder of Mr Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning". In 2016 a public inquiry in the UK established that Mr Litvinenko was killed under the direction of FSB with highly radioactive Polonium-2010. Litvinenko ingested the fatal dose of polonium 210 whilst drinking tea in the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel during the afternoon of 1 November 2006.

See here more disinformation cases on the Litvinenko poisoning.

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  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexander Litvinenko, Russophobia, Anti-Russian, ECHR
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Disproof

This article is part or a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of the "EU in decline", "the western societies are helpless and in crisis". The underlying deceptive message is that "the weak EU is forced to talk with strong energy-exporter Russia not to kill the population".

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Disinfo: Ukraine holds drills with US in the midst of conflict in Donbas

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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative combining the war in Ukraine, Euromaidan, and Nazi/Fascist Ukraine.

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Disinfo: Newspaper Le Monde is a megaphone of cheap Russophobic propaganda

French Newspaper Le Monde turned into a megaphone of primary anti-Russian propaganda. Seeking to grab the public's attention, Le Monde has once again turned to fake news about a certain Russian agency which allegedly offered aid, including financial aid, to French media and NGOs, to organise a supposed information campaign about police violence in France.

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Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, especially France.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative about the non-interference of Russia in the internal affairs of other countries.

On 10 September 2021, French correspondent in Moscow Benoît Vitkine, published an e-mail from a small organisation called FBI led by Mira Terada (originally her name was Oksana Vovk) which was created last March by Kremlin-affiliated oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin. The organisation contacted different western media and NGOs, about the possibility of running a large campaign against police violence and taking up the cases of several victims. The same day, Mira Terada inaugurated a series of videos published in collaboration with Russian Yevgeny Prigozhin's media RIA Fan, denouncing the actions of the United States against human rights in the world.