Disinfo: The European Parliament lists the Russian Orthodox Church as terrorists

Summary

The European Parliament entered the Russian Orthodox Church into the black list and equated it with terrorism.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that appeared a year ago in Georgian news portal Mediacity.ge. The resolution clearly singles out propaganda from a state actor (Russia) and non-state actors (Daesh/ISIS), but the Russian Orthodox Church is not mentioned in the text at all. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/npage-releases-1-year-old-misinformation-about-resolution-ratified-european-parliament, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: European Parliament, EU, Orthodox Church

Disclaimer

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The Patriarch of Ukraine asks Patriarch Kirill for forgiveness

The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, sent a letter to the Patriarch of Russia, Kirill, on November 16, in which he was asking for mercy and forgiveness.

Disproof

According to the Patriarchate of Ukraine, there has been no plea for forgiveness. The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, stated in a press-conference that took place on December 2 that there neither has been any kind of plea for forgiveness, nor will be. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/patriarchate-russia-falsified-letter-patriarchate-ukraine, .

EU is considering to ban kebab and Greece is now facing a gastronomic genocide

The European Parliament could ban gyros and kebab in Greece which is a major scandal. Increasingly poor Greeks are waiting on the voting on this topic in the EP with fear. On the other hand, Serbia should consider whether it wants to join this marriage with 27 nations because of love or benefit. The marriage would be as if a victim marries his or her rapist. The oriental influences in the Serbian cuisine originate from Greece which is now threatened by a gastronomic genocide.

Disproof

The EU is not banning ‘kebab’. The disinformation was spread as the European Parliament’s Health Committee raised concerns about the impacts of phosphates that are used as food additives. www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20171128IPR89003/meps-move-to-block-phosphate-use-in-kebabs,

According to the EU executive spokesperson, the European Commission proposed the extension of the possibility to use the food additive called ‘phosphate’ which is necessary for certain spit meat preparations, such as the types mentioned above. www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-commission-eu-not-banning-kebab/,

The word genocide is frequently used in pro-Kremlin disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=genocide&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_language%5B%5D=rus&date=, but it seldom corresponds to the actual definition of a genocide http://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.html

Donetsk People’s Republic launches representative office in Helsinki

Donetsk People’s Republic launches representative office in Helsinki.

Disproof

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” is not recognized by Finland and therefore cannot have an embassy or other official representation in Finland. Neither are the separatist groups in eastern Ukraine recognized by the UN, the EU or the OSCE. A diplomatic mission can be founded only between countries that have established diplomatic relations and only by mutual consent. A Finnish source claims that it acts as the “Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic” or the “Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic” in Helsinki.

Finland emphasises the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Finland does not approve of the unilateral efforts to separate regions of Ukraine from the country itself. http://www.finland.org.ru/public/default.aspx?contentid=326873&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI, www.stopfake.org/en/fake-donetsk-people-s-republic-office-opens-in-finland,