Disinfo: Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fake

Summary

Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fake, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria and the White Helmets. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU. See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/, On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

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  • Reported in: Issue 103
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/04/2018
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Country: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
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Reports on a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces in Douma are fake news

Reports on a chemical attack carried out by they Syrian government forces in Douma are fake news.

Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=, On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU. See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/, On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

EU plans to destroy vineyards in Romania, the next one will be Republic of Moldova

EU member states are lobbying for the adoption of a European directive on the voluntary destruction of vineyards in some countries, including Romania. This happens under the pressure of countries with centuries-old traditions of viticulture, especially French farmers, who suffer from overproduction and believe that their incomes in the EU market have significantly decreased because of competition with the newcomers. This is one of the most revealing examples of how the EU imposes its rules to those countries where there is corruption and “obedient” politicians.

Disproof

Contacted by Stopfals.md. the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development denied this information. The ministry declared that the EU funds contribute to the development of this area and over 30,000 hectares of vineyards have been replanted. The European Parliament underlined that there is no such directive that would require the destruction of vineyards, and no call for it from France. The EU's financial allocation for the Romanian wine sector is 47.7 millions euro per year.

The Czech Republic has violated human rights and international conventions by handing over alleged hacker Evgenij Nikulin to the US

All responsibility for the release of Nikulin is borne by Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan, who ruled on the release of Nikulin to the US. However, Pelikan violated human rights and international conventions, because he had made a decision on the release at the time when Evgeni Nikulin was still in the Czech Republic’s asylum protection regime.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Evgenij Nikulin. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-hacker-detained-in-cz-was-tortured-by-fbi/, For background see www.reuters.com/article/us-czech-usa-russia-cybercrime/russian-accused-of-massive-u-s-hacking-is-extradited-pleads-not-guilty-idUSKBN1H60VU, In March 2018, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic rejected Nikulin's complaint against the possibility of his extradition to the United States as unfounded. The Prague City Court, in the same month, refused Nikulin to be entitled to humanitarian asylum in the Czech Republic. Nikulin's lawyer, however, filed a cassation complaint with the Supreme Administrative Court and insisted that Minister Pelikan should wait for a cassation complaint. However, the Prague City Court confirmed that the decision of Minister Pelikan was in full compliance with the law. Source:  www.reflex.cz/nikulin-jevgenij-hacker,zpravy.idnes.cz/komentar-jevgenij-nikulin-vladimir-votapek-fzc-/domaci.aspx?c=A180331_185822_zahranicni_bur,