Disinfo: President Poroshenko’s wife steals money from disabled children


Marina Poroshenko, the wife of Ukrainian president, steals money from funds provided by international humanitarian assistance to Ukraine from European countries and the US designated to support disabled children. She creates fake foundations throughout Ukraine and collects money via that, according to an investigation by European media.


The article was indeed published, but only in a media outlet called the Luxembourg Herald (which appears to have no link to Luxembourg), where it appeared as an opinion piece without an author's name. The article was very swiftly picked up and carried by various Russian media.  No evidence or documents were given in the text. http://luxherald.com/1459-president-poroshenkos-wife-involved-looting-money-needy-children.html. More detail from the fact-checking website the Insider. 


  • Reported in: Issue 88
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Luxembourg, Ukraine
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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Soviet soldiers saved 50 000 Bulgarian Jews during WWII

It was thanks to Soviet soldiers that 50 000 Bulgarian Jews were saved from deportation to Nazi Germany during WWII.


In fact, public protest, which included an intervention from the Metropolitan of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, made Tsar Boris to change his mind and cancel the planned deportations of 50 000 Bulgarian Jews to Nazi Germany in May 1943. www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005451, , edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/07/24/intv-amanpour-bulgaria-king-a.cnn, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/how-bulgaria-saved-its-jews-from-nazi-concentration-camps/2013/05/08/e866bdda-8cb1-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html?utm_term=.e74c061fa348, ,

Finnish officials have taken a child into custody because her mother slapped her with a T-shirt

Finnish officials have taken a child into custody because her mother slapped her with a T-shirt, says Finnish human rights activist Johan Bäckman.


Recurring disinformation. The statement comes from well-known Pro-Kremlin propagandist Johan Bäckman.

In Finland, a custody can be done if serious shortcomings are detected in the child’s care or other circumstances that may endanger the child’s health or development. The risk must be serious. Taking into custody is only possible if open care support measures are not suitable, feasible or sufficient to guarantee that the child’s interests are protected.

RT faces repression in the US and it will lose its status as a media

[The US requirement to register RT as a foreign agent] is a repression and violation of freedom of speech. The channel will lose its status as a media.


The registration of Russia Today (RT) as a foreign agent is unlikely to either hamper its activities or lead to its closure as it will be able to continue to operate as before, even if now with some additional reporting obligations.

Requiring a foreign media outlet to register as an agent of a foreign nation does not give the U.S. government the right to censor its output or control its working environment. FARA simply requires transparency and public disclosure on the part of those registered. Further debunking at the Insider.