Disinfo: Sweden pursues a policy of provocations against Russia

Summary

The Swedish authorities continue a policy of provocations against Russia, calling its geopolitical interests for security threats. In particular, Stockholm insists on not recognising that Crimea became a Russian region after the March 2014 referendum, when a majority of its population voted for reuniting with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea, and unfounded claims on Sweden, pursuing a “provocative policy” against Russia. Sweden calls for dialogue and cooperation with Russia. Sweden cooperates with Russia in several regional and international bodies, the UN, the Arctic Council, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Barents council, OSCE. Sweden has, however, condemned acts of aggression against Ukraine, Georgia and Russia’s own civil society.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating 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.

The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation. In June 2020, the European Council decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until 23 June 2021.

Read similar cases claiming that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process, that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine, that Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal and that Crimea is a Russian sovereign region.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Provocation, Crimea
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Disproof

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Disproof

A conspiracy theory presented without evidence. It is consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader is designed to help the West attack Russia. The claim suggests a trend of opposition leaders being “nominated” by outside forces. Yuliya Navalnaya has participated in her husband’s political movement for several years.

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Bellingcat is a western weapon against Russia 

There is an organisation called Bellingcat, funded by Western governments, and according to the Kremlin, that organisation is a unit of US and British intelligence used to legitimise its media operations against Russia.

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Regardless of the content of the Bellingcat investigations … it is the duty of any Russian citizen to see at least the interests of the US and the West behind the activities of “Bellingcat”, and that it is a weapon in the hands of the West.

Disproof

This is part of a recurrent Russian effort to discredit the highly respected investigative site Bellingcat, which uncovered many elements in cases such as the downing of the MH17 flight or the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and recently the case of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny that contradict and expose Russian disinformation narratives.

Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists, was created in 2014 with the help of private donations received through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.