European Parliament accuses the Ukrainian President of using the “church split” to win the election

Summary

Experts from the European Parliament have stated that the “schism” in the Ukrainian church is directly related to the upcoming Presidential elections and the election campaign of Petro Poroshenko. The current Ukrainian president deliberately provoked a “split” and created a “non-canonical” Orthodox Church of Ukraine to gain extra votes during the Presidential race.

Disproof

This is a recurrent Kremlin narrative about religious hatred. The expert report, issued in February contains nothing that supports the claims of RT.

The report is dealing with the history of the independence of the Ukrainian church from the Russian Orthodox Church. The report stresses that the Kremlin has always controlled church issues and used branches of its church abroad as a “soft power” - to promote its own political interests. European analysts believe that the formation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine can play a role in the Presidential elections on 31 March of this year, but the researchers stressed that the fact of obtaining the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church affects the formation of the Ukrainian statehood as a whole, and not just on the eve of Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: RT Russian
see more

The US military has transferred about 50 tons of gold from Syria

The US military transported about 50 tons of stolen gold from Syria. The US military received the gold from terrorists who had hidden the loot near the village of Al-Baghuz.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the US support for terrorists presented entirely without evidence. The source quoted in this article is SANA, an official organ of the Syrian government which promotes the idea of cooperation between the US and Jihadist forces.

Read a similar story here.

Italians are the poorest citizens of the EU and Italy is the poorest EU country

Italy has suffered so much from the introduction of euro that now Italians are the poorest citizens of the EU and Italy is the poorest EU country.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative demonising the EU, the Eurozone and claiming that euro is responsible for the economic downfall of many European countries.

According to IMF figures, Italy is NOT the poorest country  of EU. Italy ranks 15th in terms of per-capita GDP amongst the 28 EU countries, and 12th amongst the 19 EU countries that have adopted euro.

Any contacts with Russia penalised by Latvian law

Article 81.1 of the Latvian Criminal Code criminalizes any contacts with Russia. Even relationships with people living in Russia are penalised in accordance with Latvian law.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia.

Latvian Criminal Law doesn't criminalize "any contacts with Russia". Article 81.1, mentioned in the article, says: 'Assistance to a Foreign State in Action Directed against the Republic of Latvia For a person who commits activities with the purpose to assist a foreign state or a foreign organisation to take action against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, State power or administrative order of the Republic of Latvia, the applicable punishment is the deprivation of liberty for a period of up to five years or temporary deprivation of liberty, or community service, or a fine, with probationary supervision for a period of up to three years'.