Disinfo: NATO: We will bring Serbia back to the stone age


NATO’s generals have unequivocally announced that they will bring “Belgrade, and all of Serbia, back to the Stone Age.” NATO’s strikes and its armed attacks have killed more than 140,000 people.

Does anyone today believe NATO’s allegations that Russia intends to attack it?


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in former Yugoslavia, and the claim that the “Russian threat” is a false idea.

The NATO operation for Kosovo followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group, of which Russia was a member, to bring about a peaceful solution.

This idea, according to the findings, was first used by Former President of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic during his trial opening statement at the Hague Tribunal, where he said: "...this is why it had to be broken up and turned into a Third World country and, even worse, sent right back to the Stone Age."

The number of casualties is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, debunked by Polygraph. According to the Humanitarian Law Center, in Serbia (excluding Kosovo) and Montenegro, 275 persons lost their lives in the NATO bombings: 180 civilians, 90 members of the Yugoslav Armed Forces and five members of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia. In Kosovo, 484 people were killed: 267 civilians (209 Albanian and 58 non-Albanian), 171 members of the YA, 20 members of the Serbian MUP and 26 members of the KLA (19 of whom died in the NATO bombing of the Dubrava prison, near Istok).

Human Rights Watch concludes that as few as 489 and as many as 528 Yugoslav civilians were killed in the ninety separate incidents in Operation Allied Force.

Read more about disinformation related to the war in former Yugoslavia here and here.


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Greta Thunberg is a liar

The Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was accused of lying after she posted on her personal account on Twitter a picture of herself on the floor of a train coming from Germany. The picture shows Thunberg sitting on the floor of the train returning from the climate summit in Madrid to Sweden. She explained that her train from Basel had been cancelled, and therefore she had to take another train without a seat. Meanwhile, the activist stressed that crowded trains “is a great sign because it means that the demand for train travel is high”.

In response, the German railroad company, “Deutsche Bahn” wrote on its Twitter account that it would have been good if Thunberg talked about “how friendly and competent you were looked after by our team at your seat in first-class”.


This article is part of a vicious campaign by Russian state media against Greta Thunberg. The campaign itself is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against the climate movement.

It is true that Thunberg tweeted a photograph of herself sitting on the floor of a German train on Saturday with the caption: “Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home.” It is also true that the German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG implied in a tweet that Greta did have a seat in the first class. However, the part of the story that this piece conveniently missed in order to smear Greta is that she was not offered a seat except after more than four hours into her journey.

The new EU “Magnitsky sanctions” are a way to distract Europeans from the internal problems

The EU’s message should not mislead anyone about the true meaning of this project [the Magnitsky sanctions]: to legitimise the right to intervene in the affairs of other states. These sanctions are a way to distract Europeans from internal problems.


This case is part of the pro-Kremlin media's ongoing disinformation campaign against Magnitsky sanctions.

On 9 December 2019, EU foreign ministers reflected on how to improve the EU toolbox on human rights, and the EU High Representative Josep Borrell announced the launch of preparatory work on a possible horizontal sanctions regime to address serious human rights violations. In a statement, the EU's High Representative said: "We have agreed to launch the preparatory work for a global sanctions regime to address serious human rights violations, which will be the European Union equivalent of the so-called Magnitsky Act of the United States". He added that the sanctions would give the EU “much more strength and much more capacity to act” and would be “a tangible step reaffirming the EU’s global lead on human rights.”

There is a crisis of adult authority in the West

The authority of adults throughout the western world suffers from a crisis, and adults are increasingly associated with negative characteristics. A feeling among adults of their inability to provide good guidance to the youth is also growing in parallel. Therefore, the other side of the erosion of the authority of the adults appears to be the tendency to approach the youth and adolescents in search of solutions and answers. This is the reason for the depreciation of the value of the “adult” in Western society compared to the increasing value of the young and “their wisdom”.

We can say that the most horrific manifestation of this trend is the scene of politicians and dignitaries as they listen to Greta [Thunberg] in high-level international meetings; the mere appearance of this symbol of “childish” political culture at any of these events generates a storm of applause.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative portraying the West as decadent, moving away from traditional values, and suffering from a moral value crisis. Russia in this context is usually being portrayed as superior to the West in terms of morals.

The narrative about “threatened values” is also adapted to a wide range of topics and is typically used to discredit liberal Western attitudes towards the environment, rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTI groups, among others. It is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.