Thatcher quote proves that the West is to blame for bad Anglo-Russian relations


In November 1991, in her speech in Houston, ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said that ‘according to the estimates of the world community, it is economically feasible for only 15 million people to live in Russia.


Margaret Thatcher did deliver a speech in Houston that year to representatives of the oil industry, and the New York Times published an article about it. However, the speech was about environmental concerns and regulations and did not mention Russia.

The “quote” cited by the Russian Foreign Ministry actually comes from a Russian-language book by Andrey Parshev called "Why Russia is Not America."

Parshev claimed to have heard an audio recording of the speech, but has never provided any evidence for his claim. He has also several times changed the quote he allegedly “heard.” Most recently, he claimed Thatcher said that only 15 million people in the Soviet Union were employed in the most efficient sector of its economy. Further debunking by


  • Reported in: Issue 112
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Western values, Russophobia, The West
  • Outlet: Russian Foreign Ministry's Official Twitter Account
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Conspiracy theory fans argue that the Bilderberg Club is the “secret world government” – maybe they are right

Conspiracy theory fans argue that the Bilderberg Club is the “secret world government”. Of course you can’t find a document that would prove the establishment of this government, but maybe the conspirators are right.


Conspiracy theory often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation.,

Ukrainian Soldier Willingly Joined Separatists

Sergeant Taras Hapliak from Ukraine’s 24th mechanized brigade deserted his post and surrendered himself to Russian militants in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) because of the drunkenness of his colleagues.


Taras Hapiak is a real person and a sergeant in the Ukrainian army. According to the Ukrainian Security Service, in March of 2017 he was captured by LPR militants. Hapiak was freed in a prisoner exchange on December 27, 2017. After his release he related how he was forced to record the video under torture. Further debunking by Stopfake.

The Ministry of Defense of Serbia recognized Maidan as a coup d’état

The Serbian Defense Ministry and therefore the country itself consider Euromaidan a coup d’état. Serbian Minister of Defense compared recent protests in Serbia with the AutoMaidan movement in Ukraine.


While Minister Alexander Vulin did compare the protests in an interview on National television RTS, he never called the Ukrainian protests a coup d’état. Further debunking by Stopfake.