Disinfo: Italians are the poorest citizens of the EU and Italy is the poorest EU country


Italy has suffered so much from the introduction of euro that now Italians are the poorest citizens of the EU and Italy is the poorest EU country.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative demonising the EU, the Eurozone and claiming that euro is responsible for the economic downfall of many European countries.

According to IMF figures, Italy is NOT the poorest country  of EU. Italy ranks 15th in terms of per-capita GDP amongst the 28 EU countries, and 12th amongst the 19 EU countries that have adopted euro.

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  • Reported in: Issue139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy
  • Keywords: EU, EU disintegration, Europe


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Any contacts with Russia penalised by Latvian law

Article 81.1 of the Latvian Criminal Code criminalizes any contacts with Russia. Even relationships with people living in Russia are penalised in accordance with Latvian law.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia.

Latvian Criminal Law doesn't criminalize "any contacts with Russia". Article 81.1, mentioned in the article, says: 'Assistance to a Foreign State in Action Directed against the Republic of Latvia For a person who commits activities with the purpose to assist a foreign state or a foreign organisation to take action against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, State power or administrative order of the Republic of Latvia, the applicable punishment is the deprivation of liberty for a period of up to five years or temporary deprivation of liberty, or community service, or a fine, with probationary supervision for a period of up to three years'.

NATO is increasing its strategic arsenal of weapons near Russia’s borders, Russia is forced to respond

The USA is expanding its strategic arsenal of weapons along the Russian borders, so Russia is forced to respond adequately to expansion of NATO potential.

The expansion of NATO’s military potential is destroying the current global security system and prompting Russia to take countermeasures.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening Russia.

NATO's missile defence system is purely defensive and not directed against Russia. Bilateral agreements between the US and host nations do not allow missile sites to be used for any purpose other than missile defence.

US is supporting Ukraine for staging provocations against Russia

The US is doing in Ukraine what the UK did in Poland in the 1930s. Before World War 2, UK obliged Poland to stage provocations every week on the Polish-Soviet border. Now, Donald Trump will supply weapons to Ukraine to perform provocations, similar to what happened in the Kerch Strait.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Kerch Strait incident, being a Ukrainian provocation, and questioning Ukraine's sovereignty

The situation in the Sea of Azov was addressed by the 2003 bilateral agreement between Ukraine and Russia, which defined these territories as internal waters of the two states and gives both parties the power to inspect suspicious vessels; whereas both the 2003 agreement and UN Convention on the Law of the Sea provide for the freedom of navigation.