Disinfo: Navalny is financed by the West as a fifth column against Russia

Summary

Aleksei Navalny is a project of the Western special forces. He has been leading our “fifth column” under the cover of western NGOs. “Navalny” is a US project, just like “Saakashvili”, “Yushchenko”, “Guaido” and “Zelinskyy”. All of the, except for the last one, has attended training as “young leaders” in America.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. The article is in line with a narrative that protests, in this case in Russia, are always financed by outside forces. Similar cases can be found here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/08/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions
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The Skripal case is another Western fabrication to prevent Russian economic development

Western manoeuvres that always end up in sanctions or trade embargoes against Russia, China, Iran or other emerging countries are nothing but excuses for the defence of geopolitical interests. The Skripal case was another fabrication aimed to harm the Russian economy and Russia’s development capacity, to prevent it from challenging Western hegemony.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning, claiming that there is “no evidence of Russia’s involvement” and therefore sanctions on Russia are unjustified. British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent. The allegation that sanctions and retaliation measures imposed after the Skripal poisoning are an attempt to curb Russia’s development and hurt its economy is unsubstantiated, with no basis in reality. You can see other examples of Russian disinformation on the Skripal case, such as allegations that evidence against Russia is non-existent or was fabricated, that British intelligence services are involved, that it is only a matter of Russophobia or that it is all aimed to cover up paedophilia scandals in the UK.

The US triggered a coup in Ukraine

The US triggered a coup in Ukraine, incited chaos, and enabled the creation of paramilitary troops to disrupt the country.

Disproof

No evidence given to support this claim. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood which claims that the protests were organised by US and/or the West. A similar case can be found here. There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan" or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn, when after seven years of negotiations, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence as can be read here. Pro-Kremlin outlets do not deny the Russian military presence in Donbas and/or the annexation of Crimea. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. For more disinformation cases about Euromaidan see here.

Russian language is entirely forbidden in Ukraine

The Russian language was cancelled entirely in Ukraine: education in Russian was cancelled, the media in Russian was cancelled.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers. On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada passed the law "on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language". The law establishes mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in most areas of public and communal life, including the mass media, education, science, etc. However, the law does not forbid the use of Russian or other languages in private communication and religious ceremonies. Moreover, Russian and other languages can be present in book publishing, the press, including radio and television, education and the service sector. The law allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and law enforcement. In addition to this, the law stipulates that in accordance with the European Charter for Regional Languages and Languages of National Minorities, the government should develop a law safeguarding language-rights of the minorities within six months of the language law entering into force. For discrimination of the Ukrainian language, including in favour of Russian, only administrative penalties are foreseen by law. For violating language policy in the humanitarian sphere - education, science, culture, sports - there is a fine of 200-300 times the non-taxable minimum wage (now it has risen from 3400 to 5100 hryvnias). The entry into force is delayed for three years. Similar disinformation case can be found here. For background on the Ukrainian language laws, see here.