Disinfo: Hypocritical EU sanctions on Russia are illegitimate under international law


The European Council's decision to expand the list of Russian individuals sanctioned due to their alleged role in undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity is hypocritical.

Any sanctions imposed without the approval of the UN Security Council are illegitimate from the perspective of international law.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning EU sanctions on Russia.

Moscow has falsely claimed that the EU sanctions are illegal ever since their imposition in 2014, following Russia's invasion, annexation, and ongoing occupation of Crimea.

The EU established the sanctions regime under its own laws, specifically Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, "concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine." The regulation limits the activities of a number of foreign nationals on EU territory only, which makes it a matter of EU law specifically. Thus, considerations about eventual roles of UN Security Council are not relevant.

It is worth mentioning here that Russia's counter-sanctions are not passed by the UN Security Council.

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  • Reported in: Issue 263
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Sanctions, Anti-Russian, International Law, UN, European Council
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The British royal court responded to a letter from school children at the "Little Academy of Science" in Sevastopol, writing Russia in the return address. This is reported on the official Instagram account of the educational institution.

It is worth noting that the Royal Court indicated "Sevastopol, Russia" as the recipient's address on the envelope, thereby recognising it as belonging to the Russian peninsula.

In recent years, the attitude towards Crimea has changed a lot in the world, and the peninsula is increasingly seen by the world's public as Russian territory for a long time and an integral part of Russia.

It would be nice if members of the British royal family came to Crimea and saw with their own eyes how rapidly the peninsula is developing, how satisfied our fellow citizens are to have returned to Russia. This would be particularly useful to Europeans whose opinion about Crimea was formed on the basis of myths which are still invented today by the media and politicians.


Disinformation concerning an alleged emerging consensus to recognise Crimea as part of Russia.

At the beginning of April 2014, the Ukrainian State Postal Enterprise (Ukrposhta), indicated to the Universal Postal Union not to address letters to them to be delivered in Crimea due to the Russian occupation making their deliveries impossible.

Disinfo: Deep state sets the ultimate goal of establishing power over humanity

There is no doubt that the world behind the scenes (called the "deep state", "The Committee of 300", "owners of money", etc.) sets as its ultimate goal the establishment of power over humanity. This power will be exercised by a world government that will be erected on the ruins of sovereign states.


A recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about secret global liberal elites that dominate the world, control governments, and establish a system of totalitarian control over the world’s population, depriving states of their sovereignty.

Disinformation narratives about the "deep state" are widespread. The idea of a "deep state" or global elites has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. In most cases, the “deep state” is referred to as American and UK elites, who promote aggressive wars and prevent US reconciliation with Russia.

Disinfo: Recognition of Sputnik V being delayed purely for political reasons

The recognition of Sputnik V is being delayed purely for political reasons. 70 countries have approved and registered the Sputnik V vaccine, many millions of people have been vaccinated, it is effective and safe. The non-recognition by WHO raises questions, to put it mildly. This is a lot of competition, a lot of money, Sputnik V is a competitor for the same Pfizer, Sinopharm.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about a global conspiracy to prevent the success of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started the rolling review of Sputnik V vaccine on March 4, 2021. At the beginning of September 2021, EMA stated it was still waiting for necessary additional data from Sputnik V's manufacturers before it can authorise the vaccine.