European politicians attended the Yalta Economic Forum, which took place…

Summary

European politicians attended the Yalta Economic Forum, which took place on the territory of Crimea from 14 to 16 April, in order to discuss with the Russian president the possibility of lifting EU sanctions.

Disproof

The politicians who attended the Forum are not in the position to negotiate on the issue of EU restrictive measures. On March 10 the European Council extended until 15 September 2016 EU restrictive measures against 146 people and 37 companies, in view of the continuing undermining or threatening of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (bit.ly/1SUhHZO), . Following the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 March 2016, the HRVP recalled that the implementation of the Minsk agreement is a key condition for any substantial change in the EU's stance towards Russia (bit.ly/22cDUNo), .

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  • Reported in: Issue 25
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Sanctions, Crimea
  • Outlet: "Voyennaya tayna s Igorem Prokopenko", YouTube channel
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Ukraine is on the verge of a second nuclear catastrophe…

Ukraine is on the verge of a second nuclear catastrophe as it is increasing its use of American nuclear fuel for powering atomic plants in the country while phasing out previous cooperation with Russia in this area.

Disproof

According to Ukraine’s State Statistics Service, only a fraction of Ukraine’s nuclear fuel comes from the US, in 2015 Ukraine purchased 95% of its nuclear fuel from Russia, in 2014, 94% (bit.ly/1YjEBhT), .

Ukraine is governed by a junta

Ukraine is governed by a junta.

Disproof

Repeating already debunked disinformation. Ukraine's President Poroshenko was elected on 25 May with a clear majority in a vote which the OSCE characterized as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." The current parliament was elected on 26 October in a vote which the OSCE characterized as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms" (bit.ly/1Tdu8Qw), .

In Russia, corruption in the corporate sector has dropped by…

In Russia, corruption in the corporate sector has dropped by 14% compared to last year. The country has caught up with the US in terms of corruption, according to the study conducted by Ernst & Young (EY).

Disproof

Ernst & Young's survey addresses a specific form of corrupt practices, its results do not indicate the absolute level of corruption in Russia. According to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Russia ranks 119 out of 168 countries compared to the USA's rank of 16 (bit.ly/1Vq1aQe), .