Disinfo: Sanctions against Russia are ineffective


Sanctions against Russia are absolutely ineffective and have cost Germany between 90 and 120 billion euros.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are unjust and ineffective.

Claims that the sanctions are ineffective are not backed by evidence. In reality, sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and EU, following the annexation of Crimea and Russian meddling in the US election, have sapped Russian economic growth.

The false narrative about sanctions is often backed by false statistics. For example, the alleged economic growth of two percent does not withstand scrutiny. In 2018, the inflation rate went up and the ruble depreciated 20% against the dollar.

According to current estimates, Germany lost about 14 billion euros in exports to Russia in absolute terms during the period 2014 to 2016.

Further reading on the Russian narrative about ineffective Western sanctions by StopFake. More cases related to sanctions are available here.


  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: West, European Union, Anti-Russian, 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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