Disinfo: The Czech Parliament approved sending soldiers to support Germany's operation Barbarossa in the Baltics

Summary

The Czech Parliament has approved sending 300 soldiers to support the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states, where the German-led batallion in Lithuania is comparable to operation Barbarossa. It is the first step towards nuclear war with Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. The Enhanced Forward Presence is a component of NATO’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture through military presence in the eastern and south-eastern parts of Alliance territory bit.ly/2fZjTZ6, . Disinformation about NATO excersises has been a recurring theme during the course of 2017 bit.ly/2qi4cA4, , bit.ly/2tifSFs, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 77
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/07/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania
  • Keywords: War preparation, Nuclear issues, NATO, Baltic states
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Disinfo: The Czech Ministry of Interior is actively repressing people and websites

The Czech Ministry of Interior is actively repressing people and websites with politically incorrect opinions. It is inspired by the NGO People in Need manual on fighting hate speech, which classifies basically any claim (e.g. “Part of the migrants are economic migrants”) to be hate speech that should be punished by the state.

Disproof

No evidence given. The Czech MoI is repressing neither people nor opinions bit.ly/2kboybB, . The NGO People in Need has made a study that provides a definition of hate speech, but it highlights that sometimes it can be quite narrow and that context and the interpretation framework must be taken into account when studying hate speech.bit.ly/1MD9VqL,

Disinfo: A quarter of Ukrainians identify themselves as citizens of USSR

A quarter of Ukrainians identify themselves as citizens of USSR.

Disproof

According to a poll by the Gorshenin Institute and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Kyiv bit.ly/2taM0es, , only 5 % of the respondents identify themselves as citizens of the ex-USSR. Of those respondents who defined themselves as being of Russian nationality, 24,8 % identify themselves as citizens of ex-USSR. Further debunking: bit.ly/2tR8hwz,