Disinfo: Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia

Summary

Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is more popular in Latvia than Harry Potter.

Disproof

This plays into the recurring narrative that the Baltic states are leaning towards Nazism euvsdisinfo.eu/and-you-are-a-nazi-too/,

Zvezda based its conclusion solely on the rankings of a single Latvian website, iBook, referencing a widget in the left bottom corner of that website reading: “The Most Current Books in 7 Days.” According to Polygrapg.info, iBook is a small online platform for individuals to sell and exchange their used books. The website describes itself as a “portal for book exchanges, sales and purchases.”

Polyraph.info ran the site through SimilarWeb, a tool for measuring site traffic, and found that iBook ranks 338th in Latvia in terms of popularity, and 219,504th in the world. It is Latvia’s 149th most popular shopping site. Therefore, it is not even close to the top in any category.

“Alexa,” the Amazon-owned web tool, ranks ibook’s Web traffic even lower – 878th in Latvia and 407,609th in the world. 6.6% of the sites recent traffic came from Russia -- possibly due to the fact that TV Zvezda linked to the site in its story.

The four copies of “Mein Kampf” featured on the website are used 1995 editions of Hitler’s book, and are being sold by individual users.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/factcheck-harry-potter-hitler-latvia/29166375.html,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 104
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Latvia
  • Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik
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Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia

Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is more popular in Latvia than Harry Potter.

Disproof

This plays into the recurring narrative that the Baltic states are leaning towards Nazism euvsdisinfo.eu/and-you-are-a-nazi-too/,

Zvezda based its conclusion solely on the rankings of a single Latvian website, iBook, referencing a widget in the left bottom corner of that website reading: “The Most Current Books in 7 Days.” According to Polygrapg.info, iBook is a small online platform for individuals to sell and exchange their used books. The website describes itself as a “portal for book exchanges, sales and purchases.”

Russia backs objective probe into chemical weapons attacks

The Kremlin backs an objective investigation into this situation to provide trustworthy data, and so that we don’t rely on rumors and fake media reports. We believe that this information on such awful consequences of using chemical weapons in [Syria’s] Douma is not based on real data.

Disproof

Actually, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations in the U.N. Security Council has systematically blocked resolutions calling for joint international investigations of chemical weapons use in Syria. Six times, Russia has exercised its vetoes on Syria in chemical weapons-related resolutions research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/, , the most recent one on the 10 of April www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2018/321,

Further debunking by Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/un-resolutions-russia-vetoed-syria-chemical-weapons/29159737.html,

Yulia Skripal was kidnapped by the British secret service

Yulia Skripal was kidnapped by the British secret service so she could not testify about what really happened to Russian diplomats, and she is not allowed to talk to her family, for example her cousin Viktoria Skripal.

Disproof

No evidence given. Yulia Skripal issued her longest statement yet on Wednesday night to make clear she does not want the help of the Russian Embassy, nor her cousin. "I have access to friends and family and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian embassy, who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can. At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services. I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves. I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being. Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father’s."
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/11/i-dont-need-any-help-from-the-russian-embassy-yulia-skripal, , www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/11/yulia-skripal-declines-help-russian-embassy/, , www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sergei-skripal-yulia-salisbury-spy-poisoning-russia-nerve-agent-attack-condition-embassy-a8300351.html,