Disinfo: Norway infringes on the rights of Crimeans


Norwegian MP Hendrik Weber said that the Norwegian authorities are putting pressure on freedom of opinion and do not want to hear the real voices of people from Crimea. He commented on the refusal of the Norwegian Embassy to issue a visa to Russian citizen Aleksandr Mashchenko, a journalist from the Crimea, who was going to attend an international conference about Crimea in Norway.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Crimea.

Norway refused to allow Aleksandr Mashchenko, the representative of the occupying Russian government of Crimea, to enter its territory. He intended to obtain a visa for a visit to Oslo through a “Russian Crimean” passport, which is not recognised in all Schengen countries. The Embassy of Norway did not recognise Mashchenko’s passport, refused to issue a visa and offered him, as a citizen of Ukraine, to use Ukrainian biometric documents instead. At the same time, on February 27, during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the European Union once again emphasised that it would not recognise the occupation of Crimea or the “Russian citizenship” issued by the Kremlin on the peninsula.

The organiser of the "international meeting" in Oslo is the Norwegian "Association of People's Diplomacy". The “association” itself was organised in 2017 and has two members. 

In March 2014, after the so-called “referendum” in Crimea, Norway officially announced that it would not recognise the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

Read similar cases that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine and that Crimea is now recognised as an integral part of Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Belarusian
  • Country: Norway, Russia
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Occupation, Crimea


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