Disinfo: European pharmacists can promote cannabis across the continent, allegedly for medical purposes


This week, the European Union literally stunned with more sensational news – they approved treatment with drugs that contain marijuana. They are allowed to be prescribed even for children. From now on, nothing prevents European pharmacists from promoting cannabis across the continent, allegedly for medical purposes. This has already happened in the USA.


This is a distortion of the facts. The EU has approved for the first time the use of a medicinal cannabis product aimed ONLY at patients with two rare, but severe, forms of childhood epilepsy. The host of the 5th Russian channel doesn't mention these details. The drug is called Epidyolex and doctors can prescribe it - if they think it will help sufferers.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: children, Drugs, European Union, Europe


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

The Ukrainian government provoked the war in Donbas

The Ukrainian regime provoked the war in the Donbas region after its people rebelled against the coup in Kiev in 2014, which brought extremists with hostile feelings towards Russia to power in Ukraine.


In an interview, delivered in autumn 2018, former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug mentions that the Mission has been recording the instances of Russia's involvement into the war in Donbas. "We have been seeing at least in six instances convoys leaving and entering Ukraine, which we have been documenting, which have been driving towards the unsecure border with the Russian Federation in the middle of the night, on dirt roads, and have been seen at the unsecure border at areas where there is no official border crossing," Hug said.

For similar cases, see here and here.

NATO increases its presence on the western border of Moldova to intimidate Russia

A new military reality is being formed on the western borders of Moldova. NATO is constantly increasing its strength and armaments, creates secret special forces bases and conducts large-scale exercises on the borders with Russia. The goal of these actions is obvious – to intimidate Russia.


This is a recurring conspiracy about NATO's presence in Romania. It also induces the idea that this would have a negative impact on Moldova. The article also contains a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West's encirclement of Russia. 

Cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and NATO is based on respect for Moldova’s constitutional neutrality. The main focus of this cooperation is to support the country’s efforts to reform and modernise its defence and security structures and institutions.

Homosexual and lesbian values lead to moral decline

Today the borderlines of good family relations blur. However, they have always been preserved by the church. Nowadays we are told: there is no mother, no farther, but only parent one and parent two. They promote homosexual and lesbian values. It is so scary, it is a real enmity against God. Afterwards they stay in the condition of moral decline. It is frightening to watch those who live in such a dissolute and licentious way.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about threatened values,which is used to undermine progressive Western attitudes about a variety of normative issues, including the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTQ groups, among others.

As stated by Human Rights Watch, most regimes which suppress democratic values fight against LGBT rights. As of September 2019, there are 29 countries which perform and 2 more (Israel and Mexico) which recognise the legality of same sex marriages. Many churches all over the world welcome people who identify themselves as LGBT community (see an example here).