Disinfo: Finland has decided to buy 64 fighters from the US


Finland has decided to buy 64 fifth generation fighters from the US for 12,5billion $, which are able to carry American nuclear bombs. Maybe Finns are not aware that all Iskanders [short-range ballistic missile system] at the Leningrad Oblast now most likely look not only at the Baltic countries, but also at Finns.

These new capabilities might create willingness, in the future, for Finland to redraw the map [referring to the parts of Finland lost in the WWII to the Soviet Union].


The decision to procure multi-role fighters will be made by the Finnish Government only in 2021.

All in all, the fighter procurement will take 10 to 15 years to complete. For further details on the timeline see here. The options on the table are two fighter models from the US, and one from France, UK, and Sweden.

Message in line with pro-Kremlin disinformation related to military capabilities, often designed to simultaneously threaten, ridicule, and create an impression of an aggression directed at Russia. See similar example here and here. Disinformation about other countries' willingness to change borders is a frequent line in pro-Kremlin disinformation, see examples here and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Finland
  • Keywords: Military, Anti-Russian, Nuclear issues


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The myth that victory in the WWII is the merit of the US

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Attempts at falsification, rumours that the US had won the war, had appeared before, but there was less insolence at that time. At least, it used to be said that the USSR and the US were allies, that the biggest losses were on the Eastern Front. Now Soviet soldiers are increasingly referred to as occupiers, and Americans seem to have come to Germany with chocolates.


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A Ukrainian lawmaker and member of President Zelensky’s ruling party has argued that Crimea changed for the better since returning to Moscow’s control in 2014. She said that many people living in Crimea, including former Ukrainian citizens, are “satisfied and happy” with the way the peninsula has developed since voting to join Russia in 2014.

The parliamentarian suggested that people were used to politicians in Kiev not playing a role in their life, saying “in the 30 years before, nothing had been done. When we don’t make any progress, we stand still.”

By contrast, she added, since the peninsula began to be administered by Russia, significant building works had been begun in cities such as Simferopol. The lawmaker’s admission is all the more extraordinary given that she had been a resident of Simferopol until 2014, and she added that “Russia is building a lot. I saw a video of the place where I lived, I just did not recognize it at all … there are already high-rise buildings, and highways have been built there.”


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The lawmaker certainly does not characterise the economic situation in Crimea as "booming," nor does she suggest that Russian occupation of the peninsula has produced an overall improvement in people's lives there. Bohutska prefaces her remarks with a statement which RT handily omitted from the story. In reference to recent comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, she says that “the press secretary of a president who occupies my homeland is telling me that my hatred for them is only temporary and will soon pass, but how soon this will happen depends on them. It depends on how soon they give me back my home, which is illegally occupied by Russians” (01:23-01:45). Read in this context, Bohutska’s remarks are anything but an endorsement of Russia’s illegal presence in Crimea.