Disinfo: Over 95% of Crimea voted to be part of Russia


Crimea joined Russia once again, after a general referendum that took place in March 2014, with 96.77% of the Crimean Republic population, and 95.6% in Sevastopol, voting in favour of joining Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February and held less than three weeks later.

On March 27th, 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. The oft-cited figure of 97% has been contested by the Kremlin’s own Human Rights Council, which estimated that only between 30% and 50% of Crimeans took part in the referendum, of which some 50-60% favoured secession.

See here for the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation.

Read similar cases claiming that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process and that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine.


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  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea


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Bill Gates vaccination leaves 496,000 children paralysed in India.

Indian doctors blame Gates for a devastating epidemic caused by a polio strain from a vaccine that paralysed 496,000 children between 2000 and 2017.



Reccuring the disinfo narrative about Bill Gates interested in reducing the number of the global population through vaccination. See here a similar case claiming that Bill Gates generates the coronavirus outbreak by founding both the creation of the virus and the vaccine.

No evidence given. The Gates Foundation has supported a polio eradication program in India throw the immunization, during many years.  The claim that was denied by the Gates Foundation in an email sent to the Poynter Institute in the USA.

Germany is still in captivity and is not a fully sovereign state

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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on WWII and the "loss of sovereignty".

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Coronavirus is linked to race, racial differences exist at a medical level

The spread of coronavirus is linked to race. Racial differences exist at a medical level. Certain ethnicities and races are more susceptible to the virus.


Recurring conspiracy theory on coronavirus.

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