Disinfo: Europe has long lost its civilisation, abandoning Christian roots and its culture

Summary

There are so many abominations in Europe. There are even urinals in the streets. Liberals travel to Europe and gather these abominations. Then, they think if they behave in the same ugly manner, they will be called civilised. Europe has long lost its civilisation, abandoning Christian roots, abandoning its culture, exchanging it for the culture of migrants.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying Europe as immoral, abandoning Christianity and a threat to traditional values, as well as narratives about migrants and Islamisation. The narrative of 'threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

Despite the dropping levels of religious practice in Europe, the majority of western Europeans still identify themselves as Christians, a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Centre shows. According to the same survey, 31% of western Europeans who identify themselves as Christians attend religious services at least monthly.

Find more examples of similar disinformation cases here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: culture, West, European values, Christianity, Europe

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General Staff of National Army prepares Moldova to join NATO

The General Staff is openly preparing the national army for the prospective entry into the Western military bloc and the Alliance’s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the African continent.

 
Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives about EU/ NATO enlargement and the West's strategy of encircling Russia, where each military exercise of Moldovan soldiers is presented as a part of a secret plan to join NATO. A similar case can be found here.

According to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Moldova, the military exercises "Agile Hunter 2019" and "Sea Breeze 2019", to which the reference is made, aim to train soldiers and officers for peacekeeping operations.

The American empire imposes its will on vassal states

Trump has already done a lot for Russia by reviewing relations with US-allied transatlantic partners, trying to impose his will on them and making them publicly acknowledge their status of American vassals.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory without evidence.

This message is consistent with a classic pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on US relations with EU countries. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, US' transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples:  Poland is US's vassal state, Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, the EU is directed by Washington, Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

The New York Times sends stories to the US government for approval

The New York Times sends its pieces to US government for approval.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting Western media outlets as subservient to their respective national governments and militaries.

This claim that the New York Times sends articles to the US government for approval is misleading. The newspaper's "admission" that government officials were approached regarding the details of an ongoing story proves only that its reporters rely on sourcing - a standard and founding practice of investigative journalism.