Disinfo: Russia has long been adapted and it’s not sensitive to the Western sanctions


The Chairman of the Duma Committee on financial market Anatoly Aksakov said that Russia has long been adapted to the sanctions decisions of foreign States and it’s not sensitive to these decisions. He emphasized that “sanctions are stupid” and Russia should deepen the cooperation with China, India, North and South Korea, Japan.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sanctions+russia&disinfo_issue=&date=

According to the economic researches, the Russian economy experienced a slowdown, massive depreciation of the ruble by more than 50% against the US dollar in 2015, a substantial increase in the inflation rate and a substantial outflow of capital. An assessment by the (Institute of Economic Forecasting) estimates the potential impact of the sanctions for the Russian economy at 8% to 10% of GDP.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Since March 2014, the European Union has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The EU has prolonged the sanctions against Russia until 15 March 2019. The restrictive measures imposed by the EU involve: economic sanctions, diplomatic measures, individual restrictive measures (asset freeze and travel restrictions), restrictions on economic relations with Crimea and Sevastopol and restrictions on economic cooperation.

Recently, the US has adopted new sanctions against Russia over the March poisoning in the U.K. of Skripals.


  • Reported in: Issue 119
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, West, Anti-Russian, Economic difficulties, Sanctions


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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Neo-Nazis preparing to assault a monastery in Kyiv

Neo-Nazis are preparing to assault the monastery Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra on 14 October, when Ukrainians celebrate Pokrov (Protection of the Mother of God) Day.


No evidence given. In his interview, mentioned by pro-Kremlin media, the Metropolitan Pavel said that "there are threats that on October 14, on  Pokrov Day, there will happen assaults on the so called Moscow centres", he did not mention Neo-Nazis or specifically assaults on the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.

A similar disinformation case from 2017 to be found here. Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Russia was not allowed to meet Yulia Skripal

“For six months we (i.e. Russia) have been demanding, asking, and citing the legal grounds for getting consular access to the Russian citizen Yulia Skripal. In various forms, on various obviously far-fetched pretexts, we are not allowed to do this.”


In fact, Yulia Skripal said in an interview that she was aware of Russian officials’ offers to meet, and that she refused on her own volition. “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can,” Yulia Skripal said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

Read more by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/yulia-skripal-refused-to-meet-with-russian-consulate-officials-fact-check/29502966.html?ltflags=mailer 

Kyiv is sabotaging the work of the Minsk Trilateral Group

Kyiv is sabotaging the work of the Minsk Trilateral Group, announced the so-called human rights commissioner of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Daria Morozova. She claimed that Ukrainian representatives boycotted the last meeting which took place in Minsk on 19 September.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative.

According to Daryna Olifer, spokeswoman for Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Group, Ukrainian representatives actively participated in the last trilateral group meeting. During the negotiations the Ukrainian side insisted on additional security measures in the Donbas region running up to the November elections that the separatist enclaves have decided to hold, elections which both Ukraine and the OSCE say contradict the terms of the Minsk accords. OSCE statement here.