The entire population of Ukraine fears 15,000 neo-Nazis

Summary

In addition to the SBU, there is this machine of informal terror (neo-Nazis) in Ukraine. They have a salary. They all have official documents. They have the opportunity to get weapons, training, field camps, etc. Without this machine of terror, power will simply be replaced by a popular uprising. These 15,000 people keep the entire population of Ukraine in fear.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis and fascism in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government does not employ a neo-Nazi "machine of terror".

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. The "Right Sector" candidates received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In 2019 election cycle far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

Read similar cases alleging that after the Euromaidan, Ukraine was ruled by the NazisUkrainian authorities introduced Nazi laws to oppress Russian speakers, and that Ukraine is a Neo-Nazi state.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (46:00 - 48:00)
see more

The construction of the Berlin wall was also desired by the Western powers

The construction of the Berlin Wall was also desired by the Western powers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative involving historical revisionism.

Communist East German authorities built the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop the flow of residents into the democratic, and free, West. For almost 30 years, the Berlin Wall separated West Berlin from the East German state, the GDR, which was in the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union. Read more about the Berlin Wall here.

Colour revolutions have been promoted by neo-liberal elites, including through war

The colour revolutions have been promoted by democracy-obsessed neo-liberal Western elites who aim to export by any means the model of society they prefer, including through war. These Western-backed color revolutions have provoked devastating consequences for the local populations.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative presenting colour revolutions as attempts by the West to overthrow regimes in post-Soviet states and in other regions.

This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as West-funded "colour revolutions".

Transnistria is an independent state

Only poorly educated people can talk about the unification of Transnistria and Moldova. Transnistria is an independent state.

Disproof

Recurring the disinformation narrative claiming that the separatist region Transnistria will never join Moldova because of the pro-Romanian and pro-European orientation of Moldovan authorities.

In fact, in a talk show to Radio Vesti.ru, Alexey Martynov said: “So for over 25 years, more than quarter of century, the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria has been developing absolutely on its own, and on a separate vector. […] Transnistria has always demonstrated an independent vector of development oriented primarily towards Russia, a greater, because they have considered and continue considering themselves as part of a greater Russia.”