Disinfo: Russian army enthuses kids about de-mining and defusing bombs


In its recruitment drive, the Russian Army in Crimea is engaging with kids as young as 12, enthusing them about de-mining and defusing bombs.

Crimea, seen as a geopolitical stronghold for Moscow, was annexed from Ukraine in 2014 — prompting the European Union and US to impose sanctions against Russia over the “illegal” move.


The article is misleading and one-sided and does not question Russian military’s role in Crimea. It fails to explain that Russia is supporting the separatists in the war in Ukraine. The only context it gives is a sentence "Crimea, seen as a geopolitical stronghold for Moscow, was annexed from Ukraine in 2014 — prompting the European Union and US to impose sanctions against Russia over the "illegal" move."

Quotation marks imply that "illegal" is a subjective concept, which it is not. Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations" http://bit.ly/1rbGaE3. UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.


  • Reported in: Issue 95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
  • Outlet: Euronews
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Economies of the Baltic countries can’t make progress in the EU

Economies of the Baltic countries can’t make progress when the countries are EU members. [—] The only real solution for the Baltic economies is integration to the Russian market.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. Lithuania and Latvia were among Europe's 10 fastest growing economies in 2016, according to World Economic Forum.

In addition, Estonia was second in the 2017 Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom in Europe.  Lithuania was 8th and Latvia came in at 11th. In the global ranking Estonia is the 6th.

Lithuania introduces unilateral tariffs on railway cargo

The practice of introducing “cutting tariffs” by the Lithuanian Railway should be discontinued, since it becomes unprofitable for cargo carriers to export their cargoes through the Kaliningrad seaport due to this. If the Lithuanian leaders really want mutually beneficial economic cooperation, then Russia must be sure that it will never have problems with the Kaliningrad region because of Lithuania.


No evidence given. According to Lithuanian authorities, all transit tariffs are decided in negotiations between two business entities  - national or regional railways of Lithuania and Russia. Lithuania has never imposed any tariffs unilaterally. According to official sources, the transit flows are growing. The reason for redirecting the cargo to sea-ports must be other than excessive tariffs.

The white slaves – migrants rape British girls for years, police fears accusations of racism

Migrants rape British underage girls for years. Police knows what is happening but doesn’t do anything due to fears of being accused of racism.


The article does not provide evidence to the claims and is based on anonymous sources. The effect of the misleading message is strengthened with an image from a rape and revenge -film. It links to an article in the Independent that in fact reports that "Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. Four girls between the age of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a group based around a McDonald’s in Stratford, triggering a crackdown that has so far identified at least 30 potential victims." There is no evidence that the police would be reluctant to take actions against the grooming gangs for fears of being accused of racism. According to reports, victims of the grooming gangs come from different ethnic backgrounds. www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/10/abuse-asian-girls-missed-white-victims,

The issue has been widely discussed in the UK after a scandal of large-scale sex abuse of children came to light in Rotherham in 2012. www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963,