Disinfo: Georgetown University course on Russian disinformation will include the ‘alleged annexation of Crimea’


Georgetown University offers a new course on Russian hybrid war, which will include information on Russian bots and trolls, Russian information operations and ‘the alleged annexation of Crimea’. It may cause hate towards Russia among the students.



Recurring narrative about the West's Russophobia.

The annexation of Crimea is a fact.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe considers that the actions of the Russian Federation leading up to the annexation of Crimea, and in particular the military occupation of the Ukrainian territory and the threat of the use of military force, the recognition of the results of the illegal so-called referendum and subsequent annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation constitute, beyond any doubt, a grave violation of international law, including of the United Nations Charter and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Helsinki Final

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government. Click here for more information.


  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska


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Association Agreement with the EU obliges Georgia to import chemical waste

The Association Agreement with the European Union obliges Georgia to import and utilize chemical waste.

There are plans to build a chemical waste utilization factory which would make living in Adjara life-threatening.


The Association Agreement signed between the European Union and Georgia in 2014 does not include import and utilization of hazardous waste.

Law on Import, Export, and Transit of Hazardous Waste prohibits import, export, and transit of any kind of waste on the territory of Georgia.

The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a pre-election trick

Tomos of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a pre-election trick. The election is in 2.5 months and the main thesis of Poroshenko’s election campaign is the “Army of the New Faith”. This is an attempt to inflame the religious war, to hijack the church that could lead to instating the state of emergency. It would allow Poroshenko if not destroy the election, then control how it is conducted.

The Tomos is not entirely real, the Archbishop of Constantinople deceived everyone. It is not an official document but the agreement of a cabal. So far the only one who will benefit from the autocephaly is Byzantine patriarch.

The autocephaly is a new type of conflict in a country torn by a civil war.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Such narrative also contributes to the attempt to discredit upcoming presidential election in Ukraine. For more examples of such cases see here and here.

Patriarch Filaret is not baptized and revenues of the Ukrainian Church will be transferred to Constantinople

Patriarch Filaret is not baptized.

The revenues of the Ukrainian Church will be transferred to the budget of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.



No evidence given.

Filaret worked under subordination of the Russian Patriarchate till 1992. He was the Metropolitan of Kiev of the Russian Orthodox Church, also a member of the Holy Synod, and even participated in the elections of the Moscow Patriarchate. Thus, “non-baptized” Filaret could not have held such senior positions; neither would he be able to participate in the elections to the Moscow Patriarchate.