Disinfo: Greta Thunberg is the love child of a Russian film director with a prostitute


Film director and actor Stanislav Baretsky claims that he in early 2000’s was dating a girl, who was “working the hotels”. The actor admits that he at the time was worshiping the girl and didn’t care about her profession. His beloved decided to go for another man and left for Sweden, where she, according to Baretsky, gave birth to a girl that she left for adoption. […] The woman from the past contacted Mr. Baretsky recently and declared that Greta is his daughter.



An attempt to defame the Swedish activist and her family. There is no evidence to support Mr. Baretsky's claims.




  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: Greta Thunberg
  • Outlet: RIA FAN Vechernyaya Moskva Lenta.ru REN-TV
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NATO prepares for a great conflict

NATO’s military exercises in the Baltic countries, Poland, in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea indicate that it is preparing for a large-scale conflict. Also, NATO promotes theories about the “Russian military threat”, interpreting any Russian security process or any planned transparent military construction event as a threat to peace.


This claim involves speculation without any evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about  NATO's belligerence towards Russia, portraying the Alliance as a threat to peace.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd.

A new Union of Journalists for “independent media” established in Finland

A new Union of Journalists for alternative – a better description would be independent – media established in Finland.


The context: The actual Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF), www.journalistiliitto.fi, , has nearly 15 000 members who work for the print media, broadcasting, publishing and new communications media. It is an independent trade union that negotiates collective bargaining agreements. It works to further the financial, social and professional standing of its members, both salaried and freelancers. The union does not belong to but cooperates with trade union confederations.

The copycat NGO has been registered officially within the Finnish Register of Associations in 2016 with the name "Suomen vapaa sana riippumaton toimittajayhdistys ry". However, this Union imitates the UJF URL address (www.journalistiliitto.com), . Vice-chair of the copycat organisation is also MV-lehti's editor-in-chief, a Finn who resided for years in occupied Donetsk and ran a propaganda media operation there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here.

Crimea returned to the embrace of Russia

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are experiencing high political tension since the return of Crimea in March 2014 to the embrace of Russia. Beside this, Moscow has supported the authorities and residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk to unilaterally declare their independence from Kyiv. The conflict appeared after the outbreak of an acute crisis in Ukraine in 2014, which led to a power change in Kyiv. The new rulers hardened their approach to the Russian-speaking population.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Crimea did not "return" to Russia but was illegally annexed by Moscow. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.