Handbook for Journalists Covering World Cup is Russophobia

Summary

“The initiative that seems to be useful at first glance and aimed at helping sports observers cover the main football event occurring every four years actually turned out to be nothing but more Russophobia, trivial anti-Russian stereotypes.”

Disproof

Russophobia is a common explanation to criticism towards Russia in pro-Kremlin disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Russophobia&disinfo_issue=&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/,

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the handbook for journalists covering this year’s World Cup, which will be held next month in Russia, is “nothing but more Russophobia” and a “collection of trivial anti-Russian stereotypes.”

The handbook was produced by the Norwegian Helsinki Commission, together with other global rights watchdog groups, including Amnesty International and the Human Rights Foundation.

The Norwegian Helsinki Commission is part of the human rights monitoring network within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

What Zakharova calls a “collection of trivial anti-Russian stereotypes” is actually a collection of facts documenting abuses of rights and freedoms committed by the Russian state -- both during preparations for the 2018 World Cup and more broadly -- as well as racist behavior by Russian soccer fans.

Futher debunking by Polygraph.info

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  • Reported in: Issue 110
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: World Cup, Western values, Human rights, Russophobia
  • Outlet: TASS
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The United States has not provided satellite images on MH17

“It is also worth mentioning that the United States has not provided satellite images, the presence of which was announced immediately after the [MH17] catastrophe.”

Disproof

The criminal investigation team "has concluded that the Buk Telar (missile) with which Flight MH17 was shot down is from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade from Kursk in the Russian Federation," said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Netherlands' National Crime Squad.

In response to the report, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the United States of “not providing” satellite images, “the presence of which was announced immediately after the catastrophe.”

NATO Expansion Destabilizes Europe

NATO expansion takes place under the flag of a mythical threat from Russia, while the alliance has not managed to adapt to the new conditions, continuing to act on Cold War calendars.
The expansion of NATO in the Balkans destabilizes the situation. “The Balkans should become a place where, in the interests of developing the region, it would be possible to add up efforts, say, to Russia and the European Union”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on NATO. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=NATO&disinfo_issue=&date=, The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. In any case, no such promise was made https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm.

EU enlargement is not an obstacle to maintaining or developing relations with Russia as long as the countries conserned commit to and implement the necessary democratic, economic, social and market reforms.

Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Patrol

On May 21 Ukrainian forces shot at an OSCE patrol near the village of Kriakivka in Eastern Ukraine. Intimidation of OSCE representatives by the Ukrainian military is increasing. These intimidations occur “with the aim of concealing prohibited weapons and other violations of the agreements reached in Minsk from the OSCE”

Disproof

No evidence given. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission report for May 21 notes the shelling incident and reports that “it was not possible to determine the direction of the fire”. The report goes on to say that the OSCE patrol was on the western outskirts of Kriakivka, a village in Ukraine-controlled territory some 38 kilometers northwest of Luhansk when they heard four shots fired about 100 meters south of their location. After the incident the mission members returned to Ukraine-controlled territory and notified the Ukrainian side of the incident. www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine/382210,

Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-military-fire-on-osce-patrol/,