Disinfo: Representatives of the Finnish embassy in Russia are involved in…

Summary

Representatives of the Finnish embassy in Russia are involved in smuggling arms from Russia to Finland.

Disproof

No evidence given. The Foreign Ministry for Finland denies the claims of meddling in illegal arms exports. bit.ly/2urmt0G,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 77
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/07/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: Military
  • Outlet: iz.ru

Disclaimer

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The monument to Soviet Glory during the war in the…

The monument to Soviet Glory during the war in the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv will be dismantled.

Disproof

According to the Lviv City Hall press office, the monument is not slated to be dismantled, all the more so because it is a monument symbolizing the struggle against Nazi occupation. The monument has been fenced off because it is in poor condition and granite plates are falling off the main plinth. The Lviv City Council has called for a committee of specialists to make recommendations within three weeks as to what should be done with the monument. Further debunking: bit.ly/2uhyhC3,

G20 riots were paid for by the German government since…

G20 riots were paid for by the German government since far left extremists benefit from public subsidies. This financing comes through government programme “Aktiv gegen Rechtsextremismus, Gewalt und Menschenfeindlichkeit“, which officially seeks to prevent right-wing extremism. Public funds also pay for the “Eine Welt Haus” in Munich, which constitutes the “entire infrastructure for the left-radical scene in Munich”.

Disproof

No evidence given. The government programme "Aktiv gegen Rechtsextremismus, Gewalt und Menschenfeindlichkeit“ actually also seeks to prevent radicalisation of left militants bit.ly/29ufrx6, . The Bavarian security service doesn't mention the "Eine Welt Haus" in Munich as part of the left radical scene bit.ly/2taRVA3, . "Eine Welt Haus" says they promote "living together in peace and solidarity between peoples of all cultures" and their website doesn't contain any anti-Capitalist rhetoric.

It is a double standard to perceive the riots around…

It is a double standard to perceive the riots around the G20 summit as illegitimate protests and say the Maidan was a legitimate democratic revolution. // It is a double standard to see the police action against the unauthorised demonstrations in Moscow against corruption as bad while the police action against the unauthorised illegal camps by G20 opponents were considered ok in the German media.

Disproof

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to the Yanukovych government’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. There were several protests at the G20 summit that were legal and peaceful. The were some protests that were violent and therefor illegal.// In Hamburg, it was the violent protestors that were met with police action. In Moscow, the demonstrators were not violent, but were still met with police violence and detentions bit.ly/2rmgnsw, , bit.ly/2uZKvNs, . According to the constitution, citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, mass meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets bit.ly/2umCggt, , but the opposition usually doesn't get authorisation for their demonstrations.