Disinfo: The exclusion of Russian athletes in the Olympics is a form of war


The exclusion of Russian athletes in the Olympics is called a war by the ordinary people. On different fronts. Here, there is a sports front. There are political and geopolitical ones also. There is a diplomatic front and so on. There is an information one. This is a war.


The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018 due to the systemic manipulation of anti-doping rules in Russia during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi three years ago - not due to imaginary anti-Russian war. Individual athletes from Russia may still compete under the Olympic Flag. Using militaristic terms while talking about the Olympic ban is a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign to distract the audience from the actual cause for the ban.


  • Reported in: Issue96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Doping, Warmongering


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Ukraine has legalized a genocide against the citizens of Ukraine

In fact today, you [Ukraine] legalized a genocide against the people, who, as you regard them, are citizens of Ukraine. You are trying to destroy the country today, while giving it a legitimate status.


No evidence given for a threat of genocide in Ukraine. 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

Disinformation refers to a bill on "reintegration of Donbas" which was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament 18 January 2018. For background see: www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-parliament-passes-donbas-reintegration-bill/28982677.html,

In Kiev there is not a single Russian-language school

In Kiev there is not a single Russian-language school.


It is a recurring theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation that Russian-speakers are being marginalised in Ukraine. According to the Kyiv City State Administration, in response to the request of StopFake, in the academic year 2017-2018 in Kiev there are 16 schools with the Russian language of instruction. In 9 of them, instruction is carried out in two languages, that is, from two parallel classes the student can choose either the one where he is taught in Russian or in Ukrainian. Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/fejk-v-kieve-ne-ostalos-ni-odnoj-russkoyazychnoj-shkoly/, .

Ukraine admits that Russian gas imports are profitable

Ukraine has recognized the commercial profitability of Russian gas imports, since Naftogaz Ukrainian state gas company chairman Andriy Kobelev has said so.


In an interview with Ukraine’s Channel 5 television station, Andriy Kobelev explained that the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal overruled the 2009 Ukraine-Russia gas contract and ruled that instead of purchasing over 50 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia, Ukraine must purchase only 4-5, and only until the end of 2019, the year the contract expires. The court also ruled that the purchase price for Russian gas should be less than what Ukraine pays for gas it buys from Europe. Kobelev did not say that buying Russian gas was commercially profitable for Ukraine. What he said is that the Tribunal ruling changes the rules of the contract, reduces the amount Ukraine must purchase from 52 billion cubic meters to a minimum of 4 billion cubic meters and lowers the gas price to less than what Ukraine currently pays for gas imported from Europe. Buying half of the country’s gas requirements from Russia at these reduced prices would be commercially viable for Ukraine, Kobelev explained. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-admits-russian-gas-imports-profitable/, .