Disinfo: The EU is concerned by human rights in Russia, but not inside the Member States


Many countries of the European Union use a firmness in principle with regard to Russia but remain silent when it comes, for example, yellow vests or the situation of Julian Assange.

The EU is under American pressure, in particular on the issue of human rights. They have deployed a real arsenal in favour of the Russian opposition.


Recurrent whataboutism narrative used to dismiss any critic in Russian society.

“Whataboutism” is a rhetorical trick to deflect attention from an unpleasant conversation. The situation the yellow vests and Assange is discussed in European media, in political circles and as for Assange – in the UK courtroom. In 2019 EU parliamentarian elections two lists were build by Yellow vests while Russia refuses to register since 8 years the Partiya Progressa of Alexei Navalny.

Read also related stories: Repressions in Belarus are extremely small compared to yellow vests or BLM, Europeans are indifferent to repression of peaceful protesters, Repression of the yellow vests in France way more violent than demonstrations in Russia, Sanctions are a childish reaction of the EU .


  • Reported in: Issue 234
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2021
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: France, Russia, EU, UK, US
  • Keywords: Maria Zakharova, yellow vests, Julian Assange, Europe, Diplomacy with Russia, Human rights
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Disinfo: AstraZeneca kills

AstraZeneca kills: a European country refused it.


Disinformation that advances pro-Kremlin propaganda against the COVID-19 vaccines produced in the USA and Europe. The claim appeared in the title wrongly creating an impression that AstraZeneca Vaccine is designed to cause deaths.

It is true that in Austria a 49-year old woman died as a result of multiple thromboses and a 35-year-old was also hospitalised for a pulmonary embolism after receiving a vaccine from the same batch. However, the Federal Office for Safety in Health Care of Austria said that there is no evidence of a causal relationship with vaccination.

Disinfo: Instead of vaccine Zelensky might have been jabbed with vitamins

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has publicly got vaccinated with the Indian vaccine, but some have claimed that he was injected with vitamins. The vaccination in public has turned into a show. Zelensky got vaccinated in Donbass, and immediately after the injection, shelling from the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the war zone has sharply increased.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating Ukraine and its president Volodymyr Zelensky.

There is no evidence to claim that the Ukrainian president received a dose of vitamins instead of vaccine. President Zelenskyy tweeted on 2 March 2021 that he was inoculated with Indian vaccine Covishield. A batch of 500,000 doses arrived in Ukraine on February 23 2021.

Disinfo: Teenagers in Estonia are infected by Russophobic alarmism

More and more teenagers in Estonia are ready to defend their country. This is showing that Russophobia in Estonia is widespread. Official Tallinn permanently scares citizens by “threat from East”.

The myth about “threat from East” is the idee fix of the Estonian government. The biggest part of society is infected by Russophobic alarmism.


A recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Estonia is Russophobic.

The starting point of the disinformation narrative was data from the Public Opinion and National Defence Survey, which was published by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. The Survey showed that readiness among young people of upper secondary school age to participate in defence activities has increased to 63 per cent, while a year ago it was only 54 per cent.