Disinfo: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine instructs on how to report Russian-speaking citizens

Summary

The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff has drawn up instructions on how to report citizens, speaking Russian.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative that Ukrainians allegedly reject the Russian language and are anti-Russian.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have not developed instructions on reporting Russian-speaking citizens. On their official Facebook page, they posted the directions to ensure that Article 30 of the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language" is upheld, and the actions that should be followed if the law is violated.

Read similar cases: Rights of Russian-speaking people are violated in the Baltic States and Ukraine, Ukraine forbids 40% of the people to speak Russian.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Russian language, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

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Western leaders made calls for an escalation of violence in Russia

[The protests] were characterized by underwhelming attendance, claims of grandeur and awkward attempts at spreading violence. Protests were immediately endorsed by the Washington establishment. Notably, the United States Embassy in Moscow published detailed times and locations of unsanctioned rallies. Some Western leaders have made direct calls for an escalation of violence.

Disproof

Unfounded claims on the protests in Russia in late January 2021. No Western leaders have “called for an escalation of violence”. EU Foreign Affairs Council - the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States - has condemned the mass detentions and the police brutality against the countrywide, peaceful manifestations in Russia.

The 2021 Russian protests began on 23 January 2021 in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny and as a reaction to the investigation Putin's Palace. The rallies — from Russia’s Far East to central Moscow — came less than a week after Navalny returned from Germany, where he recovered from a nerve agent poisoning in August during a trip to Siberia. Navalny was arrested shortly after stepping off the plane. More than 3,300 people were arrested in protests spanning nearly 70 cities and towns across Russia.

US citizens, like the citizens of North Korea, have no influence on the country’s decision making

There is no democracy in the United States of America. The only difference between the United States and any of the most oppressive regimes in the world is that thanks to its theft of the whole world, it has become richer, and thus the contradictions in American society until recently remained hidden to the extent that the main political news on television was about a cat that is afraid of getting off the tree, and the political programmes of the rival presidential candidates were almost carbon copy. Therefore, there was no need for the army to control the citizens. The propaganda and the absence of alternative media (such as RT) were sufficient. Moreover, the citizens of the United States of America have the same influence over decision making as the citizens of North Korea.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, which seeks to discredit the United States and liberal democracies by claiming that liberal societies are totalitarian systems and that liberal democracies, like 20th-century totalitarian dictatorships, practice repression against the population.

Although the US and other Western democracies today face multiple and serious domestic and foreign threats, it is not true that liberal democracies are obsolete, have collapsed or are being replaced with dictatorships. Reports of the death of liberal democracy have been greatly exaggerated. Moreover, the article’s attempt to equate the West’s liberal societies to totalitarian regimes is an obvious falsification of reality. According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, which is based on a large number of objective criteria, places the US is in 45th place out of 180 countries, whereas North Korea is in the last 180th rank.

Lithuania is one of the least peaceful countries in Europe

Lithuania is one of the least peaceful countries in Europe according to the “Global Peace Index”. Lithuania is on 36th position.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Lithuania as an aggressive, unfriendly and unpeaceful country.

The message is highly manipulative. The “Global Peace Index 2020” ranked 163 countries, putting Lithuania on 36th position, not far from its neighbours - Latvia (34th position), Estonia (30th position), and Poland (29th position). The infographic presented in the article does not include Russia, which is, for comparison, on 154th position according to the “Global Peace Index 2020”.