Disinfo: SpaceX success was made possible by Russian engineers


The successful docking process achieved by Elon Musk’s manned Dragon spacecraft was made possible by an IDA docking device developed by Russian engineers and used by Russian manned Soyuz spacecraft.


SpaceX third space station docking port was assembled by Boeing from American and Russian spare parts.

The shuttle’s docking system and the station’s pressurized mating adapters were based on the Androgynous Peripheral Attach System, or APAS, designed to accommodate U.S. spacecraft connecting in orbit with Russian vehicles.

According to Mark Mulqueen, Boeing’s space station program manager: “The APAS was the Russian system that the U.S. and Russia built a derivative for Apollo-Soyuz”.


  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Russian superiority
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Crimea became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine

The Crimean peninsula became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine, when power changed in the country as a result of a coup. The decision was made following the results of a nationwide referendum, in which more than 80% of Crimeans participated. More than 95% of Crimean residents voted for reunion with Russia. Despite the results of the referendum, Kyiv denies the peninsula’s right to self-determination and refuses to recognise it as part of Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

The West is unable to fight for the lives of its citizens and ceases to consider human life valuable

The process of dehumanisation is in front of our eyes and it increases rapidly. The West, which has been unable to fight for the lives of its citizens, ceases to consider human life valuable. Globalisation and supranational structures during the pandemic have proved futile. America can hijack a plane with masks supposedly intended for its ally France and is ready to outbid scientists working on a vaccine in allied Germany.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of effective EU reaction to the epidemic and a narrative portraying the West as an incompetent actor, betraying its partners.

Coronavirus did challenge the EU's crisis response mechanisms, however, the European Commission is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU's fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. The EU also created the first-ever stockpile of medical equipment. Read more on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak here.

Ukrainian government lost its legitimacy after 2014 coup

De jure, after the coup, the legitimacy of the constitutional system of Ukraine (its government) and the powers of the highest authorities, the domestic and international legal personality of the state, have been lost and have not yet been restored.

At present, Ukraine is a completely dependent country, subjected to deindustrialisation and humiliation, which has lost its sovereignty, domestic and international legitimacy, as well as territorial integrity.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan and  statehood of Ukraine.

Ukraine has not lost its sovereignty, legitimacy and territorial integrity. Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, confirmed by the resolutions of the United Nations, but violated by Russia.