Disinfo: Moscow returned Russian identity to Crimea

Summary

Moscow agreed to return the Russian identity to the Crimea in 2014.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Moscow did not "return" the Russian identity to Crimea, but was rather illegally annexed. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Eastern Ukraine, Crimea
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Legendary scout, hero of Russia, saved the Polish city of Kraków

Legendary scout, a hero of Russia, Alexey Botian during the World War II commanded a sabotage group in the Polish rear. He managed to save the city of Kraków [Cracow] in Poland. His group blew up the castle, which the Nazis turned into an ammunition depot. Botian made a major contribution to saving Krakow from destruction by the German invaders.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and promotes a fake story about the "heroic saving of the city of Kraków from Nazi destruction by the Red Army".

For decades, the Soviet authorities have spread a story about the heroic role of the Red Army in the saving of Kraków Old Town from being blown up by retreating Nazi troops. Polish historians have established the narrative of the Nazis, preparing to blow up Kraków as a post-war myth aimed at the glorification of the Red Army among the Poles. Famous Soviet television film "Major Whirlwind" (1967) came to support this propaganda.

Pentagon's biolabs in Armenia are a threat to the existence of the nation

It is a well known fact that three bio-laboratories in Armenia, in Yerevan, Gyumri and Idzhevan have been opened with the cooperation with Pentagon. Officially, they are intended to safeguard people and livestock from pandemics. Similar laboratories have been opened in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. In 2018, the former Georgian minister of national security, Igor Gioradze, disclosed shocking details about one of the laboratories in Georgia, financed by the US ministry of defence: at the facility, experiments on humans were performed, and 73 people had died. The Armenian people have fought for millennia for their independence and for securing the nation; and they will now have to fight again for preserving their statehood. Everyone must understand that in the balance for short- or medium term gains, lies not only the independence, but the existence of the country. This must be a priority when decisions are made about cooperation with foreign partners in such a sensitive field as biological security.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the biological weapons and Lugar Lab. Read more about Lugar Lab on Myth Detector. See similar disinformation cases: US prepares biological weapons against Russia, US is constructing secret biological labs, Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics.

Neo-Nazi attitudes in Ukraine have been stoked up since the times of the Habsburg Empire

Unlike Ukraine, [in Belarus], there are no neo-Nazi and anti-Russian attitudes, which have been stoked in Ukraine since the times of the Habsburg Empire.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis in Ukraine.

From the historical point of view, it makes no sense to connect neo-Nazism to the “times of the Habsburg Empire” as this state collapsed in 1918, long before the emergence of Nazism and neo-Nazism.