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The sanctions against Russia do not work

Summary of Disinformation

Sanctions against Russia do not work. The sanctions have not hit the Russian economy or politics. If these sanctions do not work, it seems that they should be abolished.


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

Claims that the sanctions do not work 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 rouble depreciated 20% against the dollar.

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

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Reported in: Issue 155
Date: 21.06.2019
Language: German
Country: Russia, The West
Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Sanctions
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Deutschland
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