Disinfo: Poverty in the US is comparable to poverty in Russia

Summary

The percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in Russia, and the percentage of people, who live below the level of poverty in America, are comparable.

Disproof

Being poor in America is not the same as being poor in Russia. In the US, the official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent. In 2016, some annual poverty thresholds were:

  • $12,486 for a single individual under age 65

  • $14,507 a household of two people with a householder 65 years or older with no children

  • $24,339 for a family of four with two children under age 18

According to the official figures in Russia, 13,5 % of the population live in poverty. In Russia, an individual is defined as poor if he or she lives with less than $ 174 a month. According to to the polls, the Russians see poverty very differently than the official figures state. If the official poverty line is $ 174 a month, the polls show that Russians see that the real poverty threshold is in average $ 262.

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  • Reported in: Issue 91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian superiority
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The Czech presidential candidate Jiří Dahoš says that if he does not win the presidential election, it will be a clear evidence of Russian meddling into the elections.

There is, allegedly, a high number of members of the Russian secret services in the Czech Republic, who influenced the parliamentary elections and will influence the presidential elections. The presidential candidate, Jiří Dahoš, says that if he does not win the presidential election, it will be clear evidence that he is right.

Disproof

Jiri Drahoš voiced concern that the Russian secret services could influence presidential elections through pro-Russian orientated media referring to the elections in the U.S., France and Germany. He never mentioned that if he does not win, it will prove that he is right. Although the Czech Security Services said there was no reasonable suspicion that the elections would be influenced, it highlighted in a yearbook from October that "the roles and intensity of the activities of the Russian secret service increased in the Czech Republic last year. They gathered particularly sensitive information from political sphere. Czech Republic was also affected by operations that were part of a campaign against targets such as Ukraine, the EU or NATO, and the Russian secret services have a good network of contacts in the country, which they are continuing to develop. " zpravy.idnes.cz/drahos-ovlivnovani-voleb-tajne-sluzby-dyj-/domaci.aspx?c=A171201_104818_domaci_linv, zpravy.idnes.cz/bis-cina-rusko-cizinec-islamsky-stat-terorismus-tajne-sluzby-p6p-/domaci.aspx?c=A171024_123250_domaci_fka, www.bis.cz/vyrocni-zprava16e1.html?ArticleID=1136,

Europe will become Muslim

Migration from Islamic countries will change the life on the European continent. The unending flow of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East in the coming years will lead to a sharp increase of the number of Muslims in Europe. The number of adherents of Islam can grow threefold.

Disproof

The original research conducted by the Pew Reserch Center presents three scenarios concerning the Muslim migrants in the EU. The "islamisation" of the EU or any possibility of it is not mentioned. According to the "high migration" scenario, Europe’s Muslim population would grow to more than 75 million in 2050 – about 14% of the continent’s population. While Muslims would be considerably more numerous in this case, they would still be greatly outnumbered by both Christians and people with no religious affiliation.

The Patriarch of Ukraine asks Patriarch Kirill for forgiveness

The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, sent a letter to the Patriarch of Russia, Kirill, on November 16, in which he was asking for mercy and forgiveness.

Disproof

According to the Patriarchate of Ukraine, there has been no plea for forgiveness. The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, stated in a press-conference that took place on December 2 that there neither has been any kind of plea for forgiveness, nor will be. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/patriarchate-russia-falsified-letter-patriarchate-ukraine, .