Kyiv residents want Russian social media platforms back

Summary

The majority of Kyiv residents are against banning Russian social media sites and Russian films. According to a poll carried out for the Ukrainian Obozrevatel internet newspaper, the majority of Kyiv residents want the Russian social media network VKontakte back.

Disproof

The poll cited was not about Russian social networks or Russian films, but rather about Kyiv residents’ attitudes to Ukrainian sanctions against Russia.

Obozrevatel’s original story states that a small majority of Kyiv residents do not support Ukraine’s sanctions against Russia, there is no mention of support for any particular social media site. The poll was conducted by a group called Ukrainian Democratic Circle, who have done previous polls for Obozrevatel. This particular group however is not certified by the Ukrainian Sociological Association, who omitted it from their 2014 list of trusted sources.

Obozrevatel also has a poll of their own about the ban of Russian social media and search engines, the response is a resounding support for the ban.

Zvezda TV, owned by Russia’s Ministry of Defence, is well known to spread disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/dependent-media-russias-military-tv-zvezda/.

Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-kyiv-residents-want-russian-social-media-platforms-back/, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: TV Zvezda, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Zvezda
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Crimean Tatars to support Putin in March Presidential election

The head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations publicly declares support for Putin as President.

Disproof

The source for this story is  Seitumer Numetullayev, the  head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that allegedly includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations. However, Numetullayev has never been a Crimean Tatar leader. Prior to the annexation of Crimea he was a member of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions Party heading a regional administration in the southern Kherson province. He established the Public Council of the Crimean Tatar People in 2014, the organization is completely subservient to Crimea’s occupying authorities.

According to the sole genuine representative body of the Crimean Tatars, the Medjlis, Numetullayev and his organization have no influence or support among the Crimean Tatar people. The Medjlis is a national parliament with historic traditions in Arabic, Persian and Muslim societies. The Crimean Tatar Medjlis was organized in 1991. Russian authorities declared the organization extremist and banned it in 2016. Refat Chubarov, the current Medjlis chairman is banned from entering Crimea. Today the Medjlis is based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and is recognized by Ukraine’s parliament as the representative organ of the Crimean Tatars. Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-crimean-tatars-to-support-putin-in-march-presidential-election/, .