Disinfo: Sanctions don't affect the Russian economy - Yale University is wrong

Summary

The EU was mistaken. The Russian economy was in no way weakened by EU restrictive measures against Russia. The sanctions implemented by the European Union are ineffective vis-à-vis Moscow, but have heavy consequences for member countries.

Sanctions do not help Ukraine, on the other hand, they are bad for the European economy and if it continues like this, they will kill the European economy.

Disproof

Old and recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative stating that sanctions would barely hurt or even benefit to Russia while it would dramatically hurt the EU, repurposed to serve in the context of Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The EU adopted so far six sanction packages against Russia due to its illegal aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories. Not all trades restrictions are yet enforced as the energy sector needs longer transition periods so it is too early to assess the full effect of the sanction as that work in a the long term. However, it is incorrect to state that Russian economy would be barely affected or would even benefit from the sanctions. The Russian leadership is constantly demanding the sanctions be removed.

A recent study from Yale University takes a detailed look into the effects sanctions are having on the Russian economy, concluding that "business retreats and sanctions are catastrophically crippling the Russian economy."

See also the assessment of EU HRVP Josep Borrell: sanction policy is working and strongly impacts Russian economy.

Read also related cases : The New York Times reports that Russia is barely affected by sanctions, sanctions against Russia worsen the economic crisis in the West , Sanctions are beneficial to Russia so the West should recognise Crimea as Russian, FT: Thanks to sanctions Russian agriculture strengthens its position in the world, The EU lost more from sanctions than Russia, European sanctions against Russia do not work.

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  • Reported in: Issue 301
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/07/2022
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Sanctions, Europe, Economic difficulties, economy
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Disinfo: Ukraine says it may use HIMARS against Crimea despite having said it wouldn’t attack Russian territory

Ukraine affirmed that it may use HIMARS rocket systems to attack Crimea. The spokesperson of the General Directory of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence declared that Crimea is one of the targets to attack to guarantee the security of the country. But those statements take place after the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Alexei Reznikov said that Kyiv had promised not to use HIMARS systems against the territory of Russia.

Disproof

In this disinformation story, two pieces of factual information are presented together in a distorted way to suggest that Crimea is part of Russia’s territory and therefore Ukraine may be violating its own promises if it attacks it.

In reality, Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 and remains an integral part of Ukraine. No international body has recognised the so-called Crimea referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Disinfo: Poland starts activities to dismember Ukraine with Kyiv’s approval

Warsaw has passed from words to action and is already developing plans for ‘de facto’ dismembering of Ukraine while Kyiv’s regime is in a weak position. Warsaw estimates that as Russian troops advance deeper in the Ukrainian territories, Washington and London will have no option but to unconditionally support Warzaw.

Disproof

Recurring narrative presenting Poland as a state with imperial ambitions, aiming to confound the reality of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

The claim that Poland is preparing to dismember Ukraine is unfounded. Poland adheres to international law regarding state borders, fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.

Disinfo: The Times explains how western media deliberately hide the truth on Russia’s main successes in Ukraine

Western media deliberately hide the truth on Russia’s main successes in Ukraine, British journalist Rod Liddle wrote in an article in The Times. He added that the more successful is Russia, more space is given in those western media to the imaginary atrocities of the military.

Disproof

This is a disingenuous distortion of the original op-ed written by British journalist Ron Liddle in The Times, in order to promote several pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russian military superiority and about mainstream media as biased against Russia.

Although the article is critical of the coverage of the war in Ukraine in western media, claiming that it is marred by a lot of wishful thinking, he never affirms that these outlets “deliberately hide the truth”. And while Liddle mentions that “alleged Russian atrocities” are frequently displayed in prominent spaces in the media, he doesn’t affirm that those atrocities are “imaginary”. On the contrary, there is massive proofs of Russia’s human rights violations during its unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, including reports by human rights organisations, OSCE and the UN, journalistic and eyewitness testimonies, open source and satellite images, and forensic evidence.