The sanctions against Russia do not work

Summary

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.

Disproof

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, The West
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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The recent unrest in Georgia has been staged in order to further fuel anti-Russian tensions or even change one anti-Russian government to another one, the very anti-Russian government. The destabilization of Georgia will also negatively impact the situation in the Caucasus in general, thus creating a new point of instability on the Russian border.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence, in line with a trope, claiming "The West" to be behind different kinds of protests - see other examples here.

LGBT++ is the official religion of the “democratic” West

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Disproof

The West's advocacy for the rights of the LGBTI persons is based on the principle of equal rights and dignity for all human beings, which is perfectly in line with the Christian doctrine.

You can read more about the EU position on LGBTI rights here.

MH17: A perpetual smear job on Russia

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with probing the Malaysian MH17 airliner disaster in 2014 is a travesty of legal due process and justice. It is a politically motivated vehicle for smearing Russia. A vehicle designed to run and run for years to come. Despite its grand-sounding legal title, the JIT is a mockery of jurisprudence. It has, for example, included Ukrainian police in its “fact finding” while excluding Russia. That has ensured bias in the investigation in favour of a party – the Ukrainian state – which should have been treated as a suspect.

The purpose is to let indictments hang in the air to serve as a perpetual smear against Russia. Unlike the Mueller probe which wound up earlier this year after two years of meandering, empty-handed investigation into alleged “Russian collusion”, the MH17 investigation is set to trundle on for several years to come.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility and questioning the Joint Investigation team.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.