Russian mass media is free

Summary

Our mass media is free (in Russia). People are free to speak out and make a name for themselves as representatives of many political movements do.

Disproof

The Freedom House 2018 Freedom in the World report rates Russia “Not Free,” based on Russia’s score on the “Freedom rating” – 6.5; For “Political rights” – 7; And for “Civil liberties” – 6 on a scale of “1=Most Free; 7=Least Free.

“Power in Russia’s authoritarian political system is concentrated in the hands of President Vladimir Putin. With loyalist security forces, a subservient judiciary, a controlled media environment, and a legislature consisting of a ruling party and pliable opposition groups, the Kremlin is able to manipulate elections and inhibit genuine opposition. The country’s rampant corruption is one notable threat to state power, as it facilitates shifting links among bureaucrats and organized crime groups,” Freedom House said.

There are twenty-two major national TV channels in Russia, and the federal government owns twenty of them either directly or via proxy firms such as Gazprom, a gas giant with state-controlled majority shares.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 111
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Freedom of speech, Media, Vladimir Putin
  • Outlet: kremlin.ru
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Ukraine Boasts about Crimea Drought

Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis representative council boasted about the water problems Ukraine had created for Crimea and said that even if Ukraine allowed water from the mainland to reach the Russian annexed peninsula, it could always turn it off again and that Ukraine would not negotiate Crimean water issues with Moscow.The country is sincerely proud that, having blocked the North-Crimean channel, created problems for the inhabitants of the peninsula.

Disproof

The Ukrainian web publication Obozrevatel published Mustafa Dzhemilev’s reaction to Crimea’s drought. There is certainly no boasting or bragging in what Dzhemilev says, he simply confirms that Crimea has water problems and as a result, agriculture on the peninsula is suffering. Russian media totally ignored him saying if Crimea wasn’t under Russian control, Ukraine would have to invest greatly to restore the peninsula’s agricultural sector.

Ukraine provided up to 85 percent of fresh water supplies to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal from the Dnipro River. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 Crimea stopped paying its water bills to Ukraine resulting in massive debt. Ukraine then ceased supplying water to Crimea.

The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow to destabilise Russia internally

What really motivated the supporters of Russia’s isolation is the hope that it will lead inevitably to some internal events in Russia, which will end with the overthrow of the ‘hated regime’. Obviously, it was the main task. Sanctions have been imposed just because of this aim.

  

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions and West's aggression. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sanctions&disinfo_issue=&date=, euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=,

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukrainewww.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/,