Disinfo: Russian athletes are forbidden to compete under the Russian flag because of the West's cold war against Russia


Russian athletes will not compete under the Russian flag during the olympics in Tokyo. Their uniforms will not have any symbols, reminding of Russia. Those sanctions are formally introduced because of the doping scandals, but in reality it is a part of the logics behind the West's cold war against Russia.


An unfounded claim, presented without any evidence.

Russia did violate the rules of international sports; organising a state-sponsored system of doping athletes. Russia has failed to set up mechanisms to guarantee that similar schemes are not used.

A panel of judges of the Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled that "The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (“RUSADA”) is found to be non-compliant with the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) in connection with its failure to procure that the authentic LIMS data and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory was received by WADA."


  • Reported in: Issue 252
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/07/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Japan
  • Keywords: Doping, Olympics, New Cold War
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Disinfo: Russia-Ukraine confrontation provoked from outside

Ukrainian politicians’ reaction to Putin’s article about the unity of Russians and Ukrainians is natural because they had been brought up in an anti-Russian ideology. They are puppets. Putin’s words run contrary to what anti-Russian propaganda had taught them. Russian-Ukrainian confrontation is a historic mistake and was provoked from outside.


A recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that the deterioration of Russian-Ukrainian relations over the past years has been triggered by the West. In reality, the West is not set on pitting Russia and Ukraine against each other. Western countries are trying to help reach a peace settlement in Donbas. To this end, agreements were signed in Minsk in 2014 and 2015, and Normandy format talks were launched in 2014.

The resolution of the conflict depends on Russia’s pull-out from the occupied territories. In an article published on 13 June 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russians and Ukrainians are one people and that the West was deliberately trying to draw Kyiv into a dangerous geopolitical game and turn Ukraine into an anti-Russian launchpad. In reality, the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation was triggered by Russia itself, when it occupied and illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and later instigated an anti-Kyiv revolt in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas.

Disinfo: Crimea became Russian after a 95% “in favour” referendum

Ukraine's Crimea became a Russian territory after a popular referendum was held there in March 2014, and more than 95% of the region's population voted in favour of entering under Russia's sovereignty, while Kyiv still claims that Crimea is part of its "temporarily occupied" territory.

Moscow has repeatedly said that the reunification between Russia and the peninsula (which entered the formation of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1954, according to a decision taken by then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, for economic and administrative considerations) took place in strict accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations. The issue of Crimea had been permanently resolved.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea, claiming that it voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

Crimea is an internationally recognised part of Ukraine. Іn 1997, by signing the Friendship Agreement with Ukraine, Russia also recognised that Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

Disinfo: The West does not need Ukraine and wants its people to disappear

The West does not need Ukraine and wants its people to disappear. It wants to populate these territories with migrants. Project Ukraine means disaster. Ukraine has nowhere to go. It can be rescued only if it is together with Russia.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative by pro-Kremlin outlets, denying Ukrainian statehood and claiming that Ukraine is a failed state. In reality, Ukraine is a sovereign state which regained independence in 1991. It was recognised by all United Nations members.

By pushing the narrative mentioned above, pro-Kremlin outlets are trying to convince their audiences that Ukraine can succeed only as a Russian satellite.