Disinfo: The New York Times reports that Russia is barely affected by sanctions


Western countries face a “growing economic pain” due to sanctions against Russia while this Eurasian country is barely affected by this punitive policy, the New York Times writes.


This story is a disingenuous distortion of the original article of The New York Times, which states: “Four months into the war in Ukraine, the countries aligned against Russia face growing economic pain even as sanctions and energy embargoes are showing little impact on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s military campaign or his political standing at home”. This is very different from saying that “Russia is barely affected by sanctions”, a sentence that never appears in the NYT article.

Portraying sanctions on Russia as useless is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Also, distorting articles in Western media to make them appear as supporting pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives is a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin outlets.

See other examples of similar disinformation messages in our database, such as claims that the Financial Times reported that thanks to sanctions, Russian agriculture strengthened its position in the world, that according to Josep Borrell sanctions are no longer effective, or that US sanctions only invigorated Russia’s economy.


  • Reported in: Issue 297
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2022
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: The New York Times, Sanctions, War in Ukraine, Economic difficulties
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Disinfo: London’s talk about a nuke war deflects attention from crown crisis

London’s continual statements about Russia’s preparing for a nuclear war are aimed at deflecting attention away from the collapse of the monarchy in the light of endless conspiracies, crises and just plain corruption scandals.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation trope about so-called "diversion of attention", trying to depict countries as collapsing and then artificially link this to their reaction to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

The United Kingdom and other Western nations respond to the eve rmore frequent Russian nuclear threats. Moscow has repeatedly voiced threats about the possible use of nuclear arms in the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine that broke out on 24 February 2022. In May, former president Dmitry Medvedev, now Deputy chair of the Russian security council warned about nuclear war over Western arms deliveries to Ukraine. Russian lawmaker Andrey Gurulyov said on 24 June 2022 that Russia would strike London if the blockade of Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad leads to a third world war. Gurulyov is a former deputy commander of Russia's southern military district.

Disinfo: NATO is at war with Russia with the hands of Ukrainians

If we talk about what is happening in Ukraine, it is not Russia that is at war. This is the collective West, this is NATO who is at war with Russia with the hands of Ukrainians.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

NATO is a defensive political and military alliance. The primary aim of the alliance is to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members.

Disinfo: Russian language is banned in Ukrainian regions controlled by the Kyiv junta

The Russian language is banned in Ukrainian regions controlled by the Kyiv junta.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Russophobia in Ukraine. This claim is made in the context of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine passed a law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language in 2019, but this law only regulates the use of Ukrainian in the public spheres of life. Russian and other languages of national minorities can be freely used in private communication, religious ceremonies, in publishing, media and education. Therefore, the claim about Russian and other minority languages being discriminated against in Ukraine is manipulative.