Disinfo: The EU paid the Baltic states to give up their cattle upon joining the EU


After joining the EU, in exchange for the Baltic states refraining from having large cattle livestock, citizens of the Baltic States were given 800 euros in compensation.


No evidence given. Since joining the European Union in 2004, the economy of all three countries has experienced a significant increase, which has on its turn boosted the agricultural sector, such as cattle herding or dairy farming. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/disinformation-about-how-eu-was-campaining-against-baltic-cows-800-euros, .


  • Reported in: Issue 87
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Baltic states, Georgia
  • Keywords: European Union, Economic difficulties


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European countries without mandatory vaccine programs are more successful, vaccination causes autism

Vaccines cause autism. Vaccines are associated with high child mortality rates. Child mortality rates in Germany, where immunization is not mandatory, are lower by 6% and 10% as compared to Italy and Czech Republic, respectively.


No evidence given for any of the statements. There is no correlation between vaccination and autism, and no correlation between vaccination and child mortality rates. The statistical data provided by the author is incorrect and do not correspond to the official data. According to the World Bank data for 2016, infant mortality rates in Italy (2.8), where immunization is mandatory, are lower by 0.4 points as compared to Germany (3.2). Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/tbilisi-24-online-editions-conspiracy-theories-about-vaccination, .

The EU should compensate Russia for genocide during WWII

During the WWII, armies of Europe – namely Germany, Italy, France, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Finland, Belgium, and Poland killed millions of Soviet civilians, hence Russia should demand financial compensations from the EU for genocide. Nineteen million Soviet people, civilians, non-combatants, were killed by European armies.



During the WWII, ‘armies of Europe’ did not invade the USSR. It was the Axis powers, opposed by the Allied powers headed by France, the UK, the US and the USSR. Some European countries had been forced by Nazi Germany to join the Axis powers, but then, after capitulation to the Soviet army, supported the Allied powers. Poland was seized and then divided by Hitler and Stalin in 1939 and then, after WWII, occupied by the USSR as were large parts of Eastern Europe. The EU was established after WWII. Read more about the WWII: www.britannica.com/event/World-War-II,

Ukrainians are not Ukrainians but Russians

Citizens of Ukraine are not Ukrainians. By and large, they are Russians. By and large, this is the same nation.



An old myth designed by Kremlin and debunked many times. The Russians and the Ukrainians are not the same or single nation. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.