Russia is the most liberal country where everyone has the opportunity to speak

Summary

Russia is the most liberal country where everyone who is not lazy has the opportunity to speak. Meanwhile, in the advanced so-called Western countries, media are closed and they don’t accredit those who don’t please them.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, and Russia as the superior country.

According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries.

"Leading independent news outlets have either been brought under control or throttled out of existence. As TV channels continue to inundate viewers with propaganda, the climate has become very oppressive for those who question the new patriotic and neoconservative discourse, or just try to maintain quality journalism. More journalists are now in prison than at any time since the fall of the Soviet Union and more and more bloggers are being jailed", the report claims.

Furthermore, according to Freedom House, Russia is not free country.

"Pervasive, hyper-patriotic propaganda and political repression, particularly since the Russian forces’ invasion of Ukraine in 2014, have had a cumulative impact on open and free private discussion, and the chilling effect is exacerbated by growing state efforts to control expression on the internet. The government’s surveillance capabilities have increased significantly in recent years, and while most citizens are not subject to regular state supervision, authorities are thought to monitor the activities and personal communications of activists, journalists, and opposition members, according to the human rights organisation Agora".

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  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Media, Russian world
  • Outlet: Polnyi kontakt @ Vesti FM time 30:48-31:10
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The US created NATO to keep European states in the bridle

The US created NATO to keep European states in the bridle. And it works very well. They (USA) are dragging NATO into all the hot spots which they are fueling. They demand that the military of other NATO countries be ahead or near them.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and US presence in Europe.

On 4 April 1949, the foreign ministers from 12 countries, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty creating NATO. At the heart of the Alliance has always been collective defence and security of all its members. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. Allies decide whether to engage in a crisis management operation on a case-by-case basis and by consensus.

The Ukrainian reforms of 2014 led to total degradation

In Ukraine, the regime changed in 2014. What happened in return? The degradation of the economy and the degradation of all basic life indicators. Except one: citizens of Ukraine have the opportunity to flee their country without visas.

Disproof

The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine, its economy, and how it was ruined after 2014.

It's not the reforms of 2014, but the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the war in Donbas, which started in April 2014, and the loss of Ukraine's largest trading partner, Russia, resulting in Ukraine's economy shrinking by 6,8% in 2014.

Ukrainian secret service manipulated a sound recording in the MH17 investigation

The Ukrainian secret service manipulated a sound recording in the MH17 investigation.

As an indication of the manipulation, the Malaysian expert mentions the noise level in the sound recording: “That is manipulated. The noise level differs from this audio track. See this soundtrack, the noise level differs in this part. It is lower here and higher here”.

Audio parts had been cut together. There are also many sections that have been cut out. “That is clear, you can see that, the lack of parts of the audio recording,” the analyst added.

Disproof

No evidence presented. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskyi. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.